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Biography for Adam Bender

Adam Bender, Senior Editor, is the state and local telecommunications reporter for Communications Daily, where he also has covered Congress and the Federal Communications Commission. He has won awards for his Warren Communications News reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists, Specialized Information Publishers Association and the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing. Bender studied print journalism at American University and is the author of dystopian science-fiction novels. You can follow Bender at and @WatchAdam on Twitter.

Recent Articles by Adam Bender

New York legislators could double down on a court-blocked state law that sought to require $15 monthly plans for low-income households. Assemblymember Brian Cunningham (D) plans to reintroduce his 2022 bill AB-10690 this January to require $5 monthly internet for low-income consumers, the Democrat said in an interview this week. Three ISP associations that sued New York over its previous affordability bill condemned the fresh attempt to lower broadband prices.Read More >>

Florida asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse an 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that a state law’s social moderation limits are likely unconstitutional. The state filed a petition for certiorari Wednesday. Tech associations that challenged the Florida law supported SCOTUS review. Since the 5th Circuit upheld a Texas social media law last week, legal observers expect the Supreme Court to hear a case on the constitutionality of state social media laws to resolve the circuit split (see 2209200008).Read More >>

Businesses will continue to seek a way forward on a concerning, soon-to-expire exemption in California's privacy law for employee and business-to-business (B2B) data, a California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) official told us Friday. Many privacy lawyers are warning businesses about the carve-out sunsetting at year-end due to the legislature failing to pass an extension. Starting Jan. 1, the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) is “really no longer just a consumer law,” said Sheppard Mullin’s Julia Kadish in an interview.Read More >>

DENVER -- Over-the-top streaming is a rising concern for local governments, said National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisers General Counsel Nancy Werner in an interview at the association’s annual conference. Local governments could be losing cable franchise revenue as customers cut the cord for the OTT services that don’t pay local fees, said a panel Wednesday.Read More >>

California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) author Alastair Mactaggart warned the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) to reject industry “disinformation” that it will be voluntary to honor users’ browser opt-out signals. The CPPA held its second day of partially virtual hearings Thursday on draft rules implementing CPRA, the successor law to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Consumer privacy groups urged the CPPA not to delay enforcement from Jan. 1, as business groups requested Wednesday (see 2208240067).Read More >>