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

September 30, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
Broadband Grant Leaves Alaskan Village ‘Giddy’

PORT LIONS, Alaska — The residents of the native village of Port Lions and surrounding Alaskan villages are “giddy” at... Read More

PORT LIONS, Alaska — The residents of the native village of Port Lions and surrounding Alaskan villages are “giddy” at the thought of getting internet through the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, said Denise May, the tribal administer for... Read More

September 30, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
FCC Shortens Length of Time Satellites Allowed to Remain in Orbit

WASHINGTON — Low-earth satellites must be deorbited after five years, the Federal Communications Commission decided Thursday at its monthly meeting.... Read More

WASHINGTON — Low-earth satellites must be deorbited after five years, the Federal Communications Commission decided Thursday at its monthly meeting. This rule change severely shortens the amount of time satellite operators have to remove their instruments from the skies. They previously had about 25 years, and... Read More

September 29, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
FCC Updates Emergency Alert System

WASHINGTON — As Hurricane Ian raged through Florida Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to make the emergency alerts... Read More

WASHINGTON — As Hurricane Ian raged through Florida Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to make the emergency alerts seen and heard on television, radio and through text messages easier to understand. “Climate change is making storms more frequent, more dangerous and more damaging. We... Read More

September 29, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
First Woman Selected to Lead UN’s Telecom Agency

BUCHAREST, Romania — An American was chosen to be the first woman to lead the United Nations’ telecommunications agency, the... Read More

BUCHAREST, Romania — An American was chosen to be the first woman to lead the United Nations’ telecommunications agency, the International Telecommunication Union, in its 157-year history after an overwhelming vote Thursday in Romania. Doreen Bogdan-Martin, the new secretary general of the agency, received 139 votes... Read More

September 28, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
FCC Rule Change Poised to Help Deaf Inmates

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission is looking at ways to help deaf incarcerated people connect better with their families... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission is looking at ways to help deaf incarcerated people connect better with their families through improved telecommunications services, including video chatting, in prisons and jails throughout the country. “Incarcerated people face considerable barriers to stay in touch with their loved... Read More

September 28, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
FCC Continues to Crack Down on Robotexts and Calls

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission continues to crack down on pesky scam calls and texts with new proposed rules... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission continues to crack down on pesky scam calls and texts with new proposed rules and international partnerships announced this week. “The American people are fed up with scam texts, and we need to use every tool we have to do... Read More

September 27, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
DC Considers Wide-Ranging Anti-Discrimination Data Law

WASHINGTON — D.C. Councilman Robert White heard nearly seven hours of wide-ranging testimony about the proposed Stop Discrimination by Algorithms... Read More

WASHINGTON — D.C. Councilman Robert White heard nearly seven hours of wide-ranging testimony about the proposed Stop Discrimination by Algorithms Act last week. The proposed law would prohibit a wide range of businesses across the district from using algorithms to make decisions based on protected personal... Read More

September 23, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
21 Broadcasters Face Fines for Violating Child TV Protections

WASHINGTON — Twenty-one broadcasters are being fined for violating children’s television programming rules to the tune of $3.4 million, the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Twenty-one broadcasters are being fined for violating children’s television programming rules to the tune of $3.4 million, the Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday. The broadcasters aired advertisements for Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage during episodes of “Team Hot Wheels” across dozens of television stations.... Read More

September 23, 2022
by Madeline Hughes
Tribal Leaders: Getting Internet to All Needs Greater Coordination

WASHINGTON — The lack of a national plan for getting internet to every native tribe in the country was on... Read More

WASHINGTON — The lack of a national plan for getting internet to every native tribe in the country was on full display Wednesday as the Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a roundtable discussion with federal agencies and tribal leaders working on connecting their people to the... Read More

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