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There Is No Internet Freedom Without Internet and Broadband Competition

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.05.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Net Neutrality only became an issue once the phone and cable companies got the government to protect their businesses from competition by blocking who could use the wires.

2012 Broadband Index: States Making Progress On Boosting Broadband

Blair Christie | Posted 02.04.2013 | Impact
Blair Christie

Broadband-connected businesses report $300,000 more in revenues on average than those without. Children online are two times more likely to go to college than those not connected. As more connections are made, quality broadband becomes simply indispensable.

Economic Security for Rural America: LightSquared Round Two

Diane Russell | Posted 01.29.2013 | Technology
Diane Russell

An essential building block to economic growth lies in expanding broadband access to rural America. Instead of pushing each other over the self-made cliff, why not build a bridge across the digital divide?

AT&T's $14 Billion 'Bribe' or How the Media Got It Wrong

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 01.28.2013 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

On Nov. 7, 2012, AT&T announced that it would be spending $14 billion to upgrade their wireless and wireline networks. And yet, in fact, AT&T is only ...

When Talk Isn't So Cheap

Zack Christenson | Posted 01.26.2013 | Technology
Zack Christenson

As Internet becomes more of a basic communication need, for everything from news consumption to education, it becomes more and more worrisome that government continues to discourage wireless use.

Gerry Smith

Despite Merger Promise, Rural AT&T Customers Find High-Speed Internet Out of Reach

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 11.18.2012 | Technology

HAZLEHURST, Miss. -- Cedric Wiggins thought high-speed Internet would have long since arrived in this corner of rural Mississippi. He figured this ...

AT&T's $14 Billion Dollar 'Bribe' to Get Rid of Telecom Regulations Is a Multi-Layered Hoax

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 01.09.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Kushnick's Law states: "A regulated company will always renege on promises to provide public benefits tomorrow in exchange for regulatory and financia...

Cable's Social Contract on America and Other Cable Scandals: But Who's Counting?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.29.2012 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Shouldn't we get to choose who offers us Internet or broadband or cable programming services over the wires we've helped to upgrade? And if there's no serious competition, shouldn't the cable companies' prices for cable services be regulated again?

Internet Freedom? You Are in an Internet Prison and You Don't Even Know It

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 10.17.2012 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

Bundled services also can mean higher prices. The FCC claims that it is concerned with low income families not being able to get broadband. And yet, where's the investigation into the bundling of services or the lack of competition to lower prices?

The Fine Print Misses the Mark

Michael K. Powell | Posted 12.15.2012 | Business
Michael K. Powell

Author David Cay Johnston won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his reporting on U.S. tax policy. But in his just released book, The Fine Print, Johnston falls woefully short of that standard in his attempt to critique the state of broadband in the U.S.

$360 Billion Dollars in Customer Overcharging From Broadband -- and Counting

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.11.2012 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

The Republican and Democratic parties should be investigating the caretakers of America's essential infrastructure, not kowtow to their whims.

Gerry Smith

Rachel Haot, New York's Digital Czar, Is The Woman Behind Bloomberg's Tech Vision

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 10.10.2012 | Technology

On a recent evening, dozens of New York entrepreneurs gathered at Gracie Mansion, the longtime home of the city’s mayors, to celebrate the city’s ...

The Kind of Innovation America Needs

Jason A. Llorenz | Posted 12.03.2012 | Technology
Jason A. Llorenz

We must grow and mentor cutting edge entrants to tech if we are to forge a new middle class in a new economy with very different rules.

Spectrum: The FCC's Lasting Legacy

Everett Ehrlich | Posted 12.02.2012 | Technology
Everett Ehrlich

Predicting the future of this country's fastest growing, most innovative marketplace is a difficult task. But if the FCC chairman is successful in bringing new spectrum to market and opening more channels for commerce and communications, his legacy will be assured.

California Law Helps Pave the Way to a Bright Mobile Future

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 11.30.2012 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

As consumers increasingly show a preference for mobile voice and broadband services, American innovators -- many based in California -- are bringing an astounding array of new products and services to market that both anticipate and respond to evolving consumer demand.

The End of Cities: The Coming 'Great Rural Migration'

Stephen Estes | Posted 11.26.2012 | Los Angeles
Stephen Estes

If the benefits of living in a city are diminished because the Internet brings access to the world to you, then why deal with the high real estate prices, traffic, crime, pollution and difficulty of living alongside millions of other people?

Communications Breakdown -- Your Phone, Wireless, Broadband, Internet and Cable Bills

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 11.24.2012 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

As I stare at the Republican and Democratic party platforms, I wonder -- don't these people have a clue? Haven't they bothered to actually ask their constituents what they think of their phone, wireless, broadband, Internet, and cable bills?

Netflix Exec: Canada's Caps On Internet Use "Almost a Human Rights Violation"

GigaOM | Posted 11.14.2012 | Technology

Low broadband caps in Canada put that country close to third-world countries, and overage charges almost amount to human rights violations: Netflix ch...

Internet Freedom in Democrat, Republican Platforms Is a Good Start

Edward J. Black | Posted 11.11.2012 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Whether the issue of the day is copyright infringement or open Internet access, censorship or a trade agreement, what the U.S. and the rest of the world could most use is an Internet freedom platform on which to base their daily policy challenges.

Gerry Smith

Google Fiber Deadline Expires, Some Low-Income Kansas City Residents Unlikely to Qualify

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 09.10.2012 | Technology

The deadline for Kansas City residents to sign up for Google's new high-speed Internet network expired Sunday night. But for now, not everyone will re...

Open for Innovation: Why the Tech Industry Should Bet on Obama

Susan Crawford | Posted 11.06.2012 | Technology
Susan Crawford

Compare the Republican and Democratic Party platforms when it comes to technology and you'll find an open-and-shut case. One is open to creating universal, affordable access; the other is closed to newcomers in a sector where access points are controlled by a few monopoly players.

You Could Soon Be Taxed For Having Internet

The Hill | Brendan Sasso | Posted 08.27.2012 | Money

The Federal Communications Commission is eyeing a proposal to tax broadband Internet service. The move would funnel money to the Connect America Fu...

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in the Verizon-Cable Pact

Joel Kelsey | Posted 10.27.2012 | Technology
Joel Kelsey

Congress and the FCC need to confront the looming monopoly environment most consumers now face for broadband service. If they don't reverse course and start dealing with the reality they've created, even the best conditions will be meaningless.

More Than an Appliance: Verizon, the FCC and our Digital Future

Susan Crawford | Posted 10.21.2012 | Technology
Susan Crawford

For the connection speeds Americans will need to work, study, build the next great company or just watch the next great movie online, more than 75 percent of us will have just one choice: the local cable monopolist.

FCC Has Options to Make Verizon Cable Deal Better for Internet Users

Edward J. Black | Posted 10.20.2012 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Congress and the FCC have put themselves at this juncture where they now have to choose between taking strong steps the biggest companies abhor, in order to enable competition -- or actually regulating a broadband monopoly.