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C.A.L.M.: Loud TV Commercial Bill Would Curb Annoying Ads

DailyFinance | Jeff Bercovici | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Annoyingly loud TV commercials are like the weather. Everyone complains about them, but no one does anything about them. Except that lately, someone i...

The White House-FCC Jobs Clash

Bret Swanson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bret Swanson

Did the Federal Communications Commission get the White House jobs memo? You know, the one with President Obama's exhortation: "Jobs must be our number one focus in 2010."

Oh, the Hypocrisy! The Vote To Regulate the Internet as More Media Consolidation Looms

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

If the Knight Commission thinks there's a problem with news and information getting through to the public now, just wait until the Internet and news sources become even more consolidated.

Comcast and NBC Universal: Antitrust Apocalypse?

Sam Gustin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sam Gustin

Federal regulators are virtually certain to scrutinize any substantial pairing of cable leader Comcast (CMSCA) and content behemoth NBC Universal, the...

Wireless Industry Lobby Steps Up Fight Against Net Neutrality

HuffingtonPost | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Washington Post's Post I.T. Blog reports that wireless industry lobbyists are on a "charm offensive" to ward off newly proposed net neutrality reg...

Google Strikes Back Against "Nonsensical" AT&T in Broadband Spat

Sam Gustin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Sam Gustin

Google has struck back against AT&T in the ongoing battle over net neutrality, the idea that broadband providers like AT&T should not discriminate against services that compete with their own offerings.

Mark Cuban on Net Neutrality: Wacky, Wrong, or Both?

Sam Gustin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sam Gustin

Cuban made his fortune at the height of the dot-com bubble by selling his company to Yahoo! for $5.9 billion in Yahoo! stock. Since then, he's been an outspoken voice in American culture -- with mixed results.

AT&T Calls Google A Hypocrite On FCC's Net Neutrality

AP | JESSICA MINTZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

SEATTLE — AT&T Inc. said Friday that Google Inc.'s Internet phone program gets an unfair advantage from blocking calls to rural communities wher...

Verizon Wireless, ATT Say No 'Open Internet', Criticize FCC

BBC NEWS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Mobile providers have argued that US proposals to ensure that all traffic on the internet is treated equally should not be applied to wireless traffic...

It's Day One For the Open Internet -- The Games Have Begun

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

Net Neutrality is a complicated-sounding term for something very simple. Companies that carry your Internet traffic shouldn't be allowed to play favorites.

The Open Internet: Preserving the Freedom to Innovate

Julius Genachowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Julius Genachowski

The key to the Internet's success has been its openness...Notwithstanding its unparalleled record of success, today the free and open Internet faces emerging and substantial challenges.

FCC Chairman Argues For "Open Internet"

AP | PETER SVENSSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Monday proposed the most wide-ranging and specific rules so far for regulati...

Wireless 'Net Neutrality' and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

The term 'net neutrality' has no agreed-upon definition in policy circles. But in popular culture, it has become synonymous with free speech. So here are three things policymakers should keep in mind going forward.

VIDEO: HuffPo Launches Technology Section -- FCC Chair, Jimmy Wales, Others to Blog

Andy Plesser | Posted 06.11.2013 | Media
Andy Plesser

In this interview, Jose Antonio Vargas says that "technology is anthropology" and the site will address how technology is used and how it affects society.

FCC Chief 'Boldly' Commits to Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

The fight for Net Neutrality just took a big step forward on Monday with the chair of the Federal Communications Commission announcing plans to expand the rules to protect a free and open Internet.

Net Neutrality Won't Fix The App Store

Dan Frommer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Dan Frommer

Keeping an open Internet is important to consumers and businesses, and monopoly (or duopoly) Internet providers must never be given the role of taste-maker.

Net Neutrality Shifts Into High Gear

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

Net Neutrality will be the largest telecom fight in since the giveaway Telecom Act was fought out in 1995. In the House, Republicans are already showing they're ready to rumble.

Net Neutrality Expected To Get Passing Votes From FCC: WaPo

AP | DANIEL LOVERING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The head of the FCC plans to propose new rules that would prohibit Internet service providers from interfering with the free flow of information and c...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Arianna Huffington

This week, five-and-a-half years after the momentary televised flash of a pierced celebrity nipple, the FCC decided to push for further investigation of what it called the "graphic and shocking, albeit brief, exposure of Janet Jackson's bare right breast to a nationwide audience composed of millions" during the 2004 Super Bowl. Talk about perverted priorities. The agency is facing enormous challenges: bridging America's vast digital divide, ensuring that the Internet remains open, fighting the ongoing consolidation of media ownership, and figuring out just how bonkers Glenn Beck really is. But, instead, it feels the need to reassert "its power to regulate fleeting nudity." Wasn't this kind of nonsense supposed to stop when Bush's culture warriors left the building? Surely, the FCC can find something better to do with our tax dollars than offer us stale breast and circuses.

FCC Wants To Review Janet Jackson Wardrobe Malfunction Case

WSJ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Federal Communications Commission wants to take another look at singer Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction."... The FCC said Tuesday...

Time for Beck's Bad-Asses to Back Off of Mark Lloyd

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

Not to put too fine a point on it, but none of this is in any way connected to reality. Lloyd is no czar, any more than any of the other "czars" targeted by Beck's Bad Boys are "czars."

Robocalls Banned By Government? Not So Much

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Ben Protess | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's dinnertime, the phone rings and it might be someone important. Instead, you hear a recorded voice: "Congratulations! You've been pre-approved for...

Connecting the Dots -- How Big Telecom Will Try to Squash Our Fast-Internet Future

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

A national broadband plan, required under the Federal stimulus program, should be a topic of discussion when the House Telecom Subcommittee begins holding their oversight hearings today.

Want to Change the Media? Be a Lobbyist

Craig Aaron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Craig Aaron

There's going to be a second stimulus package at some point. And when it comes, we need to make sure it's not just an economic stimulus. It should be a creativity stimulus, too.

Apparently, You CAN Fool All of the People All of the Time

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

We are a fear-driven culture. There is a large segment of the population that, no matter how well you document it, will not let a good fact get in the way of their fears about health care reform.