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Telecom Giants' Big Promise Dies

Newsweek | Posted 03.12.2014 | Business

Can you stream me now?" If the answer is no, you're probably going to be looking at the spinning wheel of death on your laptop for a very long time...

It's Time for an Upgrade: 18 Years Is Just Too Long

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

The original Communications Act was enacted in 1934 and subsequently revised in 1996 in which the word "Internet" only appeared 11 times while "payphone" garnered 18 references. Our policies are still being led by those outdated laws.

A Blueprint for Wheeler's FCC

Christina Gagnier | Posted 03.11.2014 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

On Thursday, the new Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler will make his first visit to California to speak at a town hall-style event in Oakland. Here are three items Wheeler should consider to help improve digital literacy and high-speed Internet access in California and throughout the United States.

A Tale of Two Prisoners

Tracy Rosenberg | Posted 03.10.2014 | Crime
Tracy Rosenberg

Every study confirms that guess. Prisoners who retain steady contact with family and friends while in prison have a dramatically lower recidvism rate. A better outcome for individuals and a better outcome for taxpayers.

AT&T buoyed in lobbying push against spectrum auction limits

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 03.09.2014 | Technology
The Center for Public Integrity

By Allan Holmes January 7, 2014This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigati...

People of Color Must Remain Competitive in America's New Digital Economy

Kristal High | Posted 02.11.2014 | Technology
Kristal High

To date, there has been much consensus among the nation's leading civil rights organizations regarding how to best position minority communities to benefit from, and contribute to, the world's new Internet-based society.

You Do Not Argue With Nelson Mandela: Lessons on Business and Context in South Africa c. 1994

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
Bhaskar Chakravorti

What did I learn from him? Business cannot be left alone to be just business, and, as I learned in Pretoria nearly 20 years ago, leaders ignore this bigger picture at their peril.

What If You Had to Dial 911 -- and Couldn't?

Preeti Vissa | Posted 02.09.2014 | Technology
Preeti Vissa

If the FCC decides that digital phone networks are merely "information services," protections for consumers are at risk. Some phone carriers may continue to offer these important services, but there is no way to be sure.

Visualizing the Future of Technology With Ron Erickson

Russell C. Smith | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Russell C. Smith

Ron Erickson is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience in the high technology, telecommunications, micro-computer, and digital media industries. Mr. Erickson is also the founder of Visualant, Inc.

City Takes Landmark Stand For Working Parents

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.31.2013 | Parents

Working parents and designated caretakers in San Francisco will soon have their right to request flexible workplace arrangements protected by law, mak...

Telecoms Use Astroturf Lobby Against Net Neutrality

NEW YORK -- When the telecommunications industry sought federal rules that would allow it to charge customers more for high bandwidth products such as...

Progressives for Progress

David Goodfriend | Posted 10.30.2013 | Technology
David Goodfriend

We Progressives would do well to focus on the first two syllables of our political philosophy's name: progress.

Test of a Great Brand: Does Anybody Hate You?

Nirmalya Kumar | Posted 09.24.2013 | Business
Nirmalya Kumar

The problem often is that aspiring brands wish to be universally loved. Unfortunately, universal love is neither achievable, nor desirable. Instead, great brands are loved by some and hated by others because they actually stand for something.

No Favors for Foreign Firms in Spectrum Auction

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

Call me old-fashioned, but I don't think it's government's role to have Americans subsidize foreign companies. And it sure shouldn't favor foreign-government-owned companies over American ones.

Mind-Boggling 'Time Cloak' Developed Overseas

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 06.06.2013 | Science

A new invisibility cloak for data can make information vanish by creating holes in time, new research suggests. The researchers, who describe their...

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 ...

Obama, Take Note: Wireless Revolution Is Coming in Myanmar

Jerrold D. Green | Posted 07.24.2013 | World
Jerrold D. Green

Threats still exist for foreign telecom companies looking to enter the market in Myanmar -- from regulatory risk to civil unrest and political concerns. These are very real considerations for companies making investment decisions.

Advocates Say Put the Public First in Illinois Cable Law

Barbara Popovic | Posted 07.13.2013 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

The proposal seeks preferential treatment from the legislature, creates an unlevel playing field with other statewide and local franchise holders, erodes municipal authority, and cuts funding and channels for public use.

After Genachowski... Whom?

Everett Ehrlich | Posted 07.02.2013 | Technology
Everett Ehrlich

The next chairman of the FCC must pick up from where former FCC Chairman William Kennard left off, articulating a new, progressive vision of what the broadband world will look like and how to get there.

Cable: A Recession Proof Industry

Barbara Popovic | Posted 06.29.2013 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

The number of U.S. cable TV subscribers decreased over the last decade. At the same time, the average monthly cable bill went up 84 percent. llinois welcomes healthy business partners. But Illinois residents need and deserve laws from the legislature that protect the public.

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.

The Tech Alliances That Can Help Italy

Laura Kiss | Posted 04.03.2013 | World
Laura Kiss

Italy is living through the worst crisis of its republican history and there is not much possibility of an end to it in the shortterm. The economy has...

Yahoo!, Best Buy, and Telecommunting

Phil Simon | Posted 06.01.2013 | Business
Phil Simon

Letting go of physical boundaries, 19th-century work practices and an expectation that change is ever complete, may propel some organizations to the front through greater innovation and overall productivity.

The Challenge for BRICS and Africa

Richard Attias | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business
Richard Attias

I am writing this from the BRICS summit in Durban, where it is clear that the huge momentum of these emerging markets -- especially when it comes to their relationship with Africa -- is not slowing down.

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...