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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.

F***ing up the Charts: on F-Words and Music

Eric Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Eric Williams

I appreciate the occasional well-meaning attempts to find sanitized alternative terms that preserve some of the flavor of the old standards, but sometimes there's just no replacement for le f-mot juste.

Net Neutrality Update: Are Inmates Running the Asylum?

Rick Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Rick Carnes

I never thought I'd see the day when Free Press would ally with the Tea Party to kill legislation from one of Congress' most respected Democrats, but that's exactly what recently happened.

America's Rising Technocracy Should Be Built on Conciliation, Not Petty Infighting

Angela Benton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Angela Benton

President Obama set out an ambitious tech vision for this country's future; it's in our collective best interest that we work together in getting there.

Genachowski's Choice

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

The fate of the open Internet now rests in the hands of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. The chairman just needs to muster the courage to do right by the millions of Internet users who demand an Internet of, for, and by the people.

FCC ABANDONS Efforts At Net Neutrality Compromise

AP | JOELLE TESSLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are abandoning efforts to negotiate a compromise on so-called "network neutrality" rules intended to ensure that...

Smart Internet Policy That's Good for Main Street

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

Americans need jobs and investments in broadband technology can create them. This goal of investing deeply in broadband technology remains central to America's economic vitality today.

A Clear Message Emerges From the Hill's Net Neutrality Mess: 'The FCC Must Act'

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

What we had here were some "grassroots" groups using industry talking points to kill a bill that the telecom industry now wanted -- or at least said it could support. Ah, irony.

Free Press: How (Not) to Win Friends and Influence People

Rick Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Rick Carnes

Free Press' tactics aren't helpful. As a Democrat, I truly believe that Free Press could be an important progressive voice at the table on how technology can contribute to putting Americans back to work.

FCC Modernizes Broadband & Mobile Access for Schools & Libraries

Larry Magid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Larry Magid

Under new FCC rules, schools will be encouraged to upgrade to 1 gigabit internet connections -- a thousand times faster than the 1 megabit service that many schools use today.

A Taste of Honey or a Bitter Pill - With Howard Stern Enticed by Alternative Media, Can Sirius XM Survive Without Him?

Mario Almonte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mario Almonte

In recent weeks, radio DJ Howard Stern seems like a man holding back a smoldering fire. With his five-year contract with Sirius XM expiring at the en...

Activists Deliver Breakfast to FCC with Message: Stop Waffling on Net Neutrality

Megan Tady | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Megan Tady

The FCC has yet to move forward with Net Neutrality rules -- despite launching a proceeding on the issue last October.

Ryan Grim

Bonnie Raitt, R.E.M., MoveOn Team Up To Defend Open Internet

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The Federal Communications Commission will meet Thursday in the midst of an ongoing debate over net neutrality regulations that have pitted major tele...

PTSD at the FCC -- An Unhappy Anniversary

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

The FCC chairman has to recognize the firm hand he holds in having two commissioners supporting him and recognize as well that if political forces want to reverse his decision, so be it. That shouldn't stop him from doing what's best for the American people.

Net Neutrality: We're Still Waiting

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

It's not too late to turn things around for net neutrality. And Julius Genachowski's legacy as chair of the FCC -- either as a champion of openness or as a toothless bureaucrat -- rests on what he does now.