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Post Tech: October 25, 2009 - October 31, 2009

FCC's Levin calls U.S. the Doug Flutie of Wireless, calls for more spectrum

America's standing in wireless broadband can be compared to former football player Doug Flutie, says Blair Levin, the person in charge of figuring out how to connect all of the nation to high-speed Internet Pound for pound, Flutie was awesome....

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 30, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Broadband , Mobile , Spectrum  | Tags: blair levin, broadband, doug flutie, fcc, wireless  
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Vuze CEO on TV Everywhere, competition (uh, or lack thereof)

Gilles BianRosa, CEO of online video sharing service Vuze, is surrounded by startup carnage. He's seen the failure of many entrepreneurs trying to create online video distribution sites. Others have had to rewrite their business plans as providers of video...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 30, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Online Video  | Tags: bian delrosa, comcast, skype, video sharing, vuze  
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A nutrition box for Internet service?

Of all the data being collected for a federal probe into truth-in-billing rules for communications services, one statistic stands out: "Consumers are paying for broadband Internet service that lags advertised speeds by as much as 50 percent."

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 29, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Broadband , Consumers  | Tags: consumer billing complaints, customer complaints comcast, internet speeds  
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Google tells FCC it's still blocking calls, but fewer of them

Google told the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday that it's still blocking some high-cost phone calls, but its engineers have figured out a way to reduce the phone numbers affected to fewer than 100. That may not be enough to...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 28, 2009; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Google  
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One illustrated view of world without net neutrality rules

So what would the world look like if proposed net neutrality rules fail to clear the Federal Communications Commission? Opponents of the rules favor a continuation of the status quo, under which only a few examples of bad behavior by...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 28, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Net Neutrality  
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Chat with Boxee on TV's slow embrace of the Web

The Web has upended the newspaper, music, and telephone businesses. Consumers have cut the chord on their home phones. They've stopped buying CDs. And newspapers (sigh), well you know where that's going. But a stubborn final frontier, however, has been...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 28, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Obama tech adviser Susan Crawford plans departure

White House technology policy adviser, Susan Crawford will leave her position in January to return to the University of Michigan Law School where she is a tenured professor, according to the Obama administration. Crawford, known as a proponent of controversial...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 27, 2009; 7:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Internet Innovation Alliance names Sutphen co-chair

Internet Innovation Alliance, a group of telecom firms and nonprofit groups pushing for broadband access and adoption, said Tuesday David Sutphen will be its co-chair along with Bruce Mehlman.

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 27, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: at&t, hewlett packard, naacp  
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Internet networks unable to handle H1N1 telework traffic: GAO

As concerns rage over the spread of the H1N1 flu, a federal report showed that a pandemic that would keep millions of Americans at home could also overload Internet networks.

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 27, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: fcc, gao, h1n1, homeland security, swine flu, telecommuting  
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Comcast chimes in, and sounds like AT&T

On the subject of open-Internet rules, Comcast is sounding a lot more like AT&T. The cable giant's top lobbyist told journalists Monday that the Federal Communications Commision should consider whether any new rules would also apply to Web companies such...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 26, 2009; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Former FCC chair Michael Powell joins AOL board

A soon-to-be independent AOL said Monday that former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael K. Powell will serve on the company's board. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong will serve as chairman of the board. Time Warner has announced its plans to spin...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 26, 2009; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Oops! Lobby group forgets to fill in blanks of apparent form letter to FCC

As reported last week, lobbying ahead of the FCC's vote on a net neutrality proposal was fierce. We looked into AT&T's push against the move for new rules. But along with the intensity was some clumsiness. Take a look at...

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 26, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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AT&T lobbying story hits a nerve with readers

Lots of feedback on the Telecom lobbying story last week, that looked specifically into the message blitz by AT&T against the FCC's move toward open-Internet access rules.

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 26, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Tags: at&t lobbying, facebook, fcc, google, net neutrality  
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Government wades into digital parenting anxieties

When it comes to parenting in the digital age, I'm a bit of a mess. I view our technology tricked-out home with both adoration and loathing. I Love how my six-year-old daughter and I looked up the difference between snails and slugs on a Wikipedia iPhone app. I hate that after watching an online clip of the Wizard of Oz, she was oddly steered to another video of a couple in heavy liplock.

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 26, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags: children media, embedded advertising, federal communications commission  
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