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'Special Excess': The Secret Broadband, Internet, Cable, Wireless and Phone Networks

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.08.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Forget about the NSA and the phone networks. There's another secret network you should know about. I call it "special excess," though it's known in the telecom industry as "special access." You won't hear about these secret wires.

President Obama Confident FCC Will Use Authority to Save Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 04.03.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

President Barack Obama on Friday affirmed his strong support for Net Neutrality and expressed confidence that the Federal Communications Commission will use its authority to protect the open Internet.

Coming Clean on Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 03.30.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

The phone and cable companies and their paid-for experts can say whatever they want, for or against the open Internet. With real Net Neutrality protections in place, though, they can do little to destroy it.

Net Neutrality Misses Real Internet Problem: ADOPTION

Kristal High | Posted 03.25.2014 | Technology
Kristal High

Rhetoric aside, provided neither the FCC nor Verizon appeal last week's decision, we can safely say we're comfortably still in the net neutral zone we've been in for the past ten years. But there is a bigger problem the Chicken Littles of the world fail to recognize.

The Information Counter-Revolution

Timothy Karr | Posted 03.24.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

It's a troubling sign that the information age has entered a new era -- one where our rights to connect and communicate are under constant siege by governments and corporations.

Microsoft's Sneaky Plan To Promote The Xbox One

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology

Seeing a lot of videos fawning over the Xbox One on YouTube recently? It may not be a coincidence. According to a report on Monday from Ars Technic...

What's Next for the Open Internet? A Path Forward

Timothy Karr | Posted 03.19.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Tuesday's court decision stripped the agency of any ability to protect Net Neutrality and stop companies from blocking websites and degrading Internet access. In the few days since a consensus has begun to emerge: To protect the open Internet, the agency must reclassify broadband access as a telecommunications service.

Door Closes to Open Internet, But All May Not Be Lost

Michael Winship | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

The ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a potentially lethal blow to net neutrality -- the principle that the Internet should be available equally to anyone who wishes to use it as a medium for creativity and information, regardless of who they are and no matter the size of their checkbooks.

What The Consumer Electronics Show Taught About Wireless Spectrum

Mike Montgomery | Posted 03.17.2014 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

Growing wireless dependence has also focused attention on a looming threat to our wireless future -- lack of available spectrum to handle all the mobile data.

Net Neutrality Is Dead

Art Brodsky | Posted 03.16.2014 | Technology
Art Brodsky

The idea that those companies that run big telecommunications networks shouldn't be able to play favorites is dead, at age 80. First enacted in the 1934 Communications Act, the principle was very simple. Telephone companies shouldn't be able to discriminate among the traffic they carry. The U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit ruling killed it.

Net Neutrality Is Dead -- Here's How to Get It Back

Craig Aaron | Posted 03.16.2014 | Technology
Craig Aaron

Companies will rush to change the Web and line their own pockets at our expense -- creating new tolls for app makers, expensive price tiers for popular sites, and fast lanes open only to the few content providers that can afford them. It didn't have to be this way.

Court Deals Huge Blow To Net Neutrality

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday struck down the government's latest effort to require internet providers to treat all traffic t...

CES 2014: 'Mobile, mobile, mobile'

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 03.15.2014 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

From wearable technologies that track back posture, blood pressure and brain waves to connected cars and homes, the 152,000 attendees at this year's C...

Offsides: A Better Bargain for the American Football Fan

Sen. Richard Blumenthal | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Sen. Richard Blumenthal

Created with the intent of making the league sustainable, blackout policies today punish fans rather than encouraging attendance. With the average NFL ticket costing about $80, many fans who have not recovered from the recession simply cannot afford to attend. It is time to improve the deal for fans.

2014: The End Game in Telecommunications: The Perfect, Man-Made Storm

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.11.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

"Since deregulation, landline costs skyrocket. The monthly cost of measured AT&T phone service (in California) has soared more than 260% since 2008." ...

A Blueprint for Wheeler's FCC

Christina Gagnier | Posted 03.11.2014 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

On Thursday, the new Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler will make his first visit to California to speak at a town hall-style event in Oakland. Here are three items Wheeler should consider to help improve digital literacy and high-speed Internet access in California and throughout the United States.

A Tale of Two Prisoners

Tracy Rosenberg | Posted 03.10.2014 | Crime
Tracy Rosenberg

Every study confirms that guess. Prisoners who retain steady contact with family and friends while in prison have a dramatically lower recidvism rate. A better outcome for individuals and a better outcome for taxpayers.

Will Murdoch Succeed in Burying his Past?

Timothy Karr | Posted 03.10.2014 | Media
Timothy Karr

Rupert Murdoch is plotting his empire's expansion -- growth that could include purchases of Tribune Company newspapers and, reportedly, Time Inc. But will 2014 be the year that the media mogul, who's skilled at reinventing himself and burying old mistakes, is finally held to account?

Campaign Cash Rules Drown in the Bathtub

Michael Winship | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

What little power the government still has to regulate campaign finance donations -- already whittled to a minimum by Citizens United -- is being steadily eroded by funding cutbacks, intimidation, bureaucracy and an inability or refusal to enforce the few rules we have left.

2013 Mobile Year In Review [VIDEO]

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 02.15.2014 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

What an amazing year 2013 has been for mobile innovation - and consumers. With hockey stick growth trends continuing without a beat throughout the wi...

Why Has the FAA and FCC Been Lying to Us About Cell Phones on Planes?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 02.12.2014 | Travel
Blake Fleetwood

For more than 22 years the FAA and the FCC have essentially feeding us an urban myth that cell phone use would crash planes. Who could question passenger safety?

U.S. Wireless Carriers Agree To Make Unlocking Your Phone Easier

Reuters | Posted 12.13.2013 | Technology

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Major U.S. wireless carriers on Thursday pledged to make it easier for consumers to "unlock" their mobile p...

We're One Step Closer To Phone Calls On Flights

Posted 12.12.2013 | Technology

The Federal Communications Commission has voted 3-2 to consider ending a ban on in-flight phone calls, Reuters reported. The proposed new rule woul...

Hush: Why Cell Phones Won't Spoil the Friendly Skies

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 02.10.2014 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

Like virtually every other commentator I've read or person I've talked to, the thought of flying next to someone loudly conversing at length on their ...

The Payola Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 02.10.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

2013 could mark the end of the era of Internet openness.