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Careening Toward Telecom Dystopia (But Can We Stop It?)

Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.18.2013 | Books
Dan Froomkin

In her new book, Susan Crawford compellingly and disturbingly makes it clear that we are well on our way to a very disturbing future of expensive, substandard and unequal Internet access -- with Comcast boldly leading the charge.

Teaming up to Create Jobs in the Telecommunications Sector

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifWith online learning making the educational process more time-manageable, more graduates are in a better position to complete their degrees and find employment in their desired industries. And there is no better example of this occurring than in telecommunications.

Is Broadband a Social Justice Issue?

Jason Resendez | Posted 04.02.2013 | Latino Voices
Jason Resendez

In the past decade alone, the Internet has transformed the way we shop (Amazon), communicate (Skype), and even receive medical care. Yet, a large number of Americans, particularly those in minority communities, lack access to these technological advances.

The FCC Chief Is Awesome at His Job if You Own a Big Cable Company

Christopher Mitchell | Posted 03.24.2013 | Technology
Christopher Mitchell

Local businesses get it. Mayors get it. City councils get it. And unlike Chairman Genachowski, they know what the problem is: little incentive for massive, established cable monopolies to invest in networks when they are harvesting record profits and subscribers have no other choices.

Apple's Battle Against The 'iphone' Could Be Ending Soon

AP | By STAN LEHMAN | Posted 02.26.2013 | Technology

SAO PAULO (AP) — Apple Inc. likely will have to pay a Brazilian company for the right to use the iPhone brand in Latin America's biggest country, a ...

There Is No Internet Freedom Without Internet and Broadband Competition

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.05.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Net Neutrality only became an issue once the phone and cable companies got the government to protect their businesses from competition by blocking who could use the wires.

Economic Security for Rural America: LightSquared Round Two

Diane Russell | Posted 01.29.2013 | Technology
Diane Russell

An essential building block to economic growth lies in expanding broadband access to rural America. Instead of pushing each other over the self-made cliff, why not build a bridge across the digital divide?

Response to FairSearch's Remedy Proposals

David Balto | Posted 01.29.2013 | Technology
David Balto

What data is FairSearch alluding to? Which competitors have a right to access? And how would we implement this access? Who makes these decisions?

The Secret to Adding More Jobs

Sara Sutton Fell | Posted 12.16.2012 | Small Business
Sara Sutton Fell

Hiring not in the budget? By embracing telecommuting, which can reduce overhead costs, saving millions of dollars, companies that haven't been able to increase hiring in the last few years might finally be able reduce the nation's continually high unemployment rate.

The Fine Print Misses the Mark

Michael K. Powell | Posted 12.15.2012 | Business
Michael K. Powell

Author David Cay Johnston won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his reporting on U.S. tax policy. But in his just released book, The Fine Print, Johnston falls woefully short of that standard in his attempt to critique the state of broadband in the U.S.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in the Verizon-Cable Pact

Joel Kelsey | Posted 10.27.2012 | Technology
Joel Kelsey

Congress and the FCC need to confront the looming monopoly environment most consumers now face for broadband service. If they don't reverse course and start dealing with the reality they've created, even the best conditions will be meaningless.

Half a Loaf Is Not Enough: The DOJ's Approval of a Cable Cartel Will Harm Consumers

David Balto | Posted 08.23.2012 | Business
David Balto

The FCC had the opportunity to protect consumers by requiring more effective conditions, closing the loopholes created by the DOJ's inconsistent proposed final judgment, and imposing FiOS build-out conditions.

FCC Has Options to Make Verizon Cable Deal Better for Internet Users

Edward J. Black | Posted 10.20.2012 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Congress and the FCC have put themselves at this juncture where they now have to choose between taking strong steps the biggest companies abhor, in order to enable competition -- or actually regulating a broadband monopoly.

China Arrests Over 10,000 In Cybercrime Crackdown

BBC News | Posted 07.26.2012 | World

More than 10,000 suspects have been arrested and 600 criminal gangs "busted" in China's latest cybercrime crackdown, the authorities say. As of Jun...

Alcatel-Lucent To Axe 5,000 Jobs

Reuters | Posted 09.24.2012 | Business

* To cut 5,000 jobs, exit unprofitable markets, contracts * CEO takes bolder action to repair struggling group * Analyst...

Working From Home Could Hurt Your Career

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 07.16.2012 | Business

The millions of Americans who are skipping out on the daily commute may also be losing out on a promotion. These so-called 'telecommuters' are les...

Savvy Retailers Can Cash in on Blackberry

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 09.04.2012 | Business
Sarah O'Leary

Watching financial pundits bandy about the impending demise of RIM and its product line Blackberry is equivalent to conductors yelling "JUMP!" before ...

The New Law of the Sea and the Geopolitics of the Internet

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 06.29.2012 | World
Lyric Hughes Hale

Perhaps we have found a new metric by which to measure political power -- the cables that link nations to other nations and regions, the networks which allow their citizens to communicate with each other, and the round trip time for data to travel. It is the new Law of the Sea.

Please, Sir, May I Have Another?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Bruce Kushnick

For the last 20 years, the nation's major telecom companies have been playing the public and regulatory officials for fools. Now they're claiming they shouldn't be obliged to provide affordable landline service to everyone anymore, as they take the money and run to wireless.

10 Industries Where People Are Getting Fired

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 04.13.2012 | Business

Many Americans working at call centers were down on their luck last month. Telecommunications firms experienced the most planned job cuts in March...

Bank Fraud Watchdogs In Asia 'Have Got A Bicycle' To 'Catch A Ferrari'

Reuters | Eveline Danubrata | Posted 05.27.2012 | Business

By Eveline Danubrata SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Many banks still do not have enough teeth to tackle fraud, which costs Asia around $1 billio...

Looking Through the Hispanic Lens Brings a Paradigm Shift in Telecom, Media & Entertainment Industries

Glenn Llopis | Posted 04.28.2012 | Latino Voices
Glenn Llopis

These are the facts - Are you prepared to capture your share of this market as we begin to see the emergence of the authentic Hispanic voice through the companies already taking the lead?

Mexican Telecom Magnate Denies His Company Has Monopoly

AP | By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO | Posted 02.01.2012 | Business

MEXICO CITY -- Telephone magnate Carlos Slim denied Tuesday that he has a monopoly on telecommunications in Mexico, disputing a report by an internati...

2012: The Year of the Semantic Web

Steve Hamby | Posted 03.26.2012 | Technology
Steve Hamby

The Semantic Web allows us to invest our brain power in responsibilities and tasks that require alert human cognition -- and give the tedious line checking and data grabbing to a machine who doesn't talk back, get grumpy or demand coffee.

Can You Hear Me Now? Doesn't Matter -- Just Email Me!

Ebong Eka | Posted 03.25.2012 | Business
Ebong Eka

Maybe it was good for the consumer that the AT&T and T-mobile merger didn't happen. More importantly, with the exponential increase in data usage, "Can You Hear Me Now? (TM)" will no longer apply. Just send me an email instead!