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Archive: October 2009

Computer Science Professor David Farber Explains His Opposition to Net Neutrality

David Farber, a professor of computer science and public policy at Carnegie Mellon, opposes net neutrality rules proposed by the Federal Communications Commission. Here's why: Farber doesn't think there are enough examples of bad players in the telecom, cable and wireless industries to justify more regulation. And even if there...

By Cecilia Kang | October 8, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

DOJ Probes IBM on Mainframe Monopoly

The Department of Justice has begun a preliminary investigation into whether IBM has abused its monopoly in mainframe computers.

By Cecilia Kang | October 8, 2009; 7:45 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

AT&T Mobility CEO on Net Neutrality: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It

Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility, said Wednesday that net neutrality rules on the table at the FCC could hurt the booming wireless industry. The comments by de la Vega followed a speech by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski at a conference in San Diego by CTIA. Genachowski, in...

By Cecilia Kang | October 7, 2009; 3:19 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

FCC Chairman Hearts Springsteen, iPhone App for Kids

Okay, here's what we've gleaned this week about Julius Genachowski, head of the Federal Communications Commission. He's into the Boss and digs educational iPhone apps for his kids. This week, he spoke at a music policy conference and explained net neutrality through Bruce Springsteen lyrics. Today, in front of a...

By Cecilia Kang | October 7, 2009; 1:33 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

FCC Chair to Wireless Industry: More Spectrum Coming ... And Net Neutrality Rules

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said to the wireless industry Wedneday, "It's all about mobile." As such, Julius Genachowski commended AT&T and Verizon Wireless for their announcements yesterday that showed they were moving more in the direction Genachowski wants: to an open Internet. But he showed no sign...

By Cecilia Kang | October 7, 2009; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

AT&T Wireless Chief, De La Vega, Named Chairman of CTIA

AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega was named chairman of the wireless industry trade group CTIA. He will begin his term in January and will replace T-Mobile USA CEO Robert Dotson. The trade group also announced new board members: AOL Vice President of Mobile Products Raine Bergstrom; Assurant Solutions...

By Cecilia Kang | October 7, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

The Full Story on AT&T Opening to Skype, Verizon Android Deal

Click here to read my story from the paper today on AT&T and Verizon Wireless opening their networks to popular phone services....

By Cecilia Kang | October 7, 2009; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

AT&T Lost Skype Fight When Admitted Blocking To Protect Voice Revenues: Analysts

With regulatory winds against it, AT&T's announcement to allow Internet voice services on the iPhone to ride on its 3G network was expected.

By Cecilia Kang | October 7, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

FCC Chair Expected To Give AT&T Props, But Push Forward On Net Neutrality

When FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski speaks at 12:30 p.m. today to the wireless industry, he'll likely make a nod to moves Tuesday by AT&T to run Internet voice services for the iPhone on its cell network. But he's probably not going to scale back on his push to codify and strengthen rules that ensure consumers get access to any legal application or content of their choice on the Web, analysts say.

By Cecilia Kang | October 7, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

AT&T Allows iPhone To Make Internet Calls On Cell Network

AT&T said Tuesday it would open its 3G wireless network to Internet voice applications on the iPhone, including Skype. The move comes as the nation's second largest wireless operator has been pushing back against proposed net neutrality rules at the Federal Communications Commission. Skype and other Internet voice applications could...

By Cecilia Kang | October 6, 2009; 4:27 PM ET | Comments (8) | TrackBack (0)

Verizon Teams With Google On Cell Phones, Google Voice

Verizion, the nation's largest cell phone service, announced Tuesday morning it is teaming up with Google to develop phones using the search giant's Android mobile software platform. Verizion Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam said on a conference call it will introduce two new Android phones this year. He also said the...

By Cecilia Kang | October 6, 2009; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

All Eyes on AT&T at CTIA; Will Ma Bell Let Skype Onto Its Networks?

Is AT&T about to announce Skype and Google Voice will run on its mobile network via Apple's iPhone? That's the buzz ahead of a wireless industry conference that begins Wednesday in San Diego.

By Cecilia Kang | October 6, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0)

Google CEO To FCC Chair: Thanks for Net Neutrality, Need a Hand With Broadband?

Last Friday, Google chief executive Eric Schmidt stopped by the Federal Communications Commission to say thanks to Chairman Julus Genachowski and senior staff for proposing new rules on net neutrality that the firm has long advocated. Schmidt "expressed his appreciation to the chairman for his leadership in promoting open and...

By Cecilia Kang | October 6, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Republicans Step Up Opposition to Net Neutrality; House GOP Ask FCC For Data

A group of House of Representatives Republicans on Monday called for the Federal Communications Commission to do a market analysis before proposing a new rule that would prevent Internet service providers from acting as gatekeepers of content and services on the Web. In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski,...

By Cecilia Kang | October 5, 2009; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

FTC: Bloggers, Research Studies Must Cite Ties To Advertisers

Bloggers, fess up. If you're receiving money from companies and endorsing their products, say so or face a potential penalty of $11,000 from the Federal Trade Commission. The policy for bloggers was part of new guidelines on how advertisers can use endorsements by research firms, bloggers and celebrities, the FTC...

By Cecilia Kang | October 5, 2009; 1:38 PM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Tab Dump: Spotlight Google

Amid the chatter of Ken Auletta's new book on Google, TechCrunch says some of the most interesting stuff comes from media moguls responding to the Web giant. CEO Eric Schmidt at one time said he aimed to make the search engine into a $100 billion media empire. More on Google...

By Cecilia Kang | October 5, 2009; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

What FCC Chair Is Reading: Gives Glimpse of Thinking on Broadband, Net Neutrality

To understand how FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski thinks about his job, go back in history and understand the postal system. That's what I picked up from a book Genachowski offered to me last week as recommended reading.

By Cecilia Kang | October 5, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

House GOP Leaders Complain to Obama About Net Neutrality

House Republican leaders complained Friday to President Obama that net neutrality rules proposed by the Federal Communications Commission could deter investment in broadband networks and hurt the economy. House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the House Republican whip, wrote in a letter to the president...

By Cecilia Kang | October 2, 2009; 4:52 PM ET | Comments (30) | TrackBack (1)

Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists, Entrepreneurs Give a Video Thumbs-Up to Net Neutrality

Check out this funny mashup in support of net neutrality that puts FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's speech last week to the tune of "Bits Don't Lie," a riff of Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie." An enthusiastic Tim Draper, venture capitalist investors of Yahoo and Hotmail, and other Sand Hill Road investors...

By Cecilia Kang | October 2, 2009; 2:49 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Google Voice May Be Breaking Phone Rules, But Not Net Neutrality: Experts

AT&T's beef with Google Voice for blocking phone calls to rural areas may carry some weight, telecom policy experts and sources at the Federal Communications Commission said. But they are skeptical about AT&T's complaint that Google's phone calling service also violates net neutrality rules.

By Cecilia Kang | October 2, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Readers Ask for Disclosure That Washington Post Owns Cable Co.

Readers and commenters on this blog have noted that The Washington Post Co. owns Cable One, a cable network that provides video and Internet service in 19 states. The information, readers said, should be provided by opinion writers when they write about a net neutrality proposal at the Federal Communications...

By Cecilia Kang | October 1, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (1)

Former FCC Chair: Yes to Net Neutrality, But Maybe Not Wireless, As He Heads to Firm With Telecom Clients

Kevin Martin, the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said Wednesday in an interview with USA Today that he supports a current proposal to codify and expand net neutrality rules. But he isn't sure if those rules should the wireless industry, one of the loudest debates to arise from last week's announced proposal.

By Cecilia Kang | October 1, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)


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