Supreme Court Tosses Last Chance for Telecom Accountability for Warrantless Wiretapping

By: Wednesday October 10, 2012 10:00 am

Yesterday, the Supreme Court shut the door on a legal odyssey that lasted over six years, when they refused to reopen a case attempting to hold private telecommunications companies accountable for their participation in the Bush Administration’s warrantless wiretapping program. The justices, without comment, declined to review a lower court’s December decision (.pdf) dismissing the [...]

Pervasive Cell Phone Tracking Performed Even By Local Law Enforcement

By: Monday April 2, 2012 6:54 am

Eric Lichtblau, one of the reporting team who exposed President Bush’s warrantless surveillance program, takes a look at its aftermath; with telecoms receiving immunity, police departments feel no compunction against tracking people by their cell phone. Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used [...]

Ninth Circuit Upholds Legal Immunity for Telecoms in FISA Case

By: Thursday December 29, 2011 12:56 pm

A federal court has upheld on appeal a ruling that telecom companies can receive legal immunity from Congress for participating in the warrantless wiretapping program under George W. Bush. A U.S. appeals panel on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of a federal law that grants immunity to telecommunications companies that assist the U.S. government in conducting [...]

45,000 Verizon Workers Go on Strike

By: Monday August 8, 2011 10:50 am

We haven’t had a really large labor strike in a while, so this action from Verizon repair technicians, FiOS installers and call center workers is unusual. Verizon is really trying to eliminate many of the gains made by the Communication Workers union over the years, so the striking workers have little recourse but to strike. [...]

White House Threatens Veto of Resolution Overturning Net Neutrality Rules

By: Tuesday April 5, 2011 10:34 am

The White House has issued a veto threat for any bill that seeks to overturn the net neutrality policy put in place by the FCC last year. This week, House Republicans will offer a “resolution of disapproval” to take down the FCC action. This kind of resolution only requires a simple majority vote in either [...]

Fake Net Neutrality Proposal to Get Rubber-Stamped Today

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 6:33 am

I mentioned yesterday that the FCC hearing on net neutrality would be streamed live this morning, but the drama was removed from the proceedings last night, when Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn announced, with some reluctance, that they would support Julius Genachowski’s pretend net neutrality plan. Tim Karr was one of the first out of [...]

Telecoms Love Pretend Net Neutrality Proposal; Democratic FCC Commissioner Copps Doesn’t

By: Thursday December 2, 2010 11:10 am

Here’s what the top telecom companies are saying about Julius Genachowski’s pretend net neutrality proposal. Time Warner Cable: “We would like to commend Chairman Genachowski, and everyone at the Commission, who have worked tirelessly to craft what we believe to be a fair resolution to these complex and controversial policy issues. We also want to [...]

Will Tea Party Movement Ignorantly Look Gift Net Neutrality Legislation in the Mouth?

By: Tuesday September 28, 2010 10:31 am

Henry Waxman basically abandoned public interest groups and will move forward with a telecom-approved “net neutrality” bill that mirrors what Google and Verizon have in store for the Internet, using the innovative wireless space to give preferential treatment to their own content. Republicans should be excited about the opportunity to funnel this kind of support [...]

Waxman’s Abhorrent Broadband Bill Follows Google-Verizon Deal

By: Monday September 27, 2010 12:21 pm

Henry Waxman has been trying to enshrine the terrible compromise promulgated by Google and Verizon into law, by pushing a truly terrible bill on broadband that strips the FCC of rulemaking and classification ability, and gives wireless Internet providers carte blanche to discriminate in favor of their products. The FCC will not have rulemaking authority [...]

FCC Opens Spectrum to Super WiFi, in Time for Corporations to Control It

By: Friday September 24, 2010 12:10 pm

The FCC officially approved the opening of a vast amount of unused spectrum for broadband Internet, potentially creating a fast “super-WiFi” network. The change in available airwaves, which were freed up by the conversion of television signals from analog to digital, constitutes the first significant block of spectrum made available for unlicensed use by the [...]

“General Agreement” Between Industry on Net Neutrality

By: Tuesday August 31, 2010 10:09 am

In one of the many morning tip sheets I don’t keep up with, this one from Gautham Nagesh and Sara Jerome for The Hill, they report that industry groups have created a “general agreement” amongst themselves on net neutrality: Companies negotiating a net-neutrality compromise at the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) have reached a general [...]

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