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Biography for Adam Bender

Adam Bender, Associate 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

NARUC Broadband Group Seeks State-Federal Collaboration

State commissioners can influence broadband policy even with limited telecom authority, said NARUC broadband task force members at the association’s virtual annual meeting Thursday. Utility regulators’ telecom role “has diminished significantly” in most states, but they can still “play the…Subscribe to Read >>

State, Local Officials Seek to Fill Distance Learning Gaps

Giving laptops and hot spots to students who lack good internet won’t solve distance learning problems exacerbated by COVID-19, state and local officials said Monday. The California Senate Education Committee and the Special Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response jointly held…Subscribe to Read >>

Californians Expected to Say Yes to Retooled Privacy Law

Election watchers expect California to revamp its state privacy law through a Nov. 3 ballot vote. The replacement for the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) could have national ramifications, experts told us. If voters agree, the proposed California Privacy Rights…Subscribe to Read >>

Oregon Chief Justice Questions State's Cellphone Password Arguments

Oregon justices wrestled with how to make a cellphone privacy rule outlining when it’s permissible for police to require someone to unlock an encrypted device. At livestreamed Supreme Court oral argument Tuesday in State v. Pittman, Chief Justice Martha Walters…Subscribe to Read >>

California Drive to Rev Up Internet Hits Assembly Roadblock at Finish Line

California broadband legislation appeared stuck hours before Monday’s legislative deadline. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D) won’t allow a vote despite agreement between the Senate and Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), said supporters of SB-1130 by Sen. Lena Gonzalez (D). “We are…Subscribe to Read >>