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NPR Hires Lobbyists

The Hill's Hillicon Valley | Posted 09.19.2012 | Media

National Public Radio has hired the lobbying firm Navigators Global, according to disclosure forms filed Thursday. NPR has come under fire from som...

Why We Need to Fix the Spectrum Crunch Now

Jason A. Llorenz | Posted 09.12.2012 | Technology
Jason A. Llorenz

The spectrum crunch threatens consumers with higher prices, less service for their dollar, and less reliability and quality as well.

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Denies Janet Jackson 'Wardrobe Malfunction' Case | Mike Sacks | Posted 06.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Friday morning officially relieved CBS of a $550,000 fine over Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" duri...

Obama's Broadband Vision vs. the Communications Trust

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.25.2012 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

Dare we say it: The U.S. is a third rate telecom nation. We'd like to offer some suggestions to address this unacknowledged crisis.

What the F***?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Yesterday, the Supreme Court decided FCC v. Fox Television Stations. What's the real significance of the case? It is this: Throughout its opinion, the Court repeatedly wrote f*** and s***. It declined to acknowledge the actual words at stake. This is depressing.

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Overturns Fleeting Expletives Ruling, Ducks Larger Issues | Mike Sacks | Posted 06.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled Thursday against the Federal Communications Commission's policy on fleeting expletives over the airwaves, vacati...

House GOP Moves To Block Disclosure

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Republicans controlling the House moved Wednesday to block a new Federal Communications Commission rule requiring TV stations to di...

Reform in the Age of Corporate Lawyers

Timothy Karr | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Timothy Karr

The National Association of Broadcasters is betting it can overturn a victory that tens of thousands of people fought hard for, a rule change that met with near-universal support in the non-broadcast media and among public interest advocates.

Putting Talk Radio on Trial at the FCC

Sue Wilson | Posted 08.01.2012 | Media
Sue Wilson

I believe I have found the legal means to put Talk Radio on trial at the FCC -- and perhaps eventually at the Supreme Court. The Wisconsin recall of Governor Scott Walker presented a golden opportunity.

An Open Letter to FCC Chairman Genachowski -- Take Action and Stop Political Text Spam

Scott Goodstein | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Scott Goodstein

It's important for the FCC to address political text spam because this is more than just an annoying form of political communication; it's an invasion of privacy that costs you money.

Key Rule Could Delay Crucial Disclosure

ProPublica | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics

by Justin Elliott ProPublica, May 29, 2012, 10:32 a.m.After years of consideration, the Federal Communications Commission finally voted last month t...

Go Online A Lot? You May Soon Be Paying More

Reuters | Yinka Adegoke | Posted 07.22.2012 | Technology

By Yinka Adegoke BOSTON (Reuters) - The head of the Federal Communications Commission said he supports cable companies' charging for In...

Another Group Petitions FCC To Revoke Murdoch's Licenses

Posted 05.14.2012 | Media

Another activist group is calling for the FCC to revoke Rupert Murdoch's broadcast licenses in wake of the phone hacking scandal and damning parliamen...

Who's Afraid of Rupert Murdoch?

Timothy Karr | Posted 07.10.2012 | Media
Timothy Karr

The answer: the Federal Communications Commission and Congress.

The Real Meaning of the GSA Scandal

J.H. Snider | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
J.H. Snider

What accounts for the different treatment? Why is a million dollars of waste at the GSA a scandal but not tens of billions of dollars at the FCC-NTIA? I believe public ignorance and apathy are the immediate cause of blame.

How Will the Murdoch Implosion Be Felt in the U.S.?

Timothy Karr | Posted 07.02.2012 | Media
Timothy Karr

A scathing report in Britain that Rupert Murdoch and other News Corp. executives engaged in a cover-up of "rampant law breaking" may have ramifications for the media mogul in the United States -- but only if U.S. politicians are willing to face down a powerful media figure.

How Wireless Hype Is Hurting America

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.02.2012 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

If Americans believe the phone company hype -- and are seduced into believing that a slow and expensive wireless infrastructure is better than a fast wireline infrastructure -- the economic consequences could be grave.

Phone Companies Ignore Low-Price Requirement That You Are Paying For

ProPublica | Jeff Gerth | Posted 05.01.2012 | Technology

By Jeff Gerth ProPublica, May 1, 2012, 10 a.m.At the dawn of the Internet era, Congress set out to avert a digital divide between rich and poor ...

Sex Is Bad

Evan Shapiro | Posted 07.01.2012 | TV
Evan Shapiro

Welcome to TV in America, where violence, no matter how malicious or senseless, is just fine but sex is decried, maligned and verboten in all but the most secure corners of the schedule. TV's ban on sexuality not only covers scenes of nudity or sexual acts, but our very language itself.

FCC Brings Sunlight to Elections, But the SEC Needs to Help, Too

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy | Posted 06.27.2012 | Politics
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

On April 27 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to place broadcasters' political files online. This brings vital election data into the 21st century, allowing the public to see political spending on TV ads across the nation in nearly real time. But there are limits to the rule.

Paul Blumenthal

Bold FCC Move Makes 2012 Election Ads More Transparent | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The home stretch of the 2012 general election is set to be one of the most transparent in terms of public knowledge about political adve...

FCC Pushes Through New Rules Over Fierce Corporate Objections

AP | Posted 06.27.2012 | Media

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has voted to require TV stations to post online the advertising rates they charge political ...

When Amber Isn't Enough: Enlisting Truckers to Help Find Missing Kids

Diane Russell | Posted 06.27.2012 | Impact
Diane Russell

"Trucker TV" could reach thousands of long-haul truck drivers, the very folks who travel the same roads and stop at the same rest areas where missing and exploited children often happen to be.

Broadcast Transparency: A No Brainer for the FCC

Timothy Karr | Posted 04.27.2012 | Technology
Timothy Karr

By requiring full disclosure, the FCC could go a long way toward shedding light on political influence peddling in 2012, and exposing the media's role -- both constructive and otherwise -- in our democracy.

Journalism Students Answer My Call to Uncover Political Ad Data

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Two intrepid journalism students from Kent State -- Megan Closser and Shanice Dunning -- took me up on my challenge to visit their local TV stations and uncover data behind the political ads they run.