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Comcast Aims to Buy Seattle Mayor, Intimidate Others

Christopher Mitchell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Christopher Mitchell

Why is Comcast so interested in defeating Seattle's mayor? Like a playground bully, it comes down to both payback and a warning to others. Comcast is serving warning to other big city mayors: try to create competition and we'll take you down.

A Call to Action for Our Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 04.03.2013 | Technology
Timothy Karr

As our Internet grows up, we need to look to the future and figure out ways to make it better. There is a role for activism and advocacy, but also one for our government to promote the public interest by ensuring that every American can participate in a free and fair communications market.

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.

Louis C.K. Takes the Internet Seriously

Christopher Mitchell | Posted 02.21.2012 | Technology
Christopher Mitchell

Louis C.K.'s "fun little experiment" illustrates the threat to the cable business model. Cable has long been the gatekeeper to content -- Comcast decides what channels I can choose from. But right now on the Internet, I choose what content I can choose from.

Comcast: Internet Access Is Temporarily a Civil Right

Christopher Mitchell | Posted 10.09.2011 | Technology
Christopher Mitchell

Smart communities invest in themselves rather than depending on big, absentee corporations. Requiring Comcast to provide affordable broadband connections is better than not, but continuing to let Comcast effectively decide who can afford access to the Internet is madness.

Want Cable/Broadband Competition? Build Community Networks

Christopher Mitchell | Posted 09.14.2011 | Technology
Christopher Mitchell

2011-07-15-twc.jpg The federal government has done little to protect citizens from the telecommunications industry's natural tendency toward consolidation and monopoly.

Community Broadband Beats Cable, DSL Companies in Speed, Price

Christopher Mitchell | Posted 09.05.2011 | Technology
Christopher Mitchell

With the vast majority of Americans greatly overpaying for slow and unreliable broadband compared to connections in Europe and Asia, hundreds of communities have started building their own networks. And the industry is fighting back.

Teen Empowerment Creates Agents for Positive Change

Suzette Standring | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Suzette Standring

The regenerative power of youth can heal violence and kids just have to be empowered to do so. The Center for Teen Empowerment does just this -- giving kids a voice and hope for the future.