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White House / Pete Souza

Gibbs’ Next Gig: Facebook?

When Robert Gibbs left his White House post as the Obama administration’s chief communicator, he made some vague noises about his plans for the future beyond maintaining loose professional ties with his former boss. Now it looks as though he may join another powerful institution: Facebook.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / kainet

FCC Sets Ambitious Goals for America’s Networked Future

Congress asked the FCC to develop a national broadband plan, and the agency is running with it. Among the FCC’s just announced long-term goals: for every American to have access to affordable broadband, for at least 100 million Americans to have access to 100-mbps download speeds and for the U.S. to have the broadest and fastest wireless networks in the world.

Posted on Mar 15, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Adam Pieniazek

Frustrated Subscribers Target AT&T

Thanks to the runaway success of the iPhone, AT&T has the largest wireless network in the country—and the lousiest. Fed-up subscribers, who pay the telco about $30 a month just for data (and another $40 or so for voice), are planning an assault this Friday called Operation Chokehold. (continued)

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 READ MORE



What Can the FCC Do for You?

The Federal Communications Commission has a long and disappointing history of generally failing to regulate ever-larger media and telecommunications companies, except, during fits of prudishness, in the area of so-called indecency. But the latest incarnation of the FCC is proving to be more of a consumer advocate than its predecessors. (continued)

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 READ MORE


Whistle-Blower: Bush’s NSA Spied on ‘All Americans’

Russell Tice helped blow the whistle on Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program back in 2005, but the revelations don’t end there. On Wednesday’s “Countdown,” the former NSA analyst said the agency had “monitored all communications” and specifically targeted journalists.

Posted on Jan 22, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Jeff Kubina

Can You Hear Me Now? Telecoms Paid to Give Team McCain More Bars

It’s hard to get cell reception in an out-of-the-way place like Sedona, Ariz., but it helps if you sit on the Senate committee that oversees the telecommunications industry. The Washington Post has learned that AT&T and Verizon, both of which have lobbying ties to the McCain campaign, provided cell towers for the McCains’ ranch at no charge to the couple.

Posted on Oct 15, 2008 READ MORE


Kevin Martin
blogspot.com

FCC Cashes In on Spectrum Auction

After two months and 261 rounds of bidding, the FCC announced Tuesday that it has raised a total of $19.6 billion from the sale of the U.S. wireless spectrum. The revenue, slated to fund “public safety and digital television transition initiatives,” is nearly double what Congress had previously estimated for the publicly owned spectrum.

Posted on Mar 19, 2008 READ MORE


A Story With Legs

It seems odd, but for John McCain it was a blessing to have the chance to bury questions about his dealings with lobbyists beneath an alleged sex scandal.

Posted on Feb 25, 2008 READ MORE


Supreme Court building
supremecourtus.gov

Top Court Sets Back the Foes of Bush’s Wiretaps

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal related to the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretap program on Tuesday, offering no explanation. The American Civil Liberties Union and others have had a hard time proving the plaintiffs were spied on because the evidence they need is considered a government secret.

Posted on Feb 19, 2008 READ MORE


Verizon Admits Domestic Spying Role

Under pressure from Congress, Verizon has provided some insight into the government’s domestic surveillance program. The telecommunications giant defended the legality of its actions, but admitted complying “as expeditiously as possible” when federal officials, without a subpoena, asked for telephone and Internet records.

Posted on Oct 16, 2007 READ MORE


Jonathan Adelstein
fcc.gov

FCC Commissioner on Net Neutrality, the Future of Media and More

Jonathan Adelstein, one of five FCC commissioners, speaks with Truthdig about the battle to control America’s airwaves, the value of an open and fair Internet and his initial thoughts on the XM-Sirius merger.

Posted on Mar 19, 2007 READ MORE


Matthews and Bartlett
From crooksandliars.com

Bartlett Busted on Gas Prices

Chris Matthews nails the White House communications director on his claim that no one in the administration promised that gas prices would go down after the invasion of Iraq.
Meanwhile, crude prices are holding above $72—a record high.

Posted on Apr 19, 2006 READ MORE


Whistle-blower: AT&T Colluded With NSA on Wiretaps

AT&T gave the National Security Agency open access to its customers’ phone calls and Web-surfing activities, according to a former AT&T employee cooperating in the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s lawsuit against the company.

The full story and a public statement by the whistle-blower.

Posted on Apr 8, 2006 READ MORE


wiretap
From mundanesounds.com

New Bill Allows Warrantless Spying

OK, OK, it’s not time to get hysterical yet. This one doesn’t look likely to pass, but…
Four senators have introduced a bill that would allow the NSA to eavesdrop, sans warrant, for up to 45 days. GOP Sen. Arlen Specter objected, saying the law would allow government to “do whatever the hell it wants.”
Oh. Right. What a departure that would be.

Posted on Mar 16, 2006 READ MORE


The End of the Internet?

Jeff Chester at The Nation has an eye-opening report on how big telcos are trying to transform the “free, open and nondiscriminatory Internet of today to a privately run and branded service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online.” | story

Posted on Feb 9, 2006 READ MORE


new york subway
Mary Altaffer / AP

Cellphones to Disrupt Final Sanctuary: Subways

Rejoice! With bids coming in to wire New York’s subway stations, you’ll never have to miss a fascinating discussion about someone’s dinner plans, or their stomachache, or whatever else they choose to spew on their captive audiences. | story

Posted on Jan 18, 2006 READ MORE


Finally! Feds Probe Sale of Private Phone Records

What the heck took the federal government so long? | story
Maybe its investigators were too busy hunting for porn.

Posted on Jan 18, 2006 READ MORE


Tony Blair
John Thys / AFP

Blair May Tap MP Phones

The British prime minister is planning on scrapping a 40-year ban on tapping MPs’ telephones. The soon-to-be tapped are jolly cross. | story

Posted on Jan 16, 2006 READ MORE


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