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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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

A Truly Bold Plan for New York City's Broadband Future

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.01.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

The NYC Mayor's Office of Tech & Innovation has asked for bold ideas and innovation to "help bring high speed Internet to all New Yorkers", including "more choices among ISPs", and "expanded service to underserved communities", which may require "policy changes".

AT&T Customers Take to Twitter to Express Anger About Company Throttling Their Data

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Kyle McCarthy

Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission hit AT&T with a $100 million fine, accusing the company of throttling speeds for customers who thought they had unlimited data plans.

Internet Test Reveals Americans Are Not Getting the Speeds They Paid For

Timothy Karr | Posted 07.04.2015 | Technology
Timothy Karr

According to Internet Health Test data, AT&T often sticks customers with speeds that are slower than the FCC's bare-minimum definition for Internet access, and many times more sluggish than what it advertises.

Verizon's Massive East Coast FiOS Scandal: 41 Percent Coverage Using 'Weasel Room' Math

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.21.2015 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon harmed America's East Coast; not just in one or two states, but from Massachusetts down through Virginia. After reading a number of Verizon's state summaries of how great the company is and how well they have been serving each state, I noticed a pattern.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: New FCC Rules Could Make Polling More Expensive, Less Accurate

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

The FCC gives pollsters heartburn with new rules that toughen restrictions on the use of "autodialers" to call cell phones. Yet, surveys that don't us...

AT&T Hit With Record $100M Fine Over 'Unlimited' Data

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 06.18.2015 | Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — AT&T Mobility LLC has been slapped with a record $100 million fine for offering consumers "unlimited" data, but then slowing their...

12 Top Religious Leaders On Why We Need An Open Internet

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.12.2015 | Religion

The Open Internet Order has gone into effect -- protecting what faith leaders are calling the “fundamental right” of Internet freedom. Along wi...

The Open Internet Order Becomes Law: Why Faith Leaders are Celebrating

Valarie Kaur | Posted 06.12.2015 | Religion
Valarie Kaur

America's faith and moral voices have always been at the forefront of social movements. Media justice is the next frontier.

Verizon Is 'Killing the Copper' and Is Now Denying It

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.11.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon's media department should really read their own CEO's statements before they open their mouths in the press. CEO Lowell McAdam and other senior management have said over and over that the company is "shutting off the copper" to force customers onto Verizon's inferior and expensive wireless services. Yet Verizon is denying that they have such a plan.

Rush Limbaugh Stepped Into It This Time

Sue Wilson | Posted 06.10.2015 | Media
Sue Wilson

the Federal Communications Commission, which oversees the public interest in broadcasting, has consistently stood by Limbaugh's First Amendment right to say whatever he wants, no matter how many people he harms or offends. Until, perhaps, now.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: New FCC Proposal Could Disrupt Polling Industry

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

A set of potential new FCC rules for incoming calls rattles the polling industry. Voters want substance. And Americans explain what they mean by "midd...

A Latin Verb Corrupted Me

Khalid Hanifi | Posted 06.04.2015 | Entertainment
Khalid Hanifi

One afternoon in early 1973, hearing what sounded like an auditorium full of laughter roaring out of my older sister Maryam's room, I invited myself...

FCC Chief Tom Wheeler Is Five Sixths of a Superhero

Marty Kaplan | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Ex-lobbyist Tom Wheeler's courage in battling deep-pocketed corporations on competition, open Internet, privacy, the digital divide, and robocalls transformed him in my mind from oligarch apologist to American Avenger. That's why I'm so bummed he won't use his superpowers to fight the super PACs.