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Google-Verizon Deal: The End of The Internet as We Know It

Josh Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Josh Silver

Since its beginnings, the Internet was a level playing field that allowed all content to move at the same speed, whether it's ABC News or your uncle's video blog. That's all about to change.

The FCC's Dangerous 'Let's Make A Deal'

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

The FCC (and Google) should know that over decades, the Bell companies have had a history of not keeping the official promises they have made, and the Commission itself has not shown any inclination to enforce them.

FCC Working More With the Public

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

The FCC, over the past couple of years, has gotten really serious about serving the American public.

The Corporate Deal to Control Your Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Washington is under siege over Net Neutrality. On the one side, elected officials and regulators have heard from millions of citizens demanding that ...

Solving the Privacy Dilemma

Jules Polonetsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jules Polonetsky

Solving the privacy dilemma online may be as simple as companies simply fessing up the truth to consumers. We are here to help connect you to other people and to help sell you things you may like.

Twenty Years Later: Mobile Ability for Americans with Disabilities

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

One bright spot where new tools are being developed to help increase opportunity and independence for those with disabilities is in wireless.

Cell Users being hit with surprise charges, fees

Washington Post Tech | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday that one in six cell phone users have been shocked to find increases in their monthly bills that ...

Congressional Shark Jumpers Help Big Telecom Empires

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

The least Congressional shark jumpers could do is let the FCC do its job and enact the modest changes they proposed to fix the Bush-era mistakes that did away with any consumer protection and oversight.

National Broadband Policy: Time to Pay Attention

Rich Nadworny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rich Nadworny

As we're approaching election season, how many of the politicians running for office and asking for your votes have spoken about the national broadband policy even once?

FCC: Just Looking for a Little Jurisdiction

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Leslie Harris

For ISP subscribers the connection is the thing. It is critical for the FCC to recognize this and to adjust the way it classifies Internet access.

The Big Industry Lie: Regulation = Job Loss

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

The phone and cable business appears to be "recession-proof," even as these companies do nothing to prevent their hardworking employees from feeling the effects of the lingering recession.

Texas Congressman Plans Sneak Attack on the FCC

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

Sometime soon, Texas Congressman John Culberson is expected to try a backdoor parliamentary move to short-circuit the work of the FCC to establish some reasonable rules of the road to help everyone get connected to the Internet.

New Nook Coming Soon? Barnes & Noble Files New Device Code With FCC

Best Ereaders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Are we going to see a new Nook 3G launched in few weeks? According to the FCC website, B&N applied for a new device code named CR Nook/Bravo Delta. No...

The Law of Facebook

Leah Anthony Libresco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Leah Anthony Libresco

Few governments have any kinds of laws clearly governing the limits of speech and of anonymity online. Standards are being set piecemeal by corporations, which are accountable to no one but their shareholders.

A Father's Message Echoes in FCC Ruling

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By Will Nelligan When I was around six, m...

Will the White House Sell Out to Big Telecom? Or Will 'Dear Valerie' Jarrett Save the Day?

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

You can't please some people. They will push until they get what they want. That's their job. Your job is to look out for the public good and for businesses that don't have $6 million to spend on lobbying fees.

FCC Curse Word Policy Tossed By Federal Court

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a government policy that can lead to broadcasters being fined for allowing even a single c...

Media Consolidation: Bad for Democracy and Not Even Entertaining

Lowell Peterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lowell Peterson

The members of the Writers Guild of America, East see first-hand what happens when too few entities control too much of what the American public watches and listens to, both in the entertainment realm and in news.

FCC Hands Hollywood The Keys To Your PC, Home Theater, And Future

Boing Boing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The FCC has given Hollywood permission to activate the "Selective Output Control" technologies in your set-top box. These are hidden flags that allow ...

Net Neutrality Versus the Telecom Pirates

Michael Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michael Rose

Increasing broadband access worries some who fear it will lead to more piracy. But others are more concerned about "corporate pirates" who've tried to hijack control of the Internet for their own commercial benefit.

FCC's Broadband Regulation Push: Pros and Cons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Wounded from a court decision that stopped the government from regulating Internet service providers, the Federal Communications Commission has announ...

Gov 2.0 In Need of the "G" Chip?

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

As governments rush head on into constructing their own Gov 2.0 online platforms, applications and services; care needs to be taken to consider the privacy, industrial and personal issues.

FCC's GOP: New Broadband Rules Would Ruin FCC Credibility

The Hill's Hillicon Valley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The FCC's two Republican members on Thursday said Chairman Julius Genachowski's broad proposal to regulate broadband "risks the credibility" of the co...

FCC Claims Compromise On Key Broadband Rules

AP | By JOELLE TESSLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology


FCC to Restore Authority Over Net Neutrality, Broadband Service: Netroots Backlash Cited

Josh Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Josh Silver

Assuming that the FCC Chairman's proposal is reasonable, it's a clear signal that the FCC is backing away from the cliff, and charting a path toward a sensible broadband policy framework that will protect consumers and promote universal access.