Franken Assails FCC, DoJ Approval of Comcast-NBC Merger

By: Tuesday January 18, 2011 4:20 pm

Earlier today, the FCC and the Justice Department ruled in favor of the merger between Comcast and NBC Universal, creating one of the largest media conglomerates in the world and setting an unadvisable template for one company to combine the power of media and the Internet.

Sen. Al Franken, who has been a lonely critic of the proposed merger, released a caustic statement on the FCC action today.

Fake Net Neutrality: Like Letting Enron Write the Electricity Rules

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 12:40 pm

The FCC allowing AT&T and friends to write the new rules for Internet access recalls what happened when California handed the pen to Enron and friends in writing rules for electricity markets. Deja vu all over again

Comcast Shaking Down Netflix for Streaming Fees, Violating Principle of Net Neutrality

By: Tuesday November 30, 2010 4:40 pm

The news that Level 3, which has just partnered with Netflix on online video delivery, thinks Comcast is charging them for fast service, brings the debate on net neutrality to a whole new level.

Sanders Pounces on Olbermann Suspension as Means to Halt NBC-Comcast Merger

By: Monday November 8, 2010 11:45 am

I don’t know if the Olbermann suspension had anything to do with Comcast’s imminent takeover or just a reflexive tendency within MSNBC to follow the political winds. But there’s no question that media concentration has led to a narrowing of the subjects up for discussion and the voices allowed to brooch those subjects.

Olbermann to Return to MSNBC on Tuesday

By: Monday November 8, 2010 6:01 am

Keith Olbermann, the MSNBC host who was suspended indefinitely last week for making donations to Democrats during the 2010 campaign cycle without permission from NBC News, will return to his show Countdown on Tuesday.

In other news, Mika Brzezinski is a massive liar.

FCC Commissioners Copps, Clyburn Strongly Support Open Internet

By: Friday August 20, 2010 6:45 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 chose.

Verizon and Google: The Deal of the Titans

By: Thursday August 5, 2010 7:15 pm

The world’s biggest media companies want to define how people will get content over the Internet. Money talks; independent content creators: take a walk. A mega-deal is reportedly in the works in which Verizon will favor Internet content from Google because Google has the spare cash to pay for preferred access. And this is being touted as the model for how content providers and Internet service providers will do business. We have seen the future, and it is exactly like the past.

The Return of Glass-Steagall?

By: Monday December 7, 2009 7:09 pm

Ten years ago, Congress dismantled the decades-old Glass-Steagall Act, breaking down the firewalls between commercial banks and securities houses, and helping Wall Street firms grow into the too-big-to-fail institutions that exist now.

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