Well, it appears the president is now content not only to take a backseat, but willing to hand the keys over to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and let him drive the entire Obama broadband agenda off a cliff.
Recently the House Republican leadership of Representatives John Boehner and Eric Cantor, among others, sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House Administration Committee requesting to be able to use video conferencing tools like Skype to communicate with constituents.
Last Friday, advocates for open Internet protections and universal service for broadband got some high-profile help in the form of a letter to FCC Chairman Genachowski from three law professors, all experts on telecommunications law and open Internet rules.
If journalism were a park, what sort of park would it be? Strange question? Maybe, but how we answer it could help determine how we approach the future of journalism.
Last week at a conference in Stanford, NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen used a tale of two parks to discuss how the Internet has reshaped journalism. He first described the pristine, quiet, private Gramercy Park, a gated green space that most New Yorkers aren’t allowed to visit , and compared it to the grittier, vibrant, public Washington Square Park near NYU’s campus.
Is the Obama FCC siding with the largest cable and phone companies, and against Net Neutrality and universal Internet access?
The Obama administration has long vowed to protect Net Neutrality and bridge the digital divide, and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski picked up this baton when he took up his post last year. But now Genachowski appears to be wavering.
In the wake of the D.C. Circuit’s opinion in Comcast v. FCC, the FCC faces a difficult decision. Behind door No. 1 is reclassification, which will require the agency to tackle head-on stiff political opposition from broadband carriers. Behind door No. 2 is the empty shell of ancillary authority, which will risk further court losses and ultimately a tarnished legacy.
If you are a Comcast customer, you probably recently received your annual (or bi-annual) rate increase notice. If so, you'll notice that Comcast increased the price of broadband on their low and mid-tier packages.
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