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FCC To Auction More Wireless Spectrum

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

President Obama decided to help you get a handle on your digital life. The government will auction off more wireless spectrum to be used for fixed and mobile broadband connections. What?

The Pixelization of Journalism

Charlie Firestone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Charlie Firestone

The journalism business is unbundling. The functions that a newspaper performed alone can now be undertaken by new, nimble entrants, by repurposed other players, or by the public itself.

Reviving Independent Programming: Connecting HDTV to the Web

Maxine Goldenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Maxine Goldenson

A number of companies have been working to provide consumers with the means to connect HDTVs to the Internet. I believe when this technology ultimately enters the mainstream it could very well lead to cultural, economic and political changes that affect how our content is produced, and specifically who will be producing it.

Senators Worried About Facebook Privacy

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

Chuck Schumer of New York and Al Franken of Minnesota are especially concerned about "instant personalization," a feature that provides Facebook partners like Yelp and Pandora with instant access to user information.

Just Do It, Julius

Megan Tady | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Megan Tady

Dear FCC Chairman, I don't want to wake up six months from now and find that the Internet has changed forever. You're facing enormous pressure not to reclassify broadband. But there is no acceptable compromise here. Just do it.

How Reform Can Save the Internet: Two Must Watch Videos

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Two recent videos make a clear cut case for media reform in the digital age, and should be fixtures on the virtual shelf of anyone interested in the issue.

Third Way Blind: Will the FCC's Regulatory Agenda Deliver Us to Our Broadband Future?

Navarrow Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Navarrow Wright

If the FCC was willing to keep an open institutional mind, it could see far enough beyond its regulatory agenda to address the digital problem of our generation.

So, You Think You Can Download? New Guide Shows Threat to the Internet, What You Can Do About It

John S. Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
John S. Johnson

Without a groundswell of support for net neutrality in the coming months, the telecoms will stealthily unleash their special interest on Washington, silently transforming the Internet we use today.

The Potential Economic and Employment Implications of Net Neutrality

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Spalter

Today, we hear a lot of really smart people talking about how to put Americans back to work. President Obama has made this one of his Administration's...

Launch Into Digital Revolution Grounded Under "Third Way" Plan

Julius H. Hollis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Julius H. Hollis

Our country is at a critical point in the effort to achieve universal broadband, and as progress towards this goal is unnecessarily stalled, we are falling further behind while other countries continue to invest.

FCC Broadband Plan Calls For Next Generation 9-1-1

Lon S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Lon S. Cohen

In the Broadband Plan, the FCC says it is vital that a new 911 system with dramatically increased capabilities be deployed as a part of it's overall set of recommendations to upgrade and extend the country's broadband network.

The Fate of the Internet -- Decided in a Back Room

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

The mere existence of just reported private meetings between regulators and the telecom industry reveals to us an FCC chairman who has fallen far short of expectations.

Open Letter to Will Ferrell: Help Us Save the Internet

Megan Tady | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Megan Tady

Dear Will, I sent you an e-mail awhile back asking you to get involved in the fight to save the Internet, and a writer at FunnyorDie.com said she was...

Cute as a Button: The Schemes and "Confessions" of Reed Hundt

Patrick Maines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Patrick Maines

There's this one small problem with the government picking the winners and losers in the media and telecom world: What happens if they're wrong?

FCC Commissioner Michael Copps Explains Public Interest In Regulating Internet (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Net netrality won't be achieved "without a fight," according to FCC Commissioner Michael Copps. Copps discusses open internet with Bill Moyers in a...

Larry Lessig: How Deregulation Failed the Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

If the FCC won't listen to history, perhaps it will listen to the present and a public demanding that the agency does the right thing by reclassifying broadband.

Dying to Talk: Cellphones and Cancer

Sheila Shayon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Sheila Shayon

A new San Francisco law will require retailers to post information about 'specific absorption rates' on cell phones. This info must be posted "in at least 11-point type -- next to phones."

The Uncommon Courage of the FCC

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

To hear the industry and their lackeys, one would think the government not only is regulating the Internet, but also taking it over. The fact is, both before the FCC acts and after, private industry will still own what it owns.

Free Press to Communities of Color: We Know What's Best For You

Robert Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Robert Steele

A friend forwarded an e-mail to me that came from a net neutrality advocacy group called "Free Press." This pushy and biased e-mail solicited interviews with minority news outlets.

The iPad: Your Shiny Consumer Straitjacket

Josh Levy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Josh Levy

Lately, this gatekeeping model has led to more than a few app casualties, suggesting that Apple's approval process motto is becoming "when in doubt, reject."

Ryan Grim

Senate Democrats Press FCC To Protect Internet From Corporate Takeover (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Key Senate Democrats took to the Senate floor on Wednesday evening to press the Federal Communications Commission to write tough rules that would keep...

The Uncertain Future of Cabal Television

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert J. Elisberg

Think of net neutrality as like having stops signs at a busy intersection to avoid daily pile-ups. Or think of Wall Street without regulations. Financial collapse was the result.

A Global Golden Age for Broadband

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

The economic and social impacts of broadband are clear but the solutions are not so clear. I believe that every country needs a National Broadband Plan which will address each countries needs.

Net Neutrality Needs Your Help Today

Sen. John Kerry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. John Kerry

Today, there's a vital hearing in the Senate Commerce Committee, and I need your help. We need to show the telecom companies that we're going to fight even harder to make sure the Internet stays in the hands of the American people.

CRUSH: The Great New Media Migration

Nathan Havey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Nathan Havey

Apple is challenging Google's online advertising dominance with the introduction of the iAds platform, which Steve Jobs is hoping will make Apple the leader in mobile advertising.