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America's Ugly Truth About Broadband

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.01.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

When Finland and Hungry beat out the United States of America in download speeds and the Republic of Seychelles and Bangladesh beat us in 'upload' speeds, you know something is wrong with broadband in America today.

Time Warner Cable's Triple Play Gluttony and the Net Neutrality Rules

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.22.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

For those who say, well, the new net neutrality order will fix everything, (assuming it makes it through various, expected court battles), I'll detail a few of the good things about the order as it relates to these charges, then give you the reality -- it doesn't fix most things.

Dana Liebelson

Republicans Allege Secret Net Neutrality Plot As They Interrogate FCC Chairman

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans kicked off an aggressive, net neutrality "fact-finding" mission on Tuesday, forcing Federal Communications Com...

Who Really Won on Net Neutrality (But Won't Admit It)

Art Brodsky | Posted 03.10.2015 | Media
Art Brodsky

The FCC's decision is one of the most pro-business policies ever enacted by an agency under the Obama administration. Yet the so-called defenders of business refuse to see it.

Chattanooga, Tennessee, Offered A Public Option For Internet Access And Revived Its Economy

Carl Gibson | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Chattanooga has proven to everyone else that having a public option for internet, cable, and phone service is better for consumers. And though the big companies would never admit it, the competition that socialist local broadband networks provide is the heart of the free-market capitalism they claim to espouse.

The Other FCC Decision

David Morris | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
David Morris

By now, if the telecom companies had kept their promises we might well have a national broadband network that would be the envy of the world. Instead many consider the United States a laggard in high speed, affordable broadband.

GOP Lawmaker Wants To Shut Down 'Illegal' Net Neutrality Rules

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics

A key Republican lawmaker overseeing the Federal Communications Commission has pledged this week to restrain the agency's powers after it decided to i...

Are We All Talking About the Same Thing?

Patricia Morizio | Posted 03.09.2015 | Business
Patricia Morizio

The Internet is not black and white, and it is most certainly not sacred. We seem to have merely added more complexity to its already nuanced nature.

How the Internet Was Saved... and Why the Battle Continues

Victor Pickard | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics
Victor Pickard

The battle continues. The history of media reform tells us that if we ignore core systemic problems like the power of monopolies and the lack of structural diversity, important protections like net neutrality can be short-lived.

How to Fund an Open, Ubiquitous, Very Fast, Broadband Internet Utility

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.03.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

While it is great that Net Neutrality principles, which means that they can't screw with your Internet service, may be put into effect, it belies the more pervasive problems -- you may not be able to afford (or want to pay for) that service or get that service or have a choice about who offers you that service.

Verizon's Morse Code Press Release Telegraph's the Claims of Perjury

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.01.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

On February 26th, 2015, Verizon put out a press release claiming that the FCC's Net Neutrality decision was a "throwback that imposes 1930's rules on the Internet". And they put out an additional release in the language of a telegraph to reinforce this view point.

Who Should Make the Rules?

David Morris | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics
David Morris

Who should make decisions affecting the health and safety of our communities? Who governs? Conservative Republicans in Texas are split on the question.

The FCC Did NOT Make The Internet A Public Utility

Medium | Posted 02.27.2015 | Technology

Today the Federal Communications Commission voted 3–2 to approve of Title II-backed net neutrality regulations....

Week to Week News Quiz for 2/27/15

John Zipperer | Posted 02.27.2015 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Escape to the Rockies in our latest latest Week to Week news quiz. Here are some random but real hints: That was Martin Landau; big ISPs aren't happy...

Net-"Sue-Me"-Neutrality: Get Ready for the Spring Offensive

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.26.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Once the entire Open Internet (Net Neutrality) rules are put out (we have only an outline as of this writing), you can expect a lawyers' banquet, a feeding frenzy where they will file and file and file.

Show Me the FCC Rules, Please?

Jamie Court | Posted 03.11.2015 | Technology
Jamie Court

Leave it to Washington, D.C., to hand Americans what is probably the greatest consumer victory from that town in a decade and then fail to show them the actual rules. There's no question that the FCC made history. The issue is how big of a win is it.

Dana Liebelson

Net Neutrality Prevails In Historic FCC Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to approve strong net neutrality rules in a stunning decision, defying vocal, month...

Internet Wins, Losses and Threats in the Year Ahead

Edward J. Black | Posted 02.26.2015 | Technology
Edward J. Black

While there are some reasons for optimism, a looming renewed threat comes from those who failed to get SOPA legislation passed three years ago.

How We Won Net Neutrality

Craig Aaron | Posted 02.26.2015 | Technology
Craig Aaron

This is what democracy looks like. That's not something I thought I'd ever say about the bureaucrats at the Federal Communications Commission. After years of cronyism, corruption and cowardice, Thursday's vote for strong Net Neutrality rules at the FCC is unexpected if not unprecedented.

FCC Expected To Approve Net Neutrality Rules

Reuters | Alina Selyukh | Posted 02.27.2015 | Technology

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the strictest-ever rules on Internet providers, who in turn...

How the Christian Coalition and MoveOn Helped Save Net Neutrality: A Buried Story of a Powerful Coalition

Paul Loeb | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics
Paul Loeb

This week's FCC action should bring a long-delayed victory for net neutrality. It's an important victory, without which the online world that we've come to take for granted would risk being auctioned off to the highest bidder. But this victory might never have happened without an unlikely political coalition a decade ago.

Ensuring Internet Equality For All

Bill de Blasio | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics
Bill de Blasio

It's no secret I consider income inequality the greatest challenge of our time. And whether you're my age or my teenage son Dante's, it's clear: the Internet has become fundamental to solving it.

Verizon: Show Us the Money (The "Title II" Money Trail Exposed)

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.25.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon has told the FCC, the public, or anyone else who will listen, that imposing 'utility-style regulations', sometimes referred to as 'Title II", on broadband providers -- will harm investment.

Dana Liebelson

Woman With The Fate Of The Internet In Her Hands Reveals Thoughts On Upcoming Net Neutrality Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission will vote this week on a net neutrality proposal that could shape the future of a free and open In...

Net Neutrality From Muskets to Megabits

Art Brodsky | Posted 02.22.2015 | Technology
Art Brodsky

On February 26, the FCC will do something that few have ever accused the government of doing. It will recognize reality and act appropriately. That, in a nutshell, is the debate over net neutrality. Just as plain telephone service connected people and was regulated, now it's data services. Calls or video are all just megabits. Telephone companies couldn't discriminate in their traffic then, neither should they or cable companies be able to play favorites or manipulate customers now. That basic, regulated fairness is what allowed the Internet to develop, a point some current opponents seem to miss, whether blinded by ideology or money. But if you listen to the anguished cri de coeur from the loyal defenders of the big telecom companies, you would think the FCC's action was a government coup d'interconnecter -- a takeover of The Internet.