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

Edward J. Black | Posted 10.24.2014 | 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.

5 Companies That Help Us Travel Cheaper

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 10.23.2014 | Travel

We love to hack our way to a good travel deal -- because quite frankly, it sometimes seems like the big companies are out to get us. But, fair trav...

A Warning for HBO and CBS: Danger Lurks in the Stream

Art Brodsky | Posted 10.22.2014 | Technology
Art Brodsky

Now they plan to enter another realm, one inhabited by giants more powerful and more devious than they HBO, CBS, Lionsgate or Tribeca can ever imagine. It's one thing to be carried as part of a cable package. It's another to be streamed, and to be at the utter mercy of Comcast, Verizon and AT&T.

Don't Give Up the Home Phone!

Tom Alderman | Posted 10.21.2014 | Media
Tom Alderman

No doubt some millennial whippersnapper will ask why, if you have a cell, anyone needs a wired home phone. Okay, maybe one line for fax but an actual non-battery table-top phone -- no way.

AT&T Hacked By Its Own Employee

Reuters | Posted 10.07.2014 | Business

(Reuters) - AT&T Inc informed about 1,600 customers that an employee gained unauthorized access to their personal data in August, a person familiar w...

AT&T's Top 13 Broken Promises. DIRECTV Merger? 'Giga'-Me-a-Break!

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 10.01.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T must be investigated for its previous failures to fulfill basic commitments in prior mergers, especially the AT&T-BellSouth merger. And the states should go back and examine whether customers have been paying extra for decades based on commitments never fulfilled.

AT&T Will Give You HBO Go Without A Huge Cable Package, But There's A Catch

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 09.24.2014 | Technology

Too many people are getting by without paying for TV -- cobbling together their entertainment on phones, computers and TVs by using a mix of Netflix, ...

Fast Lane, Slow Lane -- "No Lane" -- End Game in Telecommunications

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 09.23.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Forget about Net Neutrality's fast lane vs slow lane. We are at the end game in telecommunications and we should all be talking about the "No Lane."

The Book of Broken Promises: $400 Billion Broadband Scandal and Free the Net

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 09.17.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

By the end of 2014, America will have been charged about $400 billion by the local phone incumbents, Verizon, AT&T and CenturyLink, for a fiber optic future that never showed up.

Riding the Back of the Digital Bus

Preeti Vissa | Posted 09.17.2014 | 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.

Verizon's Fiber Optic Networks Are 'Title II' -- Here's What the FCC Should Do

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 09.11.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

To be blunt, Verizon has gamed the entire regulatory process via "Title Shopping" in the Open Internet docket and in many other ongoing proceedings that impact all of America's communications.

Net Neutrality, Civil Rights, and Big Telecom Dollars

James Rucker | Posted 09.10.2014 | 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.

This November We Can Reclaim Local Authority Over the Internet

David Morris | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
David Morris

It's true that some public networks have had significant financial losses, although it is usually bondholders, not taxpayers who feel the pain. But compared to the track record of private telecoms, public sector management looks like a paragon of financial probity.

The Yoga of Data Roaming

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 09.02.2014 | 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...

The Evolution of 4 Iconic Logo Designs

VisualNews.com | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
VisualNews.com

A strong visual language is the best way to establish brand recognition among your audience, and your logo is the foundation of that visual identity.

Streaming: TV's Tectonic Shift

Tom Alderman | Posted 08.27.2014 | Entertainment
Tom Alderman

Why should we pay cable companies big monthly fees for a huge lineup of programs we never watch but are charged for. Research shows that folks with 300 channels only watch an average of 12 of them. Why not pick and choose just what we want to watch and pay for each show as we go? Or, as the industry calls it: pay-per-view.

I've Finally Decided to Leave You!

Nicholas Snow | Posted 10.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

Yes, I've taken the time to write this as a mock break-up letter, but it comes after extensive research, including recent phone calls with both T-Mobile and AT&T, and I wanted you to benefit from what I've learned.

Net Blocking: A Problem in Need of a Solution

Timothy Karr | Posted 10.20.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

In the absence of any rules, violations of the open Internet will become more and more common. Don't believe me? Let history be the guide.

The United States Must Lead in Upholding Net Neutrality

Freedom House | Posted 10.15.2014 | Technology
Freedom House

While innovation has flourished under the free-market system, this does not mean that regulation and innovation are mutually exclusive.

Connected Cars in the Mainstream

Catherine McCullough | Posted 10.06.2014 | Technology
Catherine McCullough

I'm asked the same question over again: when will connected cars become "mainstream?" Judging by a look at the news, the answer is now.

The FCC Pitchman

Ken Blackwell | Posted 10.06.2014 | Media
Ken Blackwell

The Federal Communications Commission is looking to raise revenue - and the agency is in full pitch mode. The company is injecting itself as the middleman between buyers (wireless carriers) and sellers (TV broadcasters) of spectrum.

The "New" Media Landscape: CNBCUTWC, 21stCFTW, ATTDirecTV, T-Sprint

Shelly Palmer | Posted 10.04.2014 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

Over the next 18 months, proposed and pending mergers and acquisitions are going to completely change the media landscape. Even if only a few of them ...

Verizon Wins With Data

Michael R. Levin | Posted 09.30.2014 | Technology
Michael R. Levin

Data Plan Strategies Help Verizon Beat Other Carriers Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) released analysis of the results from its resear...

Customer Service Hall Of Shame

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business

When it comes to companies we dread dealing with, we all know who they are. Let’s put it this way, would you rather go to the Apple Genius Bar to fi...

Verizon's Stealth Plan for 'Shutting Off the Copper' in New York City and Locations in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania Has Started

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.21.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon doesn't say as there was no information supplied with the filing about how many customers would be impacted or even how many lines are in service that are based on copper.