Hey, Broadcasters ... Where's the Beef?
What exactly is the broadcasters' beef with the FCC rule? They argue that uploading public and political files to the Internet would be too costly and burdensome, and that posting information about what stations charge for political commercials reveals "sensitive" data about ad rates. Look under the bun, though, and these claims don't have a lot of meat to them.
Verizon Fails the Laugh Test
Last week, Reps. Ed Markey and John Conyers sent letters to the FCC and the Justice Department urging them to take a closer look at the Verizon-Cable deal. It's encouraging to see that some members on Capitol Hill haven't forgotten why they're in Washington: to serve the people who elected them -- and not the companies that paid for their campaigns.
Powell: Don't Look for FCC to Do Any Retrans Game Changing
Don't look for any game-changing decisions on retrans out of this FCC, says National Cable & Telecom Association President Michael Powell.
Free Speech for Computers?
Do machines speak? If so, do they have a constitutional right to free speech? This may sound like a fanciful question, a matter of philosophy or science fiction. But it's become a real issue with important consequences.
Chinese Online Censorship Targets 'Collective Action' Posts
New academic research from Harvard published Monday suggests that China's filtration policy may be more complex, and, oddly, more open than previously thought.
AT&T and XM/Sirius to Get More Spectrum Online? And What Does It Mean for LTE in the U.S.
AT&T deserves credit for working with XMSirius on this and coming up with something positive and pragmatic rather than continuing the endless cycle of blame between satellite radio and WCS licenses. On the other hand, like the current AT&T effort to refarm its 2G spectrum for 4G, AT&T had to be pushed into it kicking and screaming when it was denied the right to buy out T-Mo. This should also emphasize the next direction for the wireless industry: more efficient multiband radios.
Markey, Barton: 'Do Not' Means 'Collect' as Well as 'Track' and 'Target'
Reps. Ed Markey and Joe Barton have asked the World Wide Web Consortium to continue its work in devising global standards for do-not-track regimes. "Do not collect and target" will be part of the definition.
The Tor Project Helps Journalists and Whistleblowers Go Online Without Leaving a Trace
Originally built in a U.S. Naval laboratory as a way to protect government communications, Tor has grown into a wide-reaching project that helps individuals stay anonymous online. With an infusion of Knight News Challenge funds, Tor will establish a multilingual help desk so that people using the software around the world can get instant assistance at any time.
Another A1 Times-Picayune Press Release
Not content with dominating the Times-Picayune's front page with a press release from its editor, the paper ran an awfully similar piece by the new publisher on page one headlined "The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com are here to stay." As if the Times-Pic needed to remind New Orleanians that its absentee owners have brought in an outsider to gut their hometown paper.
News Corp. Makes Bid for Australia's Consolidated Media Holdings
News Corp. has made a roughly $2-billion offer for Consolidated Media Holdings, an Australia-based holding company that co-owns, with News Corp., substantial media assets in that region.