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Civil and Human Rights Groups Speak Out on Privacy and Big Data Policy

February 27, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

A coalition of civil, human, and media rights groups today released ‘Civil Rights Principles for the Era of Big Data,’ calling on the U.S. government and businesses to respect and promote equal opportunity and equal justice in their development and use of new technologies.

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Time Warner, CBS Fee Dispute Harming Consumers

August 6, 2013 - Posted by Ron Bigler

Television consumers who rely on Time Warner Cable in some parts of the country cannot watch programming produced by the CBS television network due to a corporate financial dispute.

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Yes, the Lifeline Fund is Money Well Spent

May 1, 2013 - Posted by Monica We

Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing posing the question whether the Lifeline program is “money well spent?”  The Lifeline Fund, which provides discounts on telephone phone service to low-income households, is designed to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable communications services. In light of the increasing importance of communication services for the livelihood of all Americans, civil rights activists voiced support for the continuation of this program as well as expansion of it to include access to broadband networks for Lifeline-eligible consumers.

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Advocates Warn that FCC Changes on Media Ownership Could Undermine Diversity

February 8, 2013 - Posted by Monica We

Civil rights advocates are warning that racial and gender disparities in media ownership could be exacerbated by a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposal to relax the rule regulating conglomerate ownership of both newspaper and broadcast media outlets.

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FCC Announces New Opportunity for Community Groups to Start Low Power FM Radio Stations

December 5, 2012 - Posted by Beth Sadler

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took another step forward for media justice and diversity with the announcement last week of a new opportunity for community groups to apply for licenses to start local radio stations.

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Civil Rights Groups and Conservative Leaders Urge FCC to End Practice of Predatory Prison Phone Rates

May 21, 2012 - Posted by Avril Lighty

With a joint letter and a press call, civil rights groups and conservative leaders have united to urge the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reform prison phone rates.

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FCC Considering Reforms to Lifeline Phone Service Program

December 16, 2011 - Posted by Cheryl Leanza

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently considering changes and reforms to the federal Lifeline program which helps millions of Americans receive affordable telephone service.

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FCC Overlooks Needs of Low-Income Americans

November 2, 2011 - Posted by Corrine Yu

With key decisions regarding reform of the Universal Service Fund (USF) now behind it, the Federal Communications Commission is facing pressure from civil rights advocates to quickly turn its attention to the needs of low-income consumers. 

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Proposed FCC Rule Seeks to Boost Community Radio Serving Urban Areas

July 13, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) yesterday proposed a new rule that will expand opportunities for local community radio stations to broadcast on FM airwaves in urban areas.

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Advocates Urge Increased Broadband Access for Minority Communities

April 25, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty

A coalition of national civil rights and labor organizations sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging swift action to broaden the reach of broadband access as an economic imperative for minorities.

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