For the artist, the inventor and the dreamer, the Internet has been a continent of possibility.
The FCC broke its silence and issued the agency’s first big announcement since a federal court struck down the Net Neutrality rules last month. Give the statement a speed-read and you might think the agency is moving in the right direction. There are some great buzzwords in there. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler talks about accepting the court’s invitation to “preserve a free and open Internet” as a “platform for innovation and expression.” But all this announcement does is kick the can down the road — the wrong road.
Get ready for a cable-style blackout of video-streaming darling Netflix.
One thing is certain about Comcast’s proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable: It doesn’t pass the smell test. Comcast claims that the combination of the two largest cable companies will somehow enhance, rather than diminish, competition and lead to greater consumer satisfaction. Don’t worry, Godzilla will play nice on the playground.
Thank you to everyone who has signed on to this petition in support of a free and open Internet. Since his days as a United States Senator, President Obama has embraced the principle of Net Neutrality. As the President recently noted, his campaign for the White House was empowered by an open Internet; it allowed millions of supporters to interact with the President and each other in unprecedented fashion.
Though the proposal unveiled by Comcast earlier this week to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion might look sexy at first glance -- a closer look reveals the proposed merger's ugly side.
Snowden Documents Reveal Covert Surveillance and Pressure Tactics Aimed at WikiLeaks and Its Supporters
Top-secret documents from the National Security Agency and its British counterpart reveal for the first time how the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom targeted WikiLeaks and other activist groups with tactics ranging from covert surveillance to prosecution.
Of the many benefits that Comcast executives said would flow to consumers from its proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable — more innovation, advanced technology, improved service — the one it did not mention is probably the one consumers care about most: their cable bills.
Brian Stelter and Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron analyze Comcast’s proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable; will it benefit or hurt consumers?
When it comes to media, bigger is not better. And when it comes to the control of the infrastructure of how we communicate now, the trend toward extreme bigness — as illustrated by Comcast’s plan to buy Time Warner Cable and create an unprecedented cable combine — is accelerating at a dangerous pace.
When the two biggest cable companies in the country get the urge to merge, everybody pays attention. Cable is, for many, how we connect now. To television, yes, but also through broadband connections to everything on the Internet. Last week, giant Comcast announced a $45 billion deal to acquire giant Time Warner Cable. There is protest all over that the deal would cost consumers, cut competition, concentrate power and slow innovation at the heart of the economy. But Comcast argues just the opposite, and Comcast has clout.
Reports are saying that Verizon and other Internet service providers are not giving Netflix the juice it needs to make my experience the seamless Sorkinian delight it should be. Verizon denies this, saying it treats all sites equally. What we do know is that Internet service providers want Netflix to pay up. Netflix requires a lot of data, and Verizon, which controls the pipes that bring you the Internet, wants it to pay extra.
This is the letter I sent to Neil Smit, CEO of Comcast Cable, and Brian L Roberts, CEO of Comcast Corporation this morning in response to my experience streaming video on Netflix at lower than SD bitrates last night on my 50Mbit/sec Comcast connection at home. I've been a Comcast subscriber for 8 years and have been reasonably happy with the service, despite the high price and some availability hiccups, because of the high performance of my Internet connection. If Comcast is going to take that advantage away, I'll happily drop them for a more user-friendly local provider.
What if I told you that the ham-fisted attempts by giant telecom corporations to abuse their gatekeeper positions anti-competitively are actually great for startups and consumers? Yes, I'd slap me too. Still, this appears to be the central thesis of a new Wired editorial by TechFreedom's Berin Szoka and George Mason University’s Mercatus Center's Brent Skorup, who insist that killing off Net Neutrality is just what Internet underdogs need.
The Women’s Media Center has released its third annual report on the status of gender and racial diversity in the media. The conclusion reached, yet again, is that “the American media have exceedingly more distance to travel on the road to gender-blind parity.”
Susan Crawford joins Bill Moyers to discuss how our government has allowed a few powerful media conglomerates to put profit ahead of the public interest — rigging the rules, raising prices, and stifling competition. As a result, Crawford says, all of us are at the mercy of the biggest business monopoly since Standard Oil in the first Gilded Age a hundred years ago.
The FCC plans to allow Internet service providers to offer varying speeds to websites in at least some cases, according to a senior agency official. The decision is a blow to open-Internet advocates, who argue that all websites should receive equal treatment. It could also be bad news for Netflix, which would be the most obvious target for Internet providers that would want to charge special fees to the data-heavy video site for an Internet "fast lane" to reach users.
Venezuela’s domestic media blackout is joined by a parallel international blackout, one born not of censorship but of disinterest and inertia. It’s hard to express the sense of helplessness you get looking through these pages and finding nothing. Venezuela burns; nobody cares.
At least 60 journalists have been detained since the military ousted President Mohamed Morsi last July, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, with nine of them still in custody, including a Yemeni blogger arrested after interviewing attendees at a book fair.
Comcast wants to dominate cable TV and Internet service in a regulatory vacuum. Will Comcast political clout out muscle the FCC and DoJ?