Internet Wants to Be Free
Since it became part of the average American’s life, the Internet has been the place where the best content — video, photo, written — is supposed to rise to the top. What you see on your screen is largely outside the control of the media powers that be.
But today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion compelling the Federal Communications Commission to redo network neutrality rules. The three judge panel said the FCC does have the authority to regulate net neutrality, but that the current regulations are overreaching.
You know how every time there’s a fire drill in your office, most of the people don’t move or do anything because they all know it’s probably not a real fire, and even if it was no one was really paying attention during that fire drill safety class so they might as well continue doing those spreadsheets instead of ending up trapped in a fire-licked elevator?
Well, the FCC hopes you understand that at 2 p.m. today, you will also choose to ignore the apocalypse-sounding warning that they will be testing out for the first time, even though there is a slight chance that the message you receive will not tell you that the end of the world is not actually nigh, and this is in fact, just a test.
“An explosion of online news sources in recent years has not produced a corresponding increase in reporting, particularly quality local reporting, a federal study of the media has found,” wrote New York Times reporters, Jeremy W. Peters and Brian Stelter. They then high-fived David Carr, hate re-tweeted a Patch story about Read More
Traditional media companies, the FCC’s “Future of Media Report” has nothing to offer you. [WSJ]
Time Warner is in talks to buy the American version of OK! magazine, which is like a British version of People, from owner Richard Desmond. [BSkyB]
NBCUniversal will pay Blackstone $1 B for their stake in Read More
As Netflix continues to emerge as a powerhouse in the web tv market, the traditional cable companies are trying to cripple the company by jacking up the price to carry their data.
In a letter to shareholders CEO Reed Hastings made it plain the company won’t take this lying down.
“Tomorrow, we’ll publish Read More
In a completely expected move, Verizon has decided to sue the F.C.C., challenging the agency’s newly adopted rules on net neutrality.
When the new rules were passed, The Observer noted that they were laying the groundwork for future legal challenges.
F.C.C. chairman Julius Genachowski was hoping his compromise package would placate business interests. Read More
The new rules adopted by the FCC today are supposed to protect what has become the central tenet of the web, network neutrality. It’s a compromise, said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, designed to encourage companies to invest in broadband infrastructure, while preventing them from favoring one website or service over another.
But the Read More
Yesterday, Google and Verizon both issued brief statements addressing a New York Times article in which it was reported that the two companies were nearing a deal that would undermine the principles of net neutrality. The statements were so strongly worded that it seemed like there could only two scenarios: either Google and Read More
The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Federal Communications Comissions yesterday, throwing out fines imposed by the FCC on television networks Fox, CBS and ABC for indecency — curse words, nipple slips and the like — according to the Washington Post.
The judges decided that the FCC’s 2004 guidelines for Read More
Would-be serial debate crasher Dennis Kucinich is at it again.
"After failing to qualify for a Democratic presidential candidates debate on Monday in South Carolina, Cleveland Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich has filed a Federal Communications Commission complaint against host network CNN," reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
"The complaint accuses the network Read More