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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.

Happy 25th Birthday,!

Jose Antonio Vargas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jose Antonio Vargas

March 15 is the 25th birthday of the revolutionary And as the celebratory site points out: "1985's most lasting contribution turned out to be three letters and a punctuation mark."

Internet Showdown: Conservatives v. Justice Scalia

Aparna Sridhar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Aparna Sridhar

The FCC recently proposed to modernize its policymaking framework for broadband, closing a loophole first created by the Bush Administration. So the industry fear-mongering we're now seeing isn't surprising.

The Big Lie About the FCC's Open Internet Plan (and a Dirty Little Secret)

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

The secret to the Big Lie -- that the government wants to take over the Internet -- is that if you repeat it sufficiently people will be accustomed to it and take it for truth. The industry knows this all too well.

Million-Dollar Ad Blitz to Kill Net Neutrality

Megan Tady | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Megan Tady

We warned that the coming months would bring a tidal wave of opposition from phone and cable company lobbyists -- the likes of which we have never seen before -- and indeed, it is already happening.

Vast FCC Plan Would Establish High-Speed Internet As Nation's Dominant Communications Network

New York Times | Brian Stelter and Jenna Wortham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The Federal Communications Commission is proposing an ambitious 10-year plan that will reimagine the nation's media and technology priorities by estab...

Verizon/Google iPad Killer

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

Today's most interesting stories in technology, media and entertainment.

California Needs The FCC To Restore The Fairness Doctrine

Roy Ulrich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Roy Ulrich

Disingenuously titled "The Taxpayers Right to Vote Act," Proposition 16 uses the initiative process to solidify the monopoly power of one company at the expense of California citizens.

Putting the Public Back into Public Interest Broadcasting

Sue Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sue Wilson

We the people do have some power over what is broadcast in our own communities, at least in theory. But in fact, petitions to deny stations' licenses languish for years, and the FCC has no record of the last time any station's license has been pulled.

A Little Rhetorical Trickery and Dishonesty -- A Typical Big Telecom Attack on Net Neutrality

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

Over the last couple of weeks, a fierce little debate has started to rage about how the United States should treat high-speed Internet access. Big Telecom's ultimate goal? A powerless FCC.

Communications Breakdown

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

A total lack of adequate competition among Internet providers is why America continues to lag behind our global counterparts in every measure of broadband access and success.

Geeks Rule: Why Media Ownership Still Matters

Tracy Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tracy Rosenberg

After years of clearly destructive consolidation and lawsuits, the FCC will hold a public hearing next week to debate modifying the existing anti-trust regulations for print and broadcast outlets. Does any of this matter any more?

Net Neutrality's Weird Week

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

In an age when corporations can spend limitless sums to influence policy, strong arm bureaucrats and sway election outcomes, the public must stand together in defense of the only open communications platform we have left.

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.