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|Saving the democratic Internet
Opponents of the open Internet like to portray its guiding rule, Net Neutrality, as "a government takeover of the Internet." They argue that from the day of its inception the Internet has existed ...
|High Noon for Internet Freedom
As democracy movements worldwide struggle to speak out via the Internet, many here in the U.S. may have overlooked an effort in Congress to undermine this basic freedom. It takes the form of an ...
Two recent news items of note. First, this extraordinary piece by News Hour’s Paul Solman, which illustrates the disconnect between what people think about America’s income distribution and the ...
|Washington Slowly Wakes Up from AT&T's Bad Dream
Congress may be finally waking up to the obvious: that the massive merger of AT&T with T-Mobile just doesn't make sense. No amount of contributions from AT&T, or visits from AT&T lobbyists, will ...
|Murdoch Scandal Jumps the Pond
The media scandal that's snared Rupert Murdoch and other News Corporation executives in Great Britain has crossed the Atlantic, and could cause more homegrown trouble for the U.S.-based company. In ...
|The Trouble with Rupert
There are many reasons that the scandal that's engulfing Rupert Murdoch has riveted public attention over the last seven days. It's a story that features all of the classic elements: twists of fate, ...
|The Difference between 'Town Halls' and Town Halls
Twitter's #AskObama question selection process was "like panning for gold in the wrong stream," tweeted ...
|Google vs. Facebook: Should Human Rights Factor in Your Choice of Social Network?
Question: What would billionaire Mark Zuckerberg lose by refusing Chinese demands that he censor Facebook? What would he and his company gain from being more principled? This came up after ...
|The US Congress: Where It Pays to Deceive
Why are more than 70 House Democrats helping AT&T lie to you? They just signed on to an industry letter that was so riddled with ...
|FCC Commissioner's Comcast Dash Triggers Wave of Disgust
It's fair to say that media and the public have responded with disgust to news that FCC Commissioner Meredith Atwell Baker ...
|Tea Party, Corporate Front Groups Urge Democrats to Cave on Net Neutrality
Net Neutrality, the First Amendment of the Internet , has come under withering attack from the Astroturf lobby – corporate front groups that are ...
|Censorship: Made in the USA
March has been a stormy month across the Arab world as the hope for new democracy faces the harsh reality of despots armed with guns, tanks and the tools of censorship. In Libya, the Gaddafi ...
|AT&T Takes America Back to the Future
AT&T's plan to take over T-Mobile has set the stage for Washington's high-tech policy battle of 2011. But that's not all that's at stake. This proposed deal paints a dark scenario for the future ...
|Sen. Franken: 'We Can't Lose Net Neutrality'
On Monday, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken made the corporate takeover of the Internet – and the government's acquiescence to these corporations – frighteningly clear. ...
|House GOP Goes Nuts Over Net Neutrality
Late Wednesday, Republican members of a key House Commerce subcommittee decided to give phone and cable companies absolute, unrestricted power over the Internet. By a party-line vote of 15 to 8 ...
|Speaker Boehner's Space Odyssey
On Monday, House Speaker John Boehner ( R - AT&T ) chose the occasion of his first ...
|Beyonce, Mariah and Usher Must Make Good for Libya
Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Usher pocketed millions in blood money from the Qaddafi family to perform at lavishly corrupt private parties on the Caribbean island of St. Barts. According to a recent ...
|Does Secretary Clinton Have a Double Standard on Internet Freedom?
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday highlighted new U.S. Internet freedom policy that is designed to help democracy movements gain access to open networks and speak out against ...
|One U.S. Corporation's Role in Egypt's Brutal Crackdown
The open Internet's role in popular uprising is now undisputed. Look no further than Egypt, where the Mubarak regime shut ...
|AT&T's Man in the White House
When President Obama said he was going to "bring change to Washington," no one expected William Daley to be his choice ...
|The Little Bill That Could
Little noticed but extremely important to progressives, on Saturday afternoon Congress also passed the Local ...
|House Reps Take Stand for Real Net Neutrality
As members of the Federal Communications Commission prepare for a vote on Net Neutrality next week, some of Congress’ most Internet-savvy members say the rule before the agency doesn’t ...
|Don't Let the NAB Strangle Local Radio
Community radio station advocates have fought for 10 years to free up unused spaces on the FM dial for new, local and independent radio stations. Today, Congress is on the cusp of sending ...
|Damning Praise for Genachowski's Plan
For those keeping score, the phone and cable companies seem generally pleased with FCC Chairman Julius ...
|The Christian Coalition is Right about Radio
The Hill just published an op-ed co-authored by my friend Michele Combs of the ...
|Who Will Head MSNBC if Comcast Takes Over?
And Why That Poses an Even Bigger Threat to Keith Olbermann Keith Olbermann is back, and for his many fans, including ...
|As the Firewall Crumbles
From time to time the editors at the Washington Post push out an opinion that doesn’t quite pass its own smell test. As a business, the Washington Post Company owns properties that ...
|Fox News Tries to Foreclose on Sesame Street
The high-pitched pundits of Fox News Channel have had their sites aimed at NPR nonstop since the radio network sacked analyst Juan Williams last week for likening all Muslims to terrorists. They'...
It's put up or shut up time on Net Neutrality. That's what Rob Pegoraro wrote in the ...
|Net Neutrality: We're Still Waiting
Exactly a year ago, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski made a major promise to deliver on Net Neutrality. "If we wait too long to preserve a free and open Internet, it ...
|AT&T's Latest Net Neutrality Tactic: Rewrite History
AT&T can’t seem to get its story straight on Net Neutrality. For years, company spokespeople had claimed that the issue was a "solution in search of a problem." Over the last week, they’
|Sen. Al Franken: We Have a Free Speech Problem
Sen. Al Franken (D.-Minn.) warned a packed house Thursday night in Minneapolis that the corporate takeover of our media, and the government's failure to stop it, is one of the most important issues ...
|Chairman Genachowski. Can You Hear Us Now?
News last week that Google and Verizon's had reached consensus on a "legislative framework" for Net Neutrality was met with ...
|Petition FCC Chairman Genachowski to Do His Job
In 2009, President Obama nominated Julius Genachowski to chair the Federal Communications Commission ...
|The Corporate Deal to Control Your Internet
Washington is under siege over Net Neutrality. On the one side, elected officials and regulators have heard ...
|Sen. Franken to the Netroots: Only You Can Stop the Corporate Takeover of Free Speech
Over the weekend, Sen. Al Franken (D.-Minn.) made the corporate takeover of our media, and the government's acquiescence to these corporations, frighteningly clear. Franken told more than 2,000 ...
|The Big Industry Lie: Regulation = Job Loss
My old friend Jay Stuckey has a saying that has stuck with me for decades: “Don’t let them piss on your leg and tell you that it’s raining.” When Jay used it he was ...
|Four Easy Steps to Telco Control of the Internet
Have you heard about the battle over the Internet? It’s a power grab that involves lawyers, lobbyists, unscrupulous legislators, phony front groups and the most powerful telecommunications ...
|The Fate of the Internet -- Decided in a Back Room
The Wall Street Journal just reported that the Federal Communications ...
|Will Dirty Politics Kill the Internet?
Congress just sold you out to Comcast, Verizon and AT&T. Big phone and cable companies are so determined to dismantle consumer protections on the open Internet that they've spent millions ...
|Netroots to Obama FCC: Inaction Is Not an Option
Leaders of the Internet’s grassroots community have made it clear that inaction by the FCC is not an option when it comes to keeping the Web open and accessible. In a series of posts and ...
|How Reform Can Save the Internet: Two Must Watch Videos
Two recent videos make a clear cut case for media reform in the digital age, and should be fixtures on the virtual shelf of anyone interested in the issue. They cut through ...
|Larry Lessig: How Deregulation Failed the Internet
Harvard Professor Larry Lessig doesn't hold back a critique of the FCC for getting itself into its present broadband mess. An April 6 ...
|Public Outcry over Comcast Ruling Reaches the FCC
The public outrage over last week's appeals court decision against an open Internet reached Washington on ...
|Net Neutrality -- The Fight Ahead
"The Day the Internet Lost" read a full-banner headline on Huffington Post yesterday. The New York ...
|Phone Company Helps Make the Case for Net Neutrality
Here we go again. Another Internet service provider is caught getting in the way of its users, just four days before the Federal Communications Commission closes the window for public comments in ...
|A Man. A Plan. A Problem. The Internet.
Judging from the back-slapping and high fives over at the FCC, you’d think that America’s Internet was sailing smoothly into the future. Think again. With much fanfare on Tuesday, FCC ...
Too often in Washington, words speak louder than actions. Tuesday, however, was not one of those times. As lobbyists for the largest Internet ...
|Announcing the (Unofficial) Post Shill and Astroturf Watch
(Originally posted on Huffington Post ) The great thing about the open Internet is that it makes ...
|When Corporate Shills Attack
The Huffington Post just published an attack on Free Press from Patrick Maines, the president of a ...
|Close the Broadband Gap? Phone and Cable Giants Just Say 'No'
When it comes to getting everyone connected to an open, affordable and fast Internet, the big phone and cable companies have a new motto: "Just Say No." When the Obama administration called for a ...
|Obama's YouTube Moment: 'I'm a Big Believer in Net Neutrality'
The power of the open Internet was on full display today as President Obama responded to questions from the public in a followup to last week's State of the Union address. And appropriately, one ...
|New FCC Commissioner Emerges as Powerful Voice for Net Neutrality
When Mignon Clyburn's nomination for FCC commissioner was announced last year, the news met ...
|Why the Opinion Industry Hates 'Most People'
They've called us pirates, pigs, lunatics and communists. They've funneled their money to PR firms that spin the media about the "evils" of Net Neutrality -- the principle that protects our online ...
|AT&T Consultant Conjures 'Evidence' that Obama is Soft on Net Neutrality
There's some buzz about a recent CNET article by Larry Downes claiming that the Obama administration is backing away from Net ...
|Top Ten Open Internet Moments of 2009
More than a decade ago, President Clinton pledged that every person in America would soon be able to go online "to order up every movie ever ...
|FCC Fine Print Could Undermine an Open Internet
Buried in the fine print of the FCC’s proposed Net Neutrality rules is a potential loophole that if left open would undermine the future of Internet freedom. So says a group of prominent law ...
|John McCain's 'Series of Tubes'
The "Maverick" just played his hand on Net Neutrality, and the cards reveal a man who's outsider image doesn't quite add up. On Thursday, Sen. John McCain introduced legislation to kill the open ...
|AT&T Boss Asks Employees to Fake It
AT&T has "asked' its employees to fake it in the fight against Net Neutrality. The company’s top policy officer sent a memo to workers on Monday urging them to hide their company affiliation ...
|'Blue Bell' Dems Must Fix Mistake on Net Neutrality
Every now and then Democrats in Washington forget whom they really work for. Friday was one such day as several dozen Democratic representatives buckled to phone and cable lobbyists ...
|The Washington Post Needs to Come Clean on Net Neutrality
A Washington Post blog post published Monday hits on one central reason for making Net Neutrality the law. In "
|FCC Chief 'Boldly' Commits to Net Neutrality
The fight for Net Neutrality took a big step forward on Monday with the chair of the Federal Communications Commission announcing plans to expand the rules to protect a free and open Internet.
|What Beck, Dobbs and Limbaugh Are Really Afraid of
Can you smell the fear? Switch on cable news or tune in to talk radio and it comes wafting in. Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck has bottled his own scent. Lou Dobbs' fear gives off a distinct ...
|NYT: Time to Make Net Neutrality the Law
The New York Times gets Net Neutrality right again, and again, and again. In their fourth editorial in support of Net ...
|FCC Probe Puts AT&T and Verizon in the Crosshairs
The Federal Communications Commission has turned up the heat on the wireless industry expanding its probe of mobile phone ...
|Keep Off the Astroturf
If you haven't been paying attention to the rise of Astroturf in Washington, in the media and at your local town hall meeting, now's the time to tune in. Astroturf front groups have been ...
|AT&T Applies the Brakes on the Mobile Economy
The telecom sector is too important to be allowed to hold back the U.S. economy, writes Andy Kessler in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal . But that&...
|No Love Lost for the Mobile Phone Carriers
"U.S. carriers are some of the most backward, unscrupulous and anti-customer companies in the nation," writes Mike ...
|iPhone Users Abhor the Gatekeeper
The business of gatekeeping has blown up in Apple and AT&T’s faces, as more and more tech bloggers, developers and iPhone users vent their rage against the blocking of access to new ...
|Seven Reasons: Why We Need Net Neutrality Now
On Friday, Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.)and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) marched across Independence Avenue and up the steps of the Capitol Building ...
|Is AT&T Secretly Controlling Your iPhone? The FCC Wants to Know (And So Should You).
The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to investigate the blocking of Google Voice over the iPhone signals the agency’s new resolve to ...
|Taking the Wheels Off the Machine
Do the New Jersey Arrests Mark the End of an Era of Patronage Politics? Only 22 days in and the career of one of New Jersey's "rising hopefuls" came to a sudden and ...
|Helping Iran Target Iranians
What more can be said about the Internet's role in the popular uprising that has shaken the Iranian regime since its widely contested election? The power of open social networks is undisputed. ...
|New FCC Chair Brings Us One Step Closer to Net Neutrality
Julius Genachowski, a strong proponent of Net Neutrality, was confirmed by the Senate late Thursday to be the influential chairman of the Federal ...
|Behind the Rhetoric, Verizon Picture Not So Rosy
Charlie Rose this week held a wide-ranging interview with Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg. On the surface, it seemed a pretty tame affair, ...
|If You Love the iPhone, Set It Free
Do you want to get the new iPhone? If so, you're in for a disappointment. If not, you should be worried anyway. Apple just released the new iPhone in ...
|AT&T Strikes Out on Wirelesss Net Neutrality
Think the iPhone is the free-flowing Internet in your pocket? Think again. AT&T, the sole wireless carrier for the iPhone, has decided to allow Major League Baseball to stream video live to the ...
|Bill O'Reilly 'Applauds' Cold-Blooded Murderers
David Neiwert of Crooks & Liars reports on a cold-blooded double-murder allegedly committed by members of ...
|AT&T Plays Dumb as iPhone Romance Hits Rocks
AT&T can't decide whether it loves or hates the iPhone. But for many iPhone users there's little doubt: They hate AT&T. The upcoming release of the new iPhone comes with some nasty strings attached.
|Obama Pledges to Protect Civil Liberties of Net Users
President Obama once again affirmed his unyielding commitment to an open Internet. He called out his support of Net Neutrality during ...
|Internet Villains and Heroes
If the history of Internet policy were a movie, it would feature the public tied to the tracks before an onrushing train of corporate lobbyists. The villain, however, is not just the powerful ...
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