Archive for June, 2008

FCC To Hold Another Field Hearing, on 'Broadband and the Digital Future'

FCC, National Broadband Plan June 30th, 2008

WASHINGTON, June 30 – The FCC on Monday announced that it would be holding another field hearing on broadband issues. Titled “Broadband and the Digital Future,” this hearing will be held at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn., on Monday, July 21, at 4 p.m.

Panelists Debate the Degree of Openness on Wireless Networks

Wireless June 30th, 2008

MCLEAN, VIRGINIA, June 26 – Whether wireless networks are open or closed to competition was the subject of sharp dispute at the Digital Media Conference on “The Coming Open Wireless Network: Hype vs. Reality?”

House Small Business Subcommittee Chairman Questions Google-Yahoo Ad Deal

Broadband's Impact June 26th, 2008

WASHINGTON, June 25 – The congressman who represents the headquarters of telecommunications giant AT&T used a Wednesday subcommittee hearing on the impact of online advertising to raise concerns about the recent agreement between Google and Yahoo!

Watchdogging Government From Below: A Look at the Digital Transparency Movement

Expert Opinion June 24th, 2008

NEW YORK, June 24 – The final breakout panel of the Personal Democracy Forum examined the state of political watchdogging in the Internet age. Ellen Miller of the Sunlight Foundation said she sees web and its access to information as fundamental to the recent movement for political transparency.

National Tech Policy: Which Way Forward?

Expert Opinion June 24th, 2008

NEW YORK, June 24 – The Personal Democracy Forum here featured a panel with some of the leading minds on technology policy. Moderator Andrew Rasiej wanted to know: “What would you do as part of a new administration to impact tech policy” on January 21, 2009?

Free Press, Google and Others Form Pro-Broadband Initiative

Broadband's Impact June 24th, 2008

NEW YORK, June 24 – A group of non-profits, businesses and other organizations seeking to guide the creation of a national broadband plan on Tuesday announced the formation of a new initiative, “Internet for Everyone,” seeking the highlight the crucial importance of broadband.

Jonathan Zittrain: The Impact of Civic Technologies

Expert Opinion June 24th, 2008

NEW YORK, June 24 – Jonathan Zittrain, author of “The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It,” took to the stage at the Personal Democracy Forum to focus “civic technologies:” the personal computer, spreadsheet applications, Wikipedia, even the Internet itself are all examples.

Lawrence Lessig: The Declaration For Independence

Expert Opinion June 24th, 2008

NEW YORK, June 24 – Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig presented his ‘Declaration For Independence’ to the Personal Democracy Forum here today, fingering this problem in the American political system: the perception of a government disproportionately influenced by the stakeholders that fund political campaigns.

Day Two at Personal Democracy Forum: What Happens After 'Reboot'?

Expert Opinion June 24th, 2008

NEW YORK, June 24 – “What happens next?” is the question Andrew Rasiej used to start off the Tuesday morning panel discussion at the Personal Democracy Forum here.

CWA Blog Claims Credit for FCC Data Order, But Ignores Local Company Data

Expert Opinion June 24th, 2008

June 24 – Communications Workers of America has claimed credit for the Federal Communications Commission’s recent order requiring broadband companies to provide the FCC with more information — but it has ignored the fact that consumers won’t be able to make use of this information.

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