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NBC Agrees To Give Time To 4 Republican Candidates

AP | Judah Robinson | Posted 11.24.2015 | Media

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC agreed Monday to give four Republican presidential candidates free time on affiliates in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Caro...

Hacking TV Episode #0018

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 11.24.2015 | Technology
Steve Rosenbaum

This week on Hacking TV: YouTube digs deep to cover fair use defense for creators; Vice continues its promiscuous flirtation with all the platforms and networks it can; MSNBC explores rare sharing relationship with Bloomberg; and Yahoo's negative press barrage continues.

Verizon Has Filed Another Letter With the FCC to Block Our Access to "Special Access" Data

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 11.18.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon has decided that I should not see the information recently collected by the FCC about special access services. In fact, Verizon has added us ...

What Comcast Doesn't Want You To Know About Data Caps

Timothy Karr | Posted 11.11.2015 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Comcast incurs almost no additional cost in terms of how much data you use. Once that "pipe" is built, it's cheap to operate. In essence, Comcast is imposing these arbitrary limits and penalties on customers simply because it can.

America Needs More Commercial Wireless Spectrum Yesterday...And That's Not Soon Enough

Senator Catherine Pugh | Posted 11.02.2015 | Technology
Senator Catherine Pugh

What is the best hope for equality in America? If there's a North Star, it is technology and especially wireless - the first of any kind of technology in which African Americans and Latinos are the leaders in adoption and informed use.

Verizon's Twisted Plan to Censor Your Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics
Timothy Karr

The framers of the Constitution couldn't have foreseen a time in which technology allowed more than 2.7 billion people to communicate worldwide via interconnected digital platforms. This exponential growth of speech is without precedent -- and it requires us to be clear on who the real speakers are.

Verizon Files a 'Me Too' Objection with the FCC: Block Kushnick's Access to the Special Access Data

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 10.23.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

The FCC is finally making available a database of collected information about special access lines and services, which, according to the FCC, has hit $40 billion in revenues.

A Vote for Justice Over Money at the FCC

Eric Lotke | Posted 10.22.2015 | Crime
Eric Lotke

"In my sixteen years as a regulator," said FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, "this is the clearest, most egregious case of market failure I have seen." On Thursday the FCC voted to put it right. The decision vindicates a decades-long campaign to limit the rates that families pay to talk to loved ones in prison.

It's Not Every Day A Dead Cat Is Mentioned At An FCC Hearing

The Huffington Post | Ben Walsh | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics

Federal Communications Commission meetings typically are not very exciting. Wonky items are discussed, commissioners give statements, everyone vo...

Obama Administration Approves Plan To Make Prison Phone Calls More Affordable

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 on Thursday to cap the rates and fees that companies can charge for phone service in pr...

Prison Phone Company Fights To Keep Profiting Off Inmates And Their Families

The Huffington Post | Ben Walsh | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Each month, Cesia Pineda spends between $200 and $250 to talk to her husband on the phone. Normally, the calls would cost a tiny fract...

Phone Communication Serves as a Lifeline for Prisoners and Their Families

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 10.20.2015 | Crime
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Prison phone calls serve as an indispensable tool for children and countless family members to remain connected with their incarcerated loved ones. However, the high cost of these calls serves as an active barrier to remaining in contact.

AT&T to FCC: Stop Kushnick From Examining the Special Access Data

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 10.15.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

It isn't every day that AT&T mentions my name in an official 'objection' that requests that I be prohibited from seeing the 'special access' data recently compiled by the FCC.

The Unnecessarily High Cost Of Inmate Calling Charges Is An Injustice

Cory Booker | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Cory Booker

The opportunity and ability to turn one's life around is a fundamental principle of justice and of the American Dream. Unfortunately, it seems this principle of American values has gone missing from our broken justice system. Fixing the way inmates interact with the outside world is an important step in restoring it.

AT&T's 'IP Transition' Trials Appear to Be a Total Bomb

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Question: Do people really want the "IP Transition" as told by AT&T? Short Answer: No one cares. Answer: AT&T chose two locations, Carbon Hill, Al...

The Hidden Cost of Internet Connection: Will the FCC Intervene?

Edward J. Black | Posted 10.08.2015 | Technology
Edward J. Black

While many consumers complain about the cost of both their wired broadband and mobile broadband services, it's up to the FCC to support more competition so that companies naturally have more incentive to offer better rates and service.

Getting the Story Straight on Comcast, Time Warner

David Balto | Posted 09.27.2015 | Business
David Balto

It's often worthwhile for policy makers to look back on a matter to determine whether they made the right call on it. So, in this sense, I appreciate...

Tech Giants, Democrats Go To Bat For Net Neutrality Rules In Court

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tech giants and Democratic lawmakers filed briefs in court this week defending the strong net neutrality rules approved by the Obama ...

How the Pundits and FCC Commissioner Pai Got It Wrong -- Fiber Optics Are 'Title II'; Customers Are the Investors.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

I challenge Hal Singer, Senior Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, and FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai to a rousing debate, sponsored by the Internet Society, New York Chapter, who has agreed to host it. Why?

Deceptive Accounting Used by Verizon: Wired 'Access Lines' Have Been Dramatically Increasing, Not Decreasing

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 09.04.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon has been claiming over and over that the company has been losing access lines.

59 Twists and Turns to Verizon's Calculated Play to Go Wireless and Dismantle the State-Based Wired Utilities

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.31.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon has a very simple but very calculated plan -- go wireless (mobile) at the expense of the wired networks.

How To Stop Robocalls Once And For All

Jim T. Miller | Posted 08.31.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Millions of Americans on the National Do Not Call Registry ( complain they still receive unwanted calls from robocallers. Why? Because most robocalls are scams run by con artists who are only trying to trick you out of your money, and they simply ignore the law.

BLACKOUT: Dish Subscribers In 36 States Lose Access To Nearly 130 Stations

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 08.26.2015 | Media

(Reuters) - Dish Network Corp said subscribers have lost access to more than 100 local stations due to a distribution dispute with Sinclair Broadcast...

Black Capitalism in Telecommunications

Senator Catherine Pugh | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Senator Catherine Pugh

African American leaders must stand up and defend the DE program and its reforms, and push hard for more secondary market transactions. We need to use all available business, advocacy and regulatory tools at our disposal to advance opportunities for African American entrepreneurship.

The FCC and AT&T Don't Care About Rural Areas and They Can Just Make Crap Up

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.11.2015 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

One would think that the FCC would care about a failure to upgrade whole parts of multiple states.