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First POST: Nerds Biting Back

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, May 12 2014

The latest on the FCC's rulemaking on net neutrality; tracking the details of the USA Freedom Act; Ecuador's push toward a commons-based peer production economy; and much, much more. Read More

Google Fiber In Austin: Has Real Competition Returned to Broadband Internet Service?

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, April 9 2013

The same day Google and the City of Austin announce that Google Fiber will launch in the Texas tech mecca in mid-2014, AT&T promises to build a competing network at the same gigabit speeds. Does this mean the race is finally on for the future of broadband Internet in America? Read More

Gig.U Asks Universites and Telcos To Work Together for the Internet of the Future

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, September 15 2011

Fiber future: A new initiative aims to kickstart the development of cutting-edge Internet infrastructure in America. Photo Illustration: G Meyer / Flickr A new initiative seeks to create "testbeds" for extraordinarily ... Read More

In Cable Franchise Deal, New York City Snatches Up Commitments to High-Speed Internet

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, August 10 2011

A deal with New York's cable providers is based on a 2008 deal with Verizon to provide its FiOS fiber-optic service in the city. Photo: Rob Pongsajapan / Flickr New York City on Wednesday announced a deal with Time ... Read More

House Bill Would Subsidize Broadband Access for Low-Income Americans

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 14 2011

Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Ca.) today introduced legislation that would subsidize broadband Internet access for low-income Americans by having service providers discount their monthly bills. The legislation, the Broadband ... Read More

The Political Fight Over Public Broadband Arrives in Wisconsin

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 13 2011

Ars Technica has an in-depth look at a legislative battle now in progress over the fate of a public broadband network for Wisconsin's state schools and libraries: As we go to press with this story, WiscNet is negotiating ... Read More

Firefighters Downloading Building Blueprints on the Way to a Fire: You Heard It Here First

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, January 27 2011

When President Obama sought, during Tuesday's State of the Union Address, to dramatize the power and value of building out America's high-speed broadband infrastructure, he offered a compelling illustration: "It’s ... Read More

Former Sunlighter Named FCC Data Director

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, June 30 2010

Sunlight Foundation vet Greg Elin has been named the Federal Communications Commission's first-ever "Chief Data Officer;" photo by Tom Gruber. Some interesting job news, Read More

Fed Regulators Roll Out Nielsens for the 'Net

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 12 2010

The Federal Communications is rolling out what we might think of as Nielsens for the Internet. Read More

White House Has Vision of Open Internet, Talkie Boxes

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, September 22 2009

Barack Obama made his first public comment on Julius Genachowski's proposed open Internet -- a.k.a. net neutrality -- regulations, in a speech announcing the White House's new national innovation strategy delivered in ... Read More