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Martin Changes Tune On Broadband Smut-Filter
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In his final days as chairman of the FCC, Kevin Martin appears to have done an about face on a proposed content filter for free wireless broadband. After opposition killed the original plan, Martin has placed a new proposal, sans smut-filter, on the table for review at the next and final FCC meeting on January 15.

Perhaps it’s an attempt to end his tenure on a high note by doing something very positive for the nation—auctioning off spectrum to a wireless provider that can serve up wireless broadband to 95 percent of the country.

The Google Government in 2008
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It has been a big year for Google in a number of capacities. The company constantly begins new projects, and many are ones that have a tremendous impact on users’ lives. Whether that be something as simple as allowing video chat in Gmail, tracking the flu virus, or helping to educate the young.

Who Should Control The Internet?
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In March of 2006, I predicted it was only a matter of time before “a major media company” bought YouTube, and that the government would step in eventually to regulate Internet content. A few months later, Google was obviously that media company, and close to three years later, we are witnessing the potential handover of Web content to the FCC and/or other regulatory agencies. 

Congress Tells Martin He Officially Sucks

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin won’t be leaving his post with his legacy in tact or without a kick to the backside from Congress.

FCC Could Lose Broadcast Censorship Authority
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The current FCC is using its numbered days to petition the Supreme Court to uphold its authority over fleeting material in broadcast programming. If Chairman Kevin Martin & Co. fail to get a sympathetic ear from the highest court, the fat lady could be singing one foul tune as failed regulators exit stage right, and that might be a good thing.

Net Neutrality A Likely Reality In 2009
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Once the election smoke has cleared, Congress appears poised to pass Network Neutrality legislation. With promises from the Obama campaign about upholding neutrality principles, any remaining FCC opposition will be left standing out on a weak limb.

White Spaces Officially Cleared For Wireless Broadband

A big story flew somewhat under the radar yesterday as the Election was at the forefront of minds not only all across the America, but around the world. The FCC has approved the use of the unused airwaves between broadcast TV channels, otherwise known as "white spaces" for public wireless broadband service.

FCC Clears Free Wireless Broadband

Free speech issues weren’t enough to knock down FCC Chairman Kevin Martin’s push-through of a free national wireless Internet initiative, but few were talking about those free speech issues anyway.  T-Mobile’s and Deutsche Telekom AG’s arguments about signal interference—which is the cry-wolf line of the wireless industry these days–weren’t either; after successful testing in Seattle, free wireless Internet is on the way.

Comcast Unveils Online Management Plan

Comcast has released details to U.S. regulators about how it will manage traffic on its high speed Internet network.

"As we previously announced in March, we are changing the way we manage network congestion by the end of this year.  The new technique does not manage congestion based on the protocol or application a consumer uses," Comcast said in a statement. 

Comcast Appeals FCC Network Management Order
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Comcast has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission over its ruling that the company is mishandling some customers Internet traffic.

Comcast said in a filing Thursday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, that it would comply with the FCC decision, but its was appealing the decision and the findings that the company was in violation.

Comcast Puts Cap On Monthly Broadband Use
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Comcast has announced it will restrict customer’s Internet usage starting October 1, in order to provide what it calls the best service to its subscribers.

FCC Interested in Lowering Your Cable Prices
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Things have been looking up for Hulu and online video in general for a variety of reasons. News has come out today emphasizing this fact even more. ABC News is reporting that the FCC thinks that cable television providers are charging too much for access. I couldn’t agree more.

Google Looks To Free the Airwaves

Google has stepped up its efforts to lobby the FCC to free up broadcast white spaces for unlicensed wireless broadband use by launching FreeTheAirwaves.com. The site provides information about uses for white spaces and invites supporters to sign an online petition to the FCC.

Lobby the FCC to Free up White Spaces

FCC Has No Problems With Dream

Here’s some good news for Google, T-Mobile, and a certain device manufacturer: the FCC has approved the HTC Dream (A.K.A. the first "Googlephone") for sale.  And it looks like that launch may occur around November 10th.

Google, Verizon Weigh In On White Space Test
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The on-going corporate wrangling between Google and Verizon is heating up again as the Federal Communications Commission prepares to test technology that would make it possible to offer WiFi broadband Internet over unused TV channels known as white spaces.

FCC Declares Comcast’s Filtering Illegal
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It’s official, as far as the FCC is concerned, that Comcast’s throttling of peer-to-peer traffic was illegal and in violation of the FCC’s network neutrality principles. The highly expected ruling came down today, with Chairman Kevin Martin crossing the political aisle to join commissioners Copps and Adelstein, serving Comcast with a cease-and-desist order.

Wall Street Journal Stabs At Net Neutrality
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It’s interesting, but not surprising, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin is the target of a scathing editorial by the Wall Street Journal. He’s an easy and popular target these days from both sides of just about any issue involving the FCC. He stinks. Everybody knows it.

FCC’s Free Broadband Pushes Constitutionality

The FCC’s (read Chairman Kevin Martin’s) plan to set aside spectrum for a free, nationwide broadband network is also on yet another path for failure when eventually it is scrutinized by the courts.
 

Comcast To Face FCC Ruling On Slowing Traffic

The Federal Communications Commission is set to announce this week that Comcast wrongly throttled the Internet traffic of some of its customers.

FCC Penalty For Comcast? Fuggedaboutit

That possible sanction for Comcast’s admitted use of traffic shaping software to interfere with customer broadband accounts when using peer to peer software apparently evaporated after further review.

Comcast Facing FCC Penalty Over P2P Practices
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By engaging in traffic shaping to slow down heavy users of its Internet service, Comcast may be on the brink of receiving a penalty from the Federal Communications Commission.