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Comcast Goes to Washington... and Flops

Craig Aaron | Posted 06.10.2014 | Media
Craig Aaron

On day one, Comcast will control nearly 50 percent of the truly high-speed Internet market, and it will be the only broadband provider that can deliver Internet and pay-TV services to nearly four out of every 10 U.S. homes.

What the FCC Can Learn from UConn on Spectrum

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 06.10.2014 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

It doesn't take a face-painting UConn fan to know that NCAA championships are won by a deep bench and strong team. You need a full complement of skill...

Comcast, Time Warner and Congress: Perfect Together

Michael Winship | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

On April 9, the US Senate held its first hearing on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner deal -- a $45 billion transaction that will affect millions of consumers and further pad some already well-lined pockets.

Time for Apple to Take a Bite Out of the Broadband Problem

Elie Jacobs | Posted 06.08.2014 | Business
Elie Jacobs

There are many things to do with $159 billion, this is just one idea. An idea that helps the company and country.

Here's How Comcast Is Defending Its Merger Plans With The Feds

Reuters | Posted 06.08.2014 | Media

* Comcast launches formal review by U.S. FCC * Reiterates pledge to divest 3 million subscribers * Says merger would not...

Deaf Culture in Hollywood

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Think about the last five movies you saw. Were there any deaf individuals in them? When was the last time you saw a deaf weather person delivering the forecast?

How the Digital Divide Fuels the Income Divide

Stewart Wolpin | Posted 05.18.2014 | Technology
Stewart Wolpin

There has been a great deal of political sturm und drang in political circles about the yawning income inequality gap, which is now the highest its ...

Forgetting How to Be Happy

Amalia Negreponti | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Amalia Negreponti

It came to me, while walking home in one of our most recent snowstorms that appear to have become sine qua non for New York. The epiphany. I was close...

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.