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Will Your ISP Become Your TV? The Comcast NBCU Merger

Lowell Peterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lowell Peterson

A central concern raised by the merger's critics is that one company will have too much influence if it controls both the production and the distribution of media.

FCC Gives Hollywood Control of Your TV Set

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Shelly Palmer

Remarkably, the FCC will allow Hollywood to disable the analog outputs of your cable box while you are watching certain movies. The MPAA thinks this will reduce piracy.

FCC Considering Free Wi-Fi As Part Of National Plan | By Amar Toor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The FCC won't unveil its long-awaited National Broadband Plan until next week, but it has already hinted at what would be one of its most intriguing i...

National Broadband Plan takes shape with Digital Literacy Corps, USF update

Alexander Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Despite widespread deployment, nearly a third of Americans have not embraced broadband, said an attendee at the Digital Inclusion Summit, an event co-hosted by the Federal Communications Commission and the Knight Foundation.

Warning: ISPs are Moving Towards a Metered Internet

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

If the ISPs implement metered Internet usage we will limit our usage for fear of a large statement at the end of the billing cycle.

Why Are ISPs Terrified of Being Reclassified

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

We are weeks away from Genachowski presenting to Congress the National Broadband Plan, designed to address the lack of broadband availability in many under-served and economically depressed areas.

How a National Broadband Plan Will Be The Next Public Works

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

The National Broadband Plan has been a project that the Federal Communications Commission has been charged with since early 2009. The plan is designed...

"Genachowski Calls it Right on Mobile Broadband"

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Spalter

Speaking this week at the New America Foundation, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski offered a widely anticipated prelude to next month's formal unveilin...

How Does the United States Move Beyond Digital Illiteracy?

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

Broadband adoption then must be addressed on multiple fronts: financial investments, broadband regulations and digital literacy education.

Broadband Too Hot to Handle?

Stephen Balkam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

One third of Americans are not connected to broadband. What makes these non-adopters such a difficult population is that there is usually more than one reason for them to not have it.

CBS' Janet Jackson 'Wardrobe Malfunction' Super Bowl Fine To Be Reconsidered

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

PHILADELPHIA — After six years of legal wrangling and one Supreme Court review of Janet Jackson's infamous Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction," CB...

The Intrinsic Menace in 'Media Reform'

Patrick Maines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Patrick Maines

Whatever one's qualms or fears about the future of journalism, the importance of independent media is clear. For this reason, the crisis in "medialand" is no cause to throw the baby out with the bath water.

Digital Literacy: FCC Survey Shows Need To Teach Broadband Basics

AP | JOELLE TESSLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — The government's plan to provide fast Internet connections to all Americans will have to include some basic instruction in Web 101,...

'Our Little Genius' FCC Investigation: Fox Game Show Producers Accused Of Giving Answers

New York Times | EDWARD WYATT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

LOS ANGELES -- The Federal Communications Commission is looking into whether the producers of the planned Fox game show "Our Little Genius" gave poten...

Lighting Up the Lines on the Administration's Internet Plan

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

America's low-income communities cannot afford to be further disadvantaged as a result of a lack of the benefits that the digital future promises due to the rising price of Broadband.

The Strongest Open Internet Protections Possible: Yes, We Can.

Malkia A. Cyril | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Malkia A. Cyril

The fight for an open Internet requires all members of the civil rights community to have the foresight and clarity to respond effectively to a new generation of media problems and opportunities.

Reaching for the Innovation Gold

Dean Garfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dean Garfield

The global competition to capture the ideas and innovations will determine our standard of living and near-term economic stability. It is the real battleground for the future.

Nationwide Broadband Plan to Bring 100Mbps to 100 Million Households : MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer February 17, 2010

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Shelly Palmer

The FCC's latest plan for nation wide broadband will bring 100 megabits per second to approximately 100 million households in the US. The FCC hopes ...

Keep the "Internet Bus" Rolling for Kids, Jobs

Tom Matzzie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Tom Matzzie

As Congress is considering a new jobs bill maybe they should consider helping school districts around the country to provide a computer and Internet access to all of our students.

Warning! Mobile Traffic Jam Ahead

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Spalter

Following on the heels of Apple's recent iPad announcement, two FCC officials, Phil Bellaria, Director of Scenario Planning and deputy wireless bureau...

Google Bringing High Speed to Your Home

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

On February 10th, Google announced its plans to to get into the ISP game by building an ultra-fast broadband network.

Google's New Project Puts Telecom Industry (and U.S. Government) To Shame

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

There is no downside to the Google announcement, except perhaps from the point of view of the federal government, which gave in to the lowest-common-denominator philosophy when structuring the stimulus program.

Obama's YouTube Moment: "I'm a Big Believer in Net Neutrality"

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

The power of the open Internet was on full display as Obama responded to questions from the public. Appropriately, one of the questions was about the president's support for the open Internet itself.

Why Are Some Civil Rights Groups and Leaders On the Wrong Side of Net Neutrality?

James Rucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
James Rucker

Several Congressional Black Caucus members were among 72 Democrats to write the FCC last fall questioning the need for Net Neutrality.

New FCC Commissioner Clyburn -- The Next Net Neutrality Hero?

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

Mignon Clyburn has signaled her support for an open Internet with a couple of strong statements. But after a speech she gave on January 22, Clyburn could well vault quickly from supporter to Neutrality Hero.