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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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Reviving Independent Programming: Connecting HDTV to the Web

Maxine Goldenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Maxine Goldenson

A number of companies have been working to provide consumers with the means to connect HDTVs to the Internet. I believe when this technology ultimately enters the mainstream it could very well lead to cultural, economic and political changes that affect how our content is produced, and specifically who will be producing it.

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.

Just Do It, Julius

Megan Tady | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Megan Tady

Dear FCC Chairman, I don't want to wake up six months from now and find that the Internet has changed forever. You're facing enormous pressure not to reclassify broadband. But there is no acceptable compromise here. Just do it.

Senators Worried About Facebook Privacy

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

Chuck Schumer of New York and Al Franken of Minnesota are especially concerned about "instant personalization," a feature that provides Facebook partners like Yelp and Pandora with instant access to user information.

How Reform Can Save the Internet: Two Must Watch Videos

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Two recent videos make a clear cut case for media reform in the digital age, and should be fixtures on the virtual shelf of anyone interested in the issue.

Third Way Blind: Will the FCC's Regulatory Agenda Deliver Us to Our Broadband Future?

Navarrow Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Navarrow Wright

If the FCC was willing to keep an open institutional mind, it could see far enough beyond its regulatory agenda to address the digital problem of our generation.

So, You Think You Can Download? New Guide Shows Threat to the Internet, What You Can Do About It

John S. Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
John S. Johnson

Without a groundswell of support for net neutrality in the coming months, the telecoms will stealthily unleash their special interest on Washington, silently transforming the Internet we use today.

The Potential Economic and Employment Implications of Net Neutrality

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Spalter

Today, we hear a lot of really smart people talking about how to put Americans back to work. President Obama has made this one of his Administration's...

Launch Into Digital Revolution Grounded Under "Third Way" Plan

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

Our country is at a critical point in the effort to achieve universal broadband, and as progress towards this goal is unnecessarily stalled, we are falling further behind while other countries continue to invest.