October 22, 2009 |
Facing a major regulatory issue, AT&T Inc. has unleashed the kind of lobbying blitz that makes it one of the grand corporate players of the great Washington game. And yet, for all the money AT&T and other old-line telecom and cable companies have spent pushing their cause, they are poised to lose a key vote to a bunch of newer tech companies that never had anything to do with Washington until recently. If the Federal Communications Commission votes today in favor of crafting rules to let the government oversee access to the Internet, it could be a sign of a fundamental shift of power under the Obama administration.
January 15, 2014 |
How unpopular has Facebook become among teenagers and young adults? So much so that even the president knows. President Obama recently sat down with a handful of young adults to talk about how the administration can get more 18-to-34-year-olds to sign for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. At the restaurant where they met was Atlantic writer Robinson Meyer, who was within earshot of the president's conversation with the group....
September 19, 2009 |
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission will propose rules Sept. 21 requiring Internet companies to treat content providers equally, a person familiar with the matter said. Chairman Julius Genachowski will ask fellow commissioners to adopt the net neutrality rules, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the proposal hasn't been made public. The proposal may ignite a clash between the Obama Administration and AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Comcast Corp.
June 18, 2010 |
The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to start the controversial process of reclassifying high-speed Internet access to give the agency more authority over service providers to prevent disparate treatment of customers. The commission voted 3-2 along party lines to put out for public comment a new regulatory framework, dubbed the Third Way, that would make Internet service providers subject to some of the same nondiscrimination rules that apply to telephone companies.
March 3, 2011
Republicans are so determined to block the Federal Communications Commission's proposed Net neutrality rules that they're pulling out a little-used law that gives Congress the chance to second-guess federal agencies before their regulations go into effect. The GOP's argument is that the Internet has thrived without government regulation, so there's no reason to start now. That's a fine sentiment, but the point of the rules is to protect the Net from being manipulated by the handful of giant phone and cable TV companies that dominate the market for home broadband services.
June 27, 2006 |
THE HOUSE of Representatives recently voted to refrain from mandating something called "Net neutrality" in this year's telecom legislation, but the proposal could resurface in the Senate or in a conference committee. Many people wonder what this "Net neutrality" means. My explanation: It means that this year, it's the technology industry's turn to pay for the election.
March 20, 2013 |
Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell, who was seen as a free-market advocate and friend to the media industry and a foil to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, announced he is leaving the regulatory agency in the next few weeks. A Republican, McDowell has been at the FCC for almost seven years and was seen as a potential chairman if Mitt Romney had won the White House in November. McDowell did not say what his future plans are. McDowell often disagreed with Genachowski on how to best regulate the media industry.