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Fear and Loathing as Telecom Policy

Jeff Pulver | Posted 08.06.2014 | Business
Jeff Pulver

The adoption of the "Pulver Order" by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2004 recognized the madness of applying 70-year-old Title II telecom regulations to IP communications.

Ann Brenoff

Can This One Guy End Robo-Calls For Good?

HuffingtonPost.com | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.23.2014 | Fifty

Aaron Foss thinks he may have built a better mousetrap when it comes to ending all those scam calls that ring up your landline. The 36-year-old contra...

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.

'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?

How Communications Technology Brings Generations Together Like Never Before

Andreas Bernström | Posted 08.13.2013 | Technology
Andreas Bernström

With Father's Day coming up and generations around the world joining together in the exchange of sentiments and ideas, here are some ways in which innovations in communications have helped and deepen family relationships and closed the generational gap.

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.

Retiring Abroad: How To Keep In Touch With Those Back Home

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 05.25.2013 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

One concern as you plan for retirement overseas? How you will continue to communicate with family, friends, credit card companies, online shopping sites and your favorite phone sex service (just making sure you're paying attention) back home.

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.

Four Great Apps to Keep You Close to a Loved One When You're Far Away

Andreas Bernström | Posted 02.13.2013 | Technology
Andreas Bernström

This year, instead of an arrow, Cupid is armed with an assortment of apps that can help soothe the sighs of parted lovers. Here are a few options that might just be the next best thing to being there in person.

AT&T U-verse Is a Copper-Based PSTN Service: Lawmakers and the Media Were Duped.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.25.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

I just made a rather disturbing finding. AT&T's U-verse service -- its broadband, internet and TV service -- is a copper-to-the-home service. More importantly, it is a fiber-to-the-press-release.

What Are the Public Switched Telephone Networks, 'PSTN' and Why You Should Care?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.09.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

It appears that you can fool most of the people most of the time. AT&T has proven that if you spend a boatload of money and repeat the same deceptive statements over and over, the public will believe anything you want them to.

AT&T's $14 Billion 'Bribe' or How the Media Got It Wrong

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 01.28.2013 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

On Nov. 7, 2012, AT&T announced that it would be spending $14 billion to upgrade their wireless and wireline networks. And yet, in fact, AT&T is only ...

'Internet Freedom'? AT&T's Verbal Jujitsu to Close Down Telecommunications in America

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 11.10.2012 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

Internet Freedom in this case is actually freedom for AT&T and the other phone companies, not freedom for those who actually use telecommunications or even Internet services.

Up in Smoke: California's Broadband Future Is Under Threat (And Your State Is Next)

Susan Crawford | Posted 10.29.2012 | Technology
Susan Crawford

There's a state of emergency in California that has nothing to do with wildfires or hurricanes. It's called SB 1161, and it wreaks havoc on California's authority to adopt measures that protect consumers when it comes to the cost, service, safety, and availability of access to information.

We Cannot Afford to Deregulate 'VoIP'

Ruben Diaz Jr. | Posted 05.23.2012 | New York
Ruben Diaz Jr.

Cable companies and Verizon are now trying to deregulate digital phone service, also known as VoIP, in Albany. If this proposal were to become law, all consumers would lose out.

Cool Icelandic Phone Technology Is Hot

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 02.26.2012 | World
Iris Erlingsdottir

Sometimes I doubt that all the amazing communications technology the world has seen in the last decade has resulted in increased or better communicati...

Ooma Adds Wi-Fi Option to VoIP Service

Larry Magid | Posted 11.20.2011 | Technology
Larry Magid

Call me old fashioned, but when I'm home or at an office, I like making and receiving phone calls from something that resembles a regular desk phone.

Where Have All the Wiretap Reports Gone?

Susan Landau | Posted 10.26.2011 | Technology
Susan Landau

Providing data in the Wiretap Report is not simply compliance with 40-year-old legislation. That information is what allows us to understand what's true about this highly intrusive and secretive investigative technique and what's not.

10 Fastest Growing U.S. Industries

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 07.18.2011 | Business

Over the course of the recession, major companies have failed, entire industries have withered. But at least a few have not only survived, but grown. ...

SwoonXO and Shawn Fanning's Supyo Kickstart Live Social Networking Punch

Harmon Leon | Posted 06.14.2012 | Technology
Harmon Leon

Chatroulette is like the Wild West of live social networking where deviant behavior becomes the unmonitored norm. Shawn Fanning's next big endeavor is a "live" social network site named Supyo -- Chatroulette done right.

Two New Gmail Features Make it Easier to Communicate

Larry Magid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Larry Magid

Gmail's new cheap international calls and its priority inbox are making life easier for me as I travel in Berlin and Lithuania.

Cut Cell Phone Costs: 7 Ways To Save Money On Your Calls (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Even in the age of email and Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, sometimes, we just need to make a call. Especially if you're calling internationally, y...

AT&T Opens Network To VOIP: Expands Internet Calling Services On iPhone

AP | JOELLE TESSLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — AT&T Inc. said late Tuesday that it will begin allowing iPhone owners to use Internet calling services on its wireless network. Th...

Packet8 DOWN: 8x8 Voice Service Experiences Issues (UPDATE)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

UPDATE: Joan Citelli, director of corporate communications for 8x8, Inc., released the following statement: "The 8x8 service outage that occured on...

Wiretap Flaw Could Thwart Feds, Researchers Find

wired.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The researchers say they've found a vulnerability in U.S. law enforcement wiretaps, if only theoretical, that would allow a surveillance target to thw...