New America in the News: 2014

New America staff and fellows appear regularly on radio and television, and are frequently quoted in media outlets of all types. A selection of that coverage is available below.

Why the Comcast-Time Warner Deal Is Far More Dangerous Than You Think | Wired

February 13, 2014

The fact that Comcast owns NBC only makes the Time Warner deal more complicated, according to Sarah Morris, the policy counsel at the Open Technology Institute. “It underscores the integrated nature of the industry and the potential harms that might result,” she says.

We Need Real Competition, Not a Cable-Internet Monopoly | The New Yorker

February 13, 2014

These figures are taken from an informative 2012 book, “The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use ‘Plain English’ to Rob You Blind,” by David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning financial reporter. In response to Johnston and other critics, the cable and telecommunications industry commissioned its own research, which, predictably enough, made the U.S. performance look a bit better. But more recent independent reports, from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the New America Foundation, have confirmed what anybody who has spent some time abroad already knows.

Comcast's Mega-merger is No Regulatory Slam Dunk | CBS

February 13, 2014

Sarah Morris of the New America Foundation notes that Comcast already serves about 25 percent of the total broadband market, and even with the proposed divestitures its combination with Time Warner Cable would give it control of at least a third of that market, more than six times the size of the next largest cable company.

"The only way to ensure that the best interests of the general public are protected is to stop this merger in its tracks," she writes.

Comcast, the Soon-to-Be Gazillion-Pound Technology Gorilla | The Washington Post

February 13, 2014

This sets up an uneven relationship between cable companies and wireless carriers, the latter of which are growing increasingly reliant on fixed broadband as a safety valve for demand. As the New America Foundation's Michael Calabrese notes in a 2013 white paper, "cell site bottleneck is a very real constraint." Cisco estimates that 57 percent of all U.S. mobile device traffic was offloaded to WiFi last year. That figure is expected to top 64 percent by 2018.

When It Comes to Pre-K, It's Time to Show Us the Money | AlterNet

February 12, 2014

Early childhood advocates Laura Bornfreund and Conor Williams of the New America Foundation explained in The Atlantic, “Awareness of early education issues is as high as it’s ever been.” They noted widespread political support not only from President Obama but also from, “business leaders, law enforcement, retired military leaders, charitable foundations … economists [and] lawmakers in states red, blue.”

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Roundtable: A Trove of Clinton Documents in Arkansas | CNN

February 10, 2014

"She uses the phrase 'pain threshold,' and she talks about how people in Washington have a pain threshold that is too low. It sounds like hers is pretty high," says The Washington Post's Liza Mundy, who is also program director at the New America Foundation.

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First Lady Michelle Obama | C-Span

February 10, 2014

Liza Mundy and Krissah Thompson talked about the life and influence of first lady Michelle Obama and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.

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U.S. News College Ranker Poses Questions About Federal College Ratings | The Washington Post

February 7, 2014

“It reminds me a little bit of casino owners insisting they are in the gaming business, not the gambling business,” joked Kevin Carey, director of education policy at the New America Foundation. Carey wondered whether journalists or other independent ...

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Verizon Donated $100 Million to Schools. That’s Just 7.5 Hours of Revenue | The Washington Post

February 7, 2014

"[The private-sector contributions] focus on a lot of exciting things — like devices, and helping teachers with broadband connectivity," said Danielle Kehl, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute. "But it's not going toward the E-Rate infrastructure itself, and that's one of the critical pieces."

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Jihadist Return Is Said To Drive Attacks In Egypt | New York Times

February 5, 2014

“Egypt is again an open front for jihad,” said Brian Fishman, a researcher in counterterrorism at the New America Foundation in Washington. “The world is being turned on its head, and, for the United States, the ability to rely on Egypt as a ...

Internet companies reveal government FISA data requests | Government Security News

February 5, 2014

The new numbers are “more than what we've seen before about the orders issued by the secretive FISA court,” Kevin Bankston, policy director at the Washington-based Open Technology Institute, told Government Security News. “But what these reports reveal is far less than what we need for adequate accountability from the government.

When Having It All Means Having It Later | The Dish

February 4, 2014

Liza Mundy sees the late-in-life rise of Janet Yellen as evidence that “women’s careers have a different trajectory than men’s do – and that women may be defining a new career trajectory for everybody”.

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Here’s Obama’s Plan to Give Teachers and Libraries $1 Billion a Year in Extra Funding | The Washington Post

February 4, 2014

"While a bigger broadband pipe costs more overall, the price per megabit of capacity goes down (meaning that with more students, schools would get more 'bang for the buck' in terms of bandwidth)," wrote New America Foundation scholars Danielle Kehl and Lindsey Tepe in a blog post. For small rural districts, schools with enrollment shortfalls, and districts that have opted for smaller class sizes, this funding structure could prove challenging and ultimately increase inequities by making it more difficult for smaller schools to pay for adequate connectivity."

Why the FCC Pays for Landlines But Not Broadband Internet | Marketplace

February 4, 2014

"That would be really useful information," says Danielle Kehl, a policy analyst with the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute.

Kehl says the FCC doesn't get information from broadband providers about the rates schools pay and the bandwidth they get. For a simple reason: "They don’t actually ask the telecom providers for that precise information," she says.

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Myra Won't Close The Nest Egg Gap. Maybe The States Can | Reuters

February 4, 2014

Bold ideas like that have small odds of moving forward in gridlocked Washington, but they need to be part of the debate, noted Michael Lind, co-founder of the New America Foundation and another speaker at the NASI conference. That's "not just because ...

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One On One: Eric Schmidt On Today's Savvy Media Generation | The Huffington Post

February 3, 2014

Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt. Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, discusses the mobile revolution as part of The WorldPost's new series, One On One, which gives voice to prominent figures speaking on pressing global issues.

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Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Yahoo Release US Surveillance Requests | The Guardian

February 3, 2014

Kevin Bankston, the policy director for the Open Technology Institute in Washington, said the amount of information the companies were able to detail about their roles in US surveillance was “far less than what we need for adequate accountability from the government”.

Al Qaeda 'Disowns' Affiliate, Blaming It For Disaster In Syria | CNN

February 3, 2014

According to Brian Fishman of the New America Foundation, "The ISIL is also bringing in much larger numbers of foreign fighters, including approximately 900 Europeans, many of whom are learning to use sophisticated weapons and small unit tactics.".

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Internet Service Providers Pay More To Travel In The Express Lanes | Economic Times

February 3, 2014

Tim Wu, who coined the term "net neutrality," said he worried that the telecommunications companies were too big and too powerful to lose this battle. "The FCC is afraid of the companies they regulate. They are capable of being intimidated by them ...

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