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 [...]

FCC Looking Into Internet Switch-Off By BART

By: Tuesday August 16, 2011 8:50 am

The FCC has begun an investigation into the shutdown by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) of mobile and data communications in advance of a rumored protest last week. Now the FCC is taking an interest, a spokesman for the federal agency said Monday. “Any time communications services are interrupted, we seek to assess the situation,” [...]

Murdoch Abandons BSkyB Bid as Phone Hacking Scandal Grows

By: Wednesday July 13, 2011 8:55 am

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., embroiled in a phone-hacking scandal over in Britain, has been forced to abandon its bid to purchase the largest pay-TV broadcaster in the country, known as BSkyB. The writing was on the wall for this withdrawal when all three top political party leaders in Parliament encouraged News Corp. to drop the [...]

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