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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.

Are the FCC and AT&T Harming the Children of Rural Communities?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Bruce Kushnick

We received a copy of this letter, below, on the day the FCC rejected our Petition for Investigation against AT&T.

5 Reasons Broadcasters Need Real Digital Strategies Now

Jim Monroe | Posted 08.10.2015 | Business
Jim Monroe

Last week was hard on media stocks. For a couple of days it looked like the dire warnings about cord-cutting and millennial TV viewing had proven out.

MobTel: Some of America's Most Hated ISPs, Cable TV and Wireless Companies Have Their Associations Suing the FCC Over Net Neutrality

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.07.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

So, just on the surface, when the most hated companies in America all work together to sue the FCC, we should at least know something just ain't right, and that's putting it mildly.

I Do It For My Aunt Ethel

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.31.2015 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

I started to reflect on how I ended up in the mess -- this personal journey about my love and obsession with, well, telecommunications (though you may call it broadband, Internet, cable, wireless, etc).

'First We Pray, Then We Organize' The Unlikely Coalition for Net Neutrality (VIDEO)

Valarie Kaur | Posted 07.29.2015 | Religion
Valarie Kaur

If you want a world where #BlackLivesMatter, if you proclaim #Not1More or #LoveWins, if you want dignity for #Sikhs and #Muslims and the #99Percent, then #NetNeutrality is your cause too.

FCC Gives Stamp Of Approval For AT&T And DirecTV Merger

Associated Press | Kelly Chen | Posted 07.21.2015 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the Federal Communications Commission has recommended approving AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV. The d...

Verizon & AT&T's Wireless Broadband: $1,125.00 for One Month of Cable TV; $375.00 to Watch Netflix -- and that's Not Even 'HD'.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.22.2015 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

America is getting a big, fat downgrade, but don't bother to tell the FCC or the media. How, exactly is this the "best technology available"?

The Promise for Minority Businesses to Compete in the Digital TV Spectrum Auction

Senator Catherine Pugh | Posted 07.17.2015 | Technology
Senator Catherine Pugh

Next year, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) will auction off billions of dollars worth of spectrum now used for broadcast television.

Did Verizon NY, (With Help from NY State), Overcharge Phone Customers Over $752.00 for FiOS Services Most Will Never Get?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.15.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

In 2009, I came across a rate increase on Verizon New York's regular, residential local phone service which was granted by the NYPSC. It was based on Verizon's claims that they had undertaken a "massive deployment of fiber optics" and had major financial 'losses.'

Cable TV Disconnect, Smart TV and Consumer Choice

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

Cable television systems thumbed noses at Senator John McCain's call a couple of years ago for unbundled content options, but consumers have responded to a wider marketplace of real-time choices and technologies.

How an Ordinary Person Can Change the World, Well at Least Start the Process...

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Janice S. Lintz

Imagine waking up one day and learning that your daughter has a hearing loss. Imagine finding out the access your daughter needs doesn't exist in this country but does elsewhere.

Zach Carter

Bernie Sanders Says The Cable Bill Is Too Damn High | Zach Carter | Posted 07.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter on Friday accusing big cable companies of using monopoly power...

Stop the AT&T-DirecTV Merger or History Will Slap Us in the Face

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.10.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

The web is abuzz with two recent filings by AT&T -- which are being done as a desperate attempt to close the AT&T-DirecTV merger.

Thank You, Donald Trump From People Who Are Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing!

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Janice S. Lintz

You needn't worry about my daughter--she learned from this experience not to accept crumbs from those who think that people with disabilities don't deserve the best the world has to offer. So thank you for galvanizing me into helping to change the world for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Will the FCC Ignore Our Complaint? Did AT&T Commit Perjury, Claiming it had Covered 100 Percent of 21 States With Broadband?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Rumors are flying that the proposed AT&T-DirecTV merger is a done deal. And yet, it appears that the FCC ignored our complaint, which outlined that AT&T may have committed perjury during the previous AT&T-BellSouth merger.