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NBP Anniversary Coincides With Considerable Steps Forward

Julius H. Hollis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Julius H. Hollis

The merger of T-Mobile USA and AT&T will enable rapid broadband coverage for most of the nation -- including many lower-income and rural communities that have been largely underserved.

Tim Wu Talks Net Neutrality, Information Empires and Freedom

Alex Pasternack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alex Pasternack

2011-03-21-nknknk.jpgWe all know that as technology empowers us to do more, it carries with it all manner of problems. But one of our biggest pickles tends to slip right by us: We're not free.

AT&T Celebrates Broadband Plan by Buying Out Competition

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

High-speed Internet access is still a market with little competition, and there is nothing in the National Broadband Plan to address that crucial fact.

FCC Approves Qwest Sale

AP | PETER SVENSSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

NEW YORK — Federal regulators on Friday approved CenturyLink Inc.'s acquisition of Qwest Communications International Inc., on the condition tha...

Web Startups Want An Open Internet -- House Republicans Don't

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

In approving the resolution to nullify the FCC's open Internet rules, Republican members in the House show that they don't care if big companies impose unfavorable conditions on start-ups and entrepreneurs.

House Panel Votes To Repeal Net Neutrality Rules

AP | JOELLE TESSLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — A Republican-controlled Congressional panel has voted to repeal new Federal Communications Commission rules that prohibit phone and...

Speaker Boehner's Space Odyssey

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Boehner knows full well that real Net Neutrality has nothing to do with a government takeover of the Internet. He's playing dog-whistle politics and stoking irrational fears of government repression.

What Amy Chua and President Obama Have in Common: Parenting and New Trends in Home Learning

Elisabeth Stock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Elisabeth Stock

We must heed the President's call to invest in both education and broadband, but to do so in a way that dovetails the two to promote greater learning in the homes of students at all income levels.

No Double Standard for Clinton's 'Freedom to Connect'

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

While Clinton's call for uninterrupted access to the Internet -- and its now famous offspring Facebook, Twitter and Youtube -- is laudable, we need to be consistent in U.S. policy both here and abroad.

College Radio: You Will Be Assimilated

Tracy Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Tracy Rosenberg

College radio is part of the diverse package of community media voices around the country that keep the radio waves open to the public, training millions of young people in technology.

Let's Use the Technology of Today to Build an Even Better Tomorrow

Julius H. Hollis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Julius H. Hollis

Wireless technologies present a real opportunity to uplift communities that have been economically marginalized since the Reconstruction Era -- both in providing new opportunity and enabling all Americans to access this opportunity.

Low Income Cell Phone Customers Can Think for Themselves

David Honig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
David Honig

Low income people -- the underserved -- don't need the FCC to decide, for them, how they can spend their money.

FCC To Transform Subsidy Program To Pay For High-Speed Internet

AP | JOELLE TESSLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — The federal government spends more than $4 billion a year, collected from phone bills, to subsidize phone service in rural and poor...

We Must Stay Plugged In: The Internet Is Central to Democracy

Keith Wagstaff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Keith Wagstaff

Few may understand the importance of net neutrality, but everyone can now, due to Egypt's unfortunate example, envision a society where the Web's plug has been pulled.

The Real State of the Union Winners: Underserved Americans

Julius H. Hollis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Julius H. Hollis

Expanded access to the next generation of wireless services will generate major economic growth and rapid job creation, fostering crucial economic empowerment in communities of color.

Will Climate Change Chill Obama's Legacy?

William S. Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
William S. Becker

Obama is the leader most likely to be blamed 20 or 30 years from now when people around the world are suffering from intense, diverse and irreversible stresses from climate change.

FCC Approves Plan To Turn White Space Into 'Super WiFi'

DailyFinance | DANNY KING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Nine companies, including Google (GOOG), have received Federal Communications Commission approval to use unused broadcast frequencies -- so-called "wh...

Obama Tech Plans at Risk From FCC and GOP Congress

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

Obama's SOTU set an ambitious goal of "high-speed wireless coverage to 98 percent of all Americans." What he didn't say was that the FCC has sentenced those wireless users to a second-class Internet experience.

Verizon iBandAid Doesn't Fix the Real Problem

Josh Levy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Levy

AT&T, formerly known as the iPhone's exclusive carrier, is acting like Tony Soprano smashing a wall in a fit of rage by lashing out at its customers. AT&T = Tony's fist; consumers = wall.

Comcast-NBCU Deal Benefits African Americans

Robert Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Robert Steele

I hope critics will now take a hard look at what was achieved for African Americans as part of the Comcast-NBCU review process at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Verizon Loves Net Neutrality to Death

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

There's a simple reason we create regulatory public policy, and all of Verizon's spin shouldn't persuade the court or FCC otherwise.

Verizon Challenges FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

AP | JOELLE TESSLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — Verizon Communications Inc. on Thursday filed a legal challenge to new federal regulations that prohibit broadband providers from i...

Where Do We Go After Tucson?

Alex Nogales | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Alex Nogales

Recent events have set the table for the FCC and the NTIA to help this country have an informed national discussion about the impact of our spiraling rhetoric.

Comcast-NBC Deal: Something to Build Upon

Will Griffin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Will Griffin

The Federal Communications Commission voted 4-1 this afternoon to approve the Comcast-NBCu joint venture. As I said in a recent post, the deal could p...

FCC Blesses Comcast Merger and New Era of Media Monopoly

Joe Torres | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joe Torres

There's no way to sugarcoat the harmful impact this deal will cause the public by giving Comcast unprecedented power over our media landscape.