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Deny the Merger: The Collusion of Verizon-Wired & Verizon Wireless with Comcast and Time Warner.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.06.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Open the Networks for Direct Competition: The AOL-Time Warner Merger was Never Enforced. UPDATE to Part IV in the series based on the new report "I...

AT&T Can 'Say Anything': AT&T IP Transition Trials and the Direct TV Merger Documents Contradict Previous Broadband Commitments.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.13.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T has asked the FCC to let it start a 'transition' of its networks, moving to all 'Internet-based' (IP) services, with 'trials' to start in Alabama...

Verizon NY Charged 'Basic Rate' Phone Customers Multiple Rate Increases for the Deployment of the FiOS, Title II, FTTP Broadband Networks

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.31.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon NY lost $11 billion over the last five years and paid no income taxes. Isn't FIOS profitable? Part II of a new series based on the new repor...

Kate Sheppard

Senators Seek To Curb EPA Authority On Mine Waste Disposal

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.15.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- A pair of senators have introduced legislation that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from using its authority to preemp...

Rio Tinto Backs out of Pebble Mine Project

Tim Sohn | Posted 06.09.2014 | Green
Tim Sohn

This leaves Canadian mining company Northern Dynasty without a partner for development of the mine, a process it cannot afford to undertake on its own.

The Iron Law of Toxic Extraction

Carl Pope | Posted 05.03.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

A well-understood and established industrial process -- refining oil -- conducted in two states with rigorous environmental regulation and robust enforcement, every year, kills or injures workers. And the company responsible stonewalls inspectors.

CA Controller and NYC Comptroller Stand Firm Against Pebble Mine, Again Urge Rio Tinto to Divest to Protect Major Pension Fund Investors

Taryn Kiekow | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Taryn Kiekow

The California State Controller and New York City Comptroller's offices refused to back down from their request that mining giant Rio Tinto divest fro...

Want to Know What Verizon and AT&T Really Tell Their Investors?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.26.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Hint: It's not what they tell the regulators or the public. Verizon and AT&T's current state and federal plan, called the "IP transition," is nothing more than another way to game the system by telling the regulators what they want to hear.

Pebble Mine's 2013 Year End Review: 'One Foot in the Grave?'

Joel Reynolds | Posted 03.08.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Coming off a disappointing 2012, the Pebble Limited Partnership and its uniquely reckless project hit the rocks repeatedly in 2013.

More Bad News for the Pebble Mine: Rio Tinto Announces It May Divest

Joel Reynolds | Posted 02.22.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Today, in yet another sign that the massive Pebble Mine is doomed, the London-based mining giant Rio Tinto publicly announced that it is considering "divestment" from the uniquely reckless project, proposed for the headwaters of the most productive wild salmon fishery in the world.

The AT&T-Driven FCC-IP Transition Is a Total Con: Make More Money, Raise Rates and Kill Off Whole Industries; That's the Plan.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.08.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

In 2012, AT&T filed a petition with the FCC to begin the process of shutting off whole areas of America's networks, as well as removing all obligation...

Mark Twain and the Pebble Mine

Joel Reynolds | Posted 02.01.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

In the case of Pebble Mine, perhaps a more apt Mark Twain quote would have been his definition of a mine -- that is, "a hole in the ground owned by liars."

'COPPER' CANCELED

Posted 09.19.2013 | TV

"Copper" has been canceled by BBC America. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the period drama will not return for a third season. "'Copper' has ...

Bristol Bay: NRDC's Reynolds Discusses EPA's Watershed Assessment

Joel Reynolds | Posted 09.07.2013 | Green
Joel Reynolds

EPA just concluded a 60-day public comment period, and the vast majority of people asked EPA to protect Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine. NRDC members and activists alone sent over 267,000 petitions to the agency.

Louisiana's Pointe-au-Chien Tribe Struggles to Preserve Its Way of Life

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.16.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the June 17, 2013 edition.) Theresa Dardar, a member of the Pointe-au-Chien tribe in Terrebon...

Public, private funds revive 1940s-era recreation center in New Orleans

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.09.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the June 10, 2013 issue.) Last week, New Orleans reopened the John P. Lyons Memorial Center ...

AT&T, ALEC, FCC, Part 2: The AT&T FCC Petition is ALEC Model Legislation.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.22.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Connect the Dots: AT&T Petition and ALEC State Model Legislation In the previous post we examined the state-based ALEC model legislation that was c...

Trillions of Dollars in Oil, Gas and Mining Revenue Still Shrouded in Secrecy

Daniel_Kaufmann | Posted 07.20.2013 | Business
Daniel_Kaufmann

Secrecy still prevails in how natural resources are managed, and this conspires against economic development. The lives of over a billion citizens could be transformed if their governments managed their oil, gas and minerals in a more open, accountable manner.

Regulatory Capture of the FCC -- Time to Clean House

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.25.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T, with the help of Verizon and the cable companies have 'captured' the FCC -- and have been able to get the federal agency to create and shape a working group designed specifically to remove all regulations and obligations.

Has Copper Lost Its Predictive Power?

Peter Hall | Posted 05.21.2013 | Business
Peter Hall

Copper is not a rare mineral, but it has a rare property: foresight. Pundits have often turned to the price of the orange metal as a reliable indicator of near-term economic direction.

The New 'Digital Dead Zones' and Removing Your Rights to Communicate: Deny the AT&T FCC Petition Now

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.27.2013 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T, Verizon and Centurylink, who are corporate sponsors of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), have declared war on the American public.

Dear Telecom Unions: Time to Fight for the Public Switched Network Infrastructure & Technology (PSNIT) -- The State-based Utility Wires

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.22.2013 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

The real question is: Are the unions going take an active role in stopping the closing down of the networks? Are they going to help to get the networks get upgraded?

'The Good Wife' Adds A Surprising New Guest Star

Posted 02.06.2013 | TV

Jessalyn Gilsig is on her way to Lockhart/Gardner. According to TVLine, the "Glee" and "Heroes" vet is stopping by "The Good Wife" to play Jane Lud...

It's Time to Stop the Pebble Mine

Robert Redford | Posted 03.10.2013 | Green
Robert Redford

A long-awaited study by the Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed that the Pebble Mine -- along with its estimated 10 billion tons of mining waste -- would spell disaster for Bristol Bay, its legendary salmon runs, its pristine environment and its people.

High Copper Prices Force Sculptors Into Post-Bronze Age

Daniel Grant | Posted 03.06.2013 | Arts
Daniel Grant

As poor as he was, Vincent van Gogh didn't use 10 percent less paint on his canvases to save money, and Michelangelo didn't substitute quartz for marble. But the rising price of copper, the main component of bronze, has forced more and more sculptors to economize.