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A Bill of Rights for the Online World

Sen. Patrick Leahy | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Sen. Patrick Leahy

Like our nation, the Internet was founded on the principles of openness and competition. It has become the ultimate marketplace of ideas, where everyone has a voice and the best products or services succeed based on their own merit. Open Internet principles are the Bill of Rights for the online world.

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.

The First Thing You Do in War Is Take Over the Communications System, or Why I Love Sheffield Doc Fest

Vivian Norris | Posted 08.20.2014 | Media
Vivian Norris

Money and the enormous wealth gap has lead to a non-democratic representation in the media sphere and that now extends to so-called public television.

How to Tell If Your Member of Congress Is a Crony Capitalist

Timothy Karr | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Timothy Karr

First, find who his or her biggest corporate donors are. Then check his or her record on policies that may impact the bottom lines of those companies. Does she support or oppose financial-sector reform? Has he recently signed a letter or released a statement opposing EPA curbs to coal-plant emissions?

The Net Neutrality Battle Is Coming To Your Phone

Reuters | By Alina Selyukh and Marina Lopes | Posted 08.15.2014 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A surge in mobile Internet usage has U.S. regulators considering whether to apply the same rules to fixed and wireless Internet...

AT&T Can 'Say Anything': AT&T IP Transition Trials and the Direct TV Merger Documents Contradict Previous Broadband Commitments.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T has asked the FCC to let it start a 'transition' of its networks, moving to all 'Internet-based' (IP) services, with 'trials' to start in Alabama...

Gerry Smith

AT&T, Comcast Have Spotty Record Of Giving Internet To Rural And Poor

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 06.12.2014 | Technology

As telecom giants seek approval for their latest mergers, millions of people without fast, reliable Internet service have become bargaining chips. ...

Google Makes A Big Satellite Buy

AP | By MICHAEL LIEDTKE | Posted 08.10.2014 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is buying Skybox Imaging in a deal that could serve as a launching pad for the Internet company to send its own fleet of...

Reddit Co-Founder: Call The Government And Defend Net Neutrality

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 06.09.2014 | Technology

People have been ranting about net neutrality on Reddit for years. Now, the co-founder of the "front page of the Internet" wants Redditors to take the...

Finding the Right Tech Policy Solution

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 08.04.2014 | Technology
Eva M. Clayton

While the concerns that many proponents of strong net neutrality rules hold may seem sensible, the truth is that pursuing draconian regulations in a knee-jerk reaction is simply unnecessary and could potentially hamper future innovation.

AM Broadcasters Must Fight for Survival or Be Forced Over the 'Buffalo Jump'

Fred Lundgren | Posted 08.02.2014 | Media
Fred Lundgren

Figuratively speaking, AM radio faces a similar fate. Like the Bison, a certain number of AM stations are driven over the cliff each year but unlike the Native Americans, the FCC doesn't care enough to sustain the remaining herd.

Life without Cable TV: One Month Later

Phil Simon | Posted 08.02.2014 | Technology
Phil Simon

About a month ago, I joined roughly five million Americans and cut the cord. Here are some thoughts on lessons learned so far: Cutting the cord is ...

John Oliver Calls Upon Internet Trolls To Save Net Neutrality

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 06.02.2014 | Comedy

One of the signature elements of "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" is the host's ability to use long, commercial-free segments to dig into subjects...

The Dirty Secret Behind Rep. Latta's Anti-Net Neutrality Bill

Timothy Karr | Posted 07.31.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

If the FCC fails to take this simple step -- or if it's restricted from doing so -- the Internet as we know it could be lost. That's exactly what companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon want. And they are paying good money to make sure Congress does their bidding.

Summer's Barbeque and Political Season Is Here: Time to Hold the Spam

Scott Goodstein | Posted 07.30.2014 | Technology
Scott Goodstein

Political text message spam is only going to grow unless the FCC takes a hard line against spammers -- punishing them to the full extent of the law. We can stop the bad guys from turning our cell phones into another spam vehicle

The Compact With Capitalism: Wheeler's Net Neutrality Dodge

Tracy Rosenberg | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Tracy Rosenberg

Rhetoric and reality sometimes diverge. Right now, the future of the Internet is hooked like a fish between two different paths.

Net Neutrality Solved: Verizon's FiOS Rides Over a Title II, Common Carriage, FTTP (Fiber-to-the-Premises) Telecommunications Network

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.25.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

MSNBC writes that a possible solution to Net Neutrality -- commonly known as an 'open Internet' is to reclassify broadband as a "Title II" service, which was changed by the FCC to an 'information' service, commonly known as 'Title I".

How the FCC May Have Broken the Internet Last Week and How You Can Save It

Paul Everton | Posted 07.22.2014 | Technology
Paul Everton

The FCC rules just passed allow cable companies to reserve lanes on the highway for billionaires, forcing the rest of us to use the remaining lanes. Now, your highway goes from a 12-lane superhighway to six-lane highway.

The FCC, Net Neutrality, and Corporate Power

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 07.21.2014 | Technology
Joseph A. Palermo

For years now the corporate Internet Service Providers have been pushing for a tiered system of Internet delivery. They want the FCC to allow them to construct "fast lanes" and "slow lanes" on the Internet.

Gerry Smith

Net Neutrality Fans Aren't Going To Like This Chart

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 05.22.2014 | Technology

NEW YORK -- When news broke in February that streaming giant Netflix would pay Comcast for direct access to the cable company's broadband network, som...

It's Still The Information Super Toll Road: An Intended Consequence of Net Neutrality

Shelly Palmer | Posted 07.19.2014 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

It is hard to be optimistic about a future world where there is a low-powered free and open Internet and a web of private toll roads owned by non-governmental organizations that inherently compete with their customers.

FCC: No More Equal Time Requirements for Political Campaign Supporters Over Our Public Airwaves

Sue Wilson | Posted 07.14.2014 | Media
Sue Wilson

The 2014 FCC has now spoken [PDF] in response to a complaint filed by my not-for-profit, the Media Action Center (MAC). Unfortunately, their response ...

The Fight Goes On: FCC Votes to Consider Rules That Could End Net Neutrality

Michael Winship | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

The vote was taken at the Federal Communications Commission Thursday morning, as drums pounded and hundreds of demonstrators supporting Net neutrality chanted outside FCC headquarters.

Verizon, Be Careful What You Wish For

David Goodfriend | Posted 07.15.2014 | Technology
David Goodfriend

If someone ever needed an example of "be careful what you wish for because you just might get it," look no farther than Verizon's lawsuit against the FCC's net neutrality rules and the high-tech showdown we see playing out today at the FCC.

The FCC Should Let All Competitors Bid on the Spectrum Necessary to Give Americans 21st Century High-Speed Mobile Broadband

John M. Burns | Posted 07.15.2014 | Technology
John M. Burns

The FCC should encourage the widest possible competition in next year's spectrum auction and let all competitors bid on the spectrum necessary to give Americans 21st century high-speed mobile broadband.