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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.

Posted on Feb 20, 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.

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



The Consumerist (CC-BY)

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.

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 READ MORE



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



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

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



Franz Jantzen/Supreme Court

$#!* 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



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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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The Cannibalization of College Radio

American university students are quickly losing an important means of sharing their passions and ideas with the public: college radio. Noncommercial student-run stations are being forced to the Web or elsewhere as college administrators sell their broadcast licenses to make some quick, much-needed cash. (more)

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 READ MORE



United Nations

U.N. Report Deems Internet Access a Basic Human Right

Months after the start of the uprisings that are roiling the Middle Eastern and Arabic world, the United Nations has recognized the essential role the Internet plays in human aspirations, deeming unhampered Internet availability a basic human right. (more)

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 READ MORE



This Is Why People Hate Washington

Meredith Attwell Baker, one of two Republican FCC commissioners, voted in late January to approve the merger of Comcast and NBC. Less than four months later, she announced that she is leaving the FCC to become a lobbyist for the merged company. (more)

Posted on May 11, 2011 READ MORE


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House Rejects FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

With murmurs of a veto in the background, Republicans successfully pushed a measure through the U.S. House rejecting the FCC’s 2010 net neutrality rules for Internet service providers.

Posted on Apr 9, 2011 READ MORE



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The FCC, Net Neutrality and the Future Enrons of the Internet

Apparently having learned nothing from its failure to rein in Enron, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and the rest, Congress is pushing to deregulate Internet service providers.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE



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House Blocks Funds for FCC Net Neutrality Rules

House Republicans have succeeding in amending a spending bill to deny the FCC money to implement new (and heavily gutted) network neutrality regulations. That’s right: banning a government agency from using government money to do government work.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Al Franken Blasts the FCC

Speaking to a Netroots gathering, the Minnesota senator called net neutrality the “free speech issue of our time” and condemned the FCC’s decision to “create essentially two Internets.” Franken also said of the FCC-approved union of Comcast and NBC, “I hate this merger” ... (more)

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Matt Rourke

Help Stop Destruction of the Free Internet Now

The recent FCC decision to “protect” the free and open Internet was long awaited by activists but it turned out to be smoke and mirrors, catering largely to service providers such as Comcast and AT&T.

Posted on Dec 26, 2010 READ MORE



Happy Holidays

The placebo effect even if you know it’s a placebo, the conglomerate approval of the Comcast-NBC merger, and the introduction of Google Body. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 24, 2010 READ MORE



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The FCC, Net Neutrality and You

How is one to make sense of the FCC’s big vote Tuesday? Does it represent a gain for the net-neutrality cause, or is the corporate takeover of the Web upon us in earnest? Well, one thing seems certain: Nobody is all that happy with the outcome—except, that is, for some lobbyists.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 READ MORE


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FCC Set to Vote on Net Neutrality

It may seem as though the Federal Communications Commission might be onto something with the set of guidelines its members will probably approve Tuesday, but do these rules actually add up to what Sen. Al Franken and other skeptics are calling “fake net neutrality”?

Posted on Dec 20, 2010 READ MORE


Rich Media, Poor Democracy

As the 2010 elections come to a close, the biggest winner of all remains undeclared: the broadcasters. The biggest loser: democracy.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE



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FCC Rules for Super Wi-Fi

It’s a bird? It’s a plane? No, it’s super Wi-Fi! The FCC has finally approved a proposal to open the unused space between broadcast television channels—dubbed “white space”—for high-speed wireless broadband ... or, in more campy terms, super Wi-Fi.

Posted on Sep 24, 2010 READ MORE



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Google and Verizon Have a Plan to Wreck the Internet

Google and Verizon have decided they would do a better job writing the regulations that govern their Internet businesses, and so the two have come up with a “policy framework” that has progressive groups and net neutrality advocates steamed.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE



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FCC Tries to Find a (Third) Way

The FCC has reignited the battle for net neutrality after it requested public comment on three different plans for broadband Internet regulation. The new plans were introduced after a court ruling knocked down FCC measures to oversee Internet service providers.

Posted on Jun 18, 2010 READ MORE



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FCC Changing the Broadband Rules

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has announced that the agency will work to reclassify broadband Internet as a telecommunication service, like the telephone, effectively allowing the agency to oversee Internet transmission.

Posted on May 7, 2010 READ MORE


Comcast
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Net Neutrality’s Last Stand

The future of the Internet looked a little bleaker to Net neutrality advocates this week after a federal appeals court decided that the Federal Communications Commission couldn’t stop Internet service provider Comcast from messing with the load times of certain websites ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 READ MORE



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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


Janet Jackson

Case Still Not Closed on ‘Nipplegate’ Incident

Legal battles famously have a way of dragging on, but in the case of the ongoing tussle over Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” during the 2004 Super Bowl, it’s getting a little ridiculous. Yes, that was six years ago. No, the involved parties are not done with their various attempts at fining and appealing said fines.

Posted on Jan 5, 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


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‘Heat’ From Christian Law Firm, FCC Behind ABC’s Lambert Shut-Out

Janet Jackson escaped unscathed this time, but it seems that the FCC may have gotten on ABC’s case for airing “American Idol” alum Adam Lambert’s public displays of homoeroticism during his American Music Awards performance last month. A law firm associated with the late Rev. Jerry Falwell ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 3, 2009 READ MORE



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FCC Backs Net Neutrality

Federal Communications Commission Chair Julius Genachowski proposed two rules Monday that would preserve the Internet’s status quo of openness and equality. If the rules are adopted, Internet service providers—including mobile carriers—would be barred from restricting or blocking access to “lawful” content.

Posted on Sep 21, 2009 READ MORE


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facebook.com

The Internet as a Media-Altering Force and the Facebook Addiction

We talk with UC Santa Cruz history professor Matthew Lassar about the FCC, how Internet has altered the media, and why college kids can’t stop checking their Facebook accounts during classroom lectures.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009 READ MORE


Jackson and Timberlake
guardian.co.uk

High Court Still Sizing Up Ms. Jackson’s Assets

It was the “wardrobe malfunction” seen around the world, and for most it’s really old news by now, but Janet Jackson’s famous mammary flash from the 2004 Super Bowl has once again come to the attention of the top U.S. court.

Posted on May 4, 2009 READ MORE


Friends In High-Tech Places

The FCC has incredible power over the health of our democracy, from how we get our information to the technology we use to freely express ourselves—and the billions of dollars made in between—yet we tend to know little about the people who wield that power. The latest technocrat nominated to take charge of the commission is Julius Genachowski, an old school chum of the president.

Posted on Mar 4, 2009 READ MORE


Jackson and Timberlake
guardian.co.uk

FCC Still Obsessed With Janet Jackson’s Nipple Slip

Now, this is just getting weird: Nearly five years after the shocking (!) “wardrobe malfunction” that shamed exposed nipple owner Janet Jackson and seared the tender eyeballs of select members of the federal government, the FCC is soldiering on in its quest to slap offending network CBS with a $550,000 fine.

Posted on Nov 21, 2008 READ MORE


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E-Speech: The (Uncertain) Future of Free Expression

As tools like the Web, e-mail, voice over IP, Internet video, mobile phones and peer-to-peer file sharing become increasingly vital to our lives, limitations on speech and threats to our privacy are becoming increasingly important civil rights issues.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


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