Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of handpicked stories from the Switch team.

Obama wants to help make your Internet faster and cheaper. This is his plan. The White House announced a new proposal to expand broadband access in the U.S. with a focus on municipal broadband networks. "He'll write to the Federal Communications Commission urging the agency to help neutralize laws, erected by states, that effectively protect large established Internet providers against the threat represented by cities that want to build and offer their own, municipal Internet service," the Switch's Brian Fung reports -- and the president will "direct federal agencies to expand grants and loans for these projects and for smaller, rural Internet providers."

Silk Road stunner: Ulbricht admits founding the site, but says he isn’t DPR. Ars Technica's Joe Mullin reports on the trial of Ross Ulbricht, the man the government alleges is the kingpin behind now defunct online black market Silk Road. Ulbricht's defense admitted that he created the site, but claimed that he had passed it along to another person who later "lured" him back to be the fall guy.

Facebook will now include AMBER alerts in the News Feed. "Facebook will now include AMBER alerts in users's news feeds, expanding the child abduction alert program's reach into the social media world," the Switch's Hayley Tsukayama reports. " When officials issue an AMBER alert, Facebook users in the area will see a post in their feeds that they can click on for more information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children."

Uber offers cities an olive branch: your valuable trip data. Ride-hailing company Uber will soon start sharing some trip data with city governments. "The company plans to partner first with Boston, sharing quarterly anonymized trip-level data with the city in a model that Uber says will become its national data-sharing policy," Wonkblog's Emily Badger reports. "The data will include date, time, distance traveled and origin and destination locations for individual trips, identified only by zip code tabulation area to preserve privacy."

Facebook Is Eating the Media. Will Oremus over at Slate thinks Facebook's auto-play video approach may be a sign of dire things to come for media that depends on the social network.