FROM Brian Fung
Obama Calls for Cable Box Competition President Obama calls for increased competition aimed at freeing consumers from their dependence on leased cable television boxes. The goal is to allow innovators to sell higher quality devices, at lower cost, that could let viewers watch their favorite programs via cable, satellite or streaming online services through one easy-to-use gadget. Goodbye cable box, Apple TV, computer modem. The idea is to consolidate access to all those platforms in one convenient device. Brian Fung, technology reporter for the Washington Post , has an update.
FCC Wants to Expand Internet Access for the Poor The Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced plans today to overhaul a $1.7 billion federal program that subsidizes phone service for low income Americans in order to increase access to high-speed Internet. Last year about 12 million people benefitted from this 30-year-old subsidy. Now the FCC wants to expand it to include broadband , as we hear from Brian Fung who writes about technology and tech policy for the Washington Post .
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?