FCC

  • Keen On on Net Neutrality

    FCC Action: Necessary Or The "9/11 For The Internet"? Experts Debate (Video)

    After news broke earlier that the FCC will move to regulate Internet lines, we assembled five experts on net neutrality to spar on the topic. There was blood, tears (I may be exaggerating slightly) and frank discourse on the FCC’s jurisdiction and the possible fallout for Internet competition, access and the FCC’s much ballyhooed National Broadband plan. Andrew Keen, author of The… Read More

  • The FCC Steps Up To Protect Net Neutrality. But Does It Go Far Enough?

    The FCC Steps Up To Protect Net Neutrality. But Does It Go Far Enough?

    The FCC will in fact be reregulating the ways we connect to the Internet in order to protect net neutrality, a report in The Wall Street Journal says today. Assuming this is true, it’s huge news, and potentially a huge win for consumers. But the big question will be: does it go far enough? There isn’t much detail in the WSJ report, but the key part is that FCC Chairman Julius… Read More

  • FCC pressing for AllVid to replace Cable Cards

    Looks like the FCC wants to replace your Cable Card with, I don’t know, something useful. The new device, dubbed “AllVid,” would work with a variety of media—TVs, computers, and the like—to deliver “multichannel video programming and Internet content.” And I’m the Queen of England~! Read More

  • FCC: Comcast Decision Casts a Shadow On Broadband Plan


    The FCC acknowledged on their official blog today that the court’s decision on the Comcast deal could hamper their national broadband plan. General Counsel of the FCC, Austin Schlick says that the court’s ruling that the FCC does not have the authority to enforce net neutrality was an “important ruling.” “It undermines the legal approach the FCC adopted in 2005… Read More

  • Federal Court Tells FCC It Does Not Have Authority To Enforce Net Neutrality

    This morning, the U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia dealt the FCC a major blow in its drive to impose net neutrality on the nation’s broadband providers. A panel of three judges ruled that the FCC did not have the authority to order Comcast to stop slowing down BitTorrent traffic, and, more, broadly, that the FCC does not have the authority to enforce net… Read More

  • Help Us Google, You're Our Only Broadband Hope. (The Government Has No Spine.)

    Help Us Google, You're Our Only Broadband Hope. (The Government Has No Spine.)

    For the future of innovation in the United States, few things seem as important as access to broadband Internet connections. The FCC seems to realize this, which is why they’ve set up the National Broadband Plan. And yet, we’re screwed. As Harvard Law professor Yochai Benkler lays out in an excellent op-ed today in the New York Times, this new broadband plan may sound great, but… Read More

  • Comcast to begin 100 mbps residential broadband this year

    Kudos to Comcast for embracing the year 2009. The nation’s largest—and quite possibly worst—ISP has finally committed itself to deploying 100 mbps broadband beginning this year. That will make the FCC happy, what with the loft goals it set with its National Broadband Plan. It’s also good news for people who know their way around things like Usenet—taps nose like… Read More

  • Tell the FCC how you use broadband

    The FCC would like to know what you do with broadband. This is what I do, and what I imagine 99 percent of Americans use it for. Read More

  • The FCC's National Broadband Plan is now live!

    Might as well get this over with now. The FCC has announced its National Broadband Plan, which describes where the agency would like to see the U.S. in a few years’ time vis-à-vis broadband and connectedness. It’s sorta like the UK’s Digital Britain report, published last year. The big thing is this: it’s in America’s best interest to turn itself into a… Read More

  • Why are people against the FCC's National Broadband Plan?

    Up until a moment ago, this was going to be a standard “newsy” post: the FCC will announce its National Broadband Plan on Tuesday, here’s what it’s all about. Then I read the comments of a PC World article discussing that very same plan—many people are outraged that the government would muscle its way into the free market! If Americans wanted fast broadband then… Read More

  • Ask FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski About The Internet On YouTube

    In the second installment of a series of open interviews with government leaders, YouTube is going to field questions to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, following the launch of the National Broadband Plan next Tuesday (The FCC is the federal agency that oversees all elements of the U.S. communications sector). The plan aims to connect all Americans to fast… Read More

  • What would you even do with a 100 mbps Internet connection?

    About a year ago I signed up for Cablevision’s Optimum Online Ultra, and aside from a little snafu that I’m trying to fix right now (don’t ask!), it’s been great. How could you go wrong with a reliable 100 mbps down/15 mbps up connection? Only $100/month, too. Other ISPs are getting close to offering similar speeds, thanks to Docsis 3.0, but some people are wondering… Read More

  • AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon break down ETFs for the FCC

    Early termination fees. No one likes them but they can sometimes be a necessary evil. If you become unhappy with your service provider or you are overwhelmed with lust for a new gadget on a different carrier, you pay the price. Carriers say that these termination fees, or ETFs, allow them to subsidize handsets and recover those costs over the course of a contract. Should a contract be broken… Read More

  • 1/3 of Americans don't use fast Internet

    According to the FCC, about 93 million Americans don’t use fast, broadband Internet, citing cost and complexity as a factor in their refusal to enter the 20th century. The study, below, found that 80 million adults and 13 million children either still use dial-up or don’t use the Internet at all at home, suggesting that either the survey methodology might be flawed or we’re… Read More

  • Microsoft's Pink concept phone becomes less of a concept, shows up on FCC

    Remember when people were all excited about Microsoft’s weird tablet stuff? And the phone they were supposed to make? Well, it seems the FCC has released images of an upcoming “Turtle” phone, the PB10ZU. Read More

  • Churches (and others) will have to upgrade their mics right quick or the FCC will be very angry

    The absurdity of this issue, I swear. Get this: churches (and other deals like outdoor events) have been using microphones that operate on the 700MHz spectrum since, like, forever. It turns out that that part of the spectrum, 700MHz, is to be set aside for over-the-air digital TV broadcasts. You see where this is going: churches all over the country are going to have to upgrade their… Read More

  • FCC: The CableCARDS do nothing!

    Remember CableCARDs? You probably don’t because most of us have never seen one. They were supposed to be a way to inject the magic of premium cable into OEM devices like PCs and DVRs. Instead they were hard to acquire, hard to use, and generally a bad idea. I would estimate that CableCARDs single-handedly led to current slow demise of TiVo. Read More

  • FCC considering taking some TV spectrum, auctioning it off for wireless broadband

    More FCC news for you, this Wednesday morning (and before Droid news consumes us all). The agency is considering taking some of the bandwidth that is currently allocated to digital television, and auctioning it off so that broadband companies can bid on it. The point, of course, is to increase the availability of wireless broadband. Read More

  • Beware the ‘r word’ when reading up on Net Neutrality

    The beauty of the Drudge Report right now is that Mr. Drudge is working against his very interests. He’s got some ridiculous headline right now, JULIUS AT FCC WANTS TO ‘REGULATE’ INTERNET, that’s meant to wile up his easily excitable readership. What’s going on is that the FCC has moved one step closer to bringin Net Neutrality to fruition, and has invited the… Read More

  • Google Responds To FCC Inquiry By Highlighting AT&T's Hypocrisy

    In a blog post, Google has given their take on the whole brouhaha over the restriction of outbound Google Voice calls to phone numbers in “rural” areas. Google writes that the reason they restrict these calls to local phone carriers’ in rural areas is not only because they charge pricey termination rates for calls but because these carriers are partnering with adult sex… Read More