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Super WiFi Coming: FCC Opens Up unused TV signals for broadband

AP | JOELLE TESSLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission is opening up unused airwaves between television channels for wireless broadband networks tha...

Civility -- and Why Bobby Rush Should Be the Ranking Communications Subcommittee Member

David Honig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Honig

Congressman Bobby Rush has supported five of the six Open Internet principles, but he's quite properly concerned about the FCC's proposed economic non-discrimination principle on jobs.

FCC Chief Preparing Net Neutrality Proposal, Sources Say

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is putting together a net neutrality proposal and plans to take action on the controvers...

Is Google's Spy-Fi About Privacy, or Something More?

Christian Sandvig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christian Sandvig

Google is explicit that its mission is to organize all of the world's information. But much of that information is being created, today, for the first time -- and Google is a big part of that story.

Senator Wants FCC To 'End' Fox News, MSNBC

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

During a committee meeting on Wednesday about television retransmission consent, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) veered away from his prepared remarks ...

Comcast Kumbaya

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Public policy is designed to make it profitable for corporations to behave in ways that don't harm the rest of us. The only thing that will keep Comcast honest is clear rules of the road and a real watchdog such as the FCC to enforce them.

Advocacy Group Asks FCC: BLOCK New Skechers Cartoon!

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — An advocacy group on Tuesday asked the Federal Communications Commission to block a soon-to-debut TV cartoon show starring characters...

FCC Hopes To Use Vacant TV Airwaves For 'Super WiFi'

AP | JOELLE TESSLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — A new flavor of Wi-Fi, with longer range and wall-piercing power, could show up in wireless gadgets a year from now if the Federal Comm...

FCC Probes Google 'Wi-Spy' Breach

AP | JOELLE TESSLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission is investigating whether Google Inc. broke the law by inadvertently sucking up fragments of e...

Wireless Policy in a Bipartisan World

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Spalter

With the pundits dissecting the meaning of the mid-term elections and the implications of the D.C. power shift, the conventional wisdom appears to be ...

Net Neutrality and the New Congress -- Meh

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

After the shouting has died down and after the House elects its Republican leaders, the reality is that policy in the telecom sector will likely remain where it has been for the past two years -- in state of suspended animation.

Free Glee!

Jeff Jarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeff Jarvis

TV should be simple. We want to watch the shows we want to watch whenever and wherever we want to watch them. Channels that stop us from watching them [Fox, are you listening?] are hastening their own deaths.

What Lies at Stake for Internet Businesses, Minority Start-Ups and the Economy?

Angela Benton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Angela Benton

Three years ago, when it was clear that my job at an Internet startup wasn't going to lead to the type of career opportunities I once thought, I decid...

A Letter From a Progressive to President Obama

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stu Kreisman

Dear President Obama, I'll vote for you in 2012, but you're not making it easy to do so. Your administration's communication skills are, to be honest, horrible. And now we're in for two years of gridlock and hell.

The Master Switch by Tim Wu -- a Masterful Guide to Our Internet World

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Art Brodsky

Wu's eminently readable book is a history of the telephone network, the movie industry and broadcasting, all of them leading up to the history of today's combination of all of them -- the Internet.

FCC To Address Cyberbullying At Schools With Government-Subsidized Internet

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

In recent years, school bullying has increasingly gone online with more students using social media websites and other Internet tools to harass fellow...

The Fox TV/Cablevision Fight, and How The FCC Can Find Its 'Man Pants.'

Harold Feld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Harold Feld

How on Earth did the FCC get reduced from the consumer protection "cop on the beat" to pathetically tweeting the playoffs?

Washington Post Endorses Comcast-NBC: Ironically Proves Dangers of Mega-Merger

Josh Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Silver

When media conglomerates such as The Washington Post Company control too much, their own interests -- and opinions -- directly conflict with the public's desperate need for sound policy and diverse, independent, critical viewpoints.

No More 'Trick or Treat' Phone Bills

Sen. Tom Udall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Sen. Tom Udall

It's happened to far too many Americans. You open up your phone bill and wonder why there's an extra zero, or several, on the amount that you owe.

Why Did Donna Brazile Use the F-word in Oprah's Magazine? (Hint: Rush Limbaugh)

Sue Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sue Wilson

To the uninitiated, bringing Fairness to the public airwaves -- radio and TV -- is a no-brainer. But to Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh, bringing back the "Fairness Doctrine" could be a call to arms.

Diverse Support for Open Internet

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

Beyond the politics, partisanship and power struggles that exist in Washington today, I do believe we can reach an agreement that will benefit communities that all too often have no voice in the broadband/net neutrality debate.

Fox Steps Over the Internet Line; But There's Nothing To Be Done

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

Over the weekend, Fox committed what should be considered one of the grossest violations of the open Internet committed by a U.S. company. Unfortunately, there was no one to call them on it.

Why it's "Radical" to Fight Corporate Control of Government (And Why Net Neutrality Is a Remedy)

Josh Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Silver

All of the disasters and failures of late share a common thread: There is a broader, ongoing government-wide failure to challenge the supremacy of industry lobbyists in Washington.

A Decisive Moment for Broadband Internet Access

David Honig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
David Honig

This is the issue that should be commanding the attention, money, and energy of stakeholders across the sector: ensuring that as many people as possible are able to access, adopt and effectively use broadband.

Why Are Family Jewels Just for Men?

Christine Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Christine Bronstein

Perhaps Vag Magazine is a start, a subversive way to help our daughters one day feel as confident about what makes them women as our boys do about what makes them male.