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The FCC has delayed its auction of broadcast airwaves to mid-2015, a year later than intended. The Commission is now drafting rules for the auction, which would reshuffle the ownership of valuable frequencies among TV stations, as well as wireless carriers, which want to be able to offer faster speeds and better services for their devices.
In a move that could be trouble for Sinclair's previously announced purchase of Allbritton Communications, the Media Bureau says Sinclair's plans to spin off stations in Charleston, Birmingham and Harrisburg to sidecar operators would violate commission rules.
If the National Security Agency says that it is not “intentionally” doing something—say, collecting records of the locations of Americans’ cell phones—then it is almost certainly taking that very action.
The case law on cell-site locational tracking — while generally favorable to the government — is far from clear, with federal courts and appellate courts offering mixed rulings on whether warrants are needed.
Streaming music gets one thing right. Services like Pandora, Rdio and Spotify are amazing for the consumer, and in that singular way, the music industry hasn’t been better in … probably ever. This bubble of end-user bliss comes at the expense of almost everyone else, from artists right down to the people who pioneered the idea of renting music over the Web to begin with. How long can it last?
Any effort by Comcast to acquire Time Warner Cable would face significant hurdles in Washington, according to a FCC official, casting doubt on a cable-industry consolidation scenario that has grabbed Wall Street's attention.
Newspapers often roll out the stops to commemorate the giants of history when they die, but the front pages paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, who died at 95, were particularly powerful.
Why be limited to one medium? Taking to the terrestrial airwaves would bring a new audience to the Independent’s journalism.
Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger vigorously defended his decision to publish a series of articles based on the secret files leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, telling a parliamentary committee that the right to continue pursuing the story goes to the heart of press freedoms and democracy in Britain.
What happens when advertising stops being obvious? The Federal Trade Commission, charged with protecting consumers and guarding against deceptive advertising practices, acknowledges it does not know.
OK, all together now: Let's tune in when women are being respected and tune out when they're not. Our actions will demonstrate that anything other than equality is unacceptable.
Why are newspaper opinion columnists so consistently baffled by the politics, technologies, and social mores of the 21st century? We've crunched some data, and we think we've figured out the answer: They're old as hell.
There’s a whole lot to be thankful for this year, but the list of things we could do without is just as long. (Maybe even longer.) So in honor of all the things that drive us nuts — but also inspire us to work on these issues every day at Free Press — we present to you our “top-seven things we are NOT thankful for” list.
Tom Wheeler insists that in his new job as FCC chairman, he sees himself as the “public’s advocate in the midst of an historic revolution.” The public does indeed need such an advocate — not another sales pitch for new price-gouging schemes from the already powerful phone and cable giants. So if the new FCC chairman really means what he said in his speech, he should use the next one to correct the record and commit to staying on the side of the Internet-using, cable-watching, competition-loving public.
How would you like to give to Free Press — without spending a single penny of your hard-earned cash? Sound too good to be true? Well, never fear: This is the real deal, thanks to the altruistic folks behind the Giving Library.
There has been an important shift in the fight for press freedom over the last six months. This fight is increasingly global in scope, participatory in nature and intertwined with digital rights and Internet freedom. These shifts demand new strategic alliances and new kinds of advocacy, but they also represent an opportunity to engage new people and highlight new voices in the struggle for freedom of expression.
Millions of people have helped make the Web the amazing, essential thing that it is. So when the Web turns 25 in 2014, we’ll need millions of people to help secure the Web’s future. We shouldn’t let anybody — governments, companies or individuals — take away or try to control the precious space we’ve built on the Web to create, communicate and collaborate freely. This was the message from World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee as he addressed a U.N. gathering in Geneva.
Pay-TV” cord-cutting” and “cord-thinning” climbed a bit in the third quarter -- with perhaps higher activity to come. Among pay TV customers -- representing some 90 percent of U.S. TV homes -- 17 percent either trimmed pay TV networks/services or removed them completely in the third quarter of this year.
The U.S. Department of Justice has made the right decision to not prosecute WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange for publishing leaks from former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, if a recent report in the Washington Post is correct, press freedom advocates said.
Earlier this month, Comcast expanded its trial program that imposes data caps on home broadband services.