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The FCC -- Actually Enforcing Its Own Rules?

Sue Wilson | Posted 05.11.2014 | Media
Sue Wilson

There is a new sheriff at the FCC, and it looks like Tom Wheeler is here to protect the townspeople, not the outlaws.

Hanging Up on Robocalls

Chris Meyer | Posted 05.04.2014 | Business
Chris Meyer

Do you feel like you're getting bombarded with robocalls -- those annoying, prerecorded calls from telemarketers?

The Agitprop of Ajit Pai: The Republican FCC Commissioner Calls Out the Troops

Sue Wilson | Posted 05.04.2014 | Media
Sue Wilson

The entire right-wing mediasphere flexed its powerful muscles last week against its only regulator, the Federal Communications Commission.

FCC Fining Cable Companies For 'Olympus Has Fallen' Trailer

The Huffington Post | Tyler McCarthy | Posted 03.03.2014 | Entertainment

The Federal Communications Commission is not happy with several TV networks that played a trailer for the 2013 film “Olympus Has Fallen,” which us...

In-Flight Phone Calls May Be Annoying, But They Shouldn't Be Illegal

Sam Tracy | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

Lifting the ban would not result in an immediate aerial free-for-all: airlines make their own rules, and some have already said they'd keep their bans if the federal ban is lifted.

This Smartphone Is Straight Out Of James Bond

Reuters | Alwyn Scott | Posted 02.27.2014 | Technology

Boeing Co(BA.N) on Wednesday unveiled a smartphone that appears to come straight from a James Bond spy movie. In addition to encrypting calls, any ...

FCC CIO: 5 Ways to Create Change in a Change-Averse Culture

Vala Afshar | Posted 04.28.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

David Bray is an extraordinary chief information officer. In his new role as the CIO for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), David Bray (@fcc...

We're Screwing Up The Internet. Here's How To Fix It.

The Verge | Posted 02.26.2014 | Technology

Here’s a simple truth: the internet has radically changed the world....

Chicago: A Test of Comcast Merger Promises

Barbara Popovic | Posted 04.23.2014 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

The Chicago Committee on Finance will begin consideration of the 10-year renewal of Comcast's cable franchise in Chicago at its March 4, 2014 meeting ...

Friday Talking Points -- From Russian Panties To Animal Skulls

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We have a running theme this week: the utter and complete failure of the Republican Party's vaunted "outreach" to certain groups of Americans who have been voting against them in droves.

FCC Says It Will Rewrite Net Neutrality Rules

Reuters | Posted 04.21.2014 | Technology

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON, Feb 19 (Reuters) - U.S. federal regulators will once again try to set rules that make sur...

Will the Net Neutrality Verdict Crush Startups?

Holly Hamann | Posted 04.16.2014 | Denver
Holly Hamann

The beauty of the Internet is that it essentially levels the playing field for small businesses by giving them the potential to reach audiences with low-cost marketing methods.

Comcast-Time Warner Cable: Don't Worry, New Merger Will Provide Same Shitty Service

Spencer Green | Posted 04.15.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Potential future changes include a "Surprise Channel Package," in which customers' access to certain networks will change every hour on the hour, according to a computerized random number generator which will also change billing accounts and promotional prices.

FCC Bests Prison Telephone Industry Just in Time for Valentine's Day

Leah Sakala | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Leah Sakala

The FCC's new regulation to cap the charges for the most expensive interstate calls home from prison -- effective yesterday, Feb. 11 -- will prevent families from having to choose between wishing an incarcerated loved one a happy Valentine's Day and putting food on the table.

Duncan Says 'Preschool Education Is Ultimate Bipartisan Issue'

Jane Williams | Posted 04.13.2014 | Education
Jane Williams

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined Bloomberg Radio's Jane Williams last week to talk about the state of education in this country.

Why Pay for SkyPagers or Old Phones?

Jamal Simmons | Posted 04.09.2014 | Technology
Jamal Simmons

With ConnectED, the President has said that only high-speed broadband can bring our students fully into the digital age. It's a great start, but the rest of the country needs to move forward aggressively as well.

'Special Excess': The Secret Broadband, Internet, Cable, Wireless and Phone Networks

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.08.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Forget about the NSA and the phone networks. There's another secret network you should know about. I call it "special excess," though it's known in the telecom industry as "special access." You won't hear about these secret wires.

President Obama Confident FCC Will Use Authority to Save Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 04.03.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

President Barack Obama on Friday affirmed his strong support for Net Neutrality and expressed confidence that the Federal Communications Commission will use its authority to protect the open Internet.

Coming Clean on Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 03.30.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

The phone and cable companies and their paid-for experts can say whatever they want, for or against the open Internet. With real Net Neutrality protections in place, though, they can do little to destroy it.

Net Neutrality Misses Real Internet Problem: ADOPTION

Kristal High | Posted 03.25.2014 | Technology
Kristal High

Rhetoric aside, provided neither the FCC nor Verizon appeal last week's decision, we can safely say we're comfortably still in the net neutral zone we've been in for the past ten years. But there is a bigger problem the Chicken Littles of the world fail to recognize.

The Information Counter-Revolution

Timothy Karr | Posted 03.24.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

It's a troubling sign that the information age has entered a new era -- one where our rights to connect and communicate are under constant siege by governments and corporations.

Microsoft's Sneaky Plan To Promote The Xbox One

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology

Seeing a lot of videos fawning over the Xbox One on YouTube recently? It may not be a coincidence. According to a report on Monday from Ars Technic...

What's Next for the Open Internet? A Path Forward

Timothy Karr | Posted 03.19.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Tuesday's court decision stripped the agency of any ability to protect Net Neutrality and stop companies from blocking websites and degrading Internet access. In the few days since a consensus has begun to emerge: To protect the open Internet, the agency must reclassify broadband access as a telecommunications service.

Door Closes to Open Internet, But All May Not Be Lost

Michael Winship | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

The ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a potentially lethal blow to net neutrality -- the principle that the Internet should be available equally to anyone who wishes to use it as a medium for creativity and information, regardless of who they are and no matter the size of their checkbooks.

What The Consumer Electronics Show Taught About Wireless Spectrum

Mike Montgomery | Posted 03.17.2014 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

Growing wireless dependence has also focused attention on a looming threat to our wireless future -- lack of available spectrum to handle all the mobile data.