• Dial-Up Stalls Online Flower Business in Rural N.C.

    June 15, 2009

    On a sloping hillside, Jack Kennedy cultivates 60 varieties of daylilies. He calls himself the “daylily man,” an interloper from the North who moved to his mountain perch in Rutherford County, North Carolina, to retire to his dream home and sink his hands into the earth.

  • Now Comcast Wants Open Meetings?

    June 14, 2009

    If the FCC were to write a book using the cable and phone industry’s comments about the national broadband plan, they could title it Stupid Things They Said to Get Their Way and Control the Internet.

  • Local Radio Triumphs Again

    June 12, 2009

    Local radio advocates have been cranking up the volume, and it’s paying off. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a Federal Communications Commission ruling that protects existing Low Power FM stations from being knocked off the air by full power stations. And yesterday, a House subcommittee held a hearing on the Local Community Radio Act, a bill that would expand the number of LPFM radio stations across the country.

  • Time for a National Journalism Strategy

    June 10, 2009

    It’s easy to get mired in hopelessness and despair as thousands of fired journalists close their reporters’ notebooks, shelve their AP Stylebooks, and leave their posts, their beats often left unfilled.

    It’s easy to feel a sense of righteousness as newspapers across the country crumble under a greedy business model that puts profit before quality journalism and protecting the public’s interest. And it’s easy to simply hope that the Internet provides a new vehicle for a robust press.

  • AT&T Plays Dumb as iPhone Romance Hits Rocks

    June 10, 2009

    AT&T can’t decide whether it loves or hates the iPhone. But for many iPhone users there’s little doubt: They hate AT&T.

  • Thousands File Comments for an Open Internet

    June 9, 2009

    At the close of yesterday’s FCC comment period about a national Internet plan, thousands of you filed comments in support of an open, affordable Internet. This could be the biggest docket in the FCC’s history.

    While we were ushering your comments to the FCC, we also took a moment (or, more accurately, hours of our research director’s time) to submit our own.

  • Nothing Good from the Internet? Bollocks

    June 8, 2009

    “I’m a guy who sees nothing good having come from the Internet. Period.”

    Sounds like something your Grandpa might say — akin to boasting about the cost of gasoline when he was young and the glory days of ham radio.

  • FCC Comment Link Reopened – Send Yours Now

    June 4, 2009

    We know it was frustrating yesterday when our links went haywire and you couldn’t post your comments to the FCC. But look at it this way – so many people were trying to contact the FCC, our servers were having trouble keeping up with the rush.

  • Comcast Undermining PEG in Vermont

    June 4, 2009

    With its most recent demonstration of “Comcastic” behavior, the cable giant is competing for yet another medal in the Sneaky Olympics. So in addition to having paid people to fill the seats at public FCC hearings on the future of the Internet last year, Comcast can now add slanted polling practices to its record.

  • Tell the FCC What You Want from a National Internet Plan

    June 3, 2009

    The Federal Communications Commission is busy crafting America's first national broadband plan, and they're asking for your input. Now's your chance to tell the FCC to support an open, fast, affordable and people-powered Internet without corporate gatekeepers.


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