Verizon Wants the 'Freedom' to Edit Your Internet
Verizon filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit laying out its various and sundry complaints against the FCC's Open Internet Order, which put Net Neutrality regulations in place for Internet service providers. The telecom giant is suing to have the FCC's order thrown out, and one of its legal arguments is raising more than a few eyebrows. Verizon, per the court document, considers itself your Internet editor. Or your Internet editor-in-waiting.
House Panel Set to Quiz FCC Chairman, Commissioners
Spectrum auctions, Universal Service Fund reform and FCC processes will be on the agenda when all five members of the FCC appear before a House subcommittee on July 10.
Consumer Federation Adds Voice to Growing Verizon-Cable Opposition
Regulators should view Verizon’s planned pact with the cable operators as a merger, not as a joint venture, argues the Consumer Federation of America. Seen in that light, the CFA said in a new study, the FCC and the U.S. Department of Justice will have little choice but to reject Verizon's $3.9 billion acquisition of cable's 4G spectrum and quash th company's plan to divvy up the wireline and wireless markets.
Frontier to Bring Broadband to All Unserved Homes in Its Territory
Frontier Communications may go down in history as the first communications service provider to receive support from the new broadband-focused Connect America Fund. The company became the first large price cap carrier to agree to bring broadband to unserved customers in its service territory in exchange for receiving $775 per line in support from the new Connect America Fund to help cover a portion of total deployment costs.
Issa Signs Internet Freedom Declaration
Rep. Darrell Issa is the latest big name to sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom, according to backer Free Press. His name was even listed first online among individual signers, even though the rest of the list was arranged alphabetically.
Listen Up, Washington: Anti-SOPA Activists Launch Declaration of Internet Freedom Campaign
With attacks on the open Web coming from all sides, activists for a free and unfettered Internet launched an offensive action: It's called the Declaration of Internet Freedom. Its goal: to energize the millions of people who fought back against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) to fight for laws that will ensure that the powers that be cannot destroy the Web as we know it.
Three New 'Free the Internet' Movements: How to Choose the One for You
July Fourth celebrations were marked by hot dogs, fireworks -- and three proclamations to preserve the revolutionary spirit of the Internet. In case you missed it, the first declaration kicked off in Silicon Valley this week and was quickly countered by a conservative alternative. Soon after, the United Nations weighed in with a manifesto of its own. This burst of political energy shows that the Internet may be the next ground zero of revolution and that we may need a Constitution-like document to define its values.
Will Your Internet Provider Be Spying on You?
This month, if everything goes according to schedule, your Internet service provider may begin monitoring your account, just to make sure you aren't doing anything wrong with it -- like sharing copyrighted movie or music files. While we might all agree that copyright holders need to be protected, we may not all be equally happy about all of our communications being checked for violations. People and businesses who are not doing anything illegal may still have some things they wish to hide from their Internet access providers.
Lamar Smith Trying to Quietly Revive SOPA and Cram It Down the World's Throats
It's not just ACTA that is being snuck back into law through undemocratic means. Lamar Smith, the powerful committee chairman and corporatist archvillain who tried to ram through SOPA last year, is now bent on reviving his slain monster and unleashing it.
Russian Wikipedia Blacks Out Over Censorship Plan
People visiting the Russian-language Wikipedia will find it blacked out, in protest of a proposed far-reaching Internet blacklist plan in Russia. Similar measures were used in the Italian Wikipedia to protest an Italian Internet censorship law, and in the English Wikipedia to protest SOPA/PIPA.
Dangerous Journalism: Where Is It Most Risky to Report?
The public may assume that reporting from a combat zone will naturally entail the risk of being caught in the crossfire and might believe that the journalists in question will have weighed those risks in some sort of risk/benefit analysis: Does the story warrant the risks associated with it; how high are those risks; on a basic level, is it worth it? While undoubtedly this sort of risk analysis does take place in the mind of the overseas war reporter, this is not the only news beat that requires some level of risk calculation.
Netflix for Magazines Comes to iPad
Major publishers' Netflix-like service for magazines has arrived on the iPad, putting the industry in a position to finally find out whether an all-you-can-read digital offering will help win new readers and encourage overall consumption.
London 2012: British Capital Opens Olympics Media Center
The London Media Center opened its doors in central London to prepare for the arrival of more than 6,200 media reps from around the world for this year's London 2012 Summer Olympics Games.
Newspaper Columnists Jump on Journatic Controversy Over Outsourced News
The controversy over Journatic's outsourcing of local news has benefited one type of content that you can't send overseas as easily as real-estate news: newspaper columns.
Anniston Star to End Monday Edition in October
The publishers of the Anniston Star announced a series of changes to cut expenses while concentrating on digital growth, including the discontinuation of the Monday print edition of the Star and the Friday Escapes section.