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Obama Inflames Divisive Debate On Net Neutrality

AP | MICHAEL LIEDTKE | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Let's say President Barack Obama gets his way and high-speed Internet service providers are governed by the same U.S. regulatio...

FCC Chairman Responds To Obama's Net Neutrality Comments

Reuters | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Nov 10 (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Monday welcomed President Barack Obama's comments on his...

The President Might Have Just Saved the Internet

Craig Aaron | Posted 11.10.2014 | Technology
Craig Aaron

During his first run for the White House, Barack Obama promised that he would take "a back seat to no one" on Net Neutrality. Today, the president finally got in the driver's seat.

FCC 'Must Take The Time' To Get Net Neutrality Rules Right, Chairman Says

Reuters | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Monday welcomed President Barack Obama's comments on his work on...

Dana Liebelson

Obama Urges FCC To Set 'Strongest Possible Rules' To Protect Net Neutrality

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics

On Monday, President Barack Obama came out in favor of the "strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality," endorsing a popular proposal that wou...

Paul Blumenthal

Mitch McConnell's Triumph Strikes Worry In The Hearts Of Campaign Finance Reformers

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Over the past three years, House Republicans have repeatedly tried, and failed, to bar federal agencies from adopting regulations to gov...

What Separates Internet Advocates?

Jason A. Llorenz | Posted 11.06.2014 | Technology
Jason A. Llorenz

What policies, have, and will actually help to address our real Internet problem, grow an innovative Internet for the future, and advance the goal of digital equity?

Here's How The FCC Might Address Net Neutrality

The New York Times | Posted 10.31.2014 | Technology

The chairman and staff of the Federal Communications Commission are moving toward a proposal that for the first time would give the agency regulatory ...

Verizon's Latest Censorship Plan Follows a Familiar Pattern

Timothy Karr | Posted 10.29.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

This turn of events is just the latest in the company's ongoing campaign to control all things Internet. If the past is prologue, here's what we can expect if Verizon becomes the Internet's dictator.

Why Is the National Urban League Defending Online Discrimination?

Craig Aaron | Posted 10.29.2014 | Technology
Craig Aaron

Marc Morial recites the industry's talking points in praising the ISPs for their broadband deployment, while denouncing common carrier rules as heavy handed "utility-style regulations" that would deter investment and widen the digital divide.

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 10.28.2014 | 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 12.18.2014 | 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 12.12.2014 | 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 12.10.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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 11.22.2014 | 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 11.23.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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 11.17.2014 | 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 11.17.2014 | 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 11.16.2014 | 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.