Madeline Hughes

Madeline Hughes

Madeline Hughes reports on telecom and tech for The Well News. She previously worked for New England local newspapers for 5 years. In Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts she covered local, state and federal issues, including New Hampshire’s 2020 presidential primary. She learned how to report as the editor of her college paper and on the streets of Morocco through a journalism study abroad program. She also participated in the New England First Amendment Coalition’s annual institute, learning about public records, and won an award from the New England Newspaper and Press Association for a social issues feature story. 


Recent Work

June 30, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
Media Union Adds Opposition to Broadcast Deal

WASHINGTON — There’s increasing scrutiny on the deal that would allow 64 local news stations to be bought by the... Read More

WASHINGTON — There’s increasing scrutiny on the deal that would allow 64 local news stations to be bought by the hedge fund Standard General. Last week the NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America and National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-CWA filed a petition with the Federal Communications... Read More

June 28, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
Using 5G to Help Protect the Environment

WASHINGTON — What does a threat sound like? In rainforests across the world it can sound like a chainsaw or... Read More

WASHINGTON — What does a threat sound like? In rainforests across the world it can sound like a chainsaw or a gunshot. Thanks to the nonprofit Rainforest Connection, recording devices around the world are listening for these sounds to alert environmentalists of potential illegal activities. Right... Read More

June 27, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
$77M in Funding Will Help Bring Broadband to Tribal Lands

WASHINGTON — Native American tribes across the country are set to receive $77 million in funding to help build new... Read More

WASHINGTON — Native American tribes across the country are set to receive $77 million in funding to help build new broadband networks and strengthen existing ones, according to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.  This round of funding will go to 19 tribes in 10 states... Read More

June 23, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
Reigniting Democracy Using the Internet

WASHINGTON — Laughter rang out at the Brookings Institution when an audience question came to two White House staffers: “Was... Read More

WASHINGTON — Laughter rang out at the Brookings Institution when an audience question came to two White House staffers: “Was the internet a mistake?” The question came about a half hour into a discussion about how the U.S. is inspiring a global effort to reignite the... Read More

June 23, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
Installing the Guardrails for Cryptocurrency, the New Financial Frontier

WASHINGTON — Charlene Fadirepo, who has worked in banking for about two decades, is one of the millions of Americans... Read More

WASHINGTON — Charlene Fadirepo, who has worked in banking for about two decades, is one of the millions of Americans who started investing in cryptocurrencies when stuck at home at the start of the pandemic. “As a traditional banker, once I kind of got beyond the... Read More

June 17, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
Sen. Markey Questions Amazon’s Use of Ring for Surveillance

WASHINGTON — Instead of peeping through a hole to see who is at the door, it’s more common for Americans... Read More

WASHINGTON — Instead of peeping through a hole to see who is at the door, it’s more common for Americans to check their phone and see a video feed from their door when a package is dropped off, food is delivered or a visitor pops by.... Read More

June 17, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
Blockchain: the Underpinning of a New Internet Age

WASHINGTON — The vast majority of people just started wrapping their heads around cryptocurrencies as they were stuck at home... Read More

WASHINGTON — The vast majority of people just started wrapping their heads around cryptocurrencies as they were stuck at home during the pandemic, and Bitcoin — the first cryptocurrency, created in 2009 — struck an all-time high of over $68,000 last November. Now, the value has... Read More

June 15, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
Using International Partnerships to Combat Robocalls

WASHINGTON — International partnerships — sharing technology and education — are vital for cracking down on robocalls, according to a... Read More

WASHINGTON — International partnerships — sharing technology and education — are vital for cracking down on robocalls, according to a new report from the North American Numbering Council, an FCC advisory committee. A U.S.-Canada partnership to implement cross-border caller ID verification is already leading the way,... Read More

June 13, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
Two Vie In GOP Faceoff In Maine With Hopes of Unseating Golden

AUGUSTA, Maine — The primary this Tuesday in Maine’s northernmost congressional district is worth watching as two Republicans vie for... Read More

AUGUSTA, Maine — The primary this Tuesday in Maine’s northernmost congressional district is worth watching as two Republicans vie for the chance to face Democratic incumbent Jared Golden in November. Former Rep. Bruce Poliquin — who is running for an opportunity to return to his old... Read More

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WASHINGTON — With its ruling on Biden v. Texas, a case in which it allowed the Biden administration to terminate... Read More

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Be All You Can Be … Except for LGBTQ+

The views expressed in the article are Mr. Fitzgerald’s and do not reflect the opinions or beliefs of his employer... Read More

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Treasury Dept. Freezes Russian’s Access to $1B Held in Delaware Trust

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will present the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 17 people, including actor Denzel Washington, gymnast Simone Biles and the late John McCain, the Arizona Republican with whom Biden served in the U.S. Senate. Biden... Read More

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