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1996 Telecommunications Act

It's Time for an Upgrade: 18 Years Is Just Too Long

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

The original Communications Act was enacted in 1934 and subsequently revised in 1996 in which the word "Internet" only appeared 11 times while "payphone" garnered 18 references. Our policies are still being led by those outdated laws.

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...

Verizon's Deal With Big Cable Spells the Demise of the Telecom Act

Joel Kelsey | Posted 03.06.2012 | Technology
Joel Kelsey

We all remember the 1980s and its awesome fashion and music. While some may want to revisit those aspects of the past, I don't think anyone wants to return to the era of the cable and Ma Bell monopolies.

Why Did Donna Brazile Use the F-word in Oprah's Magazine? (Hint: Rush Limbaugh)

Sue Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sue Wilson

To the uninitiated, bringing Fairness to the public airwaves -- radio and TV -- is a no-brainer. But to Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh, bringing back the "Fairness Doctrine" could be a call to arms.

Communications Act Redux: A Chance for the States to Unite!

Sue Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sue Wilson

In short, the 1996 Telecommunications Act has worn away the very fabric of America. It is time to restore discourse to the America the founding fathers envisioned.

Lessons From the Right: Obama Tries to Regain the Message

Sue Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sue Wilson

President Obama understands he must reach the American public with the facts. Still, Fox News and, more importantly, talk radio will not allow their audiences to hear the unvarnished truth.

Talk Radio Rules Blue Dog States

Sue Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sue Wilson

22 percent of Americans get their news from talk radio, and conservative talkers, like Hannity and Limbaugh, have been lying to their listeners about what's in the health care bill.