The world’s biggest media companies want to define how people will get content over the Internet. Money talks; independent content creators: take a walk. A mega-deal is reportedly in the works in which Verizon will favor Internet content from Google because Google has the spare cash to pay for preferred access. And this is being touted as the model for how content providers and Internet service providers will do business. We have seen the future, and it is exactly like the past.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday July 15, 2010 10:30 am|
What may be the only FCC public hearing on the Comcast-NBC merger was held Tuesday, July 13th. The following is a report from the hearing that shows how nonprofit organizations were enlisted by Comcast to distract from the possible impact if FCC approves of this media consolidation move.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday July 9, 2010 8:27 am|
Congresssman Bobby Rush’s hearing on the Comcast-NBC merger in Chicago on July 8th shined a light on how Comcast-NBC hopes to get this through. They are hoping to demonstrate a concern for diversity and an interest in increasing minority ownership and leadership. Of course, why are they just now figuring out ways to make their corporations more diverse? Oh, yeah, this is one way to get the greenlight to merge.
|By: Jason Rosenbaum Wednesday June 2, 2010 1:00 pm|
Net neutrality is rightly seen by many as a battle between little consumers and big telecommunications companies like Comcast and AT&T. At its heart, it’s a fight about whether your phone and cable company can decide what you can consume on the Internet or at what price, or whether the company that provides you Internet service should act simple as a “dumb pipe,” bringing you whatever content you request.
But the net neutrality fight isn’t entirely a fight between David the consumer and Goliath the cable or phone company. A lot of very large, very powerful corporations have a big business interest in seeing net neutrality and the free and open Internet protected – companies on the other end of those pipes like Google, Amazon, EBay and others.
|By: Timothy Karr Wednesday May 26, 2010 11:42 am|
Big phone and cable companies are so determined to dismantle Net Neutrality that they’ve spent millions to flip Congress against you. Earlier this week, many in Congress delivered.
|By: Jason Rosenbaum Wednesday May 12, 2010 11:00 am|
The lobbyist-funded teabag wing of the Republican party machinery is working in close consultation with telecom companies and organizations like the American Cable Association, AT&T, Comcast, and the US Telecom Association to stop the FCC’s planned protection of net neutrality, which was announced last week.
Having lost the insider lobbyist battle within the FCC – Chairman Genechowski announced he would move forward after a recent court case invalidated the FCC’s authority to protect net neutrality and roll out broadband access for millions of Americans by reclassifying broadband Internet service, allowing the FCC to protect the Internet – the opposition has gone reactionary. Funded by millions by big corporations, teabag front groups like Americans for Prosperity and Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform are getting involved, hurling charges of marxism, socialism, and the laundry list of laughable right-wing complaints.
|By: marinara Monday May 3, 2010 12:28 pm|
Will The FCC chairman start to regulate the internet, in the context of the decision for comcast?
|By: Chuckie Corra Monday April 19, 2010 11:59 am|
Yes, the teabaggers/right-wing are wanting to establish their own network
|By: marinara Tuesday April 6, 2010 12:04 pm|
A day after disturbing gun camera footage was leaked to peer to peer networks, courts allow peer to peer networks to be shut down by profit minded internet providers.
|By: Rashad Robinson Wednesday February 10, 2010 4:25 pm|
A little over a week ago I delved into a troubling topic: Why are so many civil rights groups and members of the Congressional Black Caucus opposing net neutrality? It seemed strange to me that leaders in communities of color would be echoing discredited telecommunications industry talking points.