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Feds May Be Looking To Bail On Net Neutrality

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 04.23.2014 | Technology

Net neutrality is not dead. But it may be about to take a big blow to the head. The Wall Street Journal has a foreboding scoop that provides detail...

I Want a Bigger Cable Company, Said No One Ever

Chris Meyer | Posted 06.15.2014 | Business
Chris Meyer

A combined Comcast/Time Warner has implications for millions of consumers around the country, so it's no wonder that this issue has struck a chord with so many people.

Comcast, Time Warner and Congress: Perfect Together

Michael Winship | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

On April 9, the US Senate held its first hearing on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner deal -- a $45 billion transaction that will affect millions of consumers and further pad some already well-lined pockets.

Here's How Comcast Is Defending Its Merger Plans With The Feds

Reuters | Posted 06.08.2014 | Media

* Comcast launches formal review by U.S. FCC * Reiterates pledge to divest 3 million subscribers * Says merger would not...

Softbank's Pitch to Regulators Paints False Picture of U.S. Wireless

David Balto | Posted 05.10.2014 | Business
David Balto

The purpose of the U.S. antitrust laws is to protect competition and not competitors. That is a simple lesson Mr. Son should consider before he tries to justify an anticompetitive deal with a smokescreen of mischaracterizations and false statements about the state of the U.S. wireless broadband market.

FCC Action to Expand Broadband in Schools and Libraries Can Improve Educational Outcomes for All Students

Bob Wise | Posted 05.05.2014 | Education
Bob Wise

Education in the United States took a large step into the digital age February 5 when Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler ann...

Hanging Up on Robocalls

Chris Meyer | Posted 05.04.2014 | Business
Chris Meyer

Do you feel like you're getting bombarded with robocalls -- those annoying, prerecorded calls from telemarketers?

Gerry Smith

Al Franken Points Out Comcast's History Of Breaking Merger Promises

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 02.28.2014 | Technology

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) told regulators this week that Comcast’s history of violating merger commitments “raises serious questions” about whet...

In-Flight Phone Calls May Be Annoying, But They Shouldn't Be Illegal

Sam Tracy | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

Lifting the ban would not result in an immediate aerial free-for-all: airlines make their own rules, and some have already said they'd keep their bans if the federal ban is lifted.

FCC Can Free the Cities

John M. Eger | Posted 04.25.2014 | Technology
John M. Eger

Most cities, therefore, already subsidized in some small way by a cable franchise or largesse of the local telephone monopoly -- are afraid to act or simply unaware of the stakes. This new thinking on the part of the FCC could free the cities.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Democrats Push Bill To Preserve Net Neutrality

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of House and Senate Democrats introduced legislation Monday that would allow the Federal Communications Commission to restore fe...

A Reboot for the Communications Act

Christina Gagnier | Posted 03.31.2014 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

The process for beginning to update the Communications Act launched with a call for stakeholders and the public to give feedback on what updates shoul...

It Is Still Our Internet and We Can Save It

Bennet Kelley | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

Net Neutrality lost this week not because of the strength of the FCC's arguments, but rather because of the weakness of their stomach. It was Voltaire who said, "declare the truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare."

Door Closes to Open Internet, But All May Not Be Lost

Michael Winship | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

The ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a potentially lethal blow to net neutrality -- the principle that the Internet should be available equally to anyone who wishes to use it as a medium for creativity and information, regardless of who they are and no matter the size of their checkbooks.

Court Deals Huge Blow To Net Neutrality

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday struck down the government's latest effort to require internet providers to treat all traffic t...

A Blueprint for Wheeler's FCC

Christina Gagnier | Posted 03.11.2014 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

On Thursday, the new Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler will make his first visit to California to speak at a town hall-style event in Oakland. Here are three items Wheeler should consider to help improve digital literacy and high-speed Internet access in California and throughout the United States.

AT&T buoyed in lobbying push against spectrum auction limits

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 03.09.2014 | Technology
The Center for Public Integrity

By Allan Holmes January 7, 2014This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigati...

Campaign Cash Rules Drown in the Bathtub

Michael Winship | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

What little power the government still has to regulate campaign finance donations -- already whittled to a minimum by Citizens United -- is being steadily eroded by funding cutbacks, intimidation, bureaucracy and an inability or refusal to enforce the few rules we have left.

Why Has the FAA and FCC Been Lying to Us About Cell Phones on Planes?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 02.12.2014 | Travel
Blake Fleetwood

For more than 22 years the FAA and the FCC have essentially feeding us an urban myth that cell phone use would crash planes. Who could question passenger safety?

What If You Had to Dial 911 -- and Couldn't?

Preeti Vissa | Posted 02.09.2014 | Technology
Preeti Vissa

If the FCC decides that digital phone networks are merely "information services," protections for consumers are at risk. Some phone carriers may continue to offer these important services, but there is no way to be sure.

Kate Sheppard

House Republican Introduces Bill That Would Ban In-Flight Calls

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON --- Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) doesn't want to hear your cell phone conversation on his next flight. Shuster, the chairman of the House T...

What Airlines Actually Think Of In-Flight Phone Calls

AP | By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission might be ready to permit cellphone calls in flight. But what about the airlines? ...

FCC Considers Allowing In-Flight Cellphone Calls And Everything Is Terrible

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.22.2013 | Technology

Air travel could soon get a lot noisier. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission next month will consider lifting a ban on in-flight cellphone c...

Wheeler's FCC: The Next Move on Spectrum

Christina Gagnier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

While major carriers have made their arguments and everyone from economists to industry analysts have weighed in on how the auctions should be conducted and who should be able to participate, the next move on spectrum lies with Wheeler's FCC.

Cruz To Push Obama Nominee On Political Ad Policy

Reuters | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who has blocked President Barack Obama's nominee for chai...