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Someone Wrote A Sketchy Guide For Evading New Rules On Prison Phone Costs

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Someone has a clever plan -- outlined in a mysterious, unsigned document -- to help prisons and jails evade Obama administration regula...

It's the Internet, Stupid

Timothy Karr | Posted 02.03.2016 | Technology
Timothy Karr

I've got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that presidential candidates are starting to talk about Internet issues. The bad news is that presidential candidates are starting to talk about Internet issues.

AT&T's IP Transition Trials Are a Superhyped, Yet Unsuccessful, Con

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.02.2016 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T and others claim that the 'IP Transition' is to move America to advanced technology, Internet-Protocol-based services, and AT&T filed with the FCC to do two trials; one in Delray Beach, Florida and the second in Carbon Hill, Alabama.

Why Ownership of #BlackMediaMatters More to Black America Than the Oscar Awards

Antonio Moore | Posted 02.02.2016 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

The discussion of diversity in Hollywood, or the lack thereof has been at a fever pitch since the nominations for the Oscar awards were released. ...

Political Advertising Is About To Become A Lot More Transparent

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to expand a political advertising transparency rule to cover cable ...

Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren May Have Just Saved Consumers $14 Billion

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Cable customers who are tired of paying through the nose to rent set-top boxes are about to see some serious savings, thanks to a new p...

The Age of Noise, Clutter and Spying on Us

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 01.27.2016 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

This morning I awoke to a series of emails which made me realize that the Information Age is dead and we are now in The Age of Noise, Clutter & Spying on Us.

Truth-Testing Ted Cruz's Latest Net Neutrality Gibberish

Timothy Karr | Posted 01.22.2016 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Ted Cruz's position on net neutrality is so full of whoppers that it has to be taken apart, sentence by sentence, to fully demonstrate the depth of his dishonesty.

Verizon Wireless's 5G Deployment is a 1 Gig Fairy Tale.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 01.07.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Did you know that 100 Mbps was the original speed touted by Verizon for 4G LTE, starting around 2009? Yet, by 2015, America's average for 4G LTE speed...

AT&T Slams AT&T. AT&T & Verizon File to Block Kushnick from the FCC's "Special Access" Data... Again.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 01.05.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

On October 15th, 2002 -- over 13 years ago -- AT&T filed a Petition with the FCC to investigate the "special access" services that are controlled by the "Bell" companies, now AT&T, Verizon and Centurylink.

For Internet Users, 2015 Was a Year of Many Wins... and One Loss

Timothy Karr | Posted 12.28.2015 | Technology
Timothy Karr

We organized online and off, sending millions of comments in support of an open Internet, beating back efforts to build even larger broadband monopolies, and creating new online tools to safeguard the privacy of our online communications. Here are the many highlights... and a few less-than-spectacular moments.

Bad News for Democracy Is Great News for TV Profits

Bill Moyers | Posted 12.18.2015 | Media
Bill Moyers

The networks have grasped Donald Trump to their collective bosom like the winner of one of those misogynistic, televised beauty pageants he owns. Each pronouncement from the Sultan of Slur is treated as epic, no matter how deeply insulting, bigoted or just plain ridiculous.

Exposing One of the Largest Accounting Scandals in American History

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.10.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Why is America not in the Top 20 in the world in wired or wireless broadband speeds? Why are America's communications prices higher than many other countries? Why is there no serious competition -- and how do we fix this mess?

The FCC's 'Big Freeze': 15 Years of Neglect

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.10.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

This story exposes one of the largest financial accounting scandals in American history and impacts all wireline and wireless phone, broadband, Internet and even cable TV/video services.

Why's America Broadband Speeds Are Beyond Embarrassing

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.07.2015 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

We believe the future of communications in America is going to get worse, not better, unless we take some immediate actions.

US Court Will Hear Net Neutrality Challenge

AP | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 12.04.2015 | Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A long-running legal battle over government rules that require Internet providers to treat all Web traffic equally is back for ano...

Forget the Courts -- the Congress Must Resolve "Net Neutrality"

Everett Ehrlich | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Everett Ehrlich

By working with Republican majority to enact a net-neutrality law now, Democrats have an opportunity to set rules for a fair, open and competitive Internet well into the future.

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.