FISA Court Judges Signing Off On NSA Surveillance Programs Invest In Verizon Stock

By: Monday July 28, 2014 9:43 am

The secretive court that rules on the legality of NSA domestic surveillance programs has members holding stakes in the telecommunications companies affected by the court’s decisions. This conflict of interest poses a serious risk to the actual and perceived impartiality of the shadowy court. According to Vice, FISA Court Judges James Zagel, Susan Wright, and [...]

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: — 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 [...]

As Unemployed Lose Benefits DC Enjoys A Wonderful Year Of Patronage

By: Tuesday December 24, 2013 10:20 am

Thanks in part to the war economy give away/Ryan-Murray budget, the long term unemployed have lost their benefits and been left out in the cold this holiday season. Perhaps sometime next year they will get some of their benefits back though that may be too late to save them from the poverty they live on [...]

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against NSA Phone Spying Program

By: Tuesday June 11, 2013 1:08 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the NSA Phone Spying Program. The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union today filed a constitutional challenge to a surveillance program under which the National Security Agency vacuums up information about every phone call placed within, [...]

Verizon Strike Ends As Labor, Management Return to Bargaining Table

By: Monday August 22, 2011 7:30 am

On Saturday, the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers released a statement on the strike of 45,000 Verizon workers in the Northeast: Members of CWA and IBEW at Verizon Communications will return to work on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at which time the contract will be back in force for an [...]

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 [...]

Verizon Sues FCC Over Net Neutrality Plan

By: Friday January 21, 2011 10:01 am

You can say that the entire goal of Julius Genachowski’s pretend plan for net neutrality was to devise something that the telecoms could live with, while allowing him to make a defense that the Obama Administration fulfilled its campaign promise of Internet freedom. If they didn’t care about being taken to court over their plans, [...]

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 Commissioners Copps, Clyburn Strongly Support Open Internet

By: Friday August 20, 2010 6:10 am

Two FCC Commissioners and one US Senator slammed the Google-Verizon joint policy agreement and strongly endorsed the principle of net neutrality last night at a hearing before hundreds of citizens in Minneapolis, giving the Chairman of the federal agency Julius Genachowski all of the support he would need to regulate broadband Internet, if he so [...]

Reading Between the Lines of the White House on the FCC and Net Neutrality

By: Tuesday August 17, 2010 9:35 am

In addition to the flash mobs at Target, another rally took place in front of a corporate bad actor last week. A couple busloads of activists descended on Google headquarters and protested their new net neutrality policy, which would allow for discrimination on wireless Internet and also special “managed services” from telecom carriers. They delivered [...]

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