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New York Comptroller Questions AT&T Surveillance Report Plan

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 20:37

A plan by AT&T to explain how it shares some customer information with government agencies may not be enough to restore public trust, an attorney for New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli told securities regulators.

Who Could Lose When Comcast and Khan Academy Tango

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 20:34
New America Foundation

At first glance, it looks positive: Comcast and Khan Academy are looking for ways to help bridge the digital and educational divide. But before you get excited, it’s worth considering the motives and potential impact of this agreement: The partnership raises questions about whether “discount” programs like Internet Essentials actually address the digital divide issue, and concerns about how Internet service providers might someday be able to pick favorites in the digital education market.

So, Who Owns the Internet?

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 20:32
Harvard Gazette

A lawsuit in federal court may decide whether Web access remains open and neutral.

Welcome to Oakland, Mr. Wheeler

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 20:28
New America Media

It’s rare you get the chance to talk about media and technology’s impact on your life with someone who actually can do something about it. But this is exactly the opportunity Oakland residents will have when Tom Wheeler, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, takes part in a town hall meeting on Jan. 9 at Preservation Park at 7 p.m.

AT&T Lets Companies Sponsor Subscribers' Mobile Data

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 19:43
IDG News Service

AT&T will let media companies and other partners cover the cost of delivering some data over the carrier's mobile network, letting subscribers click on videos and other content without worrying about their monthly data caps.

AT&T’s Sponsored Data Plan Isn’t the End of Net Neutrality But It Is a New Model for Wireless

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 13:36

AT&T’s Sponsored Data plan is a potentially new advertising and revenue model for the wireless industry. But is it a problem that regulators or startups should fear? Not on mobile networks.

AT&T to Sell Toll-Free Service for Wireless Data

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 13:23
Associated Press

AT&T, the country's second-largest wireless carrier, announced that it's setting up a "1-800" service for wireless data. Websites that pay for the service will be toll-free for AT&T's wireless customers, meaning the traffic won't count against a surfer's monthly allotment of data.

FCC's Wheeler to Deliver Policy Address While on West Coast

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 17:03
Broadcasting & Cable

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will appear at a town hall meeting in Oakland, Calif., Jan. 9 to talk about the impact of media consolidation, and make a policy speech while on that West Coast swing next week.

Ex-NSA Director Says Clemency for Edward Snowden Is ‘Outrageous’ Idea

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 20:57
The Daily Beast

According to the U.S. intelligence community, Edward Snowden is the most dangerous leaker in American history. The New York Times and the Guardian, however, offered a second opinion. In strongly worded editorials, the two newspapers urged President Obama to give the 30-year-old former NSA contractor clemency.

Despite the editorials and a campaign from civil liberties groups, it’s unlikely the White House or the intelligence community will support letting Snowden off the hook.

Weeks in the Making, an Editorial on Snowden May Go ‘Beyond What Is Realistic’

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 20:43
New York Times

Most newspaper editorials don’t generate a great deal of heat. Even fewer can be considered newsworthy.

The exception was one in the New York Times on Thursday, calling for Edward J. Snowden to be offered clemency or a plea bargain. By midday, it had already drawn well over 1,200 online comments, as well as articles about it in other media outlets.