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Post Tech: August 8, 2010 - August 14, 2010

Outward bound

Photo credit: desintationhero.com I'm off to cooler pastures ... but just temporarily. Will be on vacation through the end of the month, showing the kiddos whales, bears and other things wild up north. In my absence, don't break news....

By Cecilia Kang  |  August 13, 2010; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pearlstein: The FCC and the bandwidth wars

By Steven Pearlstein Friday, August 13, 2010 As a general rule, whenever you hear special-interest groups using near-hysterical language to warn that some proposal will destroy jobs, snuff out innovation and end free-market capitalism as we know it, you can...

By Steven Pearlstein  |  August 13, 2010; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC  
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Allbritton's advertising assault against Comcast-NBC merger

As Comcast and NBC Universal push for a speedy review of its merger, one local media chief has launched an assault to tell federal regulators to slow down and look at potential problems the union could present to smaller competitors....

By Cecilia Kang  |  August 13, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Comcast , DOJ , FCC  
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Google denies selling out, defends net neutrality pact with Verizon

video: "Keeping the Internet Awesome" by Google's telecom policy counsel, Rick Whitt, January 2010 Google responded Thursday to heavy criticism of its agreement with Verizon Communications, saying it compromised in order to move the ball forward on a net...

By Cecelia Kang  |  August 12, 2010; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC , Google , Net Neutrality , Verizon  
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Battle over net neutrality heats, public interest groups call on FCC to ignore Verizon-Google plan

Pro-net neutrality groups increasing the pressure – both on the Federal Communications Commission to adopt a stronger policy than one presented by Google and Verizon and on the companies to drop their plan. In a letter sent Thursday to all...

By Cecilia Kang  |  August 12, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Red Cross: We want to hear your tweets for help

By Susan Kinzie After the earthquake in Haiti, the American Red Cross began receiving tweets from people trapped under collapsed buildings. With much of the country lacking cellphone service, people sought help however they could. But the Red Cross, like...

By Susan Kinzie  |  August 12, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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More than $300 million cut from federal broadband grants

President Obama signed new legislation on Wednesday that will cut $302 million in federal broadband Internet grants and use those funds to stave jobs losses among teachers. The Education Jobs Fund will send $10 billion to budget constrained states so...

By Cecilia Kang  |  August 12, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Broadband  
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What happened to Demand Media's traffic? Glitch? Google?

By Frank Ahrens Demand Media is a company that pays freelancers to create Web content, such as text or video, based on what's hot on the Internet and what is likeliest to be attractive to advertisers. The company runs Web...

By Frank Ahrens  |  August 11, 2010; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Google  
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Half Americans doubt govt broadband expansion, adoption grows but more slowly

Update 11:30 a.m.: Embargo lifted on report, data included Update: 1:50 p.m. Note to readers: Thanks for your great feedback in comments section. Another outlet broke an agreement to publish the report Thursday morning. So I'll try to fill in...

By Cecilia Kang  |  August 11, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Broadband , Digital Divide , FCC  
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Silicon Valley criticizes Google-Verizon accord

Some in Silicon Valley are responding to the Google-Verizon pact on net neutrality, and they aren’t pleased. Facebook, a member of the Open Internet Coalition, said it doesn’t support the legislative proposal. Google is also a member of the coalition,...

By Cecelia Kang  |  August 10, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  FCC , Facebook , Google , Net Neutrality , Verizon  
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Google and Verizon in op-ed about open Internet agreement

A guest opinion piece in Tuesday's Washington Post by Google chief executive Eric Schmidt and Verizon chief executive Ivan Seidenberg. By Eric Schmidt and Ivan Seidenberg Tuesday, August 10, 2010 We have spent much of the past year trying to...

By Cecilia Kang  |  August 10, 2010; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Google, net neutrality evangelist, hedges in accord with Verizon

Our take in the paper Tuesday on the Google-Verizon agreement, and what it says about Google's journey on net neutrality: By Cecilia Kang Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, August 10, 2010 Google has long presented itself as looking out for...

By Cecilia Kang  |  August 10, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC , Google , Net Neutrality , Verizon  
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Google-Verizon deal draws criticism from Democratic lawmakers

A net neutrality accord announced Monday by Google and Verizon isn't impressing some Democratic members of Congress

By Cecilia Kang  |  August 9, 2010; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  FCC , Google , Net Neutrality , Verizon  
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Google, Verizon CEOs announce pact for no wireless net neutrality rules, some paid prioritization

Google chief executive Eric Schmidt and Verizon chief executive Ivan Seidenberg announced a joint agreement on how traffic can be controlled on the Internet.

By Cecilia Kang  |  August 9, 2010; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Google , Net Neutrality , Verizon  
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Verizon-Google deal could influence continued wrangling over net neutrality rules

Google and Verizon are expected to proceed as early as Monday with their announcement on a net neutrality agreement. But given the end of parallel Federal Communications Commission negotiations for a broader private sector agreement, some readers have asked: Does...

By Cecilia Kang  |  August 9, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC , Google , Net Neutrality , Verizon  | Tags: FCC, Federal Communications Commission, Google, Julius Genachowski, Net Neutrality, Verizon  
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