The lack of competition in our deregulated high-speed Internet marketplace has gotten so bad that the U.S. has gone from number one in broadband penetration at the close of the 20th century down to 25th in the world.
I was personally disappointed with the FCC's approach to the AT&T/T-Mobile merger because the Commission failed to address our country's fundamental communications infrastructure problem -- mobile devices need more bandwidth.
What we need isn't more disastrous media consolidation. We need media that truly represent, as Barack Obama himself said not long ago, "all of the voices in our diverse nation." We won't get there if we fall back on the failed policies of the past.
Barely half of small businesses have a cybersecurity strategy or plan in place and nearly 80 percent say they lack a written Internet security policy. It's vital that small businesses take the necessary steps to increase their protection against cyber threats.
Today, at the least, the Senate showed it was willing to stand up to extremists who would rather waste time with partisan measures than make good policy. But the fight for the free and open Internet is far from over.
I've said that net neutrality is the most important free speech issue of our time. It's true. If Republicans have their way, large corporations won't just have the loudest voices in the room. They'll be able to effectively silence everyone else.
We demand that the FCC review all broadcast licenses granted to News Corp. to determine whether they meet the agency's "character qualifications." If investigations result in criminal convictions, News Corp. should forfeit its licenses to use our airwaves.
There were heaps of irony, and not a little schadenfreude, when Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt got himself a bi-partisan grilling before the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, just two days before the FCC formally released its rules governing an Open Internet.
It's critical that leaders on both sides of the partisan divide recognize that U.S. mobile policy is a poster-child for just the sort of forward momentum the President and leaders in Congress are seeking to gather to get the nation back on a healthy and sustainable job growth track.