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COVID froze prison visits, spotlighting high cost of phone calls

The prison telecommunication industry generates an estimated $1.4 billion in annual revenue, and many states and localities rake in millions each year from commissions, a fact highlighted by the pandemic and an issue activists and some prisons are working to change. ... Read more»

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Good journalism is not free

And somebody's got to pay for it: A genuinely diverse and democratic media based in communities of both concern and geography has the power to inform people of facts and evidence and enable them to form a powerful public voice to stand up to monied and other powerful interests.... Read more»

Meet the likely House committee chairs who promise to roll back ‘job-killing’ regs

Impending Republican control of the House means there will be new leaders on powerful House committees. Here’s a quick introduction — or reintroduction — to some of the lawmakers who will likely win these important chairmanships. ... Read more»

Net neutrality: Parsing the Google/Verizon announcement

Google and Verizon - which have historically been on different sides of the net neutrality debate - favor net neutrality on wired broadband, but "wouldn't apply such limits to Internet use on mobile phones." ... Read more»

Big companies choosing sides on net neutrality

The principle of net neutrality — the idea that Internet service providers must treat all traffic equally, and not privilege certain content by giving it more, or less, bandwidth — is one the FCC has been more aggressive about implementing under the Obama administration.... Read more»