Barack Obama is the second Honorable Mention recipient this week, for his impressive public opinion polling on job approval in January. He had his best month (measured by month-to-month improvement) of his entire second term, and the fourth-best month he's ever had as president.
After months of what seemed like endless amounts of money and ignorant comments from politicians receiving said money from Internet Service Providers to squash net neutrality, it looks like there's some hope on the horizon.
Some have suggested that it would be better for Congress to legislate net-neutrality rules instead of relying on the FCC's rule-making authority. That would be fine too; after all, Congress always has the prerogative to legislate. But the open Internet we know today occurred under our existing communications laws and the FCC's watch, so passing a law to trump the FCC's rules is premature.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation thinks Verizon could be violating a federal law requiring phone companies to keep customer data confidential. My take on all of this is that if nothing else, it's a clear violation of our personal rights.
The FCC has consistently failed in creating lasting net-neutrality rules for lack of authority. Since Congress gives the FCC its authority, the obvious answer is legislation that actually gives the FCC the authority to legally preserve open-Internet principles rather than the risky and unnecessary pursuit of Title II regulation.
In our Petition for Investigation of Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Comcast, we point out that TWC's High-Speed Internet service has a 97 percent profit margin and a number of people asked how that statistic was derived. Simple. Time Warner Cable provides the information, (with some caveats).
The Public Interest has been tarnished, stained and harmed and it is time for a course correction of oversight, accurate data, investigations and enforcement of the laws. It is time to not only re-evaluate the public policies that govern communications services in America, but fix what's broken -- finally.
Over the last few months, things have been looking good for keeping the Internet open to everyone. A little too good, as far as Congress is concerned, which is why members and the corporate lobbyists who write them hefty checks have launched a last-ditch legislative effort to scuttle net neutrality.
The FCC was the institution Congress created years ago to look out for the public interest in communications network access. They were wise to minimize politics and charge the agency with developing the technical expertise to protect universal access to communications services. Congress would be wise now to let the FCC carry out its mission.
According to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, it's illegal to robocall a mobile phone number without permission. The American Bankers Association wants to change that, arguing that robocalls will help fight identity theft and other kinds of fraud.
New Networks Institute has filed a Petition for Investigation with the FCC to examine Verizon's use of Title II and whether the company has committed perjury in the current Net Neutrality, Open Internet Proceeding, (Docket number 14-28).
A new Republican legislative proposal should be exposed for what it is: a cynical effort by the cable lobby to prevent the FCC from enforcing the law to keep the Internet open.
On Wednesday, President Obama called for an end to rules that prevent cities towns and other communities from creating their own high-speed Internet networks.
As a telecom analyst for over 30+ years, I've been tracking the trend lines of communications services. And from the customer perspective -- your perspective -- 2015 will be like watching a train wreck in slow motion -- and continue over the next few years.
When President Teddy Roosevelt preserved the Grand Canyon from exploitation by mining interests, and when President Obama did the same for Bristol Bay in Alaska, what was really at stake is whether we are citizens first, with a heritage to preserve, or just consumers and commercial interests.
Whenever Fox wants to bust on the shoes of unions they always bring up how union dues are collected. Unwilling members of the union are forced to donate to a union they don't like... It kinda sounds like cable consumers are forced to donate to television stations they don't like.