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.

 

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: 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

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.

Why Fanboys/girls Want Net Neutrality

By: Friday December 17, 2010 4:40 pm

The WGAE represents content creators – people who write programs for the internet and other digital distribution systems (e.g., to mobile devices). We have argued in favor of Net Neutrality because our members want the opportunity to reach audiences directly, without major studios and other large corporations deciding what to distribute. But what about the audience? The public? Why should they care about Net Neutrality? Because there is an important aspect to the Net Neutrality debate that people should keep in mind: “paid prioritization”.

Shutting Down the Internet, One Seizure at a Time

By: Saturday December 4, 2010 7:00 pm

Last Friday, deep in the middle of a long holiday weekend, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seized dozens of web sites. The full list is here, and a common reaction might be “well obviously they were engaged in illegal activity, so they had it coming.” This is an example of what Glenn Greenwald mocked as trial by Wikipedia: the idea that if you bring up a topic which everyone can agree is self-evident, action may be taken without jumping through a whole bunch of tedious legal hoops.

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.

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