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  • FCC passes rules banning extra-loud commercials

    12/13/2011 12:35:41 PM PST · by americanophile · 49 replies
    CBS News ^ | 12/13/11 | Lucy Madison
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve rules implementing legislation that makes it illegal for advertisers to pump up the volume during television commercial breaks. The law, called the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act, aims to answer the complaints of Americans who have for years protested that commercials are too loud. "The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today took a major step toward eliminating one of the most persistent problems of the television age - loud commercials," the FCC said in a statement following the passage of the CALM rules. "Congress gave the Commission, for the...
  • SEC Cracking Down on LightSquared's Falcone?

    12/10/2011 10:47:05 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 10, 2011 | Peter Flaherty
    Billionaire Phil Falcone, whose cozy relationship with the Obama Administration was first exposed by NLPC, may face civil fraud charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). According to a filing yesterday by Harbinger Group Inc., Falcone and two other directors have received "Wells Notices," meaning that they are under investigation. Falcone is the Chairman, CEO and primary investor in Harbinger Group Inc., a hedge fund. Reportedly, other Harbinger investors include Soros Fund Management. Harbinger owns LightSquared, which has received an unusual waiver from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deploy a national 4G wireless network. Media reports have...
  • U.S. executes another round of Web site takedowns (Are we next?)

    11/26/2011 6:35:55 PM PST · by Cacique · 34 replies
    CNET ^ | 11-26-2011 | Edward Moyer
    As Cyber Monday draws near and debate continues about the Stop Online Piracy Act, the U.S. government has again seized a bevy of domain names it says belong to Web sites that deal in counterfeit goods. Blog TorrentFreak ran a list of more than 130 domains it said were seized by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security's Immigrations and Customs Enforcement division as part of "Operation in Our Sites." TorrentFreak called the move the largest such round of seizures to date.
  • FCC in uncharted terrain on AT&T-T-Mobile

    11/25/2011 10:03:07 AM PST · by ColdOne · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/24/11 | KIM HART
    Faced with an unprecedented turn of events, the Federal Communications Commission must figure out how to handle the AT&T/T-Mobile deal now that the companies have asked to withdraw their applications from the agency. AT&T and T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom asked the FCC on Wednesday night to dismiss their merger applications without prejudice, which means the companies would be free to refile an amended application at any time. The companies made clear that they plan to continue to fight to win approval from the Justice Department, either at trial or through a settlement. FCC officials have three options: • They can...
  • Obama’s FCC Honcho Genchowski Wants To Further Centralize News Outlets

    11/20/2011 10:15:21 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 23 replies
    America's Party News ^ | Nov. 20, 2011 | John L. Work
    A few years back, in the early 2000s to be exact, my son was writing for a tiny monthly independent newspaper in Fort Collins, Colorado.  The tilt of the outlet was decidedly left, but nevertheless the paper was its own self-contained entity and answered to no one but its own publisher.  David told me several times during his early journalistic days that the greatest danger the country was facing was the growing corporate centralization of news control.  From twenty-four or so corporations that once owned news media outlets, the number had shrunken to seven, he told me.  At the moment, I can...
  • Grassley: FCC Stonewalling on LightSquared Scandal Documents

    11/10/2011 9:52:24 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | November 10, 2011 | NLPC Staff
    Has Julius Genachowski, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), met his match in Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)? Genachowski, a buddy of President Obama from Harvard Law School, has brought a culture of wheeling and dealing to the FCC, on whose decisions billions of telecom dollars often ride. Grassley says that he will hold up two nominations for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) until the Commission provides documents that he has requested relating to LightSquared, a broadband company owned by the Harbinger Capital hedge fund. LightSquared is at the center of a scandal involving accusations made first by...
  • Vote to Overturn Net Neutrality Rules Expected This Week

    11/08/2011 9:32:14 AM PST · by 92nina · 6 replies · 2+ views
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2011-11-08 | [Staff]
    On Thursday, the Senate is expected to vote on S.J.Res.6, the resolution to overturn the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules. This legislation only needs 51 votes, thus making a handful of Democratic votes critical to its passage. The House already passed a similar resolution in April, making the Senate the final step in getting the resolution of disapproval of the Net Neutrality rules to President Obama’s desk before they are implemented on November 20. Notably, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), a long-time advocate for Net Neutrality, sent a letter to her colleagues in the Senate this morning urging them to vote in...
  • Grassley to White House: Cough up LightSquared docs or I’ll block FCC nominees

    11/07/2011 9:19:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 11/7/11 | Michelle Malkin
    GOP watchdogs on Capitol Hill continue to chip away at White House stonewalls. When last we visited the LightSquared scandal, one of the shady company’s partners was going under here in Colorado despite a $267 million fed loan and officials at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration were playing disclosure-ducking games. The FCC is engaging in hide-the-docs, too. Sen. Charles Grassley has vowed to block Obama’s FCC nominees until the panel coughs up requested info: The controversy over satellite-LTE carrier LightSquared could prevent the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from filling two vacant seats if a U.S. senator follows through on...
  • FCC Cracks Down on Religious Broadcasters...

    If a church broadcasts the word of God on TV without closed captions, it risks incurring the wrath of the FCC. Some 300 small- to medium-sized churches can expect letters from the commission within the next few days explaining why their closed captioning exemptions were lifted for TV shows like “Power in the Word” and “Producing Kingdom Citizens.” The FCC has been mailing the letters for the past few days to churches from Maine to California, explaining that the hundreds of exemptions are now rescinded and giving the programmers 90 days to reapply. The churches were granted FCC exemptions from...
  • LightSquared: GPS industry has campaign to discredit company

    10/12/2011 3:14:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 12, 2011 | Brendan Sasso
    Jeff Carlisle, LightSquared's vice president of regulatory affairs and public policy, accused the Global Positioning System (GPS) industry of trying to manufacture a political scandal to discredit his wireless company on Wednesday. "[GPS companies] have completely mischaracterized the political donations [LightSquared investor] Phil Falcone and our CEO [Sanjiv Ahuja] have made," Carlisle said after a House Small Business Committee hearing. When asked whether he believes the GPS industry has pushed negative political stories about LightSquared, Carlisle said, "There's no doubt in my mind. Of course they have. It's not like this stuff just shows up for no reason whatsoever." Republican...
  • FEMA,FCC Announce Nationwide (November 9, the public will hear a message("This is a test." )

    10/12/2011 12:40:29 PM PDT · by TaraP · 20 replies
    FEMA ^ | June 9th, 2011
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The nationwide test will occur on Wednesday, November 9 at 2 p.m. eastern standard time and may last up to three and a half minutes. The EAS is a national alert and warning system established to enable the President of the United States to address the American public during emergencies. NOAA's National Weather Service, governors and state and local emergency authorities also use parts of the system to...
  • Grassley Asks for FCC Records, White House Contacts (Obama tied to LightSquared scandal)

    10/07/2011 11:54:16 AM PDT · by pabianice · 18 replies
    Bloomberg/AOPA | 10/7/11 | Engleman
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  • F.C.C. Plans to Overhaul Telecom Fund to Focus on Expanding Broadband

    10/07/2011 4:31:19 AM PDT · by abb · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 7, 2011 | Edward Wyatt
    The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday outlined a plan to transform the Universal Service Fund, an $8 billion fund that is paid for by the nation’s telephone customers and used to subsidize basic telephone service in rural areas, into one that will help expand broadband Internet service to 18 million Americans who lack high-speed access. The chairman, Julius Genachowski, said the overhaul of the fund would eliminate waste and inefficiencies in a program that is outdated, unfair and not accountable to the consumers who support it through monthly assessments on their phone bills. An F.C.C. official, who...
  • Big Time Scandals by Obama Administration Too Small for Investigation by Mainstream Media?

    10/01/2011 9:37:34 AM PDT · by opentalk · 15 replies
    Canada Freepress ^ | October 1, 2011 | Jerry McConnell
    Since Obama’s inauguration in January 2009 there have been several major scandals in which his Administration has been involved, principally, Operation Fast and Furious the government sponsored sale of guns to small time gun sellers along our border with Mexico; the failed ‘Stimulus’ loan of multi-millions to Solyndra and LightSquared, two small businesses that were Obama preferred for loans. All three of these Obama Administration ventures were major failures involving scandalous behavior. ...Is the entire communications arm of our country becoming beholden to Obama and his scandal ridden administration peopled by socialist, communists who break our laws with impunity and...
  • Action Needed: Obama's Internet Takeover to Begin Nov. 20

    09/28/2011 2:06:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 80 replies · 1+ views
    Grassfire Nation | Grassfire Nation []
    Late last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took what is being called "the final step" towards implementing their illegal Net Neutrality regulations. You may recall, that back on December 21, the FCC bypassed government regulations and seized control of the Internet -- delivering what many believe is a knockout blow to one of the last, great free-market frontiers our nation and the world has ever seen. According to the organization Less Government, regardless of a multiple lawsuits, a move by the House of Representatives and a D.C. Circuit Court unanimously ruling that the FCC had no authority to take...
  • Shot Clock to Kill Net Neutrality Begins

    09/27/2011 12:45:53 PM PDT · by 92nina · 9 replies
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2011-09-27 | [Staff]
    On Monday, the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules were finally published in the Federal Register, starting a 60-day shot clock to kill the rules before they become law on November 20. Net Neutrality, which regulates how service providers manage network data, represents the government’s first major foray into micromanaging the Internet. And, as we’ve pointed out before, the FCC approved the rules without showing of consumer harm or legal justification. Already, the U.S. House has passed a joint resolution (H.J. Res. 37) that would nullify the regulations. The Senate now has 60 days to send the measure to President Obama’s desk....
  • Govt’s Illegal Net Neutrality Internet Takeover to Begin November 20th – But It Can Be Stopped

    09/24/2011 12:39:06 PM PDT · by shield · 18 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 23th September 2011 | Seton Motley
    The Federal Register’s publication of The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s illegal Net Neutrality regulations happened this week. That is the final step towards their illegal implementation on November 20th. The Federal Communications Commission on December 21st illegally voted themselves – in 3-2 Democrat Party-line fashion – Internet Overlords with their unauthorized imposition of the job-killing regulatory nightmare that is Network Neutrality. The opposition to this unauthorized power grab was nearly universal. The D.C. Circuit Court had already unanimously ruled that the FCC had no authority to do it. The House of Representatives almost immediately passed to overturn the order a...
  • Comcast launches $10 internet access (updated)

    09/22/2011 5:54:30 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 13 replies
    Beta News ^ | 9/20/11 | Tim Conneally
    FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen this morning announced the official nationwide launch of "Internet Essentials," the program that will provide low-cost Internet services, affordable computers, and digital literacy training to families with children who are eligible for the National School Lunch Program. "Broadband is our central platform in this 21st century for economic growth, innovation, and information. Broadband can be the great equalizer – giving every American with an Internet connection access to a world of new opportunities that might previously have been beyond...
  • LightSquared: Obama's Dangerous Broadband Boondoggle

    09/20/2011 11:09:58 PM PDT · by opentalk · 17 replies
    Townhall ^ | September 21, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    If you thought the half-billion-dollar, stimulus-funded Solyndra solar company bust was a taxpayer nightmare, just wait. If you thought the botched Fast and Furious border gun-smuggling surveillance operation was a national security nightmare, hold on. Right on the heels of those two blood-boilers comes yet another alleged pay-for-play racket from the most ethical administration ever. Welcome to LightSquared. It's a toxic mix of venture socialism (to borrow GOP Sen. Jim DeMint's apt phrase), campaign finance influence-peddling and perilous corner-cutting all rolled into one. The company is building "a state-of-the-art open wireless broadband network." Competition in the industry is a good...
  • DoJ not meeting with members about AT&T

    09/20/2011 2:44:54 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 6 replies ^ | 9/20/11 | TONY ROMM
    House Republicans should not expect a briefing soon from the Department of Justice on AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile, now that the agency is proceeding with a lawsuit to block the deal on antitrust grounds. The agency on Monday declined a request made earlier this month by Reps. Fred Upton of Michigan, Greg Walden of Oregon and Joe Barton of Texas, key Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee. The lawmakers asked both DOJ and the FCC in a letter for a meeting so members could learn more about their proceedings. The lawmakers also said they had “specific concerns” at...
  • Shelton's Testimony: FCC Approved LightSquared is a significant problem for ALL GPS users

    09/17/2011 9:10:30 PM PDT · by dickmc · 70 replies
    Department of the Air Force (via GPS World) ^ | September 15, 2011 | General Shelton
    “GPS receivers were quite purposefully designed to operate in a portion of the radio frequency spectrum deliberately maintained as a “quiet neighborhood,” with neighboring frequencies primarily occupied by signals of comparable power levels, all based on widely accepted understanding of previous FCC rules and intent. The proposed LightSquared transmitters will produce received signal strengths five billion times stronger than the GPS received signal.” "Some have suggested GPS equipment can be redesigned for greater filtering to mitigate the interference, but even if this is possible, we believe it would involve substantial financial cost and likely degrade the accuracy of high performance...
  • Is LightSquared the New Solyndra? The Case of Air Force 4-Star and White House Pressure

    09/16/2011 11:43:00 AM PDT · by opentalk · 28 replies
    Big Government ^ | September 16, 2011 | Michael Angley
    Last week, Air Force General William Shelton, Commander of Air Force Space Command, told Congressional leaders in a closed-door session that the White House tried to pressure him to change his testimony to favor a company that turns out to be a major donor to the Democratic Party. LightSquared, a Virginia-based broadband satellite company, has been vying for permission to operate in a frequency band in the vicinity of our nation’s GPS system. In Gen Shelton’s presentation to Congress, he went prepared to warn of the dangers the LightSqaured project would pose to our GPS integrity. He said the White...
  • Net Neutrality Rules Clear Final Barrier, Head for Implementation

    09/16/2011 7:57:12 AM PDT · by 92nina · 3 replies
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2011-09-13 | [Staff]
    ...In fact, Section 706 calls for the expansion of broadband via deregulation, not further regulations. The Court of Appeals for D.C. even ruled that Net Neutrality cannot be justified under this particular section of the Telecommunications Act. As has been seen in The Netherlands, Net Neutrality is extremely detrimental to the telecommunications industry. The largest Dutch wireless company, KPN, has been forced to increase their prices by a significant percentage in order to recoup their financial losses as a result of the new, onerous regulations. In the current economic status, furthering the financial and regulatory burden on companies, and, consequently,...
  • LightSquared: The next Obama pay-for-play morass?

    09/15/2011 10:36:31 AM PDT · by bronxville · 24 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 09-15-2011 | Michelle Balkin
    When it rains, it pours. And there ain’t a big enough umbrella for all President Obama’s cronies and fixers to crowd under these days. While the Solyndra BGB (big green boondoggle) continues to blow up on Capitol Hill, the White House faces another pay-for-play backlash — this time from his own left flank. The liberal Daily Beast reports on a broadband project backed by a frequent Obama White House visitor and donor that has Pentagon officials concerned over potential military GPS interference. The Obama FCC took the lead in intervening on the donor, billionaire hedge fund manster Philip Falcone’s, behalf...
  • Politically-connected LightSquared pushes wireless Internet plan despite GPS concerns

    09/03/2011 6:14:13 PM PDT · by sloop · 13 replies
    iwatch news ^ | July 19, 2011 | John Aloysius Farrell and Fred Schulte
    When the Federal Communications Commission granted LightSquared Inc. expedited approval to launch a new wireless Internet service, some powerful voices in Washington expressed alarm, including the Pentagon and one-third of the U.S. Senate. LightSquared’s bold $14 billion plan, its detractors said, could cripple GPS systems and threaten aviation safety, disrupt military and rescue operations and interfere with high-tech farming equipment and the everyday navigation devices used by millions.
  • N00ter Keeps ISPs In Line Over Net Neutrality (Wow, individuals have power after all!)

    08/30/2011 4:21:48 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 12 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | August 4th | Jordan Crook
    It may be a while before Congress & Friends get this whole Net Neutrality debate squared away. But that’s no biggie, since Dan Kaminsky has cooked up his own little solution to figure out if your ISP is throttling service. It’s called N00ter, short for neutral rooter, and Kaminsky showed it off for the first time at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, reports Forbes. Here’s how it works: N00ter scopes out whether or not an ISP is artificially slowing down or boosting traffic to and from a specific site. It basically acts as a VPN, sending traffic...
  • Tips for Communicating in an Emergency

    08/27/2011 4:10:42 PM PDT · by bd476 · 44 replies
    The FCC ^ | 27 August 2011 | by: Jamie Barnett, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
    Tips for Communicating in an Emergency by: Jamie Barnett, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau August 27th, 2011 I want to share some important emergency information to you for during the storm so that you and your family stay safe.Recommended Practices for All Users It is important for consumers to keep in mind that during an emergency, many more people are trying to use their wireless and wireline telephones at the same time when compared to normal calling activity. When more people try to call at the same time, the increased calling volume may create network congestion. Limit...
  • FCC: Fairness Doctrine Dead and Gone

    08/22/2011 4:20:08 PM PDT · by SanFranDan · 10 replies ^ | August 22, 2011 | Ken Shepherd
    "The FCC gave the coup de grace to the fairness doctrine Monday as the commission axed more than 80 media industry rules," Politico's Brooks Boliek reported this afternoon: Earlier this summer FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski agreed to erase the post WWII-era rule, but the action Monday puts the last nail into the coffin for the regulation that sought to ensure discussion over the airwaves of controversial issues did not exclude any particular point of view. A broadcaster that violated the rule risked losing its license. While the commission voted in 1987 to do away with the rule — a legacy...
  • FCC officially kills Fairness Doctrine, wiping it from rules

    08/22/2011 2:27:32 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies
    FCC officially kills Fairness Doctrine, wiping it from rules By Gautham Nagesh - 08/22/11 03:21 PM ET Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the elimination of 83 outdated and obsolete agency rules on Monday, including the controversial Fairness Doctrine. “The elimination of the obsolete Fairness Doctrine regulations will remove an unnecessary distraction. As I have said, striking this from our books ensures there can be no mistake that what has long been a dead letter remains dead," Genachowski said in a statement. "The Fairness Doctrine holds the potential to chill free speech and the free flow of ideas and...
  • Off the Books: FCC to Delete ‘Fairness Doctrine’

    08/22/2011 11:49:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    WSJ ^ | 8/22/11 | Amy Schatz
    Federal regulators will propose removing the “Fairness Doctrine,” a controversial, if little used, regulation on political speech from the books this week, the Federal Communications Commission said Monday. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski told lawmakers in June that the agency planned to dump the rule as part of a broader effort by the Obama administration to eliminate outdated and unneeded regulations. The agency’s media bureau said Monday that it will eliminate 83 rules including the Fairness Doctrine. The Fairness Doctrine, which has been around since 1949, required licensed broadcasters to give equal time to differing political views. The rule was introduced...
  • Congressional Probe over Net Neutrality

    08/21/2011 6:04:49 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 9 replies
    Big Government ^ | August 9th | Tom Fitton
    On June 2, 2011, Judicial Watch released documents that show the Obama FCC’s collusion with a radical leftist organization to seize control over the Internet. This investigation caught the eye of congressional leaders, and now it appears a congressional probe of the matter is in the offing. ... The documents we uncovered show that the Obama FCC was deeply involved in discussions with the radical leftist organization Free Press in the run up to the December 2010 FCC vote. How deep? Free Press reached out to the FCC to invite FCC Commissioner Michael Copps to write an op-ed for the...
  • Deadline approaches for FCC document delivery to House Committee investigating Net Neutrality

    08/18/2011 5:16:09 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 1 replies
    Broadcast Engineering ^ | August 10th | Phil Kurz
    FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has until Friday to provide documents to members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee investigating how the agency went about adopting its Net Neutrality rules last year. A July 28 letter from Republican committee members pointed to alleged communications on the part of the agency’s chief of staff and the staff of Commissioner Michael Copps that make it appear that the Net Neutrality Rules adopted Dec. 21, 2010, may have been politically motivated. The letter quoted a report in Communications Daily saying FCC Chief of Staff Eddie Lazarus told opponents of net neutrality rules that...
  • Internet Providers Meet the Need for Speed

    08/09/2011 9:50:58 AM PDT · by 92nina · 9 replies
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2011-08-08 | [Staff]
    ...A new FCC finding on broadband service sheds some light on why: Internet speeds generally reach within 20 percent of their advertised rate even during peak usage hours, with some providers far exceeding it. Breaking service out by technology, cable providers deliver 93 percent of advertised download speeds on average – even during peak use evening hours – with companies that have implemented DOCSIS 3.0 faring better. And fiber service delivered a whopping 114% of advertised speeds with Verizon leading the pack. Unsurprisingly, upload speeds were even stronger, with throughput often exceeding advertised rates. The report comes as a blow...
  • FCC Commissioner Warns of Back Door to Fairness Doctrine

    08/08/2011 1:58:35 PM PDT · by Doogle · 25 replies
    FOX ^ | 08/08/11 | FOXNEWS
    Though much of the discussion about a possible fairness doctrine for broadcasters went away when Republicans took over the House of Representatives in 2010, one Federal Communications Commissioner says there still could be an effort at finding a back door to the rules. Commissioner Robert McDowell told Chris Stirewalt on Monday's Power Play Live that localism, a proposal that gives the federal government the ability to make sure broadcasters serve their communities, could also be used to wedge in principles of the fairness doctrine.
  • Congress Shouldn’t Lend Backdoor Legitimacy to the FCC’s Illegitimate Power Grabs

    08/03/2011 3:58:29 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | August 2nd | Seton Motley
    Which brings us to the FCC’s next opportunity to illegally create law under the guise of “conditions” – the spectrum bandwidth auctions. Quick definition: Spectrum is the allocated airwaves. Used by broadcast radio and television (not cable TV), satellite radio and TV, cell phones – and even Bluetooth headsets, garage door openers and car key fobs ... And we’re running out of free-for-use spectrum. ... So we need Congressional legislation to create the next round of spectrum bandwidth auctions. (Which is further fomenting a great and growing prospective battle between the radio and TV broadcasters – who have spectrum aplenty,...
  • Republican Chairs Seek Net Neutrality Documents From FCC

    08/02/2011 7:31:20 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 1 replies
    Broadcasting and Cable ^ | July 28th | John Eggerton
    The chairs of the House Energy & Commerce Committee and Communications and Oversight Subcommittees have formally asked FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski for documents, including emails and memos, related to its decision-making process. ... But Free Press called it a "fishing expedition."
  • House Panel Want Details On FCC Net Neutrality Rulemaking

    07/29/2011 9:13:55 AM PDT · by CharlyFord · 3 replies
    National Journal ^ | 28 July 2011 | Juliana Gruenwald
    Top Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee said Thursday they are investigating whether the Federal Communications Commission improperly coordinated with the White House and public interest groups in the development of the network neutrality rules adopted in December. In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, the lawmakers cited instances where they say commission officials may have improperly met with the White House or outside groups to discuss the network neutrality rules. (snip) President Obama endorsed the rules after they were adopted. "Agency decisions should be based on law and policy," Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich.,...
  • FCC Chairman Genachowskis' Remarks at the 2nd Annual Broadband & Social Justice Summit

    07/28/2011 4:06:29 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 5 replies
    Broadband and Social Justice ^ | February 3rd | Marcella Gadson
    MMTC held its second annual Broadband and Social Justice Summit January 20-21, and was proud to welcome all five FCC Commissioners to speak on several topics. Four Commissioners spoke on day two, and Chairman Julius Genachowski paved the way for them on day one, delivering a generally forward-looking speech. Genachowski's speech focused on the state of the Digital Divide and avenues toward more broadband adoption, revamping spectrum, and the FCC's four part mobile broadband agenda. Using an illustration of his experience with the 2010 Consumer Electronic Show where every device required Internet access, the Chairman began by highlighting the necessity...
  • FCC Pushes For Universal Broadband Access

    07/28/2011 6:31:52 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 14 replies
    National Progressive Radio ^ | February 9th | Melissa Block
    If you look at your phone bill, you might notice a fee tacked on for something called the Universal Service Fund. That surcharge is used to help connect underserved parts of America, mostly rural, with phone service. Well, now the Federal Communications Commission is starting work on a plan to convert that $8 billion fund. Instead of subsidizing phone service, it would instead help provide broadband Internet to underserved areas. And FCC chairman Julius Genachowski joins me to explain. Why don't you make your pitch, Chairman Genachowski? Why the need for change? Mr. JULIUS GENACHOWSKI (Chairman of the Federal Communications...
  • Has CA Public Utilities Commission Jumped on the ‘Media Reform’ Astroturf Bandwagon?

    07/22/2011 8:54:45 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 15 replies
    Big Government ^ | July 22nd | LibertyChick
    The media reform cabal is at it again. The same professional Soros-funded astroturfers who brought us Van Jones to demand “media justice” and SaveTheInternet and Net Neutrality have been focused on a new target. For months now, Free Press, Media Access Project, Public Knowledge, Consumers Union, and the New America Foundation have been thwarting the proposed merger of cell phone providers AT&T and T-Mobile, saying the move would raise prices for consumers and cost jobs. As the deal sits with the FCC, which just this week temporarily halted its review of the proposal, AT&T and T-Mobile have tried to reassure...
  • FCC temporarily halts review of AT&T merger with T-Mobile

    07/21/2011 6:24:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    WaPo ^ | 7/21/11 | Cecilia Kang
    The Federal Communications Commission has stopped its 180-day review “shot clock” for AT&T’s proposed merger with T-Mobile, saying it needs more time to evaluate new information AT&T promises to deliver to the commission later this month.
  • Forget the 'Fairness' Doctrine - Net Neutrality is the Future of Censorship

    07/11/2011 3:49:17 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 9 replies
    Big Government ^ | July 11th | Seton Motley
    The Godfather of the Media Marxist movement – Robert McChesney – describes Net Neutrality thusly: "(T)he ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control." Meaning eradicate all private sector Web suppliers – and have the government commandeer control of the Internet so as to then be the sole Service Provider (ISP). That ain’t good. Because not today, not tomorrow, but soon – all radio and television will be on the Internet. And ask the newspapers and publishers of the world where "print" journalism is headed. All...
  • CourtTV Founder Steve Brill Predicts Rupert Murdoch’s FCC Licenses Will Be Challenged

    07/11/2011 12:27:50 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    media-ite ^ | 7-11-11 | Matt Schneider
    With Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper News Of The World printing its last edition today, Christiane Amanpour assembled a panel on This Week to discuss what implications the phone hacking scandal might have on the News Corp. media empire. CourtTV founder Steve Brill suggested that even if it turns out that knowledge of the criminal activity only existed at the editorial level, he still thinks it is likely that Murdoch’s FCC licenses to operate television stations in this country will be challenged. Brill noted that in federal communications law there is a clause that requires owners of television stations to be...
  • Court Set to Stop Net Neutrality? ( Our freedom could depend on it )

    07/05/2011 6:41:22 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Big Government ^ | July 5th | Capitol Confidential
    There is a good chance net neutrality regulations might be stopped before they are ever allowed to take effect, according to Republican Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Robert McDowell. Broadcasting & Cable reports: Republican FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell says he thinks that there is a "better than average chance" that a court, likely the D.C. circuit, will stay the FCC’s network neutrality rules. That came in an appearance June 29 on Fox News' online program Power Play with Chris Stirewalt. McDowell dissented from the rules, which passed in a party line vote Dec. 21, 2010.
  • LightSquared admits it will knock out 200,000 sat-navs

    07/01/2011 11:40:09 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 23 replies
    The Register ^ | 1 July 2011 | Bill Ray
    Wireless broadband firm LightSquared has admitted that its original plan would have knocked out most GPS sat-nav kit, but argues that its new plan will only leave 200,000 users lost. Reporting on the results of several months of testing, involving 130 different GPS receivers, LightSquared admits that operating in the neighbouring band to GPS satellites will knock out a significant proportion of location-finding kit. But the company reckons its revised plan, announced last week, avoids interfering in all but the most-sensitive GPS kit: which LightSquared pegs at 200,000 devices around the USA. Those are important devices, installed in aircraft to...
  • FCC sends net neutrality rules to White House

    07/02/2011 5:02:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Federal Communications Commission sent its semi-final draft of net neutrality rules to the White House for approval Thursday, bringing the controversial Internet rules one step closer to enforcement. The FCC sent its proposed rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget, where the OMB will gather data from internet service providers on their networks and performance before making recommendations on the rules. Full approval of the FCC’s proposal is still likely a few months away. Besides OMB review, the rules still must go through several other steps, including public comment period, before they become official. Net neutrality...
  • Virginia AG to sue FCC over ‘net neutrality’

    06/25/2011 12:57:09 PM PDT · by freespirited · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 06/23/11 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    Wading into another fierce ideological battle, Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II has announced plans to sue regarding new federal regulation of the Internet and has urged other states to jump on board his fight against “net neutrality.” Calling the regulations the “most egregious of all violations of federal law,” Mr. Cuccinelli told The Washington Times on Thursday that he will begin in July or August to gather support from other attorneys general and private partners for a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission. “They have no respect for the courts, no respect for the states, no respect for...
  • Dutch Lawmakers Adopt Net Neutrality Law

    06/23/2011 3:10:02 AM PDT · by abb · 33 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 22, 2011 | Kevin O'Brien
    The Netherlands on Wednesday became the first country in Europe, and only the second in the world, to enshrine the concept of network neutrality into national law by banning its mobile telephone operators from blocking or charging consumers extra for using Internet-based communications services like Skype or WhatsApp, a free text service. snip Analysts said that the legal restrictions imposed in the Netherlands could shape Europe’s broader, evolving debate over network neutrality, pushing more countries on the Continent to limit operators from acting as self-appointed toll collectors of the mobile Internet. snip “We support network neutrality,” said Sandra de Jong,...
  • FCC quacks duck court showdown (Commentary)

    06/17/2011 5:35:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Thw Washington Times ^ | June 17, 2011 | Seton Motley
    June 21 marks the six-month anniversary of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) illegally imposing itself on the World Wide Web in order to assert patently absurd “net neutrality” rules. A half-year later, the FCC still has not filed the order with the Federal Register, which is where all new rules and regulations must go to begin their imposition. What’s the holdup? There are several possibilities, some or all of which may be why the FCC is so thoroughly slow-playing it. (Please note that it took the FCC less than a month - April 7 to May 6 - to file...
  • Elmo, Internet Czar & FCC Work to Redistribute Wealth With Free Broadband

    06/16/2011 10:42:09 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Blaze ^ | September 16th, 2010 | Naked Emperor News
    Elmo, Internet Czar & FCC Work to Redistribute Wealth With Free Broadband (VIDEO)