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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.

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.

Will President Obama Abandon the Open Internet?

Joe Torres | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Joe Torres

It's hard to believe that history might record that it was the Obama administration that conspired with industry to allow for a corporate takeover of the Internet. That would be an unfortunate legacy for the first "Internet" president.

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...

The Fate of the Internet -- Decided in a Back Room

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

The mere existence of just reported private meetings between regulators and the telecom industry reveals to us an FCC chairman who has fallen far short of expectations.

Cute as a Button: The Schemes and "Confessions" of Reed Hundt

Patrick Maines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Patrick Maines

There's this one small problem with the government picking the winners and losers in the media and telecom world: What happens if they're wrong?

The Uncommon Courage of the FCC

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

To hear the industry and their lackeys, one would think the government not only is regulating the Internet, but also taking it over. The fact is, both before the FCC acts and after, private industry will still own what it owns.

Senate Democrats Push FCC On Net Neutrality, Vow To Protect It

Washington Post | Cecilia Kang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Sen. John D. Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said he would take up legislation to protect the authority of the Federal Communications Commission over broadband ...

Snowepocalypse Now: Senators Back An Open Internet

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

The Senators who harp on the FCC's need to go to Congress to reverse a decision the Commission previously made know that Congress will never act in a timely fashion, if at all, to protect broadband consumers.

Net Neutrality Needs Your Help Today

Sen. John Kerry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. John Kerry

Today, there's a vital hearing in the Senate Commerce Committee, and I need your help. We need to show the telecom companies that we're going to fight even harder to make sure the Internet stays in the hands of the American people.

Net Neutrality -- The Fight Ahead

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Yesterday's decision could mark the beginning of America's Broadband Dark Age. The court ruled that the FCC has no right to stop carriers from developing a two-tier Internet and blocking Web content that they don't like.

The Courts Can't Take Away Our Internet

Megan Tady | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Megan Tady

In less than 72 hours, the public comment period on the FCC's Net Neutrality proceeding will end. Use this window of opportunity to give the FCC one giant public mandate: We want an Internet free from corporate control.

Federal Court Denies FCC Authority Over Broadband

Josh Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Josh Silver

The government agency that is charged with overseeing the nation's communications infrastructure now has no authority to regulate broadband. While this would seem like a joke, sadly it is not.

Bring the Power Back to the People

Danny Bakewell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Danny Bakewell

Rather than the FCC acting unilaterally, Congressional action on broadband is the only true way to bring the power back to the people.

India and the US Working on a National Broadband Plan

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

Broadband is just not simply high-speed Internet access -- it is an investment in the communications infrastructure. An infrastructure that connects...

Gravity's Rainbow Blows Up Industry Attacks on an Open Internet

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

The bottom line for net neutrality is not regulation for regulation's sake. How can consumers best be protected, and how can we be put into the best position to receive the benefits of competition and innovation?

The FCC Asks - "What Should We Do?"

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Steve Rosenbaum

As agile new competitors are born on the web, companies like Viacom and Newscorp are all lobbying hard to protect their franchises and release them from the strictures of regulation that limit ownership and consolidation.

Can Democrats Cross the Other Digital Divide?

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

One of the more substantial concerns in international diplomacy circles relates to the potential example an over-reaching regulatory interpretation of net neutrality in the United States could set for the world.

Broadband Plan for Health Care

Larry Magid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Larry Magid

If the FCC gets its way, we will have a National Broadband Plan with 100 megabit Internet connection to 100 million U.S. homes by 2020. And that could make remote medicine a reality.

Government Takeover? Comcast CEO Changes His Tune Outside D.C.

Josh Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Josh Silver

With breathtaking hypocrisy, the phone and cable companies' K Street lobbyists are fighting an all-out war against the Net Neutrality proposal at the FCC that would protect Internet users from government or industry censorship.

Summer Rerun At The FCC: AT&T Tries for Scream 2 (Broadband)

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

AT&T is once again swarming all over Capitol Hill getting their pet legislators to sign yet another disingenuous letter, this time claiming that consumer protection, universal service, and other much needed items are just a "distraction".

FCC Test Looms on Wireless Competition

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

While the FCC urges substantial reforms on multiple fronts in the wireless marketplace, it would be judicious for the Commission to point out where the marketplace is working.

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.

Broadband for All or What Elmo Said to the FCC Chairman

Stephen Balkam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

The Chairman had a little help from beloved Sesame Street character, Elmo. Here's a flavor of their conversation: Elmo has been complaining that his Internet is "too slow" and he doesn't like "buffering."

Happy 25th Birthday, dot.com!

Jose Antonio Vargas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jose Antonio Vargas

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