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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. ...

FCC Needs to Step on the Gas and Move Fast on the Incentive Auctions

Chris Castle | Posted 05.01.2013 | Technology
Chris Castle

The real threat to demand from the mobile economy is the entirely predictable and avoidable bottleneck in supply created by the Federal Communications Commission's agonizingly slow process of making more wireless spectrum available to satisfy demand from mobile users.

Obama Reportedly Picks New FCC Chairman

AP | Posted 06.30.2013 | Media

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says President Barack Obama plans to name a former cable and wireless industry lobbyist to head the Federal...

The Next Elizabeth Warren Emerges

The New Republic | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics

Telecom regulators don't usually have public followings, except perhaps among other telecom regulators. ...

There's Something Crazy in the Air

Mike Montgomery | Posted 04.25.2013 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

Bananas. That's the best way to describe the current state of the wireless industry. Absolutely bananas.

The World Is Watching San Francisco on Cell Phones

Devra Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.19.2013 | Technology
Devra Davis, Ph.D.

San Francisco's law made sense at the time it was passed and makes more sense now. And even if the city decides to stop reinforcing this particular law, they still have the power to inform the public through ad campaigns that rely on old and new social media.

A Fighter for the Public Interest at the FCC

Victor Pickard | Posted 06.17.2013 | Business
Victor Pickard

Does it matter who chairs the Federal Communications Commission? People might be forgiven if they think it doesn't, especially as President Obama considers a former corporate lobbyist to head the agency.

How to Pick an FCC Chair Who Gets It

Preeti Vissa | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

While the next FCC chair needs to understand the ins and outs of technology and related law, that won't be enough. He or she must also understand that consumers are different. And we need a telecommunications system that works for everyone.

IP Transition Requires Smart, Fact-Based Strategy to Boost Broadband Opportunity

David Honig | Posted 06.10.2013 | Technology
David Honig

Nobody should be left behind; nobody should lose voice service; and every American, including people of color, should experience the opportunities that are possible in the all-IP world we are entering now.

Pedagogy of the Depressed

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 06.09.2013 | College
Joseph A. Palermo

Can students really be taught critical thinking, civics, and citizenship skills in a standardized format that values conformity? Will relying on MOOCs and automation in the long-term turn professors into "delivery managers" and students into automatons and passive consumers rather than citizens?

Why the New Boss at the FCC Should Be Nothing Like the Old Boss

Craig Aaron | Posted 05.27.2013 | Technology
Craig Aaron

Genachowski's failure to re-establish the FCC's authority over broadband was his most significant policy blunder -- and the defining moment of his tenure. Even on matters that should have been easy lifts, Genachowski found a way to buckle.

Address Jobs Crisis With Bipartisan Telecom Policy

David Goodfriend | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
David Goodfriend

I'm one of those progressives who thinks that our jobs crisis is a lot more troubling than the deficit "crisis" driving all of the budget brinksmanshi...

Regulatory Capture of the FCC -- Time to Clean House

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.25.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T, with the help of Verizon and the cable companies have 'captured' the FCC -- and have been able to get the federal agency to create and shape a working group designed specifically to remove all regulations and obligations.

Women's Media Center Renews Call For Female FCC Chair

www.broadcastingcable.com | Posted 05.22.2013 | Media

On the reports that FCC chairman Julius Genachowski will finally announce that he is leaving, the Women's Media Center is renewing its call for the Wh...

Growing the Internet: IP Network Conversion Helps Creators, Too

Chris Castle | Posted 05.21.2013 | Technology
Chris Castle

A huge technological transformation is underway in the U.S. and around the globe: Consumers are abandoning older technologies in favor of high-speed Internet services that rely on modern, fiber-based or IP-enabled broadband networks.

mHealth: Just What The Doctor Ordered

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 05.19.2013 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

It is now believed that an American child born today could live to the ripe old age of 150. From wearable mobile devices that track physical activity ...

We Must Bridge the Rural Digital Divide in America

Diane Russell | Posted 05.18.2013 | Technology
Diane Russell

The policy question is not, "Is broadband working in America?" It clearly is. The real challenge is to make sure that the remaining Americans who are not on the fast lane of the Internet get on it as quickly as possible.

Dear FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, "1 Gigabit City (Municipality) Challenge?" -- Ha, Ha, Ha...

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.13.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Maybe if the FCC actually cared about data and not hype the FCC would actually be respected, instead of being considered a punch line of a bad joke.

We Don't Need Six Strikes

John Tarnoff | Posted 05.07.2013 | Technology
John Tarnoff

Last month, audiovisual content rights holders announced the new Copyright Alert System, a.k.a. "Six Strikes" that they and ISPs have put in place to discourage peer-to-peer file sharing of copyrighted files. Good luck!

Comments From the Front -- Friends of AT&T Want New Digital Dead Zones

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.07.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T's Petition requests that it starts the 'transition' to the Internet protocols, when in fact it is simply a plan to stop upgrading whole areas of AT&T's 22 states and get rid of all regulations.

WATCH: Cell Phone Unlocking Ban To Be Reconsidered After 100K Sign Petition

Posted 03.03.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

The Federal Communications Commission will investigate if unlocking a cell phone should be illegal, after an online petition against the ban reached 1...

The New 'Digital Dead Zones' and Removing Your Rights to Communicate: Deny the AT&T FCC Petition Now

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.27.2013 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T, Verizon and Centurylink, who are corporate sponsors of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), have declared war on the American public.