Tech Bytes, Thursday January 24

By: Thursday January 24, 2013 3:35 pm

The Steve Jobs biopick starring Ashton Kutcher premieres this Friday at Sundance, and a clip was released today. Actually Kutcher does look like Jobs, but it’s always hard to dispel the aura of Michael Kelso.

 

FCC Plan to Gut Media Ownership Rules Would Benefit Rupert Murdoch

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 4:29 pm

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski would like the FCC to vote on a plan to gut media ownership rules. If approved, News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch, who has been considering buying more media, would benefit. The proposal would also allow for more media consolidation.

Using innocuous language to describe a proposal that should raise alarm, Genachowski stated yesterday that he wanted the FCC to “streamline and modernize media ownership rules.” This would include “eliminating outdated prohibitions on newspaper-radio and TV-radio cross-ownership.”

The FCC’s Totally Convincing Explanation for Leaving Wireless out of Sham Net Neutrality “Compromise”

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 6:06 pm

You see, it’s okay for the telecoms to block or throttle wireless access, because the openness of the Android operating system will magically cancel out any closedness of the spectrum. Awesome!

Simply Inadequate: Franken Reacts to FCC Ruling on Net Neutrality

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 3:25 pm

The FCC officially approved rules that reportedly provide net neutrality protections to wireline Internet but not wireless services, and which include a host of loopholes for both types of service.

Fake Net Neutrality Proposal to Get Rubber-Stamped Today

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 7:45 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. We have terrible broadband in the US, and by all accounts, we’re now going to pay more for it, with less choice of content. It’s all very sad and I don’t know where the open Internet movement goes from here.

Will WikiLeaks Be the Internet’s Titanic?

By: Tuesday December 7, 2010 8:30 am

The crackdown on WikiLeaks — which puts our counterterrorism efforts to shame — is a response to the scope of this latest leak. Sure, it’s an attempt to prevent the next leak, on Bank of America.

But just as much, it’s about creating the excuse they need — the government and the legacy media protecting their turf — to undercut the power of the Internet.

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

By: Thursday December 2, 2010 6:00 pm

Not only is this proposal horrible because it allows telecoms to ration traffic and basically destroys the principle of net neutrality, but as Copps says, it’s not clear that it’s going to stick. Because of the court rulings, a failure to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service will always run into legal problems. FCC officials claim they have sufficient authority, but it’s very questionable.

Genachowski Offers Pretend Net Neutrality Proposal

By: Wednesday December 1, 2010 1:20 pm

As if there weren’t enough things going to pot today, the FCC has decided to come out with a proposal to pretend to institute net neutrality regulations.

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.

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

By: Friday September 24, 2010 2:10 pm

Of course, now that we have the next generation of wireless technologies, Google and the telecoms will do their best to control and monetize them. Not only have they persuaded gullible tea partiers to join the cause, taking advantage of baseless fears about government takeovers of the Internet (strike government and replace with corporate and you’re on to something), but they’re getting help from prominent Democrats as well.

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