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FCC Chair To Push For Free, Porn-Free National Internet

Silicon Alley Insider | Nicholas Carlson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

During the FCC's December meeting, chair Kevin Martin plans to push for a free, but porn-free Internet service that would be available to all American...

Promising Signs As Obama's Cabinet Shapes Up

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton could play the heavy with the Israeli government (for once) and demand that it makes serious concessions toward creating an independent Palestinian state.

Janet Jackson's "Wardrobe Malfunction" Case Headed To Supreme Court

Broadcasting & Cable | Paige Albiniak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Calling a lower court's decision flawed, The FCC has asked the Supreme Court to overturn the Janet Jackson Super Bowl halftime show decision. The T...

Google Says Ad-Words Recession Resistant: MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer November 20, 2008

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Shelly Palmer

Google is urging clients not to give up on digital ads during the recession. In a conference today in London, Google VP Nikesh Arora will note that ...

Explain? How Do You Explain Saying

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Charles Karel Bouley

I am sorry anyone thought I wanted a real person dead -- I did not. But John McCain, Sarah Palin and all the zealot conservatives meant the dangerous things they said about Obama. They still mean it, and they've never apologized for it.

Obama's FCC Chair: Inside The Short List

BusinessWeek | Olga Kharif | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

President-elect Barack Obama may stand for change, but he's turned to some powerful Washington insiders to help him staff the nation's top communicati...

White Space -- A Connected Future

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Shelly Palmer

This past week's election was truly historic, but for technogeeks there was another equally important vote on Tuesday. The FCC voted in favor of developing the use of white-space television spectrum.

FCC Approves White Space Usage: MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer November 5, 2008

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Shelly Palmer

Yesterday's election helped CNN.com earn a record traffic day. The political web site enjoyed 27 million uniques for 276 million page views yesterda...

FCC Approves "Wi-Fi On Steroid:" Good News For Consumers, Bad News For Telcos

Silicon Alley Insider | Dan Frommer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As anticipated, the FCC has voted to approve the use of wireless airwaves between TV channels -- so-called "white spaces" -- for Internet devices. Th...

Focus On the Family Foresees Unrestricted Porn with Obama Presidency

Theresa Darklady Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Theresa Darklady Reed

Focus on the Family's "Letter from 2012 in Obama's America," tries to whip up fear by insisting that a future under a president Obama "could" see an end to the world as they wish to know it.

Media Change We Can Believe In

Rory O'Connor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rory O'Connor

The Bush Administration's default approach toward journalists has been to use them when necessary and bypass them when not.

Google, Yahoo Revise Search Deal: MediaBytes With Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Shelly Palmer

Google and Yahoo will narrow the focus of their search ads deal in order to win approval from the Department of Justice. The revised plans have a tw...

McCain Helps SNL Score 2nd Best Ratings In A Decade: MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer November 3, 2008

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Shelly Palmer

John McCain's appearance on Saturday Night Live helped the show average a 9.0 household rating/ 20 share in metered markets. Saturday's SNL was only...

Fox's FCC Fight For The F-Word Heads To Supreme Court

USA Today | Joan Biskupic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON -- When Cher invoked a four-letter expletive during her acceptance speech at a televised awards show, federal regulators deemed it indecent...

Current FCC Disputes Show Resilience of Long-Term Special Interests

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

Should an industry so dedicated to stopping progress deserve any protections without any accompanying responsibilities? Everything should be on the table for discussion.

FCC Chair Kevin Martin Named "Porker Of The Month" For $355K NASCAR Sponsorhip

TVWeek | Ira Teinowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin is being named "Porker of the Month" by a government watchdog group thanks to the FCC's $355,0...

The NAB vs. Reality

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

One of Washington's most powerful corporate lobbies is at it again, raising a dust cloud of lies in a last-ditch effort to stop new technology that could better the lives of millions.

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...