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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.

NYT: Time to Make Net Neutrality the Law

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

Allowing Internet service providers to become gatekeepers would undermine the democratic nature of the Web, which has made it such a great engine for free speech and economic growth.

A Welcome Look at the Wireless 'Big Picture'

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

Choices in calling and data plans are nearly certain to continue their expansion, probably in ways we can't project. That's a sign of vibrant competition, which is the foundation for greater innovation.

It Was Never Fair and Balanced -- Now It's Not Even News

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Larry Gellman

What we now see on cable TV is nothing resembling news. The entertainers who pose as newsmen now routinely spew lies, distortions, and biased opinions or provide a platforms of legitimacy to the sociopaths who do.

Here's How You Can Strike Back Against Right-Wing Cable, Radio

Bill Mann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bill Mann

We should talk about pulling local radio-station licenses, plus other effective and practical measures of attacking the real problem -- the right-wing media malice machine.

FCC Under Genachowski: Competition, Consumers, Innovation and Investment

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Craig Newmark

Julius Genachowski is now chair of the FCC, which means that it'll be easier to protect free use of the Net, and to catch up with the rest of the world.

Internet Protection Fight Starts in Washington -- Don't Just Sit There

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

There is no legal requirement for Internet Service Providers to give us an open Internet. Luckily, the future of the Web is now in play in the Washington policy arena.

Why Schmidt Left Apple's Board: TechCrunch

techcrunch.com | Erick Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

What happens when the enemy of your enemy is no longer your friend? You cast him out, as Steve Jobs seems to have done to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who...

Lifting The Curtain on Verizon's Washington Lobbying

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

When one company comes to Congress with a plan that can be changed at a whim, public officials shouldn't praise it.

Talk Radio Rules Blue Dog States

Sue Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sue Wilson

22 percent of Americans get their news from talk radio, and conservative talkers, like Hannity and Limbaugh, have been lying to their listeners about what's in the health care bill.

Cleveland Rocks & Other Wireless News

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Spalter

Last week, the Senate Commerce Committee unanimously cleared a bill requiring the FCC and the Commerce Department to conduct annual audits of our wireless airwaves.

Is Anybody There? Does Anybody Care?

Norman Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Norman Horowitz

Networks are all controlled by gigantic companies, who for the most part do business with the Federal government and would not be critical of the Federal government in any meaningful way.