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Is Pirate Radio Finally Ready To Go Legit?new

Caught between corporate interests and increasingly populist sentiments, the FCC is about to make an offer that would-be pirates may not be able to refuse.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Bill Forman  |  10-09-2013  |  Media

The Airwaves Belong to the People, Not Corporationsnew

The FCC should establish a public media trust fund.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Heather Gray  |  12-07-2011  |  Policy Issues

The Rise and Uncertain Future of 'Pirate' Radio in Bostonnew

If there's any hope for unlicensed stations to go legit, it's the Local Community Radio Act, passed by Congress in December after a 10-year campaign by proponents of hyper-local radio. However, details of how the legislation will be administrated are still hazy. And some experts say the measure comes too late, and with too little backbone.
Boston Phoenix  |  Chris Faraone  |  04-11-2011  |  Media

Tim Wu, Historian of Information Empiresnew

To say that Tim Wu has written a history of the information age is sort of like saying that Howard Zinn wrote a history of the United States. Wu is a young scholar but the first line of his obituary is already written: a few years back he coined the term "Net neutrality," then got the FCC to embrace
Boston Phoenix  |  Carly Carioli  |  02-08-2011  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Net Neutrality Vote Will Bring One Net to Rule Them Allnew

On December 21, the FCC will take a long-awaited and historic vote determining whether President Obama’s promise to preserve the Internet as the most democratic medium in communication history will be honored.
San Antonio Current  |  TechTease  |  12-09-2010  |  Tech

Beating a Dead Morsenew

Two overriding factors describe the current state of telecommunications. The first is tremendous interconnectivity, allowing for an unprecedented level of information exchange, and attendant advances in media, health, science, activism and overall human understanding. The second factor is the stunning level of corporate control of this interconnectivity. In Santa Fe, we apparently misunderstand both.
Santa Fe Reporter  |  Zane Fischer  |  04-15-2010  |  Policy Issues

South Carolina's Broadband: How Officials Quietly Privatized a Key State Assetnew

To its supporters, auctioning off the state's broadband spectrum has meant snaring millions of much-needed dollars for the state's ailing coffers. But opponents say the deal privatizes the public trust and will deepen the state's massive digital divide.
Columbia Free Times  |  Corey Hutchins  |  11-19-2009  |  Media

Jesse Sheidlower Gives the F-Word its Duenew

Until 1970, with the release of M.A.S.H., audiences had never heard the f-word in a mainstream Hollywood film. Who catalogs this stuff, and why? Jesse Sheidlower, an editor-at-large of the Oxford English Dictionary, and the author of The F-Word, can't stop talking about fuck.
Boston Phoenix  |  Justine Elias  |  09-16-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Converter-Box Conspiracynew

It's been one week since the digital television transition deadline. Did you get your analog-to-digital converter box yet?
Jackson Free Press  |  Ken Stiggers  |  06-26-2009  |  Comedy

Kill Your Antennanew

The DTV transition doesn't affect you. And we shouldn't be doing it anyway -- we should get all the spectrum back from the TV companies and use it to extend internet access to everyone.
Portland Phoenix  |  Jeff Inglis  |  01-14-2009  |  Media

New Mexico is Not Ready for Digital TVnew

In May, Nielsen Company rated the Albuquerque-Santa Fe media market as the 9th worst prepared for the transition. By October, the ranking had actually worsened: the region's audiences are the 6th worst prepared of the nations top 56 media markets. Nearly 13 percent of households in the area are "completely unready" and 10 percent are "partially unready."
Santa Fe Reporter  |  Dave Maass  |  12-11-2008  |  Movies

Supreme Court Watch: FOX to FCC -- WTF?new

In the case before the Court on Election Day, FCC v. Fox Television Stations, five different networks stood up to the Federal Communications Commission, whose tightening of profanity regulations in recent years has been compared to "a Victorian crusade" by former officials of the FCC itself.
San Antonio Current  |  Martha B. Lackritz  |  11-14-2008  |  Media

What's the Fuss Over the Fairness Doctrine Really About?new

The conviction that Obama's win and Democratic gains in Congress mean the impending resurrection of Fairness Doctrine, a defunct policy aimed at creating a balance in broadcasting -- is tormenting both the wing nuts and conservatism's grownups.
Boston Phoenix  |  Adam Reilly  |  11-13-2008  |  Media

High-Tech and the New Administrationnew

With technology playing an ever bigger role in our lives, the next president could be a hero to the "geekerati" ... or a guy who doesn’t email.
Boston Phoenix  |  Mike Miliard  |  10-30-2008  |  Commentary

Don't Believe the Digital TV Hypenew

The transition to digital was supposed to revolutionize free TV. So what's with the high-def reruns?
Sacramento News & Review  |  Cosmo Garvin  |  10-09-2008  |  Media

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