• An iPod touch "Peel" 3G Case Gets Reviewed, Deemed Usable, But Not An iPhone Replacement (Yet)

    The iPod touch has always been looked upon like a phone-less iPhone, but users will soon be able to change that as suddenly, there’s a few different 3G jackets popping up. The seemingly Sprint-bound Peel hit the FCC a few days back and now a similar product was reviewed in China. The Apple Peel 520 (probably not officially endorsed by Apple) seems slightly different than the Sprint Peel… Read More

  • 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

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