Google's Do-It Yourself app creation software allows more people without the technical chops to build an app to get their ideas off the ground and provides a great training-ground to show youth the power of technology creation.
Sometime soon, Texas Congressman John Culberson is expected to try a backdoor parliamentary move to short-circuit the work of the FCC to establish some reasonable rules of the road to help everyone get connected to the Internet.
It is a testament to the telecom industry's overwhelming influence that they seem to have convinced the nation's communications agency to swear off authority to protect Americans' right to open communications.
If President Obama doesn't start treating the Internet like the vital infrastructure that it is -- and stop giving away the store to telecom lobbies -- he'll lose his most strategically important constituency this November.
Our country is at a critical point in the effort to achieve universal broadband, and as progress towards this goal is unnecessarily stalled, we are falling further behind while other countries continue to invest.
To hear the industry and their lackeys, one would think the government not only is regulating the Internet, but also taking it over. The fact is, both before the FCC acts and after, private industry will still own what it owns.
The Senators who harp on the FCC's need to go to Congress to reverse a decision the Commission previously made know that Congress will never act in a timely fashion, if at all, to protect broadband consumers.
Even as revenues have increased, the telecommunications sector's job-loss trend has accelerated. In fact, industry statements have indicated that job cuts will continue - but with no mention of FCC action as the culprit.