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Upcoming Auctions Key to Wireless Internet Future

Edward J. Black | Posted 07.22.2013 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Government will make decisions which could positively impact how we use our smartphones to communicate, conduct business, get directions, ect. These key decisions could determine what kind of choices we'll have for mobile connections -- and what they will cost.

AT&T, ALEC, FCC, Part 2: The AT&T FCC Petition is ALEC Model Legislation.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.22.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Connect the Dots: AT&T Petition and ALEC State Model Legislation In the previous post we examined the state-based ALEC model legislation that was c...

Can Pritzker Help Close the Deal on Spectrum?

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 07.22.2013 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

President Obama has rightly received widespread accolades for nominating Penny Pritzker to be the next U.S. Commerce Secretary. A seasoned entreprene...

Who Owns the Media? Obama's Next FCC Chairman

Craig Aaron | Posted 07.21.2013 | Media
Craig Aaron

As a consummate industry insider and elite rainmaker, it's really no surprise that Wheeler is getting this job. More surprising perhaps is that so many people with public interest bona fides seem to think he's such a good choice.

ALEC & Your Communications: Part 1: How AT&T, ALEC and the Other Communications Companies Created Model State Legislation to Harm You

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.17.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

The incumbent phone companies were supposed to compete with each other for wireline/broadband services as each merger to make these companies larger was based on commitments to compete out of region. Now it's all one, big, happy family.

Don't Press Pause at the FCC

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 07.15.2013 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

With the imminent exit of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and President Obama's selection for his successor headed into the Senate confirmation proces...

The Most Unlikely Hero In The Fight Against Cable

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 05.15.2013 | Technology

America's disgruntled cable subscribers have found a fighter for them in Washington: former presidential candidate John McCain. McCain (R-Ariz.) in...

The Truth About Lifeline

David Honig | Posted 07.13.2013 | Technology
David Honig

The level of inaccuracy in the discourse against Lifeline is disappointing. The program provides a vital connection to fundamental human rights in the 21st century.

Obama in Plunderland: Down the Corporate Rabbit Hole

Norman Solomon | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The president's new choices for Commerce secretary and FCC chair underscore how far down the rabbit hole his populist conceits have tumbled. Yet the Obama rhetoric about standing up for working people against "special interests" is as profuse as ever.

Tom Wheeler Should Not Be the Next FCC Chairman: Do You Like Your Wireless Bills?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.06.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Thomas Wheeler is the heir apparent to the departing FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. From 1992 through 2004, Tom Wheeler was president and CEO of the Cellular Telecom and Internet Association. If Wheeler is nominated he would have to take on his previous clients.

Consumers to Lose From Rigged Wireless Auctions

Steve Pociask | Posted 07.04.2013 | Technology
Steve Pociask

Picking winners and losers is bad policy. Instead, policies should empower consumers to freely choose the services and service providers they want. Competition is not improved by rules that limit auction participation, restrict spectrum and create shortages that will raise consumer prices.

WATCH: Top Economist Says Wall Street Is 'Pathological,' 'Out Of Control'

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.03.2013 | Business

Just days after saying Wall Street is full of "crooks," top economist Jeffrey Sachs continues to bring the hammer down on financial institutions. ...

FCC Needs to Step on the Gas and Move Fast on the Incentive Auctions

Chris Castle | Posted 05.01.2013 | Technology
Chris Castle

The real threat to demand from the mobile economy is the entirely predictable and avoidable bottleneck in supply created by the Federal Communications Commission's agonizingly slow process of making more wireless spectrum available to satisfy demand from mobile users.

Obama Reportedly Picks New FCC Chairman

AP | Posted 06.30.2013 | Media

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says President Barack Obama plans to name a former cable and wireless industry lobbyist to head the Federal...

The Next Elizabeth Warren Emerges

The New Republic | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics

Telecom regulators don't usually have public followings, except perhaps among other telecom regulators. ...

The Need for Speed: The Increasing Strength of the US Broadband Marketplace

Kristal High | Posted 06.26.2013 | Technology
Kristal High

As broadband continues to evolve, our economy and marketplace will continue to evolve with more products and services than we've ever seen before.

There's Something Crazy in the Air

Mike Montgomery | Posted 04.25.2013 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

Bananas. That's the best way to describe the current state of the wireless industry. Absolutely bananas.

The World Is Watching San Francisco on Cell Phones

Devra Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.19.2013 | Technology
Devra Davis, Ph.D.

San Francisco's law made sense at the time it was passed and makes more sense now. And even if the city decides to stop reinforcing this particular law, they still have the power to inform the public through ad campaigns that rely on old and new social media.

A Fighter for the Public Interest at the FCC

Victor Pickard | Posted 06.17.2013 | Business
Victor Pickard

Does it matter who chairs the Federal Communications Commission? People might be forgiven if they think it doesn't, especially as President Obama considers a former corporate lobbyist to head the agency.

How to Pick an FCC Chair Who Gets It

Preeti Vissa | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

While the next FCC chair needs to understand the ins and outs of technology and related law, that won't be enough. He or she must also understand that consumers are different. And we need a telecommunications system that works for everyone.

America's Broadband Networks Are 'Passports to Economic and Social Citizenship'

John M. Burns | Posted 06.15.2013 | Technology
John M. Burns

Policymakers in Washington should build on what consumers have started by designing a regulatory structure that applies to all providers equally and encourages investment, to finish the shift quickly and build a better future for America

IP Transition Requires Smart, Fact-Based Strategy to Boost Broadband Opportunity

David Honig | Posted 06.10.2013 | Technology
David Honig

Nobody should be left behind; nobody should lose voice service; and every American, including people of color, should experience the opportunities that are possible in the all-IP world we are entering now.

Pedagogy of the Depressed

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 06.09.2013 | College
Joseph A. Palermo

Can students really be taught critical thinking, civics, and citizenship skills in a standardized format that values conformity? Will relying on MOOCs and automation in the long-term turn professors into "delivery managers" and students into automatons and passive consumers rather than citizens?

Why the New Boss at the FCC Should Be Nothing Like the Old Boss

Craig Aaron | Posted 05.27.2013 | Technology
Craig Aaron

Genachowski's failure to re-establish the FCC's authority over broadband was his most significant policy blunder -- and the defining moment of his tenure. Even on matters that should have been easy lifts, Genachowski found a way to buckle.

Address Jobs Crisis With Bipartisan Telecom Policy

David Goodfriend | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
David Goodfriend

I'm one of those progressives who thinks that our jobs crisis is a lot more troubling than the deficit "crisis" driving all of the budget brinksmanshi...