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CES 2014: 'Mobile, mobile, mobile'

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 03.15.2014 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

From wearable technologies that track back posture, blood pressure and brain waves to connected cars and homes, the 152,000 attendees at this year's C...

Offsides: A Better Bargain for the American Football Fan

Sen. Richard Blumenthal | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Sen. Richard Blumenthal

Created with the intent of making the league sustainable, blackout policies today punish fans rather than encouraging attendance. With the average NFL ticket costing about $80, many fans who have not recovered from the recession simply cannot afford to attend. It is time to improve the deal for fans.

2014: The End Game in Telecommunications: The Perfect, Man-Made Storm

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.11.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

"Since deregulation, landline costs skyrocket. The monthly cost of measured AT&T phone service (in California) has soared more than 260% since 2008." ...

A Blueprint for Wheeler's FCC

Christina Gagnier | Posted 03.11.2014 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

On Thursday, the new Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler will make his first visit to California to speak at a town hall-style event in Oakland. Here are three items Wheeler should consider to help improve digital literacy and high-speed Internet access in California and throughout the United States.

A Tale of Two Prisoners

Tracy Rosenberg | Posted 03.10.2014 | Crime
Tracy Rosenberg

Every study confirms that guess. Prisoners who retain steady contact with family and friends while in prison have a dramatically lower recidvism rate. A better outcome for individuals and a better outcome for taxpayers.

Will Murdoch Succeed in Burying his Past?

Timothy Karr | Posted 03.10.2014 | Media
Timothy Karr

Rupert Murdoch is plotting his empire's expansion -- growth that could include purchases of Tribune Company newspapers and, reportedly, Time Inc. But will 2014 be the year that the media mogul, who's skilled at reinventing himself and burying old mistakes, is finally held to account?

Campaign Cash Rules Drown in the Bathtub

Michael Winship | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

What little power the government still has to regulate campaign finance donations -- already whittled to a minimum by Citizens United -- is being steadily eroded by funding cutbacks, intimidation, bureaucracy and an inability or refusal to enforce the few rules we have left.

2013 Mobile Year In Review [VIDEO]

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 02.15.2014 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

What an amazing year 2013 has been for mobile innovation - and consumers. With hockey stick growth trends continuing without a beat throughout the wi...

Why Has the FAA and FCC Been Lying to Us About Cell Phones on Planes?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 02.12.2014 | Travel
Blake Fleetwood

For more than 22 years the FAA and the FCC have essentially feeding us an urban myth that cell phone use would crash planes. Who could question passenger safety?

U.S. Wireless Carriers Agree To Make Unlocking Your Phone Easier

Reuters | Posted 12.13.2013 | Technology

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Major U.S. wireless carriers on Thursday pledged to make it easier for consumers to "unlock" their mobile p...

We're One Step Closer To Phone Calls On Flights

Posted 12.12.2013 | Technology

The Federal Communications Commission has voted 3-2 to consider ending a ban on in-flight phone calls, Reuters reported. The proposed new rule woul...

Hush: Why Cell Phones Won't Spoil the Friendly Skies

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 02.10.2014 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

Like virtually every other commentator I've read or person I've talked to, the thought of flying next to someone loudly conversing at length on their ...

The Payola Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 02.10.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

2013 could mark the end of the era of Internet openness.

The AT&T-Driven FCC-IP Transition Is a Total Con: Make More Money, Raise Rates and Kill Off Whole Industries; That's the Plan.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.08.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

In 2012, AT&T filed a petition with the FCC to begin the process of shutting off whole areas of America's networks, as well as removing all obligation...

What If You Had to Dial 911 -- and Couldn't?

Preeti Vissa | Posted 02.09.2014 | Technology
Preeti Vissa

If the FCC decides that digital phone networks are merely "information services," protections for consumers are at risk. Some phone carriers may continue to offer these important services, but there is no way to be sure.

What Airlines Actually Think Of In-Flight Phone Calls

AP | By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission might be ready to permit cellphone calls in flight. But what about the airlines? ...

Timothy Stenovec

Cell Phone Calls On Airplanes May Be Outrageously Expensive

HuffingtonPost.com | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 11.23.2013 | Technology

If you're one of the few air travelers excited about the prospect of making cell phone calls in flight, then you may want to brace yourself: It's prob...

Stop the FCC!

Steven Clifford | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

Maybe the Tea party is right. Maybe a government shut down is a capital idea. Just when you thought airline travel could not get worse the FCC may allow cell phones.

Turns Out People Really Hate The Idea Of Phone Calls On Planes

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 11.22.2013 | Technology

It's official: Nobody wants to hear your phone calls. They don't want to hear them on the street, or at work, or in the coffee shop. But it turns ...

FCC Considers Allowing In-Flight Cellphone Calls And Everything Is Terrible

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.22.2013 | Technology

Air travel could soon get a lot noisier. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission next month will consider lifting a ban on in-flight cellphone c...

Wheeler's FCC: The Next Move on Spectrum

Christina Gagnier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

While major carriers have made their arguments and everyone from economists to industry analysts have weighed in on how the auctions should be conducted and who should be able to participate, the next move on spectrum lies with Wheeler's FCC.

New FCC Chair to Lead Mobile Revolution's Next Phase

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

The new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, might get a case of serious vertigo when he takes a look at the new infographi...

A Government Working to Help Innovation

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Eva M. Clayton

The Internet plays a vital role for enabling individuals and communities both rural and urban to reach their full God-given potential. Our focus should be on policies that will deliver opportunity to those that lack it and not on fixing something that is not broken.

What Ted Cruz Doesn't Want You to Know

Timothy Karr | Posted 12.28.2013 | Politics
Timothy Karr

By now it seems pretty clear that Sen. Ted Cruz has a plan to occupy the White House. But he doesn't want people to know too much about it. And he definitely doesn't want you to know about the special interests that have already begun to bankroll his political ambitions.

Cruz To Push Obama Nominee On Political Ad Policy

Reuters | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who has blocked President Barack Obama's nominee for chai...