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Government Needs to Catch Up to the World of Instavideo

Jason A. Llorenz | Posted 11.04.2013 | Technology
Jason A. Llorenz

egulators need to stop focusing on the old 20th century phone system and start encouraging a system capable of meeting our demands for the high-speed Internet services and applications of the 21st Century.

Step Up to the Microphone!

Sue Wilson | Posted 10.21.2013 | Media
Sue Wilson

Scan across just about any radio dial in the entire country, and you'll hear exactly the same big city, big corporate programming: Rush Limbaugh, Fox Sports, Top 40, NPR. But what about local programming?

Consumers Stand to Lose as CBS Battles Time Warner Cable

Michael J. Copps | Posted 10.20.2013 | Media
Michael J. Copps

Imagine how broadband customers who pay separately for satellite television feel being swept up into this spat. CBS is perpetrating an audacious violation of the FCC Open Internet ("net neutrality") rules.

Three Reasons Why Smart Is the New Dumb on Criminal Justice

Jesse Lava | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics
Jesse Lava

This trifecta of Holder's speech, reduced phone rates, and reform of stop-and-frisk has meant a glorious few days for the panoply of organizations pushing criminal justice reform.

Are You in a Verizon or AT&T Shut Off Zone? Will You be One of the Disconnected?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 10.13.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

This is the best case as AT&T may never expand past their current footprint with U-Verse and this quote is about services that may be available 3 years from now -- in 2016.

Government Threatens To Intervene In Time Warner-CBS Fight

Reuters | Liana B. Baker | Posted 10.10.2013 | Media

By Liana B. Baker (Reuters) - More than 3 million Time Warner Cable customers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas will be blocked from ...

This Will Make You Blush

Posted 10.07.2013 | Comedy

Hugh Laurie joined Stephen Colbert on Monday's "Colbert Report" to bring his elegant gravitas to the most high-minded of affairs: Rattling off a list ...

Verizon's Assault on the Truth: The Plan to Replace the Copper Started in 2010 With Home Phone Connect aka Verizon Wireless Voice Link

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.04.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Ever hear of Verizon's Home Phone Connect? It's been on sale in New York and New Jersey or in trials since 2010 and it is essentially the exact same ...

Warning: Time Warner-CBS Clash Points Up Big Trouble Ahead

Sandy Goodman | Posted 10.05.2013 | Media
Sandy Goodman

It's a dispute over dollars, a battle one consumer advocate called "a food fight between two haves at our expense."

'Wireless-Only' Statistics Are More Pixy Dust Than Facts; The 'Landline' Accounting Has Been Rigged

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 10.01.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

After a hard day at work, you get home, take off your shoes, maybe even have a cold beer, sit on the couch, and pull out your two-inch by three-inch cell phone to watch a night of Netflix, right?

Google Reserves the Right to Be Evil

Craig Aaron | Posted 07.31.2013 | Technology
Craig Aaron

Wasn't Google supposed to be different? The company literally markets Google Fiber as "a different kind of Internet." "Everyone else does it" isn't much of an excuse. If Google is such an innovator, why can't it innovate its terms of service?

Giving Our Kids a Chance to Compete in the Global Economy Means High-Speed Broadband Capacity

Jessica Rosenworcel | Posted 09.23.2013 | Technology
Jessica Rosenworcel

By the 2015 school year, every school should have access to 100 Megabits and by the end of the decade, 1 Gigabit. If it can be done in Mooresville, NC, we can do it in every school district in every state.

Finding Common Ground: A Path Forward for the FCC

Mike Montgomery | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Mike Montgomery

It's a common refrain from someone who truly understands the merits of a strong, vibrant Silicon Valley, and Rep. Eshoo should be applauded for maintaining her focus on jobs and the economy.

U-verse a Disconnect for the Disabled

Barbara Popovic | Posted 09.14.2013 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

Today's Communications Daily reports that CAN TV is urging the FCC to adopt rules that assure the disability community can access local community tele...

Gerry Smith

What Verizon And Comcast Don't Want You To Know About U.S. Internet

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 06.26.2013 | Technology

Recent editorials authored by top Internet executives paint a rosy picture of America's broadband services, but experts say they distort reality and d...

Silicon Valley Weighs in on Wheeler

Mike Montgomery | Posted 08.24.2013 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

Freeing up more spectrum for consumers, enabling the transition to all-Internet based networks, and working collaboratively with the tech industry to ensure an investment-friendly framework -- there's no doubt Wheeler's dance card will certainly be full if he is confirmed to lead FCC.

FCC At Crossroads On Indecency Rules

www.thewrap.com | Posted 08.21.2013 | Media

The Federal Communications Commission has spent much of the Obama administration punting on indecency....

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 ...