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What a Difference a Year Makes

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Benton Foundation
1560 Sherman Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
United States
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Today marks the first anniversary of Charles Benton’s death. You may have known Charles because you met him at a conference or you spoke on the phone or you read one of his articles. Tall, large of voice, possessed of dazzling grin and intractable hair, Charles naturally drew considerable attention. He was the Benton Foundation for many people. Over the past 12 months, there has been an incredible outpouring of love, support, and fond memories of Charles. My colleagues and I have had the pleasure of traveling around the country to be part of many celebrations of Charles’ – and the foundation’s – contributions. Although one might be tempted to call all this the Charles Benton Memorial Tour, for me, it has actually been a listening tour – hearing not just about what various people and groups admired about Charles, but also about their concerns and priorities as the country considers who will be leading us in the years to come. This year, I’ve been thinking about "Digital Deserts." Despite great gains in achieving universal broadband, a number of “Digital Deserts” persist in the U.S. Many communities and households still do not have broadband service. We want to offer policy recommendations that will transform these deserts into oases of opportunity, and connect them to affordable, reliable, high-capacity broadband. I’m so encouraged by the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to expand Lifeline support to include broadband service, making sure that millions of American families will no longer have to choose between buying groceries or paying for the connectivity that, for instance, allows their children to complete their homework assignments. But much more work needs to be done. I believe that broadband is a key instrument in addressing economic insecurity.

An Interview with Helen Brunner, Founding Director, Media Democracy Fund

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Media Democracy Fund
1201 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States
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A Q&A with Helen Brunner, founding director of the Media Democracy Fund and an advisor to the Quixote Foundation.

Comcast’s DreamWorks Deal Reflects Shifting Bets on Media

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Comcast
1500 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102-2148
United States
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Comcast’s intense pursuit of DreamWorks Animation highlights just how much the media landscape has changed in the five years since Comcast acquired NBCUniversal.

Supreme Court approves rule change to expand FBI hacking power

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Supreme Court of the United States
One First Street, NE
Washington, DC
United States
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The Supreme Court approved a rule change that would let US judges issue search warrants for access to computers located in any jurisdiction despite opposition from civil liberties groups who say it will greatly expand the FBI's hacking authority.

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