After Supreme Court Ruling, FCC Must Give Clear Indecency Standards
A Supreme Court ruling on FCC indecency rules for broadcast TV calls for less vague standards but seems to back the public interest in safeguarding children from vulgarities and nudity on public airwaves. Now the FCC must provide clarity for such rules.
Can You Say That on TV? Broadcasters Aren't Sure
Imagine a world where it would be okay to use particularly foul language in an email sent from your smartphone, but where you would be fined if you uttered the same words during a phone call. That is in essence the world that television and radio broadcasters continue to occupy, after the Supreme Court unanimously refused to wade into the dispute over whether the First Amendment should apply to 21st-century communications in the same, compartmentalized way that the court commanded in the 20th.
AT&T Fighting FCC Over Special Access
AT&T is girding for another regulatory battle with the FCC -- this time over special access regulations. Special access isn't as high-profile as fights between AT&T and the FCC over other issues, such as Net Neutrality regulations or the telecom company's failed bid to acquire T-Mobile USA. But it makes for another bitter dispute between AT&T and the FCC, one that could wind up in court.
FCC Order on Business Line Pricing May Not Fully Reregulate
A FCC proposal to address the price of dedicated telecom and broadband lines for businesses would stop large telecom carriers from seeking new price flexibility but would not scrap the underlying rules that allow price deregulation, said members of a coalition calling for changes in the rules.
Has Europe Fallen Out of Love with the Mobile Phone?
Forget the fact that it's summertime: it must feel pretty chilly right now if you're a mobile operator in Europe. Across the continent, evidence is mounting that people are starting to change their relationship with the mobile industry -- and it has operators worried.
The Best Smartphone: What to Buy on Every Carrier
What's on top right now in the smartphone world? Let's break it down.
4G Users Considering Replacing Wired Broadband
Despite conflicting and confusing definitions of what exactly constitutes "4G," it seems that users of high-speed wireless services are happy enough with them that they're considering replacing their home broadband connections with it. That may not be possible for everyone just yet, but it looks like the demand is there.
China Mulls Over Nationwide Broadband Plans
The Chinese government is considering details of a national strategy to increase broadband Internet connectivity country wide.
African Americans Take Greater Hit in Times-Picayune Layoffs
African Americans were disproportionately hit in last week's layoffs at the Times-Picayune, meaning the newspaper serving the majority-black city will become less diverse unless the difference is made up with new hires.
Politico Is Making Money with Subscriptions
In an era where it has been difficult to get anyone to pay for quality reporting, Politico is finding ways to make some cash.
Reporting from the Battlefield, Uninsured
More and more news organizations are relying on freelancers to cover dangerous international stories. But these freelancers don't enjoy the same protections as the staff writers and photographers who once covered those stories.
Hong Kong Newspaper Charged with Downplaying Dissident's Death
A prominent Hong Kong newspaper has been accused of playing down coverage of the death of a Chinese dissident, stoking new concerns that Communist Party rulers in Beijing are seeking to limit news media freedom in the former British colony.