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  • Citizens Meeting in Durham, N.C., to Discuss Broadband

    February 11, 2009

    Congress’ plans to spend billions of dollars on broadband stimulus couldn’t be more timely. Across the country, millions of Americans are struggling with no or slow Internet access. And we want to hear from them.

  • McCain and Limbaugh's Murky Crystal Ball

    February 6, 2009

    Should it be a surprise that a guy who doesn’t know how to send e-mail can’t grasp why the Internet is important?

    Sen. John McCain — known to have never gone online — led the charge on Capitol Hill this week to strip the Internet from President Obama’s economic stimulus package.

  • Too Big Not To Fail

    February 3, 2009

    About five months ago, when the first of the big national banks began to buckle under their own weight, fanning the flames of the already smoldering economic crisis, a new idiom was born: “Too big to fail.”

  • More Ghosts in the Machine

    January 29, 2009

    Cox Communications, the nation’s third-largest cable company, on Tuesday unveiled a plan to monitor and slow Internet content it deems unimportant.

    With this news, Cox joins the ranks of other Internet providers willing to tempt legal fate by getting between customers and their access to the free-flowing Web.

  • Change or Cha-Ching?

    January 22, 2009

    Change has come to America. Well, sort of. On “K” Street - home to Washington’s most powerful corporate lobbyists - it’s business as usual.

  • Net Neutrality Advocate to Lead FCC

    January 13, 2009

    President-elect Barack Obama is due to tap Net Neutrality supporter Julius Genachowski to become chair of the Federal Communications Commission.

  • Net Neutrality in the Front Seat

    December 15, 2008

    We are now on the cusp of making history for an open Internet. But don’t tell that to the Wall Street Journal, which today published an article that portrayed the movement for Net Neutrality as losing steam.

    Say what?

  • The Journalism Crash

    December 9, 2008

    The journalism profession is in crisis, where every week brings another bleak announcement.The situation looks dire for the mainstream media industry, particularly for newspaper companies. Tribune Company, the third-largest newspaper chain in the nation and owner of 23 TV stations, declared bankruptcy. Gannett, the largest newspaper chain in the country, announced it was slashing 2,000 jobs. Scripps put a “for sale” sign on The Rocky Mountain News, and the Miami Herald is reportedly on the block.

  • Journalism by Press Release

    November 18, 2008

    With thousands of journalists losing their jobs, how are the media filling all those column inches?

    Press releases.

    As media companies buy up more media outlets and slash newsroom budgets and staff, reporters have less time to do their jobs, often resorting to writing entire stories based on a press release alone, and sometimes printing stories that mirror an organization or agency’s exact press statement.

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