Today, Charles Benton, the founder and chairman of the Benton Foundation, died at his home from complications arising from cancer. Mr. Benton used his vision, optimism and talent to advocate for the public. Mr. Benton, 84, is survived by his loving wife, Marjorie, daughter Adrianne Furniss, son, Craig, and five grandchildren.
The following may be attributed to Public Knowledge President Gene Kimmelman on behalf of Public Knowledge:
“Charles was a true pioneer and champion for the public interest, passionately dedicated to maintaining a vital public square in the electronic age. From fighting for meaningful public interest obligations for broadcasters, to pushing to expand universal service support for broadband, Charles worked tirelessly to ensure that the poor, the elderly, communities of color, and other vulnerable and traditionally marginalized communities would not be excluded from our digital future.
“As a colleague in the field, Charles was well known and loved for his unquenchable good humor and apparently boundless energy. Even as his health declined, Charles remained as engaged in advocacy as possible, facing his final illness with courage and good spirits that were an inspiration to all of us who knew him. We shall miss him, and are proud to carry on the cause for which he labored so passionately for so long.”
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