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Internet Users, Businesses Awaiting FCC Open Internet Rules After Congress, President's Attention

Edward J. Black | Posted 03.28.2015 | Technology
Edward J. Black

The FCC was the institution Congress created years ago to look out for the public interest in communications network access. They were wise to minimize politics and charge the agency with developing the technical expertise to protect universal access to communications services. Congress would be wise now to let the FCC carry out its mission.

12 Numbers That Show America's Internet Has An Equality Problem

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 01.26.2015 | Technology

Here's what is keeping people from web access.

Should Banks Be Allowed to Robocall Your Mobile Phone?

Adam Levin | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Adam Levin

According to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, it's illegal to robocall a mobile phone number without permission. The American Bankers Association wants to change that, arguing that robocalls will help fight identity theft and other kinds of fraud.

Did Verizon Commit Perjury in the Net Neutrality Proceeding About the Use of Title II?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

New Networks Institute has filed a Petition for Investigation with the FCC to examine Verizon's use of Title II and whether the company has committed perjury in the current Net Neutrality, Open Internet Proceeding, (Docket number 14-28).

Don't Let Congress (and Comcast) Derail Real Net Neutrality

Craig Aaron | Posted 03.17.2015 | Technology
Craig Aaron

A new Republican legislative proposal should be exposed for what it is: a cynical effort by the cable lobby to prevent the FCC from enforcing the law to keep the Internet open.

President Obama Comes to the Defense of Gigabit Cities

Timothy Karr | Posted 03.17.2015 | Technology
Timothy Karr

On Wednesday, President Obama called for an end to rules that prevent cities towns and other communities from creating their own high-speed Internet networks.

2015: The Trend Line for Communications Services -- Phone, Broadband, Internet, Cable TV & Wireless -- Sucks

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.09.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

As a telecom analyst for over 30+ years, I've been tracking the trend lines of communications services. And from the customer perspective -- your perspective -- 2015 will be like watching a train wreck in slow motion -- and continue over the next few years.

Dana Liebelson

Democrats Head Off Republicans And Enter Net Neutrality Fight

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats beat Republicans to the punch on net neutrality legislation on Wednesday, reviving a bill that would ban companies from chargi...

Marriott Is Still Fighting To Block Personal Wi-Fi Access At Hotels

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 01.06.2015 | Business

"To set the record straight it has never been nor will it ever be Marriott's policy to limit our guests' ability to access the Internet by all available means."

More Than the Internet: Net Neutrality Vote Will Determine Whether Americans Are Citizens First or Consumers First

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.07.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

When President Teddy Roosevelt preserved the Grand Canyon from exploitation by mining interests, and when President Obama did the same for Bristol Bay in Alaska, what was really at stake is whether we are citizens first, with a heritage to preserve, or just consumers and commercial interests.

GOP Plots Ways To Fight FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON—Newly fortified Republicans in Congress are considering a number of ways to stymie the Obama administration’s planned regulations on br...

FCC Will Vote On Net Neutrality In February

AP | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are expected to vote next month on rules to govern how Internet service providers deal with the flow of content...

The Fox Tax

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 03.04.2015 | Media
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Whenever Fox wants to bust on the shoes of unions they always bring up how union dues are collected. Unwilling members of the union are forced to donate to a union they don't like... It kinda sounds like cable consumers are forced to donate to television stations they don't like.

Four Ways 2015 Will Be a Pivotal Year for the Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 03.02.2015 | Technology
Timothy Karr

At stake is whether the Internet remains a democratic, user-powered network -- or falls under the control of a few powerful entities.

Government Report: No High Speed Broadband Competition: Blame AT&T, Verizon & CenturyLink's Two Decades of Broken Promises.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.26.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

In the last article about broadband I supplied a list of the "video dialtone" deployments that were filed at the FCC by what are now AT&T, Verizon and Centurylink to upgrade the utility copper networks and replace these wires with fiber optics wires -- which never happened.

Tom Brady's Foul Mouth Draws FCC Complaints

Posted 12.17.2014 | Sports

By Matt Verderame, Awful Announcing Tom Brady is a three-time Super Bowl champion, millionaire, spouse of Gisele Bundchen and certain Hall of Fame ...

Some Internet Activists Say Obama Didn't Go Far Enough

Tracy Rosenberg | Posted 02.14.2015 | Technology
Tracy Rosenberg

Some Internet activists are saying the intensity of the fight over net neutrality has diverted attention from other steps that can be taken to keep the Internet consumer-focused and equally accessible to all. Particularly, they point to the idea of structural separation. So what is structural separation?

Update: Verizon's CFO Sticks His Foot in His Mouth Over Title II and Investment -- Where's the Investigations?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.13.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

On Dec. 9, 2014, Verizon's CFO Francis Shammo was speaking at the UBS 42nd Annual Global Media & Communications Conference for investors and made a comment -- even if the networks were to be reclassified as "Title II" in the Net Neutrality proceedings, it would not harm or influence investment.

You Have Been Charged Thousands for a Fiber-Optic, Broadband Utility That You Never Got -- Over the Last 20-Plus Years

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

By 2010 or there abouts, America was supposed to have been a fully-fiberized nation with fiber optic-based broadband utilities -- really.

The Connection Between Air Pollution and Cell Phones You've Never Heard About

Devra Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 02.06.2015 | Green
Devra Davis, Ph.D.

In the 21st century, "show me the bodies" seems like a cruel and outdated foundation for public policy. Yet history is littered with examples -- like tobacco and asbestos -- where only after the death toll mounts is the price of inaction finally understood to exceed that of action.

Is This About Net Neutrality, a Hostage Situation or Just Extortion? It's Hard to Say.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.04.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Unfortunately, most who are calling for Net Neutrality or Title II don't get the underlying issue -- It's all about one company 'vertically integrating,' meaning controlling all of the primary services over the wire

Verizon Uses 'Title II' as a Cash Machine Today -- It Harms Customers, Not Investments

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.02.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

In 2004-2005, the FCC closed the networks to direct competition by changing the classification of the wires from a "telecommunications" (Title II) service, to an "Information service" (Title I).

A New Year, a Bolder and Better E-Rate

Jessica Rosenworcel | Posted 02.02.2015 | Technology
Jessica Rosenworcel

Before our students file out of their classrooms and head home for the holidays, the FCC should act. Because it is within our means to choose a future where all American kids have access to digital age learning, no matter who they are, where they live, or where they go to school.

Dana Liebelson

Rand Paul Opposes Net Neutrality Rules: 'I Don't Want To See Regulation Of The Internet'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Silicon Valley companies want strong rules to protect net neutrality, but Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a likely GOP presidential contender wh...

AT&T's--REDACTED--to the FCC's Requests about--REDACTED--Fiber Optic Deployment--REDACTED.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 01.28.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T must be investigated for its previous failures to fulfill basic commitments in prior mergers, especially the AT&T-BellSouth merger and the FCC should audit the new proposed fiber optic plans, not just take AT&T's word for it.