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FCC Wants to Fine AT&T $100 Million for Throttling Data Speeds

So much for “unlimited” data. The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday announced that it plans to order AT&T to pay $100 million for some sneaky business the telecom giant engaged in with regard to its supposedly unfettered data plans.

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Victory in D.C.: FCC Votes in Favor of New Net Neutrality Rules (Video)

Score one for net neutrality advocates, and strike one for big telecom and cable companies—not to mention a good many Republicans.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE



Net Neutrality, Back by Popular Demand

As the crowds swelled in Tahrir Square in 2011, the power of the Internet as a force for social change was being demonstrated hour by hour. Which brings us to net neutrality.

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The Activists Won: FCC Chairman Proposes Strongest-Ever Protection of Internet Freedom

For a while there, Tom Wheeler, Federal Communications Commission chairman and former cable and wireless lobbyist, looked as if he was going to bow to his old paymasters on net neutrality.

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Mr. Fish and Juan Cole on the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We investigate what al-Qaida—or anyone—has to gain by killing cartoonists. Also: NASA finds habitable planets far, far away, and the FCC is doing something behind closed doors that you should probably know about.

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Mr. Fish and Juan Cole on the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We investigate what al-Qaida—or anyone—has to gain by killing cartoonists. Also: NASA finds habitable planets far, far away, and the FCC is doing something behind closed doors that you should probably know about.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE



How an Undercover Cop at a Protest Proved Why We Need to Protest Police Violence

An undercover agent encouraged protesters at a demonstration in Oakland, Calif., against recent police killings to commit crimes, then pulled his gun out on them; a group of net neutrality activists interrupted an FCC meeting to demand commissioners “Reclassify Now!”; meanwhile, a Bible-themed amusement park in Kentucky lost its tax exemptions due to religious discrimination. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Net Neutrality on the Line

The net neutrality discussion has recently been reinvigorated on the national level. That’s great news for organizations that have been pushing for that exact course of action here in the U.S., but how does it affect the conversation on a global level?

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 READ MORE



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FCC Chair Sounds Like He’s Going to Ignore President Obama’s Plan to Save the Internet

According to a report in The Washington Post, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, a former cable and telecom lobbyist, is prepared to embarrass the president and annoy millions of Americans all at the same time.

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The Two-Front War for the Future of the Internet

Protests like Wednesday’s Internet Slowdown Day and the continued push to make the Internet a public utility are episodes in long battles that have no definite end in sight, but activists are in it for the long haul.

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Hillary Clinton’s Spat With NPR and the Looming Gay Trouble

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The perennial presidential favorite has difficulty dropping her anti-gay baggage, Michael Sam has a team, activists upstage the U.N. climate summit and a subprime car loan bubble gets fueled. Plus: Who are the Net neutrality 1 percenters?

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Hillary Clinton’s Spat With NPR and the Looming Gay Trouble

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The perennial presidential favorite has difficulty dropping her anti-gay baggage, Michael Sam has a team, activists upstage the U.N. climate summit, and a subprime car loan bubble gets fueled. Plus: Who are the Net neutrality 1 percenters?

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Get Ready for the ‘Internet Slowdown’

Next Wednesday, Sept. 10, if your favorite website seems to load slowly, take a closer look: You might be experiencing the Battle for the Net’s “Internet Slowdown,” a global day of grass-roots action.

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Kickstarter CEO Says Internet Providers Threaten Free Thinking and Competition

Yancey Strickler writes in The Washington Post that his crowdfunding platform and the “more than 60,000 creative ideas that have been brought to life using Kickstarter” would not exist if companies like Comcast had their way.

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John Oliver: ‘Protecting Net Neutrality’ Should Be Called ‘Preventing Cable Company Fuckery’

“The cable companies have figured out the great truth of America,” explained the “Last Week Tonight” host Sunday. “If you want to do something evil, put it inside something boring.” Oliver then went on to give a hysterically funny call to arms to all Internet trolls to comment on the FCC’s website in order to save Net neutrality.

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Raw Video: Protesters Dragged Away From FCC Meeting

So much for public comment. Three protesters, including Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers and a Vietnam War veteran, were forcefully removed from the FCC meeting on new Net neutrality rules Thursday.

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Wheelering and Dealing at the FCC

The current FCC chairperson, appointed by President Barack Obama, is Tom Wheeler, who was formerly the head of the NCTA and later ran the wireless industry’s lobbying organization. Tom Wheeler and Michael Powell have basically switched places with one another. Sadly, they both do the same job, representing the interests of big business.

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Debate: What’s the Best Way to Protect Net Neutrality?

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday on new rules that would let Internet providers charge media companies extra fees to receive preferential treatment, such as faster speeds for their products and content. “Democracy Now!” hosts a debate on Net neutrality.

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Don’t Be Fooled: FCC Chairman Appears Determined to F Up the Internet

Under immense pressure from corporations and consumers alike, former cable-industry-lobbyist-turned-FCC-chair Tom Wheeler will reportedly revise his scheme to create an Internet toll road, but early reports suggest the new version will make no difference.

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE


Al Franken Wants You to Save the Internet From the FCC and Greedy Corporations

The senator has positioned himself as the most ardent defender of a free and open Internet, and has just issued a direct challenge to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Posted on May 7, 2014 READ MORE



Save the Internet!

To ensure the Internet is open to all on an equal basis we must act now to prevent mega-corporations from destroying Internet freedom.

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‘Your Corporate Internet Nightmare Starts Now’

Unfortunately this dystopian vision of life in post-net neutrality America isn’t the stuff of science fiction. It’s already happening.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE


The 28th Amendment: Getting the Money Out of Politics

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The movement to kill corporate personhood hits the road, Sonia Sotomayor dissents, the state of immigration reform, and Free Press tries to save the Internet from the FCC.

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The 28th Amendment: Getting the Money Out of Politics

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The movement to kill corporate personhood hits the road, Sonia Sotomayor dissents, the state of immigration reform, and Free Press tries to save the Internet from the FCC.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE



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FCC Chairman Wants to Help Your Cable Company Screw Up the Internet

A proposal by FCC chair Tom Wheeler obtained by The Wall Street Journal would allow companies such as Comcast to finally kill net neutrality.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE



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‘The Internet Is Fucked’

Even if someone printed this out and mailed it to you, you get your information from the Internet, a magical place that is increasingly controlled and manipulated by greedy, lazy corporations. Free speech, as we know it, is gone.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE


Is Ukraine the New Syria?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the battle for Kiev is more than a proxy fight between the U.S. and Russia. Also: Why you should worry about free speech online.

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Is Ukraine the New Syria?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the battle for Kiev is more than a proxy fight between the U.S. and Russia. Also: Why you should worry about free speech online.

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 READ MORE


Former FCC Commissioner Warns About ‘Mindless’ Media Consolidation

The Comcast takeover of Time Warner would turn a third of American households into Comcast customers and create a virtual monopoly in 19 of the 20 largest media markets, “Democracy Now!” reports.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE


Should One Company Own This Much Internet?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Michael Sam is out of the closet, headed to the NFL and he’s really good. Also, why the big cable merger should scare you, and Bill Blum on Washington’s death penalty moratorium.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE


A Gay Jackie Robinson? Not So Fast

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Michael Sam is out of the closet, headed to the NFL and he’s really good. Also, why the big cable merger should scare you, and Bill Blum on Washington’s death penalty moratorium.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Want a Faster Internet Connection? Try Any of 31 Other Countries

The United States has fallen behind competing nations in the speed of its Internet infrastructure. There’s more than faster movie downloads at stake. And yes, there are sleazy corporate stances muddying up the issue.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 READ MORE



How Wall Street Plans to Profit From Renting Out Homes It Foreclosed

Diabolical bankers are renting foreclosed houses to the very people they took the properties from, and planning a new scheme that may ruin us all over again; it could be argued that Amazon saved books from the fate music has suffered; and a video imagines what would happen if a gay athlete won a gold medal in Sochi, Russia. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Coming Soon: You Have a Right to Unlock Your Phone for Free

After more than 114,000 people signed a White House petition, the administration is moving to make phone and tablet unlocking a legal right.

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This Year’s Best-Kept Secret: The Next Generation of Community Radio

A microphone and a radio transmitter in the hands of a community organizer imparts power, which some liken to the life-changing impact when humans first tamed fire.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE



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What’s Going on With Obama and Drug Policy?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With marijuana, alone, the administration has adopted multiple, contrary positions. Also: The past and future FCC, why we don’t execute terrorists, and baby books for kids.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE


What’s Going on With Obama and Drug Policy?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With marijuana, alone, the administration has adopted multiple, contrary positions. Also: The past and future FCC, why we don’t execute terrorists, and baby books for kids.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE



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You Should Care That Obama Is Going to Pick Tom Wheeler to Head the FCC

Forget the CIA. The Federal Communications Commission is like the fourth branch of American government, and its officials are not elected.

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Government Urges Free Wi-Fi Service

Not surprisingly, the idea is being met with resistance by the $178 billion wireless industry, which is actively lobbying policymakers against the proposal.

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 READ MORE



Senator Demands Federal Pot Plan, Norquist Makes Insane Prediction, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a GOP contender for a top Cabinet post in the Obama administration and why Michigan Republicans should have taken a closer look at the right-to-work legislation they passed.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE


Moyers and Sanders on America’s Media Oligopoly

“In 1983, 50 corporations controlled a majority of media in America. In 1990 the number had dropped to 23. In 1997, 10. And today, six,” Bill Moyers says in conversation with Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE



Postgrad Elites Control Political Debates

Trying to sort out the status of Obamacare can be tricky thanks to our dysfunctional leadership class; Republican state Sen. Marty Golden wants to teach Brooklyn’s women “the art of feminine presence”; meanwhile, a group of Mormons quits the church in a mass ceremony in Utah. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Limbaugh’s Latest Inflammatory Comment and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the resignation of an Obama administration official, Mitt Romney addressing immigration and Rush Limbaugh’s latest eyebrow-raising comment about Nancy Pelosi.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 READ MORE



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$#!* That: High Court Tosses FCC Indecency Rules but Skirts Free Speech Issue

The Supreme Court threw out the FCC’s heavy-handed sanctions on Fox and ABC but stayed mum on whether the commission’s prudish and outdated indecency policy violates free speech laws.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Why the FCC Fined Google Just 68 Seconds in Profits

Last Friday, the Federal Communications Commission fined Google for deliberately impeding an investigation into the collection of sensitive wireless network data as part of the search giant’s Street View mapping project. The company will recoup that cost in less than the time it will take you to read this article.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Paul Sancya

How the FCC Can Take the Money Out of Politics

Politics has become a game of the super rich, but the money they donate is significant only because of the way it is spent: on TV and radio advertising.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE



Felipe Kamakura (CC-BY)

The Free Internet Could Soon Die—Is Anyone Watching?

Something called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) could radically alter the way we share information and ideas online by empowering the FCC and a few corporations to give us what commentator Elliot Cohen explains would be our version of China’s Internet censorship.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE


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