|Net Neutrality Laws Lie in FCC Hands|
by Terry Johnson, Philadelphia Tribune
The imperfect founders of the Republic anticipated a struggle over freedom of the press. But surely they could not have imagined — and 10 years ago most people could not have imagined — that the democratic potential of the nation might turn on the outcome of a fight over freedom of access to the Internet.
|Digital Nation: 21st Century America's Progress Towards Universal Broadband|
The report samples 4000 households and 129,000 citizens. It's
central idea is that although Broadband internet has transformed the way Americans communicate, for many citizens, Broadband remains out of reach. The report, complete with graph and pie charts, illustrates the gaps in internet access (which demographic groups have it or don’t and why); where it tends to be more accessible, as well why who have access to it chose not to use it.
|Raising Our Voices: Empowering Communities and Creating Justice|
by Elizabeth Farsaci with some text from Eloise Lee and Dorothy Kidd
Raising Our Voices is an ongoing media training project that works with community leaders to produce content on issues related to immigration, poverty, violence, gender, labor and social justice.
|New FCC Commissioner Challenges MMTC on Net Neutrality|
The Federal Communications Commission's newest Democrat Mignon Clyburn had some interesting comments to make about net neutrality on Friday at the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council's Social Justice summit
|Comcast Making Some Headway Against FCC in Net Neutrality Appeal|
by Joelle Tessler, Associated Press
Comcast is appealing the FCC decision that it violated net neutrality principals by throttling Bit Torrent downloads, a decision made following an en banc hearing at Stanford University in 2008. Here's a report from the US Court of Appeals in DC from the AP.
|Julius Genachowski, New FCC Chair, Signals He's Ready to Move on Net Neutrality|
by Matt Wood, Media Access Project
Update: Great news! The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking passed at the 10-22 FCC meeting. Genachowski's call for immediate action on net neutrality has stirred a strong counter-movement in the telecom sector. See Media Alliance's letter to the FCC prior to an October 22nd meeting where we will find out if the Chairman's call has resonated with his 4 FCC colleagues - 2 Democrats and 2 Republicans.
|Global Privacy Standards for a Global World|
Affirming that privacy is a fundamental human right set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and other human rights instruments and national constitutions;
|Call for Reviewers: Broadband Technology Opportunities Program|
With the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), President Obama and Congress appropriated an unprecedented $7.2 billion in funds to expand broadband access to all Americans. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is administering the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) a $4.5 billion grant program to promote broadband deployment, public computer centers and broadband adoption.
The third annual Speed Matters report on Internet Speeds in America was released today by the Communication Workers of America - and U.S. connection speeds have not improved significantly in the past year.
|Pulling the Strings|
A cute graphic from Free Press you can share illustrating the fingers in the pie as the nation struggles to develop a plan to address the technology divide.
The Association for Progressive Communications (http://www.apc.org) reports on global broadband access victories in South Africa and Bolivia.
|Nation's Largest ISPs Crafting Fake National Broadband Policy|
In order to make sure that no real, substantive ones take shape....
It's generally agreed upon that this nation has no broadband policy whatsoever. We can probably all also agree that actually changing this might be a good idea for a supposed global technology leader.