Kavanaugh and the future of net neutrality

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A DEFENSE OF NPR — As the FCC gears up to vote on a proposal to open up C-Band spectrum for wireless broadband during Thursday’s open commission meeting, one lawmaker is urging Chairman Ajit Pai to make sure to protect public broadcasters. “We hope that you and your Commission colleagues will proceed with clearing or sharing of C-Band spectrum for wireless use only after you have provided assurances that public radio’s indispensable programming services will be protected and unimpaired,” wrote Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.). NPR and others have warned that letting wireless carriers share access to the 3.7–4.2 GHz range — also known as C-band programming — could cause them problems.

TRANSITIONS

Recode editor-at-large Kara Swisher is joining The New York Times opinion roster. … Svetlana Gans, former FTC chief of staff under Maureen Ohlhausen, has joined the Internet & Television Association as vice president and associate general counsel. … Drew Gibbons, a former research associate at Maru/Matchbox, is now an account executive at Cohere Communications, a tech solutions/cyber security company. … VMWare public policy director Kyle Victor has been named chief of staff to Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.). He previously worked for Matsui as legislative director focusing on telecom policy. … Uber has hired Scott Schools, a former DOJ official, to be its first chief compliance officer.

SILICON VALLEY MUST READS

— Saving face: Facebook continues to push ahead with facial recognition technology in the U.S. and in Europe, even as the company faces continued questions over its data-mining practices, The New York Times reports.

— Euro tripped: Google is facing the prospects of a record penalty at the hands of European leaders who are scrutinizing the company for forcing its own web browser and search apps onto Android devices, according to The Washington Post.

— China trade war impact: Price listings for Tesla products in China have surged in recent days, signaling consumers overseas may be feeling the pinch of Trump’s trade dispute with Beijing, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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— The Fox trot: Comcast is seeking buyers for 21st Century Fox’s regional sports assets, a move its hopes will help it avoid antitrust hurdles with regulators, Reuters reports.

— The fake news frontier: YouTube announced it will crack down on misinformation on its platform and promote more “authoritative” news sources, The Guardian reports.

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