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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.

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.

Time Warner Cable's Advertised $89.99 Triple Play: Now $190.77. What the F@$#X$!?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 10.19.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

You can never, ever get the advertised price because it doesn't include many of the fixed costs, like the set top box, not to mention it is littered with pass-throughs of the company's taxes and fees, including the cable franchise fees.

FCC v. Redskins, Olive Garden Shake Up and a House Full of Spiders! (VIDEO)

Dan McDermott | Posted 10.13.2014 | DC
Dan McDermott

The Federal Communications Commission is weighing a petition to ban the use of the name "Redskins" on broadcast outlets.

Information You Need to Make Up Your Own Mind

Meredith McGehee | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics
Meredith McGehee

As things stand now, the burden is on you to figure out who is funding the ads inundating your television and attempting to influence your vote, despite long-standing laws and regulations that clearly state that broadcasters have an obligation to ascertain the "true sponsor" of the ads they run on those airwaves.

Obama: White House Expects FCC To Uphold Net Neutrality

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama says his administration "expects" that the Federal Communications Commission will not allow Internet service providers to offer...

Net Neutrality Matters to Communities of Color

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 10.08.2014 | Black Voices
Rep. Keith Ellison

An open Internet protects opportunities for communities of color. It lets people report on injustice and organize to confront it. It lets artists and creators tell their own stories, rather than depending on traditional media to decide which stories are worth telling.

Why Phone and Cable Companies Want to Kill the Internet's Most Democratic Right

Timothy Karr | Posted 10.03.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

The framers of the U.S. Constitution could not have foreseen a time in which technology allowed more than 2.7 billion people to communicate via interconnected digital platforms. Nor could they have envisioned a world in which companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon wield more authority over free speech than a British monarch.

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.

Allow Municipalities the Chance to Build Broadband Networks

Mike Montgomery | Posted 09.24.2014 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

There are good arguments to be made on both sides of the municipal broadband issue, but stopping community projects due to a misguided argument about states' rights isn't one of them.

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."

What's Next for Campaign Finance Reform?

Meredith McGehee | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics
Meredith McGehee

While it would be nice to be able to wave a magic wand or pass a sweeping bill to fix the system, it's just not going to happen. Now is the time for determined and steadfast battles on several fronts.

An Effective Referee for the Internet

David Balto | Posted 09.17.2014 | Business
David Balto

The Internet is the model of a competitive market particularly because our referees have a narrowly defined and limited role. Let's keep it that way. We enjoy watching the competitors, not the referees.

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.

Sports Blackout Rule on Its Death Bed

Ken Reed | Posted 09.16.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

The decades-old blackout strategy is nothing more than a wedge that is driven between the team and long-time fans who cannot afford to regularly attend NFL games at stadiums their tax dollars built.

Time's Running Out On The Net Neutrality Comment Period

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 09.15.2014 | Technology

Today is the last day to tell regulators how you feel about net neutrality, or the idea that all Internet traffic should be treated equally. The F...

11 Inappropriate Words That Wouldn't Exist Without 'South Park'

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 09.13.2014 | Entertainment

Why, hello there, children! For 17 seasons, "South Park" has pushed the boundaries of what's allowed on television. Over the years, the show has offen...

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.

Online Protest In Support of Net Neutrality Planned For Sept. 10

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 09.03.2014 | Technology

Web activists are planning an online protest for next week to press federal regulators for stronger rules to protect net neutrality, or the idea that ...

Verizon To Pay $7.4 Million For Violating Customers' Privacy

Reuters | Posted 09.03.2014 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc will pay $7.4 million to settle a U.S. investigation that found the company failed to notify properl...

Why Ferguson's About Net Neutrality, Too

Michael Winship | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

Yes, we're talking about preserving Net neutrality, preventing the FCC from allowing the Internet to be split into fast lanes for the rich and slow lanes for the rest of us, lanes that could be clogged or blocked to prevent word from getting out about corporate and government malfeasance.

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.

How the FCC Can Save Net Neutrality and Still Ruin the Internet

Mike Montgomery | Posted 10.15.2014 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

I'm pro-net neutrality, but anti-1934-style strangulation. Where does that leave me? According to the approaches under consideration, I may soon be a man without a country. Good thing the Internet, at least for now, doesn't require a passport.

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.