One afternoon in early 1973, hearing what sounded like an auditorium full of laughter roaring out of my older sister Maryam's room, I invited myself...
Ex-lobbyist Tom Wheeler's courage in battling deep-pocketed corporations on competition, open Internet, privacy, the digital divide, and robocalls transformed him in my mind from oligarch apologist to American Avenger. That's why I'm so bummed he won't use his superpowers to fight the super PACs.
"Hey, that's my story!" my mentee Adan Gonzalez blurted out as I read him some of the preliminary findings from a study the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, myCollegeOptions and the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) conducted called Taking the Pulse of the High School Student in America.
This is an open and shut case. Compare these 3 AT&T statements about broadband coverage in the company's 21-state territory.
While there are those who care about editorial issues and what will happen to Huff Po, Techcrunch and Engadget if Verizon takes over, as a telecom analyst, I have different concerns.
How did the largest phone companies end up saving billions from discounts on wireless spectrum licenses that were supposed to be reserved for 'very small companies'?
The laws are in place, but it continues to be an uphill battle to make major video content providers value their diverse audiences.
Given the realignment of power in the world -- from nations to cities to individuals -- what the city does or does not do can determine their community's success and survival, or its demise; and as such, will determine the nation's success or failure.
Far too many African Americans, Hispanics, and low-income families remain unconnected to broadband. Many don't see the value in going online; others simply don't have the skills to put their connections to use. The FCC's new rules won't help to address these challenges.
Unlike abortion and health care, the new battle in the culture wars features a topic on which potential candidates from both sides of the political aisle are likely to agree: indecency is bad and parents today need all the help they can get from the government.
I would argue that it is time for more lawsuits, but right now they are going in the wrong direction. The FCC should be taking the companies to court and starting the process of separating the companies from their control over critical infrastructure -- that we paid extra for, over and over.
Industry-written policy has brought us higher broadband bills, limited choice among providers and efforts to stifle the creativity of entrepreneurs and the broader public.
When Finland and Hungry beat out the United States of America in download speeds and the Republic of Seychelles and Bangladesh beat us in 'upload' speeds, you know something is wrong with broadband in America today.
For those who say, well, the new net neutrality order will fix everything, (assuming it makes it through various, expected court battles), I'll detail a few of the good things about the order as it relates to these charges, then give you the reality -- it doesn't fix most things.
Republicans are screaming like someone stole the champagne from the RNC refrigerator. Verizon and its fellow broadband providers, like Comcast, are screaming, too. They threaten to sue the FCC... again. But as I wrote here many months ago, such threats ring empty.
The FCC's decision is one of the most pro-business policies ever enacted by an agency under the Obama administration. Yet the so-called defenders of business refuse to see it.