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Supreme Court Upholds FCC’s Ability to Sanction a Single Expletive

April 28th, 2009 · No Comments

By Drew Clark
April 28, 2009 – The Federal Communications Commission may proscribe the broadcast of a single expletive, the Supreme Court held on Tuesday, overturning an appellate court determination that such restrictions amounted to a change of policy.
In a 5-4 decision on Tuesday authored by Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court ruled narrowly, on the […]

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Tags: FCC · First Amendment · News · Supreme Court

The Last Meeting of Chairman Martin

January 15th, 2009 · No Comments

 WASHINGTON, January 15, 2009 - At the last meeting of the Federal Communications Commission under Chairman Kevin Martin, it’s family time!
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Tags: FCC · News

AT&T Reacts to FCC Action Against Comcast

August 1st, 2008 · 3 Comments

WASHINGTON, August 1, 12:13 p.m. - AT&T has issued this statement on the FCC action:
“Regardless of how one views the merits of the complaint against Comcast, the FCC today has shown that its national internet policies work, and that they are more than sufficient for handling any net neutrality concerns that may […]

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Tags: FCC · att · comcast · net neutrality

Comcast, Free Press React to FCC Decision on Network Management

August 1st, 2008 · 3 Comments

WASHINGTON, August 1, 11:53 a.m. - Comcast has issued this statement:
“One need look no further than today’s FCC decision for proof that engineering challenges on the Internet should be solved by engineers, not government officials,” said National Cable and Telecommunications Association CEO Kyle McSlarrow. “In second-guessing reasonable network management techniques (with no notice or guidelines […]

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Tags: FCC · NCTA · comcast · net neutrality

FCC Gives Comcast to Year-End to Disclose Practices

August 1st, 2008 · 3 Comments

WASHINGTON, August 1, 11:37 a.m. - The Federal Communications Commission “announced its intention to exercise its authority to oversee federal Internet policy in adjudicating” Comcast’s network management practices, the agency said this morning.
The five commissioners are still debating the matter, but according to a release issued by the FCC, the agency will require Comcast, within […]

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Tags: FCC · comcast · net neutrality

FCC Releases Broadband Data Order For Census-Tract Data

June 16th, 2008 · 2 Comments

By Drew Clark, Editor, BroadbandCensus.com
WASHINGTON, June 15 - In an effort to increase the data that the Federal Communications Commission has available as it designs broadband policies, on Thursday the FCC ordered broadband providers to provide the agency with more detailed information.
For the past eight years, broadband providers had to provide the FCC with semi-annual […]

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Tags: Broadband Census · Connect Kentucky · Connected Nation · FCC · broadband data

Digital Inclusion About More Than Connectivity, Says One Economy CEO

June 2nd, 2008 · No Comments

By Drew Clark, Editor, BroadbandCensus.com
WASHINGTON, June 2 - Ensuring that all Americans have access to broadband is about more than ensuring high-speed Internet connectivity, said the CEO of the One Economy, a non-profit organization promoting a philosophy of “digital inclusion.”
In addition to ensuring that broadband is present, affordable and available for adoption by low-income Americans, […]

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Tags: FCC · Knight Foundation · One Economy · OneCommunity · digital divide · digital inclusion

Supreme Court Will Hear Indecency Case

March 18th, 2008 · 4 Comments

By Drew Clark
Here’s a maxim for Supreme Court watchers: the high court likes to be entertained.
The justices’ decision to take the Federal Communications Commission v. Fox Television Stations case means that the court will finally hear a case pitting broadcast-style indecency regulation against the more recent rulings that the First Amendment forbids restrictions on the […]

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Tags: FCC · indecency

In Comcast vs. Verizon, Comcast is Down Two Counts

February 27th, 2008 · 2 Comments

By Drew Clark
Dominance in the broadband market is a battle of both technology and politics. Right now Comcast, America’s leading cable company, is losing on both counts.
Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen emerged from the Federal Communications Commission’s hearing on Internet practices in Cambridge, Mass., as unable to defend himself and his company against charges […]

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Tags: FCC · Uncategorized · comcast · net neutrality · network managment · verizon

National Public Radio on Kevin Martin

February 6th, 2008 · 2 Comments

National Public Radio kicked off a four-part series on the Federal Communications Commission with a profile of Kevin Martin. I’m interviewed by Neda Ulaby, who quotes me as describing Kevin Martin as “Nixonian.”
Kevin Martin’s Contentious Turn at Helm of FCC
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All Things Considered, February 5, 2008 · FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has […]

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Tags: FCC · Kevin Martin

The Launch of BroadbandCensus.com

February 1st, 2008 · 1 Comment

By Drew Clark
BroadbandCensus.com, a new Web site designed to provide everyday Internet users with the ability to learn about broadband availability, competition, speeds and prices – in their local areas — launched January 31.
The information launched yesterday evening on BroadbandCensus.com is really only the beginning. We understand that the information we have about local broadband […]

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Tags: Broadband Census · FCC · broadband · broadband data

FCC Releases List of Participants for Media Ownership Hearing

October 29th, 2007 · No Comments

Plan on a big Halloween at the Federal Communications Commission! In addition to a full agenda — Internet-protocol enabled services, a proceeding that has been lingering since 2004, plus two new orders likely to boost the fortunes of Bell companies AT&T and Verizon Communications (exclusive service contracts for apartment buildings, and potential delays in local […]

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Tags: FCC · att · media ownership · verizon

FTC Report on Broadband Resurrects Freedom of Service Information

July 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

By Drew Clark
WASHINGTON, July 3, 2007 – The Federal Trade Commission intends to monitor the information that telecom and cable companies provide about high-speed Internet service in the service plans they offer to customers, according to a report issued last week by the agency.
The FTC asserts in the report, released on June 27, that since […]

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Tags: FCC · antitrust · broadband · net neutrality

Google, Intel, Skype and Yahoo! Seek Rules for Bidding on Broadcast Frequencies

March 7th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Google, Intel, Skype and Yahoo! Seek Rules for Bidding on Broadcast Frequencies

By Drew Clark
WASHINGTON, March 7, 2007 – The country’s two satellite television companies have joined forces with four major technology companies and a wireless company to promote the auction of frequencies currently used by television broadcasters.
In a March 5 meeting at the Federal Communications […]

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Tags: FCC · spectrum · wireless and spectrum

New House Subcommittee To Investigate Media Ownership

January 13th, 2007 · No Comments

New House Subcommittee To Investigate Media Ownership
By Drew Clark
MEMPHIS, Tenn., January 13, 2007 — A new House subcommittee chaired by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, will turn its oversight to a range of government agencies, particularly the Federal Communications Commission, Kucinich announced here on Friday night.
Kucinich, a 2004 candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination who stated […]

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Tags: FCC · media · ownership