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Verizon's Wireless 'Voice Link' as a Replacement of the Wires? The Downgrading and Disconnecting of America's Communications Networks

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.18.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Voice Link is like a cell phone from a decade ago -- before there was 'data'. Voice Link is a box put into the home with an antenna, but it can not do almost any data application that is part of the traditional utility-based phone network.

Obama Demands Expanded Airwaves

Mike Montgomery | Posted 08.18.2013 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

While you could easily take the cynical view and declare allocating more spectrum for wireless is long overdue, it's worth remembering that mobile broadband -- and the mobile app industry it has sparked -- is still in its infancy.

Five Questions for the Next FCC Chief

Timothy Karr | Posted 08.18.2013 | Media
Timothy Karr

Many in the public interest community see Wheeler's insider status as more of a minus than a plus. Wheeler's confirmation hearing in the Senate today is the nominee's best chance to prove these skeptics wrong.

The Competitive Edge of U.S. Wireless

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 08.17.2013 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

This week, Tom Wheeler, President Obama's well-qualified nominee to Chair of the Federal Communications Commission, will have his confirmation hearing...

Kochs and Cross-Ownership: Formula for a Weaker Democracy

Michael J. Copps | Posted 08.12.2013 | Media
Michael J. Copps

Hundt may want to debate whether it is better to have the Koch Brothers or Rupert Murdoch owning the Tribune newspaper chain. I say neither.

ConnectEd Is a Great New Presidential Initiative But We are Already Behind

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 08.11.2013 | Technology
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

The President's education innovation goals are admirable. However, for those of us who have already been accomplishing much of these goals and programs in the past 2-3 decades, in multiple locations throughout the nation, some questions emerge.

Civil Rights Group's FCC Positions Face Fire Over Influence

Center For Public Integrity | Jason McLure | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics

By Jason McLure Center for Public Integrity When the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission pitched a plan to allow more media merge...

Joy Resmovits

Obama Wants Teachers To Get Into Students' Heads

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama imagines a country where teachers know what's happening in their students' brains. He wants "teachers to have an ability to ...

FCC's Rosenworcel Sees Clear Path to Delivering High-Speed Internet Services to U.S. Consumers

John M. Burns | Posted 07.31.2013 | Technology
John M. Burns

Next year will see one of the most important spectrum auctions to date: the auction of some voluntarily relinquished broadcast television spectrum, repurposed for consumer wireless use, in what is called an "incentive auction."

Technology Is Not a Bridge to Nowhere

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 07.30.2013 | Business
Eva M. Clayton

One thing is clear, freeing up more spectrum for commercial wireless use will foster innovation -- leading to new or improved apps and services that have and will continue to empower minority and rural communities.

For New FCC Chair, Getting Spectrum Auction Rules Right Is Critical Early Test

Jason A. Llorenz | Posted 07.30.2013 | Technology
Jason A. Llorenz

Putting spectrum to its most productive use is the best way to serve consumers, especially Hispanics and others for whom wireless is a critical gateway to jobs, education, and other life-enriching experiences.

You Give Gov a Bad Name

Mike Montgomery | Posted 05.29.2013 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

With an FTC investigation in the rearview mirror, it's no surprise that Google's Larry Page took a few potshots at government regulators and their inability to keep up with the dynamism of the tech sector during the company's recent I/O event. The question is, were his criticisms valid?

Tell the FCC: Talk Radio Is Not 'Bonafide News!'

Sue Wilson | Posted 07.29.2013 | Media
Sue Wilson

One of the first questions Tom Wheeler's FCC will have to (reluctantly?) decide: Is talk radio the same as "bonafide news"?

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. ...