Posts tagged “FCC”

Who needs net neutrality? You do!

NET Neutrality - an activist mashup from Michael Mahaffey and ill.gates

There are only four days left to let the FCC know how you feel about net neutrality. If you are still unclear on what is at stake, check out the mashup above from Michael Mahaffey and ill.gates.

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Purging the 2009 story hopper

For various reasons, these stories and videos never made their way into posts this year, though they were all worthy. This is in no way intended as your typical PR, tactical news dump. These are important stories that I actually want you to read. I just needed to clean out the hopper for the new year. So, please take your time and dig through these links and videos. There’s even some “feel good” links mixed in for good measure! Happy New Year!

Monsanto: Farmer suicides in India

The World According To Monsanto, Part 1

Elizabeth Warren on the Economy

Bill to “ban” organic farming

Monsanto’s dream bill

Buy “The World According To Monsanto”

Making the TransAfghanistan pipeline safe for democracy

Stop making sense by digby

In search of morale: are Americans too broken for the truth to set us free?

Who should resist and who will become serfs?

Why is America apathetic? Aww, screw it. Who cares?

From EFF’s secret files: Anatomy of a bogus subpoena

What do ISPs charge the law to spy on you?

Vienna students march on US embassy (in solidarity with UC students)

Waterboarding the rule of law

Spain investigates what America should

Amy Goodman and Canada’s Olympic Paranoia

Time Warner and Embarq can’t compete with city-owned ISP, trying to outlaw it

Cablevision power play: 101 Mbps Internet, no caps, $99

Parkinson’s Dirty Deal, Part 1

Student hoaxes world’s media on Wikipedia

Buggy ‘smart meters’ open door to power-grid botnet

Time Warner cable cannot possibly compete with the small city of Wilson, North Carolina

Literary Lessons: Authors, Poet write the news

FCC to examine mobile phone exclusives

Comics artist Mark Sable detained for Unthinkable acts

Should linking be illegal?

Bush’s secret NSA spying may have tainted prosecutions, report warns

Free the patents and laws, activist tells the Feds

Birth of new species witnessed by scientists [evolution in action]

Clinic with two doors, a symbol of two-tier care

Corporations rule (II): Walmart can close stores in Canada to block unions

Democracy Now! covers Olympic security

US forgoes billions in tax on Citi

Feds ‘pinged’ Sprint GPS data 8 million times over a year

American’s consume 34 Gb of content per day

Millions of missing Bush administration emails found

Scott Demuth’ statement on facing terrorism charges [graduate student charged as terrorist for not revealing his research sources]

The credit card’s newest trick: 79.9 percent interest

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FCC increases competition, OKs use of white spaces



Yes, there was another important vote yesterday and you did read that headline correctly. The Federal Communications Commission voted yesterday to allow the use of the vacated white spaces between TV channels to be used for broadband internet access. This is a huge victory for those of us who see the expansion of broadband internet access as an essential step in preserving our democracy.

All you have to do is watch your local television “newscast” to know that it is increasingly difficult to get access to important news and information away from the internet. Look at the success of Barack Obama’s campaign. The internet and its ubiquity are essential in our modern democracy. [Psst…I am not forgetting my neo-luddism here. But until we are plagued by EMPs and need to bust out the printing presses again, the internet is key.]

Visualize the TV spectrum, both old and new. Image:


Visualize the TV spectrum, both old and new.

I’m not going to bother you with the technical details of how this works, largely because I don’t have a technical grasp on it myself. In a nutshell, when the U.S. TV system switches to digital in February 2009, we will have more bandwidth available for local broadband access like city-wide WiFi and rural access. This will provide a viable alternative to expensive cable/DSL/Satellite/Cellular internet access. This is great news and a huge step forward; it is a marked change from past and concurrent FCC decisions. November 4, 2008. What a day!

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