Obama Just Hit the FCC Hard on Net Neutrality

President Barack Obama made a strong statement in support of rules preserving open access to the Internet this week. It brought cheers from net neutrality advocates, jeers from the cable and telecom industry and their allies, and equivocation from the man he appointed to lead the Federal Communications Commission, the independent agency that makes the rules for the Internet. ...more
Everybody who has a computer or smartphone should support net neutrality. The carriers don't ...more

FCC and Carriers to Create Stolen Phone Consortium

Stolen phones are a big problem here in the US. Many are stolen in robberies. Robberies are, by definition, violent crimes, and there are many instances of robberies of mobile phones that resulted in serious injury or even death....more

First Amendment Victory - FCC Indecency Rule Rejected

http://lunao.blogspot.com/ If it is the dirty element that gives pleasure to the act of lust, then the dirtier it is, the more pleasurable it i...more

FCC: Internet Service Providers Will Be Regulated Like Phone Companies

Despite rumors early in the week that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) planned to back away from efforts to pursue "net neutrality," Chairman Julius Genachowski announced plans to reclassify Internet services and apply some of the rules given to the FCC to enforce in regulating telephone services. This move by the FCC is expected to spark vigorous debate and strong challenges from Internet service providers (ISPs). ...more

Thanks so much for sharing your views and perspective, Margee.


Court Rules Against FCC in Net Neutrality Efforts

A federal appeals court dealt a major blow to efforts by the Federal Communications Commission to implement principles of net neutrality. ...more

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FCC's National Broadband Plan is Long on Goals, Short on Implementation

As BlogHer Contributing Editor Virginia Debolt has reported on more than one occasion, the United States is number 15 when it comes to broadband internet access, lagging behind such countries as France and South Korea. Last week, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission unveiled its National Broadband Plan to address that problem. Open internet activists and industry advocates both applaud the plan's goals, but see possible dangers in the way it might be implemented. ...more

FCC plans rules to enforce net neutrality

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced today that  the FCC will create new rules to prevent carriers from blocking, slowing or favoring particular types of content. Read the full article on Web Teacher. ...more

Digital TV Has Arrived!

If you woke up this morning and saw Saturday morning cartoons or talking heads on PBS, you've crossed over to the world of digital TV without a hitch.  If you woke up this morning and saw snow, you have a slight problem.  That's because yesterday analog television went the way of the 8-track tape and is no more.  That's right, the long awaited digital TV era has arrived. ...more

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Legislating "Fairness" on Air and Online

On November 5th of 2008 Chuck Schumer gave an interview in which his first words were not acknowledgment of the historic election that took place the day before; his first statement was to compare conservative talk radio to pornography and call for a reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine. Nancy Pelosi, Tom Harkin, Maurice Hinchey, Bill Clinton, Debbie Stabenow (to say nothing of her husband/conflict of interest), sore-loser Bill Press, David Axelrod's sudden non-committal, and many others have found the comfort with this new congressional power to say what they've really thought all along: the government, not the listener, has the sole right to determine what the public should hear. As a conservative talk radio host, as a woman who makes her living with the First Amendment, their attempts at censorship trouble me greatly. ...more

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Future buzz, current buzz, past buzz: all buzz

Some interesting bits of news and buzz are streaking around the tech world this week. I keep hearing that the FCC is all set to punish Comcast in some undisclosed and possibly uninforcable way for its attempts to control Internet bandwidth. Common Cause published Comcast Punished by FCC for Violating Net Neutrality. The article says, ...more