FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rule

By: Thursday February 26, 2015 10:03 am

FCC votes on #NetNeutrality plan opposed by @comcast, which spent $107M on lobbying http://t.co/ITEAgp6EWp @mmasnick pic.twitter.com/mvfIjd3e3Z — MapLight (@MapLight) February 26, 2015 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to approve a rule to regulate internet service providers to promote an open internet often known as net neutrality. The vote marks a stark loss for [...]

FCC To Propose Real Net Neutrality Rules

By: Thursday February 5, 2015 11:19 am

FCC chief vows "strongest open Internet protections ever" http://t.co/OPgYimLcDh pic.twitter.com/7Go4smltfy — The Hill (@thehill) February 5, 2015 In a stunning reversal of his previous position, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler recently announced that he changed his views regarding net neutrality and now says he does believe Internet Service Providers should be regulated as common [...]

Obama Battles His Own Appointee On Net Neutrality

By: Wednesday November 12, 2014 10:09 am

Obama at odds with the telecom lobbyist he appointed to the FCC. http://t.co/OjIrcneB1V Map: http://t.co/WtI4Hx3lN5 pic.twitter.com/sK5iyZvp4A — LittleSis.org (@twittlesis) November 12, 2014 President Obama made headlines recently by endorsing the concept of net neutrality and saying that internet service providers should be treated more like phone utilities than cable providers. It is an increasingly popular [...]

FCC Site Crashes After John Oliver Segment On Net Neutrality

By: Wednesday June 4, 2014 6:00 am

Yesterday the FCC public comment system crashed due to high traffic which seems to be attributable to a call from comedian John Oliver for internet trolls to visit the FCC’s website and “focus your indiscriminate rage in a useful direction.” That call came after a 13 minute segment on Oliver’s HBO show “Last Week Tonight” [...]

FCC Tries To Have It Both Ways On Net Neutrality Rules

By: Friday May 16, 2014 8:57 am

FCC Chair Wheeler spent years in private telecom. See his employment timeline, via @OpenSecretsDC: pic.twitter.com/3mVPF1swIU — MapLight (@MapLight) May 15, 2014 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Tom Wheeler has put out some misleading statements claiming the FCC was respecting the goals of Net Neutrality while operationally destroying it. And now Wheeler has put forward a [...]

FCC To Issue New Net Neutrality Rules But Still Refuses To Label Broadband Public Utility

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 9:16 am

After losing a court case last month at the DC Court of Appeals the Federal Communications Commission is planning to issue a new set of rules for Net Neutrality. Though the court claimed Net Neutrality rules the FCC had previously offered were illegal, it did acknowledge the FCC’s authority to regulate broadband company practices under [...]

Comcast To Takeover Time Warner In Quest For Monopoly As Regulators Remain Silent

By: Friday February 14, 2014 5:39 am

It was only a matter of time before one of the giant telecommunications companies went for a monopoly, we are living under corporate capitalism after all. But Comcast’s behavior has been so blatant one has to wonder how no one in the government charged with preventing monopolies has not even raised tacit objections. For now [...]

Obama FCC Chairman Nominee Walking Conflict Of Interest

By: Saturday June 8, 2013 9:34 am

As twilight strikes the Obama Administration, the vigorous campaign pledges of reforming Washington’s insider culture appear abandoned. Beltway Insider could scarcely apply to anyone more appropriately than President Obama’s nominee for Chairman of the FCC, Tom Wheeler.  Wheeler has been a representative of special interests in Washington for at least a generation. President Obama has [...]

FCC Poised to Pass New Local TV Disclosure Requirements for Political Ads

By: Monday April 9, 2012 10:15 am

Here’s some potentially good news. I wrote back in January about an FCC proposed rule that would force local TV stations to put the results of the political ad spending on their airwaves online, rather than in an obscure filing room at the station that few people ever see. This would increase the transparency of [...]

Local TV Disclosure Rule Would Put Political Ad Spending Online

By: Thursday January 5, 2012 11:38 am

One of the biggest disasters with the broken campaign finance system is that we actually have no reporting mechanism for assessing how much money gets spent on campaigns, at least on television. Sometimes candidates and PACs will announce their spending on ads, but local stations are not obligated to publicly and fully report how much [...]

DoJ Moves to Block AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

By: Wednesday August 31, 2011 8:50 am

The Justice Department has filed an antitrust complaint, blocking the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile. The U.S. government sued to block AT&T Inc. (T)’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc., saying the deal would “substantially lessen competition” in the wireless market. AT&T shares fell as much as 5 percent. In the complaint [...]

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