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When the Internet Saves Lives

William Lambers | Posted 05.15.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

The Internet is an amazing tool for communication. We see the best example of this in the conflict and disaster zones of the world. For when it matters the most, Internet communication is literally a lifesaver.

Alexander C. Kaufman

AOL CEO: Verizon Deal Will 'Extend The Tarmac' For Mobile

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business

NEW YORK -- AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said Tuesday morning that the company's $4.4 billion acquisition by Verizon would bolster AOL's hope of dominating t...

When Calling a Telecom Company, Waiting on Hold Is Not the Hardest Part

Ben Hellwarth | Posted 05.07.2015 | Business
Ben Hellwarth

No one likes to be put on hold but as life's certainties go, "please hold" is right up there with death and taxes. When a customer service rep finally does take your call, he or she might just as well say: "Please work."

Nokia To Buy Rival Alcatel-Lucent For $16.6 Billion

Reuters | Jussi Rosendahl and Leila Abboud | Posted 06.14.2015 | Technology

HELSINKI/PARIS (Reuters) - Finnish telecom network equipment maker Nokia has agreed to buy Alcatel-Lucent in an all-share transaction that values its ...

Women in Business: Sandra Howard, Assistant Vice President-Advertising, AT&T

Laura Dunn | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

Sandra Howard is Assistant Vice President - Advertising for AT&T, the world's largest communications holding company. In this role, she leads the deve...

The Other FCC Decision

David Morris | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
David Morris

By now, if the telecom companies had kept their promises we might well have a national broadband network that would be the envy of the world. Instead many consider the United States a laggard in high speed, affordable broadband.

Are We All Talking About the Same Thing?

Patricia Morizio | Posted 05.03.2015 | Business
Patricia Morizio

The Internet is not black and white, and it is most certainly not sacred. We seem to have merely added more complexity to its already nuanced nature.

How the Internet Was Saved... and Why the Battle Continues

Victor Pickard | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Victor Pickard

The battle continues. The history of media reform tells us that if we ignore core systemic problems like the power of monopolies and the lack of structural diversity, important protections like net neutrality can be short-lived.

Protecting the Internet via the Upcoming FCC Vote

Craig Newmark | Posted 04.20.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Long story short, this is about saving the Net for regular people, versus providing privileges for companies that spend lots of money lobbying in Washington and misinforming the American public.

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.

Update: Verizon's CFO Sticks His Foot in His Mouth Over Title II and Investment -- Where's the Investigations?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.13.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

On Dec. 9, 2014, Verizon's CFO Francis Shammo was speaking at the UBS 42nd Annual Global Media & Communications Conference for investors and made a comment -- even if the networks were to be reclassified as "Title II" in the Net Neutrality proceedings, it would not harm or influence investment.

U.S. Telecoms To Battle Obama Internet Plan In Courts, Congress

Reuters | Alina Selyukh and Diane Bartz | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics

By Alina Selyukh and Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. telecommunications industry plans to fight tooth and nail against Presi...

Infrastructure Investment: Part of Africa's Solution

Antoinette Sayeh | Posted 12.28.2014 | Business
Antoinette Sayeh

Tremendous efforts are under way to upgrade sub-Saharan Africa's infrastructure. But the needs on the ground are still immense as evidenced by the frequent electricity blackouts, poor roads, and insufficient access to clean water in many countries.

Alibaba, the Golden Child of China's Globalization Strategy

Roselyn Hsueh | Posted 12.15.2014 | World
Roselyn Hsueh

With the world increasingly and economically beholden to China and Chinese business, China's globalization strategy has won dividends at home and abroad.

Shared Understanding: Bringing Together Many Voices Using Collaborative Tools and Processes

Great Work Cultures | Posted 12.09.2014 | Business
Great Work Cultures

I fell in love with technology when I met my first computer and learned to program. But my husband has no cause for jealousy because my love of technology is instrumental.

Riding the Back of the Digital Bus

Preeti Vissa | Posted 11.17.2014 | Technology
Preeti Vissa

Until now, consumers have been able to use any device and access any content on the Internet on an equal basis. Those protections could all go away, depending on what the FCC decides. What the companies want, it turns out, is no rules at all -- or at least rules so weak and vague that they can't be enforced in any meaningful way.

Net Neutrality, Civil Rights, and Big Telecom Dollars

James Rucker | Posted 11.10.2014 | Black Voices
James Rucker

While this dynamic is understood by those working in the beltway, people outside of Washington remain largely unaware of the relationship between civil rights organizations and the interests of telecom industry players.

The Yoga of Data Roaming

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 10.31.2014 | Technology
Mitch Ditkoff

So there I was, living the good life in San Miguel de Allende just a few weeks ago, enjoying the slow lane, mucho tiempo, hot springs, frosty margarit...

Want to Reach Hispanics? Go Mobile

Cesar M. Melgoza | Posted 10.14.2014 | Technology
Cesar M. Melgoza

Reaching the Hispanic market has always been a moving target. Our country's Latin American community is dynamic; comprised of a changing mix of people from dozens of Hispanic countries, with a wide variety of cultures, acculturation levels, media habits and spending behaviors.

Who Should Decide? States' Rights, Local Authority and the Future of the Internet

David Morris | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
David Morris

Republicans and private telecoms maintain that cities lack the capacity to build and manage broadband networks. They're empirically wrong. Of the 160 municipally owned broadband networks, the successes vastly outnumber the failures.

"Reclassifying broadband Internet access service as a Title II ...would only endanger the entire Internet ecosystem."

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 09.21.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Compare with the Verizon cable franchise Title II language. Verizon Policy Blog, July 16, 2014 http://publicpolicy.verizon.com/blog/entry/verizons-...

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. IV: Long-Tail Liberation)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Global warming poses an existential threat to life on Earth. This existential threat challenges our capabilities and calls into question the viability and effectiveness of mechanically conceived grid maintenance options.

Climate Change And Global Development in the 21st Century, Pt. III

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

The emergence of an acceleration ecology for distributed solar power and storage technologies indicates the approach of a tipping point that begins to spawn an independent global power "hive" that operates largely beyond the purview of the regulated electric power grid.

Instagram, Aby Warburg, and the Physical Structure of the Internet

Matthew Israel | Posted 09.13.2014 | Arts
Matthew Israel

#1 Consciousness on-off switch discovered deep in brain "One moment you're conscious, the next you're not. For the first time, researchers have switc...

"Title Shopping" Exposed: Verizon's FiOS is Based on a Title II, FTTP Network. Shame They Never Told the Court, the FCC or the Public.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 09.14.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

After going through thousands of pages of Verizon's statements, filings at the FCC, and court documents, even listening to the oral arguments made by their lawyers, we can not find one place where Verizon told the regulators or the courts that Verizon's entire wireline FiOS deployment in every state is based on Title II.