Josh Peterson is a DC-based tech reporter for the Franklin Center's news site. Peterson previously spent two years at The Daily Caller covering tech and telecom regulatory policy as the publication's Tech Editor. During that time, he focused on cybersecurity, privacy, civil liberties, and intellectual property issues, and in addition to covering political protest movements. Prior to joining The Daily Caller in October 2011, Peterson spent time in DC researching and reporting on technology issues in internship roles with Hillsdale College's Kirby Center, Broadband Breakfast and The National Journalism Center, and The Heritage Foundation. Peterson has a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Hillsdale College. He is also a musician and music enthusiast, and an avid martial artist.

A vision for a la carte ‘local choice’ TV still alive on Capitol Hill

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  National, News, Politics, Technology  /  No Comments

LOCAL CHOICE: TV has been an important communication tool for American consumers over the past several decades. The recent fights between the cable, satellite and broadcaster networks is forcing lawmakers to think differently about rising consumer prices. 

"New TV on a showroom floor in Tallahassee, Florida" (November 20, 1957). Photo Credit: State Library and Archives of Florida,

Concerns about higher consumer prices if cable and satellite customers could unsubscribe from local channels they didn’t watch stalled a move on Capitol Hill to create a la carte local TV. But the proposal’s champions are fighting to keep the idea alive.

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Battle over Internet narratives at the FCC rages onward

By   /  September 16, 2014  /  National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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The Federal Communications Commission received over 3 million comments regarding its authority over the nation’s Internet as the latest special interest battle at the agency concluded Monday.

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DHS: EMP threat ‘very much on our radar screen’

By   /  September 12, 2014  /  National, National Security, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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The exchange was short, taking up less than two minutes of a two-hour Senate hearing Wednesday.

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Progressives look to harness consumer hate of cable companies

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  National, News, Public Utilities, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

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Progressive activists can feel your anger towards your Internet service provider.

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Conservatives split over copyright law

By   /  September 9, 2014  /  National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

Conservatives are split over how the importance and implications of current U.S. copyright law in the smartphone era. Photo Credit: Death to the Stock Photo (

Nearly two years after losing his job with the House Republican Study Committee over a controversial copyright paper, Derek Khanna now represents one side of a split among conservatives over copyright reform.

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Congresswoman asks Reddit users to help her donors ‘rebrand’ net neutrality

By   /  August 25, 2014  /  Campaign Finance, Lobbying, National, News, Politics, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

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One of Silicon Valley’s congresswomen is appealing to Reddit users to help her protect the bottom lines of her largest campaign contributors, including Google, as she seeks to become the top Democrat on one of the oldest and most powerful committees in Congress.

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