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Time: Senator Al Franken: Politicians Didn’t Stop the Comcast–Time Warner Deal. You Did.

The collapse of Comcast’s plan to buy Time Warner Cable is a big victory for anyone who watches TV or uses the Internet. But it won’t be the last time the interests of consumers clash with the desires of big corporations in the media and technology space. Here are five lessons from this fight I think we should keep in mind going forward.

Lillie News: Al Franken: Sen. Al Franken visits Tartan, praises STEM

“Are you rich now? Are you up to some kind of pyramid scheme?” U.S. Sen. Al Franken asked the two girls at Tartan High School’s student-run credit union branch.

Seniors Hannah Lee and Barkot Berhanu took the former comedian’s quips in stride, staying on message with their explanation of how the credit union is part of a schoolwide focus on financial literacy. Lee listed budgeting, building credit and how to apply for loans as part of the students’ lesson plan.

Star Tribune: Consumer advocates, debt collectors lock horns over robocalls to cellphones

Consumer advocates and debt collectors are in a dogfight over a proposal before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow robocalls to cellphones. The proposal would allow businesses, including debt collectors, to make robocalls to cellphones if they “intended” to call the person in question. Read the full article >>

Mashable: Al Franken: Net neutrality vote will be a win for free speech

This is an exciting time for people who use the Internet (and those who don’t won’t read this). On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, is expected to vote to adopt new rules to protect net neutrality. By adopting these rules, the FCC will take a crucial step to ensure the Internet remains the […]

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