Apr 11, 2017

The partisan (and income) split over paying for broadband

The Pew Research Center is out with new data that shows wealthy U.S. adults are more likely to say that the statement that "home internet service is affordable enough that nearly every household should be able to buy service on their own" describes their views, rather than "the government should provide subsidies to help low-income Americans purchase high-speed home internet service." There's a sharp divide by party, too.

Why it matters: There's probably a fight coming over the future of the FCC's "Lifeline" program, which uses fees collected from consumers to fund subsidies for low-income people to access internet and phone service. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has floated the idea of adding a co-pay to the service and capping its budget, but said he doesn't intend to remove broadband from the program entirely.

Data: Pew Research Center; Note: "Dem" and "GOP" includes respondents "leaning Dem" and "leaning GOP"; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios

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India shuts down internet as protests over citizenship bill continue

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The Indian government has blocked phone and mobile internet service in parts of the country where protests persist over the country's new citizenship law that excludes Muslims, AP reports.

The big picture: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose government suggests temporary blackouts help to maintain law and order, has suspended internet access more than 100 times so far this year, AP notes. The internet has been down in the city of Aligarh for six straight days as of Saturday, and the heavily student-run protests have turned violent as well.

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Farmers hoping for more "Trump money" in 2020

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

U.S. farmers have been given a bit of a lifeline by the "phase one" U.S.-China trade deal, but without concrete specifics on what China will purchase there remains some worry about how they will be able to support themselves and their farms in 2020.

Background: Farmers had a rough 2019, even with a hefty subsidy package provided to them by the Trump administration as relief from the trade war.

Vox Media launches new privacy-focused ad-targeting platform

Vox Media chief revenue officer Ryan Pauley. Photo: James Bareham/Vox Media

Vox Media announced Monday the launch of Forte, a new ad-targeting data platform designed to help advertisers reach Vox's monthly audience of 125 million consumers efficiently — without using shady data practices to target them.

Why it matters: It's Vox Media's first big commercial announcement since it merged with New York Media last year, and it comes amid regulatory changes and an industry reckoning around data privacy in advertising.

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