One of the most important aspects of the growth of the web came in April 1993, when the technology was made available for anyone to use, royalty-free. While Tim Berners-Lee said he was incredibly grateful for what the Web has done since those early days, he warned that people need to realize that a current battle around so-called Network Neutrality could permanently harm the future of the Web.
In the first half of 2013, Internet ad revenue reached $20 Billion dollars. What are the economic drivers of the digital world? Who is benefiting from revenues generated online? And what are the alternatives?
Tennessee is one of 20 states that have restrictions on municipal broadband networks, enacted to protect private Internet service providers from competition. Now, though, there are four bills in the Tennessee House and Senate that would "un-do some of the restrictions previous legislation put in place several years ago."
A Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal would wipe out any notion of future competition within the broadband industry. You could argue that consumers don’t have meaningful choice as it is, since cable companies long ago conspired to stay out of each others’ markets, a fact that Comcast, without any irony, points to in favor of a merger. But this proposed deal is not simply about one huge cable company buying another.
Money from Comcast’s political action committee has flowed to all but three members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Checks have landed in the campaign coffers of Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Mike Lee, who oversee the chamber’s antitrust panel.
The inventor of the world wide Web believes an online "Magna Carta" is needed to protect and enshrine the independence of the medium he created and the rights of its users worldwide.
Matt Wood, policy director for Free Press, has been added to the witness list for the March 12 STELA hearing in the House Communications Subcommittee.
Within three days of the takeover of the Crimean parliament, Dmitry Polonsky, a leader of the pro-Kremlin Russia Unity Party that seized power, urged a rally of supporters to watch only pro-Russian state TV. All other outlets, he said, are spreading “mendacious” lies about Russian interference in Crimean affairs.
Cyber-espionage is a form of cyberattack. It's an offensive action. It violates the sovereignty of another country, and we're doing it with far too little consideration of its diplomatic and geopolitical costs.
Every four years, the FCC is required by law to assess its media ownership rules and determine if they need to be modified to serve the public interest. In fact, it’s been six years since the Commission last completed a quadrennial review, so it goes without saying that the video marketplace has changed dramatically since the FCC last updated these rules.
Both Minnesota senators say they have questions for Comcast and Time Warner before the two media giants are allowed to merge. The only difference: Amy Klobuchar is taking a look, while Al Franken is taking aim.
Despite spending the lion's share of his time lobbying, David Cohen doesn't have to follow the disclosure rules for lobbyists -- and hasn't since 2007 -- because he's able to simply pretend he doesn't spend much time lobbying.
As Comcast makes its case, David Cohen doesn't have to follow the disclosure rules for lobbyists because, for all his influence, he is not a lobbyist. At least not officially.
The U.S. government has filed a motion to dismiss most of its criminal case against self-proclaimed Anonymous spokesperson and journalist Barrett Brown -- including all charges related to a hyperlink Brown had posted that pointed readers to online files where they could access thousands of stolen credit card numbers.
The top U.S. antitrust regulator, Bill Baer, will be recused from reviewing Comcast and Time Warner Cable's proposed merger, the U.S. Justice Department said.
Court ruling, Comcast deals shake up the landscape for distributing content. Here are some questions to consider.
As Comcast, the largest U.S. cable company, seeks the federal government’s approval for a $45.2 billion deal to buy No. 2 Time Warner Cable, the company, and Comcast's unofficial chief lobbyist David Cohen, are everywhere in Washington—pressing their case with members of Congress and their staffs by day and entertaining them by night.
Comcast has taken advantage of the very real public concerns about the loss of Net Neutrality and tried to paint itself and the merger as saviors of the open Internet — but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Public interest groups like Chairman Tom Wheeler’s retransmission consent and TV station shared services agreement proposals better than I envisioned. Public Knowledge says the plans “will represent a meaningful attempt to rein in programming costs.” Free Press CEO Craig Aaron lauded the chairman’s “willingness to steer clear of the mistakes of FCC predecessors who turned a blind eye” to TV alliances and ownership limits.
What if front pages were selected by newspapers’ readers instead of their editors? At NewsWhip, we’re always interested in the news stories people are choosing to share – and how those stories differ from the normal news stories editors put on the front pages of big newspapers. So we ran a little experiment.