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Report: Obama To Pick Cable and Wireless Industry Lobbyist To Chair FCC

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, April 30 2013

President Obama is ready to nominate a former cable and wireless industry lobbyist to chair the Federal Communications Commission, according to a report Tuesday in the Wall Street Journal. Read More

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Ends His Tenure Not With a Bang, but a "Meh"

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, March 22 2013

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski told the commission's staff Friday that he's stepping down in the next few weeks. Telecommunications observers and experts say that under Genachowski's tenure, the FCC did a serviceable — if unambitious — job of addressing necessary changes in policy to adapt to broadband Internet and a shifting communications landscape. Read More

Republican FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell To Step Down

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, March 20 2013

Robert McDowell, a Republican commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, said during a public Wednesday morning meeting that he's leaving the agency. Read More

White House: "It's Time To Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking"

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, March 4 2013

Photo: Flickr/Yutaka Tsutano

The White House agrees that it shouldn't be a crime to unlock your cell-phone. Activists praise their response, and use it to kick off effort to fix a landmark digital copyright law. Read More

FCC May Consider Whether Unsolicited Email To Text On Mobile Phones Is Legal

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, October 24 2012

The Federal Communications Commission opened a proceeding on Tuesday to determine whether e-mails sent to phones as texts should be subject to its rules that protect consumers from unsolicited messages on their mobile ... Read More

As Ads with Mystery Donors Rush Into Politics, Searching Their Wake for Clues

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, October 10 2012

The Sunlight Foundation* has launched Political Ad Sleuth, a project to track and help contribute to a database detailing money spent on political ads this election year.

The initial source of the documents in the database comes from around 200 local stations' "political files" — tranches, mandated by the Federal Communications Commission, of data on all the political ads bought at each station and at what price. Those 200 stations in the 50 largest television markets in the country were required to hand over those datasets beginning earlier this year to be posted online.

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Who's Paying For That Attack Ad? New FCC TV Political Ad Database Aims For More Disclosure

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, August 2 2012

The FCC's clunky new political TV ad database goes live. 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

Zittrain Appointed FCC Distinguished Scholar

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 31 2011

Jonathan Zittrain, a leading academic voice on the future of the Internet, has been named the Federal Communication Commission's "Distinguished Scholar." Zittrain will serve in the agency's Office of Strategic ... Read More

Sneak Peak: My Own Private FCC

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 12 2011

The Federal Communications Commission's customizable "MyFCC" interface, scheduled to roll out this summer. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is right now building out a way for citizens to customize ... Read More