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....
January 15, 2014 |
The appeals court ruling Tuesday that rejected most of the Federal Communications Commission's "net neutrality" rules sent a fair number of Internet advocates into panic attacks. But the worst-case scenarios laid out in the media - consumers gouged, rival websites blocked, commercialization triumphant - are for the most part overblown. That's because the ruling was actually a victory for the methodical rule-making process conducted by former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski (shown in an unflattering photo above)
January 15, 2014 |
After the coffee. Before getting ready for American Idol's return. The Skinny: Got caught up in "Gross Pointe Blank" last night. An underrated film! I love the shrink scenes with John Cusack and Alan Arkin. Anyway, Wednesday's roundup includes the latest on the Charter Communications-Time Warner Cable situation. Also, why Hollywood should pay attention to the net-neutrality ruling, plus Viacom's new Nickelodeon channel. Daily Dose: Discovery Communications has tapped JB Perrette as its new president of Discovery Networks International.
January 14, 2014 |
A federal appeals court swept aside government regulations designed to ensure equal access to the Internet, raising the prospects of higher fees for consumers and more barriers for start-ups seeking to compete online. The decision Tuesday could allow AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and other Internet service providers to charge the likes of Netflix and YouTube more money to deliver movies and video to their customers. The ruling also throws into disarray the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission to limit telecom and cable firms from discriminating against certain Internet traffic by slowing speeds, impeding access or raising fees.
September 5, 2013 |
The battle over federal "net neutrality" rules resumes Monday when a federal appeals court takes up the challenge filed by one of the country's largest Internet service providers: Verizon. The phone company, which argues that the Federal Communication Commission's rules violate federal law and the Constitution, asserts that ISPs have a 1st Amendment right to edit or block the data flowing from websites to their customers. The company's stance is strange and self-contradictory, considering its long-standing efforts to be freed from liability for the "speech" that travels through its wires.
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.
August 25, 2012 |
The Daily Caller, a right-of-center news outlet, offered this scoop Friday: The proposed Republican Party platform includes a call for "Internet freedom. " That may seem like endorsing motherhood and apple pie, but the meaning is much more elusive. That's because the definition of "Internet freedom" depends on whose freedom you're trying to preserve. The provision in the proposed Republican platform suggests the main threats to freedom come from government regulators and outdated rules that stop innovative telecommunications companies from rolling out new services and extending broadband to more parts of the country.
August 22, 2012 |
Facing a backlash for its decision to charge some users for cellular FaceTime calls, AT&T defended its decision Wednesday, saying the move is not in violation of net neutrality rules. Last week, AT&T announced that only users on its new Mobile Share plan will be able to make free cellular FaceTime calls, a feature that will debut on Apple's iOS 6 operating system, which is expected to launch with the next iPhone in September. That decision effectively leaves out all of AT&T's customers as the network is yet to debut the Mobile Share plan, although that is expected to happen late this month.
November 11, 2011 |
The Senate voted to keep in place federal rules aimed at preserving open Internet access for online users, but hurdles still loom for the controversial policy. The so-called net neutrality regulations, enacted last year by the Federal Communications Commission, face a legal challenge from Verizon Communications Inc. and other opponents in a court that overturned the agency's last attempt to deal with the issue. "Net neutrality lives or dies depending on what the court does," said Jeffrey Silva, a telecommunications analyst with Medley Global Advisors.
November 9, 2011 |
The Senate is expected to decide as early as Wednesday whether to throw out the Federal Communication Commission's "net neutrality" rules before they go into effect Nov. 20. The stakes are high for the phone and cable companies that sell Internet access services, as well as the companies that offer content and services through the Internet. To get a grip on the issue, it's important to understand what prompted the FCC to act and what it's actually done. First, however, let's cover the basics.