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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 Claims Compromise On Key Broadband Rules

AP | By JOELLE TESSLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology


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...

Mr. President: Time to Take the Wheel on Net Neutrality

James Rucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
James Rucker

The FCC still has the power to reverse the rejected reasoning of the Bush years, to re-establish its legal footing, and to protect the public interest.

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.

Congress to FCC: Do Whatever It Takes to Protect the Internet

Josh Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Josh Silver

Reps. Waxman and Rockefeller sent a letter to the FCC Chairman giving him the green light to "reclassify" broadband -- the only way the FCC can protect an open Internet and get high-speed service to low income and rural America.

Net Neutrality Struggle Hits Tipping Point

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

A little letter that went over to the FCC from Rep. Henry Waxman and Jay Rockefeller to FCC chief Julius Genachowski could change everything for Internet freedom.

Jason Linkins

FCC's Genachowski Backs Net Neutrality, Reports WSJ | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Just days ago, it appeared that FCC head Julius Genachowski was suggesting that he wanted "to keep broadband services deregulated," a decision that wo...

Protect Consumers by Ensuring Internet Freedom

Rep. Jay Inslee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Rep. Jay Inslee

Without addressing the rules, service providers will become the arbitrators of the Internet. They will decide what you can and cannot access.

Netroots to Obama FCC: Inaction Is Not an Option

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Chairman Genachowski is now squarely in the crosshairs of the netroots community. Should he cave to corporate special interest and sell out Net Neutrality, it will become the signature action of a failed Obama appointee.

Obama FCC Expected to Abandon Net Neutrality, Universal Internet

Josh Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Josh Silver

It is a testament to the telecom industry's overwhelming influence that they seem to have convinced the nation's communications agency to swear off authority to protect Americans' right to open communications.

Comcast Can Censor This Blog Post ... With FCC's Permission?

Marvin Ammori | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marvin Ammori

It looks like the FCC hasn't crossed the rubicon but it looks like it's being considered. It is not a middle path: it's a disaster for us and the dream of cable and telco executives everywhere.

Prince Hamlet of the FCC

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

Julius Genachowski is leaning toward trying to find a way to salvage his Open Internet policies through the existing legal structure that was largely, but not completely, shot down recently.

FCC Expected To Leave broadband services deregulated | Cecilia Kang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has indicated he wants to keep broadband services deregulated, according to sources, even as a f...

When "Non-Discrimination" Actually Discriminates

Navarrow Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Navarrow Wright

We all want to get to the same place, but the route currently proposed by the FCC does not appear to be the best course.

Journalism's Crisis Is Public Media's Opportunity

Craig Aaron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Craig Aaron

As I told the FCC on Friday, the discussion about public media's future in the digital age comes at a critical juncture: We have a crisis. We have an historic opportunity. And we shouldn't let either go to waste.

MoveOn, Netroots Fire Warning Shot over Net Neutrality

Josh Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Silver

If President Obama doesn't start treating the Internet like the vital infrastructure that it is -- and stop giving away the store to telecom lobbies -- he'll lose his most strategically important constituency this November.

Four Easy Steps to Telco Control of the Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Media giants are spending a fortune to convince lawmakers and regulators to dismantle consumer protections on the Internet and give industry absolute power over the most important communications medium of our time.

Use the Internet to Save the Internet -- Your Videos Can Counter Big Lobbying Dollars

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

The big telecom companies spending all that money are spending it for a reason. They want to control your access to the Internet, and, as a result, your experience on the Internet. Now is the time to stand up and say no.

FCC To Auction More Wireless Spectrum

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

President Obama decided to help you get a handle on your digital life. The government will auction off more wireless spectrum to be used for fixed and mobile broadband connections. What?

The Pixelization of Journalism

Charlie Firestone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Charlie Firestone

The journalism business is unbundling. The functions that a newspaper performed alone can now be undertaken by new, nimble entrants, by repurposed other players, or by the public itself.