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The Hidden Cost of Internet Connection: Will the FCC Intervene?

Edward J. Black | Posted 10.08.2015 | Technology
Edward J. Black

While many consumers complain about the cost of both their wired broadband and mobile broadband services, it's up to the FCC to support more competition so that companies naturally have more incentive to offer better rates and service.

How the Pundits and FCC Commissioner Pai Got It Wrong -- Fiber Optics Are 'Title II'; Customers Are the Investors.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

I challenge Hal Singer, Senior Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, and FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai to a rousing debate, sponsored by the Internet Society, New York Chapter, who has agreed to host it. Why?

'First We Pray, Then We Organize' The Unlikely Coalition for Net Neutrality (VIDEO)

Valarie Kaur | Posted 07.29.2015 | Religion
Valarie Kaur

If you want a world where #BlackLivesMatter, if you proclaim #Not1More or #LoveWins, if you want dignity for #Sikhs and #Muslims and the #99Percent, then #NetNeutrality is your cause too.

EU Open Internet Rules Could Create Tiered Internet

Posted 07.02.2015 | Technology

A draft agreement released by the European Commission has many net neutrality advocates concerned that a loophole will destroy net neutrality in Europ...

Arianna In A World Without The Internet

The Huffington Post | Andrew Hart | Posted 06.22.2015 | Technology

Envisioning a world without the internet is a mind-twisting exercise. For one, you wouldn’t be reading this, as Arianna would not have founded T...

12 Top Religious Leaders On Why We Need An Open Internet

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.12.2015 | Religion

The Open Internet Order has gone into effect -- protecting what faith leaders are calling the “fundamental right” of Internet freedom. Along wi...

The Open Internet Order Becomes Law: Why Faith Leaders are Celebrating

Valarie Kaur | Posted 06.12.2015 | Religion
Valarie Kaur

America's faith and moral voices have always been at the forefront of social movements. Media justice is the next frontier.

Dana Liebelson

Republicans Allege Secret Net Neutrality Plot As They Interrogate FCC Chairman | Dana Liebelson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans kicked off an aggressive, net neutrality "fact-finding" mission on Tuesday, forcing Federal Communications Com...

Dana Liebelson

Here Are The Obama Administration's Net Neutrality Rules | Dana Liebelson | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday released the full text of its net neutrality rules, detailing how the agency plans to ...

Net-"Sue-Me"-Neutrality: Get Ready for the Spring Offensive

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Once the entire Open Internet (Net Neutrality) rules are put out (we have only an outline as of this writing), you can expect a lawyers' banquet, a feeding frenzy where they will file and file and file.

Internet Wins, Losses and Threats in the Year Ahead

Edward J. Black | Posted 04.28.2015 | Technology
Edward J. Black

While there are some reasons for optimism, a looming renewed threat comes from those who failed to get SOPA legislation passed three years ago.

Protect the Open Internet

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

These claims that the administration strong-armed the FCC in its rulemaking are offensive to the millions of Americans who have helped shape the FCC's order by participating in the rulemaking process.

Ensuring Internet Equality For All

Bill de Blasio | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Bill de Blasio

It's no secret I consider income inequality the greatest challenge of our time. And whether you're my age or my teenage son Dante's, it's clear: the Internet has become fundamental to solving it.

Dana Liebelson

Net Neutrality Opponents Go To War | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With two weeks to go until the Federal Communications Commission votes on the future of the Internet, net neutrality opponents are rampi...

Dana Liebelson

FCC Chief Announces Big Win For Net Neutrality Advocates | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler revealed a big win for net neutrality advocates on Wednesday, asking for strong a...

An Open Internet That Works for Everyone

Sen. Brian Schatz | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Sen. Brian Schatz

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.

Time Warner Cable's 97 Percent Profit Margin on High-Speed Internet Service Exposed

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.03.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

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).

FCC To Consider New Net Neutrality Proposal

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 02.02.2015 | Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whose Internet is it anyway? Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he's keeping that question in m...

Not So Fast, Net Neutrality...

Michael Winship | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

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.

Internet Users, Businesses Awaiting FCC Open Internet Rules After Congress, President's Attention

Edward J. Black | Posted 03.28.2015 | Technology
Edward J. Black

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.

Did Verizon Commit Perjury in the Net Neutrality Proceeding About the Use of Title II?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

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).

2015: The Trend Line for Communications Services -- Phone, Broadband, Internet, Cable TV & Wireless -- Sucks

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.09.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

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.

The President Might Have Just Saved the Internet

Craig Aaron | Posted 01.10.2015 | Technology
Craig Aaron

During his first run for the White House, Barack Obama promised that he would take "a back seat to no one" on Net Neutrality. Today, the president finally got in the driver's seat.

Dana Liebelson

Obama Urges FCC To Set 'Strongest Possible Rules' To Protect Net Neutrality | Dana Liebelson | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics

On Monday, President Barack Obama came out in favor of the "strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality," endorsing a popular proposal that wou...

As Battle for the Internet Goes Into Its End Game, All Eyes On FCC

Edward J. Black | Posted 12.24.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

The near monopolists are at bat and are swinging for the fences in a bid to kill open Internet rules and dominate the online ecosystem. I see FCC Chairman Wheeler on the mound, trying to decide what to pitch while millions of interested parties fill the stands.