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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.

America's Broadband Networks Are 'Passports to Economic and Social Citizenship'

John M. Burns | Posted 06.15.2013 | Technology
John M. Burns

Policymakers in Washington should build on what consumers have started by designing a regulatory structure that applies to all providers equally and encourages investment, to finish the shift quickly and build a better future for America

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.

Dear Telecom Unions: Time to Fight for the Public Switched Network Infrastructure & Technology (PSNIT) -- The State-based Utility Wires

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.22.2013 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

The real question is: Are the unions going take an active role in stopping the closing down of the networks? Are they going to help to get the networks get upgraded?

AT&T Among Internet Providers Not Delivering The Speeds They Advertise: FCC

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 02.15.2013 | Technology

Some Internet providers, notably AT&T, are still not delivering the speeds they advertise to consumers, according to a new report by the Federal Commu...

AT&T's FCC Petition Should Be Denied: AT&T Should be Investigated

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.16.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

We request that the FCC immediately start investigating AT&T's business practices as well as the company's failure to supply material and essential facts about their deployment of U-Verse.

Time Is of the Essence: US Must Implement the Broadband Communications Infrastructure Necessary to Remain Globally Connected, Competitive and Relevant

John M. Burns | Posted 04.13.2013 | Technology
John M. Burns

The transition to an IP broadband network is not a singular tech issue but a far reaching concern that intersects the worlds of education, security, business, politics and healthcare and directly brings into focus the U.S.'s ability to remain globally connected, competitive and relevant.

The 10 Craziest (Real) FCC Complaints Filed On 'SNL'

Hulu.com | Posted 04.13.2013 | Comedy
Hulu.com

Because the Internet is wonderful, a Freedom of Information Act request was filed for every complaint about SNL the FCC has received in the last five years. Here are the most insane ramblings we could find.

Gerry Smith

Historic Blizzard Tests Wireless Flaws Exposed By Sandy

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 02.08.2013 | Technology

In the past two years, residents of Bethel, Conn., have been hit by three massive snowstorms that knocked out power for days. Each time, nearby cell t...

Is Free Public WiFi Possible?

Timothy Karr | Posted 02.06.2013 | Technology
Timothy Karr

We have a long way to go to get public WiFi for all, but it's vital that we get to work right now. To promote affordable WiFi options, the FCC has to follow through and increase the amount of spectrum that is available for open networks.

Getting the Spectrum Auctions Done Fast - and Right

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 04.02.2013 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

With more mobile subscriptions than people in the U.S, there's exploding demand for fast, reliable connections to our wireless networks. Rapidly growi...

Spin the Revolving Door: Tribune Hires FCC Chairman's Right-Hand Man

Craig Aaron | Posted 04.01.2013 | Media
Craig Aaron

The latest FCC official to get a job in the industry he used to regulate is Edward Lazarus, Chairman Julius Genachowski's former chief of staff. The Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday that Lazarus is the new general counsel of Tribune Co.