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Net Neutrality repeal could damage local news sites like TucsonSentinel.com

Repealing Net Neutrality would allow giant chain media to work in concert with internet conglomerates to limit access to independent, alternative, and local news sites, posing a direct threat to independent local journalism.... Read more»

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Advocates worry FCC changes to phone program could hit Indian Country hard

The Federal Communications Commission is moving to rein in a low-cost telephone service for low-income customers that critics say will hit Indian Country hard if fully implemented.... Read more»

Analysis

Here’s why your local TV news is about to get even worse

The FCC has eliminated the “main studio rule,” which said TV and radio broadcasters had to have local studios, where viewers or listeners could interact with and communicate with the people who were putting their news on the air. ... Read more»

Weekend music

Station to station: Downtown Radio dials in 2nd birthday

In which Downtown Radio turns two years old, album "hatching" season begins for local bands and Tucson is invaded by a plethora of touring acts. All this and more in your TucsonSentinel.com local weekend music roundup. ... Read more»

Congress rescinds rule limiting sale of Internet customer data

Approving a move initiated by U.S. Jeff Flake, the House voted Tuesday to repeal an Obama-era regulation that would have required internet service providers to get explicit consent before selling customer data, a policy that critics said would have stifled business.... Read more»

Trump, Clinton wooing of Latino voters does not extend to TV ads

Latinos could account for almost 1 million voters in Arizona this year, but the presidential campaigns have spent relatively little on Spanish-language television advertising, according to a review of Federal Communications Commission filings on the ads. ... Read more»

Trump fundraising spikes in Arizona, still well behind Clinton’s

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump raised three times as much money from Arizona contributors in June as his total fundraising in the state in the preceding year, according to the latest reports from the Federal Election Commission.... Read more»

Sunshine Week commentary

Will the First Amendment survive the information age?

This is Sunshine Week in the U.S., when news organizations spotlight the public’s right to know and size up government openness and access to public records. This year, we should add a more sweeping question to the list: How will the First Amendment survive the dramatic changes in information technology? Complicated disputes are popping up in both predicable and surprising places.... Read more»

Five things you should know about proposed FCC privacy rules

It stops Verizon’s zombie cookie in its tracks, but allows AT&T to keep charging customers extra if they want privacy. ... Read more»

Phone call rates squeeze inmate families, boost Az prison revenues

Shayna Palles says phone calls are one of the few ways she can keep her 2-year-old daughter connected to her father, who is serving a 7.5-year prison term for burglary. But connecting with her husband for the 15 minutes allowed each day has proven to be costly. Because she has a non-local number, the company handling prisoner phone calls charges her $6 for every 15-minute call she accepts.... Read more»1

Arizona firms cautious about net neutrality rules

Arizona technology companies and rural broadband providers expressed concerns about the Internet regulations approved Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission – partly because they don’t have all the details, which makes the ultimate impact unclear.... Read more»

Analysis

Technology skills only scratch surface of digital divide

The realities of the “digital divide” are increasingly apparent. In a consumer culture that equates status with early adoption of the newest iPhone, access to new technology necessarily splits pretty clearly along socio-economic class lines. According to U.S. census data, for example, more than 30 million homes have no broadband access, most of them concentrated in some of the poorest parts of the country.... Read more»

FCC plan adds billions for school Internet connections

After months of pleas from the nation’s school leaders, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission agreed Monday that billions more dollars each year are needed to improve school and library Internet connections.... Read more»

Time is money: Who's making a buck off prisoners' families?

Video: How a web of prison bankers, private vendors and corrections agencies profit by shifting costs onto inmates' families.... Read more»

Analysis

U.S. just starting down the path toward net neutrality

Analysis: President Obama's statement supporting a free Internet is the start of a larger, global process. ... Read more»

Gun groups locked and loaded for Nov. 4

Less than a month until the election? Welcome to the OK Corral — the shootout’s just beginning. Welcome to the OK Corral — the shootout’s just beginning. Both the National Rifle Association and Americans for Responsible Solutions, the pro-gun control group founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, have said they will unleash a fusillade of ads supporting and attacking candidates in some of the tightest contests in the country.... Read more»1

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