The Conference Is Coming -- Let the Countdown Begin!
There are still some big questions to answer about the National Conference for Media Reform, like: What will we do at the conference? Who will present? What topics do we need to dive into? We know that the answers to these questions start with you. That's why we're launching our 2013 conference call for suggestions and asking you to submit your proposals.
Tweet for Internet Freedom
The Declaration of Internet Freedom continues to resonate with Internet users around the world. This month we're adding a new layer to the conversation: We're asking people to tweet about what the Declaration's principles mean to them, and why it's so important to join the movement to protect Internet freedom.
Guatemala: Indigenous Village Declares Internet Access a Human Right
In the indigenous village of Santiago Atitlan, Internet access has been declared "a human right" by both inhabitants and local authorities. Authorities are also implementing a plan to provide free community Wi-Fi to the entire population so that everyone can benefit from it and exercise their rights.
Verizon Wireless Spectrum Deal in for Tough Remedy
Verizon Wireless may need to agree to tough conditions to win approval for its deals to buy spectrum from cable companies and market each other's products, according to three sources knowledgeable about the negotiations.
CWA Slams Verizon/SpectrumCo Deal It Suggests Is Imminent
The Communications Workers of America signaled that it thought regulators were poised to approve the Verizon/SpectrumCo deal. "Regulators looking to slam the door on our high-speed future," the group headlined a press release slamming both the FCC and DoJ for "seem[ing] to have lost their focus on competition."
After Settling for $1.25 Million, Does Verizon Still Charge for Tethering?
Remember the debate about Network Neutrality? Verizon Wireless remembers; it recently agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle an alleged violation. But our own very limited testing suggests the violation may persist.
FCC Chairman Lobbies Pentagon for More Spectrum
With the Defense Department using a wide swath of wireless spectrum, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said that he is personally lobbying the military to help free more airwaves for private companies.
Team USA Deserves No Gold Medals for Internet Access
The opening ceremony of the London Olympics showed us the Internet's history by honoring Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, and featuring a display of his live Twitter post: "This is for everyone." Unfortunately, the games as a whole are providing a less inspiring vision of the Internet's future, at least in the U.S.
Guess What? Bandwidth Is Getting Cheaper
Good news for anyone shipping a bunch of bits around the world. IP transit costs are down and are dropping more rapidly. But this doesn’t mean cheaper broadband for most consumers, given the lack of competition in the middle- and last-mile access businesses.
AT&T to Leave 2G Behind
AT&T is shutting down its second-generation wireless networks by 2017 as it continues to upgrade its systems to faster technology and better use its limited airwaves.
Getting 1GB Internet Service in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Google's fiber network in Kansas City is getting all the press these days, but did you know that the first city in America to offer 1GB Internet service was Chattanooga, Tenn.? Chattanooga's community-owned electric utility, EPB, has deployed a fiber optic network and it already sells triple-play service (Internet + TV + phone) or just Internet plus TV.
Times Photographer Is Arrested on Assignment
A freelance photographer for the New York Times was arrested while on assignment with two reporters who were conducting street interviews in the Bronx.
Leaks Bill: Bad for Journalism, Bad for the Public
There's a bill zooming through Congress that would make it harder for reporters to inform readers about what their government is doing. This bill has attached to it provisions aimed at deterring unauthorized leaks of classified information. Those provisions would limit who in the agencies can talk to the media even further than they already are, require frequent reports to Congress about contacts with the media and greatly restrict, if not end, the background briefings that intelligence agencies conduct for journalists going on foreign trips.
The Olympics' Women Coverage
Media coverage of female athletes' should be about the achievements, but it's often more focused on their chromosomes.