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Everything You Need To Know About The End Of Net Neutrality

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 04.25.2014 | Technology

It may be the end of the Internet as we know it. That was the reaction from consumer advocates and some websites after the Federal Communications C...

New Details Emerge On The New, Neutered Net Neutrality Rules

AP | RYAN NAKASHIMA | Posted 06.24.2014 | Technology

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's top telecoms regulator is proposing to allow a pay-for-priority fast lane on the Internet for movies, music and othe...

Strike Two: Obama's Second FCC Chairman Fails on Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 06.24.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

When President Barack Obama pledged to appoint a FCC chair who was dedicated to protecting net neutrality, we had no reason to doubt he'd find the right person for the job. Obama campaigned in 2008 as a strong champion of the open Internet, telling an audience that he'd "take a back seat to no one in my commitment to net neutrality." He said that his chair would share his views on safeguarding the open Internet. Now, the president is on his second FCC chair, and neither has proven himself up to the task. Obama's second FCC chair, Tom Wheeler, will put into circulation today a proposal for a new rule. All evidence suggests that Wheeler's proposal is a betrayal of Obama and of the millions of people who have called on the FCC to put in place strong and enforceable net neutrality protections.

Feds May Be Looking To Bail On Net Neutrality

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 04.23.2014 | Technology

Net neutrality is not dead. But it may be about to take a big blow to the head. The Wall Street Journal has a foreboding scoop that provides detail...

Report: Preferential Internet For Those Who Can Afford It Gets FCC Backing

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 04.23.2014 | Technology

The Federal Communications Commission plans to propose new open Internet rules on Thursday that would allow content companies to pay Internet service ...

Why Female Nudity Isn't Obscene, But Is Threatening to a Sexist Status Quo

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 04.22.2014 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

The threat that female toplessness and self-articulated nudity poses is culturally defined and can be culturally redefined so that people recognize that the offense to morality is misogyny, not nudity.

Verizon New Jersey Local Service Increases, 1982-2014 -- 440 Percent

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Let us be clear. You pay a local service bill. It has charges on it that you must pay and you can't get service without it. If Verizon doesn't want to count these charges, then why shouldn't the customer have the right to not pay what's not being counted?

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.