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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 (donotcall.gov) 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.