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RapidShare Wins the Day

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Shelly Palmer

RapidShare, a popular file sharing site, has dodged a copyright bullet. A Fed. Judge in CA ruled that RapidShare isn't guilty of copyright infringement because it doesn't have a searchable index.

Keeping the Internet Free at Home and Abroad

Nancy E. Soderberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Nancy E. Soderberg

The two of us come from different political parties, but we both support expanding Internet use at home and abroad as an essential component of free speech and organizing free assembly.

Can Democrats Cross the Other Digital Divide?

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

One of the more substantial concerns in international diplomacy circles relates to the potential example an over-reaching regulatory interpretation of net neutrality in the United States could set for the world.

Does the FCC Want Our Internet Slow?

Christian Sandvig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christian Sandvig

Does this country need a regulator that doesn't do anything? The FCC should take its cue from us and not the companies it is supposed to regulate.

Broadband Plan for Health Care

Larry Magid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Larry Magid

If the FCC gets its way, we will have a National Broadband Plan with 100 megabit Internet connection to 100 million U.S. homes by 2020. And that could make remote medicine a reality.

The Internet Is "Open" Unless Free Press Is in Charge: A Journey Into Internet Censorship

Navarrow Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Navarrow Wright

By now most people have heard of the FCC 's proposed attempts to regulate the Internet. You can read about how those changes differ from the current I...

Government Takeover? Comcast CEO Changes His Tune Outside D.C.

Josh Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Josh Silver

With breathtaking hypocrisy, the phone and cable companies' K Street lobbyists are fighting an all-out war against the Net Neutrality proposal at the FCC that would protect Internet users from government or industry censorship.

Summer Rerun At The FCC: AT&T Tries for Scream 2 (Broadband)

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

AT&T is once again swarming all over Capitol Hill getting their pet legislators to sign yet another disingenuous letter, this time claiming that consumer protection, universal service, and other much needed items are just a "distraction".

CBC Members: Don't Help the Telecom Industry Destroy the Open Internet

James Rucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
James Rucker

The big phone and cable companies are pulling out all the stops in their campaign against net neutrality. We want to make clear how important this issue is to the African-American community, and why it is a 21st century civil rights issue.

FCC Test Looms on Wireless Competition

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

While the FCC urges substantial reforms on multiple fronts in the wireless marketplace, it would be judicious for the Commission to point out where the marketplace is working.

America's Broadband Revolution: Where We Go From Here

Dean Garfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Dean Garfield

With the National Broadband Plan announced by the FCC this week, lawmakers have an opportunity to do something to positively impact the lives and well-being of every American for decades to come.

The Future of Cable Television

David Colarusso | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Colarusso

Cable television is the antithesis of net neutrality. I quit cable because I don't want to pay more for bits of information just because they're called television.

An Open Letter to Rep. Waxman on Broadband Fraud and the FCC

Barry Sussman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Barry Sussman

Dear Chairman Waxman, I see where you commended the FCC for its new broadband plan. Maybe you should take another look? You may find deep corruption and fraud.

How to Advertise Down There

Susan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Susan Kim

From the earliest days of commercial pads, one hundred-plus years ago, femcare advertising has been a virtual saga of prudishness, cluelessness, and excessive caution bordering on total hysteria.

A Man. A Plan. A Problem. The Internet.

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

The FCC broadband plan does not propose the kind of tough measures necessary to create competition and realize President Obama's vision of universal, fast, affordable Internet.

Broadband for All or What Elmo Said to the FCC Chairman

Stephen Balkam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

The Chairman had a little help from beloved Sesame Street character, Elmo. Here's a flavor of their conversation: Elmo has been complaining that his Internet is "too slow" and he doesn't like "buffering."

What's Next for the National Broadband Plan?

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

Today Washington witnessed a rare moment of comity with the release of the National Broadband Plan. Let's step back and appreciate the process that got us to this potentially historic day.

Congress to Finally See the National Broadband Plan

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

Today the FCC sent the National Broadband Plan to Congress. They have also made the plan publicly available -- it's a big read. Details inside.

Happy 25th Birthday, dot.com!

Jose Antonio Vargas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jose Antonio Vargas

March 15 is the 25th birthday of the revolutionary dot.com. And as the celebratory site www.25yearsof.com points out: "1985's most lasting contribution turned out to be three letters and a punctuation mark."

Internet Showdown: Conservatives v. Justice Scalia

Aparna Sridhar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Aparna Sridhar

The FCC recently proposed to modernize its policymaking framework for broadband, closing a loophole first created by the Bush Administration. So the industry fear-mongering we're now seeing isn't surprising.

The Big Lie About the FCC's Open Internet Plan (and a Dirty Little Secret)

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

The secret to the Big Lie -- that the government wants to take over the Internet -- is that if you repeat it sufficiently people will be accustomed to it and take it for truth. The industry knows this all too well.

Million-Dollar Ad Blitz to Kill Net Neutrality

Megan Tady | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Megan Tady

We warned that the coming months would bring a tidal wave of opposition from phone and cable company lobbyists -- the likes of which we have never seen before -- and indeed, it is already happening.

Vast FCC Plan Would Establish High-Speed Internet As Nation's Dominant Communications Network

New York Times | Brian Stelter and Jenna Wortham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The Federal Communications Commission is proposing an ambitious 10-year plan that will reimagine the nation's media and technology priorities by estab...

Verizon/Google iPad Killer

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

Today's most interesting stories in technology, media and entertainment.

California Needs The FCC To Restore The Fairness Doctrine

Roy Ulrich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Roy Ulrich

Disingenuously titled "The Taxpayers Right to Vote Act," Proposition 16 uses the initiative process to solidify the monopoly power of one company at the expense of California citizens.