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Post Tech: April 11, 2010 - April 17, 2010

FCC puts off one deadline on Comcast-NBC merger, prolonging review

The Federal Communications Commission has lifted a May 3 deadline for the public to weigh in on Comcast’s proposed merger with NBC Universal after the company said it would file two expected economic reports close to that date. The extension...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 16, 2010; 5:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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USTR: Acta won't include three-strikes; draft available in days

The office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Friday an international agreement to fight counterfeiting online and off won’t force Internet service providers to cut off users who steal music, movies and other intellectual property. A draft of the agreement...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 16, 2010; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Library of Congress archives Twitter, the big and mundane

In the paper today: By Cecilia Kang The Library of Congress' project to archive Twitter was a nod to the significance of the social networking site that gave voice to imprisoned journalists in Egypt and fueled a rallying cry...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 16, 2010; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Levin, head of FCC's broadband push, goes to Aspen Institute

Blair Levin, executive director of the Federal Communications Commission's broadband initiative, will join the Aspen Institute's Communications and Society Program as a fellow, the FCC announced Thursday. Levin led a year-long effort that produced dozens of policy proposals to bring...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 15, 2010; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The Full Video: Ex-FCC heads Hundt and Powell discuss broadband policy

Former FCC chairmen Reed Hundt (D) and Michael Powell (R) sit down with Post Tech to talk about the future of the Federal Communications Commission and new questions about its ability to carry out broadband policy. This is the...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 15, 2010; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags: Federal Communications Commission  
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Franken presses Holder on Comcast-NBC merger

During Senate grilling Wednesday on the promised closing of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Attorney General Eric Holder also received some heat from Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on the Comcast-NBC Universal merger. Franken, who has emerged as one of the...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 15, 2010; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Mixed signals: Does the FCC have authority to regulate broadband?

Does the Federal Communications Commission have the authority to regulate broadband services? I'm scratching my head after a Senate Commerce Committee hearing at which FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski seemed to say two different things: He believes it does under communications...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 14, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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UPDATE: Rockefeller vows Congressional support for FCC on broadband

Update 3:32 p.m.: With comments from Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) urging FCC to reclassify broadband services. Update 4:14 p.m.: Quote by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski on how the federal court ruling raises question about portions of its national broadband plan....

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 14, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Video: Former FCC heads on rules for the Web

Reed Hundt and Michael K. Powell, former chairmen of the Federal Communications Commission, sat down with The Post to talk about the future of the agency as a federal court decision appears to put its oversight of broadband services...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 14, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  AT&T , Broadband , Comcast , FCC , Google , Verizon  
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AT&T's Quinn on what Title II looks like, in volumes:

What does Title II look like? Here's Bob Quinn, senior vice president of AT&T's federal regulatory affairs in his Washington office showing us....

By by Cecilia Kang  |  April 14, 2010; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Tags: AT&T, Bob Quinn, Business, Title II  
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FCC chair mum about broadband classification

If you're hoping that Wednesday, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission will put an end to speculation on whether the agency will reclassify broadband services to make them more clearly under its authority, you're gonna be disappointed. FCC Chairman...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 13, 2010; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags: FCC, Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, Network neutrality  
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Battle over reclassification intensifies: AT&T against; Google and Skype for

The prospect of the Federal Communications Commission clarifying its role over broadband services has telecom and high-tech companies scurrying to argue for and against the idea. On Tuesday, AT&T filed comments to the FCC in response to a growing push...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 13, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  AT&T , Broadband , Comcast , FCC , Google , Verizon  
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FCC tries to win over broadcasters on spectrum

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday tried to win over an angry broadcasting industry that doesn’t want to give up spectrum to be used for mobile broadband networks. The FCC has proposed that 500 megahertz of spectrum...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 13, 2010; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC , Spectrum  
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Video: Free Press policy chief responds to former FCC Chairman Powell

Ben Scott, the policy director of Free Press, responds to a Q&A with former FCC chairman Michael K. Powell, former FCC chairman. In this interview, Scott disagrees on many points with Powell. First of all, he says that converting...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 13, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  AT&T , Broadband , Comcast , Consumers , FCC , Google , Net Neutrality , Verizon  
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Another letter against net neutrality: organized by telecom PR group

The lobbying machine around net neutrality is going into high gear. Navigators Global, a public relations and consulting firm in Washington, is rounding up economists to sign onto a letter warning against new rules at the FCC. Navigators Global’s clients...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 12, 2010; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Economic experts warn against net neutrality rule in Verizon-funded study

Economists, law professors and industry consultants told the Federal Communications Commission on Monday they don’t like the idea of a new net neutrality rule. In comments filed with the agency, 21 economic professors from universities such as George Mason University,...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 12, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Where's Google on net neutrality, FCC role?

In the past week, Google has been noticeably absent from a growing debate about the future of a net neutrality policy being proposed by the Federal Communications Commission and the agency’s role over broadband services. Last week, a company spokesperson...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 12, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  AT&T , Broadband , Comcast , FCC , Google , Verizon  
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My Q&A with former FCC chair Powell on how he hates reclassification -- the name and the idea

Former FCC chairman Michael Powell wants to set the record straight. He thinks people are tossing around the word "reclassification" much too liberally, and not only because he disagrees with the idea. He thinks the FCC is meddling in areas it shouldn't. And he thinks the market is doing a better job at expanding broadband than the government.

By by Cecilia Kang  |  April 12, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  AT&T , Broadband , Comcast , FCC , FTC , Verizon  
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U of Michigan law professor Crawford: Now's the chance for FCC

Susan Crawford sees it differently than Michael Powell. Check out her op-ed in The New York Times on Sunday, where the University of Michigan law professor credits deregulation of broadband services under former FCC chairmen Michael Powell and Kevin...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 11, 2010; 10:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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