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Google's G1 Hits Market

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Shelly Palmer

Google's first Android enabled phone, the G1, will go on sale today. Google has also made the code for Android available to developers through an Ap...

FCC Buys NASCAR Ads To Promote Digital TV

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

LOS ANGELES — Hoping to rev up awareness for the transition to digital TV, the Federal Communications Commission is putting up $350,000 to spons...

Digital TV Switch Will Be Messy: FCC Official

Reuters | Kim Dixon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A pending mandatory switch of all U.S. televisions to digital will be messy, a federal communications official said on Tuesday,...

One Step Closer To Nationwide Free Wireless Internet

Daniel Sinker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Daniel Sinker

The idea behind it is that the government can use existing spectrum to reach areas under-served by current internet carriers: rural America and underprivileged communities.

FCC: NFL Network Case Against Comcast Can Go On

New York TImes | Richard Sandomir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

A Federal Communications Commission ruling Friday night gave the NFL Network hope that it might receive a major influx of Comcast subscribers. In its...

Broadband Data Act Signed By President Bush

CNet | Stephanie Condon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

President Bush on Friday signed into law a bill that would facilitate the collection of data regarding broadband access in the United States, though m...

Obama Vs McCain: OTB Policy Wonks Weigh In On Where The Candidates Stand On Key Issues

Off The Bus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Off The Bus

As the Wall Street crisis and recent bombing in Pakistan have made all too clear, there are crucial global, financial and social issues that the next president will be focused to grapple with. This week OffTheBus writers have tossed aside the lipstick and plunged into some of the most pressing issues in the election by analyzing key policy differences between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain.

Networks Tell FCC: Don't Regulate Product Placements

Variety | William Triplett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The MPAA, the parent companies of the Big Four nets and other biz heavyweights have told the Federal Communications Commission that there's no need fo...

Wall Street Debacle Holds Lessons For Net Neutrality

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

We're seeing a grim scenario play out now on Wall Street, as firms acted unwisely with no government oversight, and the public ends up losing. We don't want to see it play out online as well.

Political Ads, Like Toothpaste, Should Be Fact-Checked

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sarah O'Leary

For reasons unbeknownst to this marketer of 22 years, the network censors, the FCC and Congressional oversight committees most often turn a blind eye when it comes to a political ad's actual factual content. The decision to air is left to the individual broadcasters, who make tens of millions of dollars each presidential election campaign cycle from advertising revenues.

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McCain Bundler, Booted Over Role In FCC-Fined Telecom, Now Staffs Palin | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When International Discount Telecom, a company known more commonly as IDT, was slapped with a $1.3 million fine by the FCC this July for failing to di...

FCC Survey: 96% Of TV Stations Ready For Digital Switch

MediaWeek | Katy Bachman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The vast majority of active full power TV stations, 96 percent, are ready or will be ready to make the transition to full digital service by the Feb. ...

Comcast Attitude Exposes Fraud of Internet 'Free Market'

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

It didn't take long for Comcast to ruin once again the mythology of the "free market" in broadband.

FCC To Go On National Tour Explaining Digital Switch

Variety | William Triplett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Coming soon to a town hall near you: the Federal Communications Commission with a message about how to survive the impending switch to all-digital tel...

Companies Win, Consumers Lose in McCain's Tech Plan

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

McCain's internet policy is the product of a team of advisors that gives lip service to consumers, but when the rubber meets the road, it's the corporations that get most of the goodies.

The Words Not Found in McCain's Tech Policy

David Weinberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Weinberger

McCain's internet policy is the same as his energy policy: hand a key resource off to big corporations whose interests are fundamentally out of alignment with ours as citizens.

FCC Commissioner's Scare Tactics Reach New Low

Josh Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Silver

FCC Commissioner McDowell suggests that any FCC decision that supports Net Neutrality -- the idea that the Internet must be free and open -- is somehow tantamount to government regulation of content.

Fairness Doctrine Could Apply To The Web, FCC Commissioner Warns

Business & Media Institute | Jeff Poor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

There's a huge concern among conservative talk radio hosts that reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine would all-but destroy the industry due to equal...

McCain's Tech Policy Would Be Like His Computer Skills -- Yikes! -- Updated!!

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

McCain's technology policy history isn't simply one of being oblivious. It would be actively harmful to our economy and our standing in the world because it would chill competition and innovation.

FCC Anti-Comcast Decision is Pro-Business, Pro-Competition and Pro-Growth

Jerry Weinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jerry Weinstein

Last Friday the FCC bared its teeth. finding that the nation's largest cable company had practiced discriminatory network practices -- throttling file-sharing traffic -- and did so with a lack of disclosure.

The FCC's Comcast Decision: One Giant Step in a Longer March

Gigi Sohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gigi Sohn

Nobody should confuse "groundbreaking precedent" with an adequate solution to the problem of broadband service providers using their bottleneck powers to pick winners and losers on the Internet.

The FCC Set To Give The Net An Unlikely Victory

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

A new era for the Internet could begin on Aug. 1, when the FCC is expected to decide that Internet users have rights under the communications law.

Comcast Unleashes the Lapdogs

Craig Aaron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Craig Aaron

It's the 11th hour for Comcast at the FCC. They were caught secretly blocking legal Internet traffic and lied about it. On Friday, they are expected to finally be held accountable.

After Losing Janet Jackson Battle, FCC Extends Its Misguided Policies into TV Product Placement Review

Jack Myers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jack Myers

Unless the TV industry is permitted to stretch some boundaries in this new media environment, local TV news will quickly follow newspapers into the economic doldrums.

Subcontracting the First Amendment

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leslie Harris

The First Amendment doesn't allow the FCC to function as an Internet board of review. The real question is why would such a proposal even be put out for comment.