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A Funny Thing Happened at Stanford's FCC Hearing

Sue Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sue Wilson

Broadcasters are licensed to "serve the public interest..." If they do not, they should have their licenses stripped away. It's a rule that both the corporate owners and the FCC prefer to ignore.

FCC's Bold, Risky Move to Regulate the Internet

Robert J. Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Robert J. Shapiro

Given the enormous stakes for all of us in the vast range of innovations being driven by broadband service and its applications, sweeping new rules for the Internet should not come by regulatory fiat.

Harold Ford's Corporate Crusade Against Net Neutrality

Josh Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Silver

If the FCC heeds Harold Ford's advice, you can say goodbye to candidate Obama's promises of universal, affordable Internet access and Net Neutrality.

The End of Pop Technology

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

The environment which nurtures the development of cool stuff like Twitter or Foursquare springs from the Internet tradition of "innovation without permission."

Will Dirty Politics Kill the Internet?

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Big phone and cable companies are so determined to dismantle consumer protections on the open Internet that they've spent millions to flip Congress against you. Earlier this week, many in Congress delivered.

Big Broadband Brazil

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Eric Ehrmann

In South America, internet growth is vibrant and Big Bandwidth Brazil is a reminder of why strong government oversight is necessary to mediate the interests of globalist telecoms and internet industries.

FCC Re-Designation of Broadband Will Bring Unwanted Market Uncertainty

Harold Ford, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Harold Ford, Jr.

Legal and agency experts are poring over the technical aspects of reclassifying broadband, but what has not been carefully examined is the economic impact this re-designation will have on investment decisions.

The FCC Asks - "What Should We Do?"

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Steve Rosenbaum

As agile new competitors are born on the web, companies like Viacom and Newscorp are all lobbying hard to protect their franchises and release them from the strictures of regulation that limit ownership and consolidation.

RapidShare Wins the Day

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Shelly Palmer

RapidShare, a popular file sharing site, has dodged a copyright bullet. A Fed. Judge in CA ruled that RapidShare isn't guilty of copyright infringement because it doesn't have a searchable index.

Keeping the Internet Free at Home and Abroad

Nancy E. Soderberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Nancy E. Soderberg

The two of us come from different political parties, but we both support expanding Internet use at home and abroad as an essential component of free speech and organizing free assembly.

Does the FCC Want Our Internet Slow?

Christian Sandvig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christian Sandvig

Does this country need a regulator that doesn't do anything? The FCC should take its cue from us and not the companies it is supposed to regulate.

Broadband Plan for Health Care

Larry Magid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Larry Magid

If the FCC gets its way, we will have a National Broadband Plan with 100 megabit Internet connection to 100 million U.S. homes by 2020. And that could make remote medicine a reality.

Can Democrats Cross the Other Digital Divide?

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

One of the more substantial concerns in international diplomacy circles relates to the potential example an over-reaching regulatory interpretation of net neutrality in the United States could set for the world.

The Internet Is "Open" Unless Free Press Is in Charge: A Journey Into Internet Censorship

Navarrow Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Navarrow Wright

By now most people have heard of the FCC 's proposed attempts to regulate the Internet. You can read about how those changes differ from the current I...

Government Takeover? Comcast CEO Changes His Tune Outside D.C.

Josh Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Josh Silver

With breathtaking hypocrisy, the phone and cable companies' K Street lobbyists are fighting an all-out war against the Net Neutrality proposal at the FCC that would protect Internet users from government or industry censorship.

Summer Rerun At The FCC: AT&T Tries for Scream 2 (Broadband)

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

AT&T is once again swarming all over Capitol Hill getting their pet legislators to sign yet another disingenuous letter, this time claiming that consumer protection, universal service, and other much needed items are just a "distraction".

CBC Members: Don't Help the Telecom Industry Destroy the Open Internet

James Rucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
James Rucker

The big phone and cable companies are pulling out all the stops in their campaign against net neutrality. We want to make clear how important this issue is to the African-American community, and why it is a 21st century civil rights issue.

FCC Test Looms on Wireless Competition

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

While the FCC urges substantial reforms on multiple fronts in the wireless marketplace, it would be judicious for the Commission to point out where the marketplace is working.

An Open Letter to Rep. Waxman on Broadband Fraud and the FCC

Barry Sussman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Barry Sussman

Dear Chairman Waxman, I see where you commended the FCC for its new broadband plan. Maybe you should take another look? You may find deep corruption and fraud.

How to Advertise Down There

Susan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Susan Kim

From the earliest days of commercial pads, one hundred-plus years ago, femcare advertising has been a virtual saga of prudishness, cluelessness, and excessive caution bordering on total hysteria.

A Man. A Plan. A Problem. The Internet.

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

The FCC broadband plan does not propose the kind of tough measures necessary to create competition and realize President Obama's vision of universal, fast, affordable Internet.

America's Broadband Revolution: Where We Go From Here

Dean Garfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Dean Garfield

With the National Broadband Plan announced by the FCC this week, lawmakers have an opportunity to do something to positively impact the lives and well-being of every American for decades to come.

The Future of Cable Television

David Colarusso | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Colarusso

Cable television is the antithesis of net neutrality. I quit cable because I don't want to pay more for bits of information just because they're called television.

What's Next for the National Broadband Plan?

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

Today Washington witnessed a rare moment of comity with the release of the National Broadband Plan. Let's step back and appreciate the process that got us to this potentially historic day.

Congress to Finally See the National Broadband Plan

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

Today the FCC sent the National Broadband Plan to Congress. They have also made the plan publicly available -- it's a big read. Details inside.