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    A coalition of Georgia mayors, counties and local activists overcame an industry-backed bill that would have prohibited municipalities from building their own broadband networks. Continue reading

    The post Georgia’s Internet Uprising appeared first on BillMoyers.com.


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  • 07/23/13--12:26: The End of the (Wire)Line
  • Discover why companies like AT&T want to unplug the way roughly 19 million Americans still communicate with the rest of the world. Continue reading

    The post The End of the (Wire)Line appeared first on BillMoyers.com.


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    When it comes to media, bigger is not better. Continue reading

    The post Merging Cable Giants Is ‘an Affront to the Public Interest’ appeared first on BillMoyers.com.


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    North Carolina and Tennessee are the latest states to side with telecoms, which have long lobbied against allowing cities to become Internet providers. Continue reading

    The post How States Are Fighting to Keep Towns From Offering Their Own Broadband appeared first on BillMoyers.com.


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    When Comcast tried to merge with Time Warner Cable last year, reaction was swift and negative. Not many people liked the idea of America’s largest and least loved cable company getting any bigger; the deal collapsed after hundreds of thousands of Americans spoke out and federal regulators signaled that they would not let it go forward. Big Cable should have gotten the message. But here we are just a year later with a new cable mega-merger in the works. This time, Charter Communications wants to snatch up Time Warner Cable along with Bright House Networks. Continue reading

    The post The Scariest Cable Merger Nobody in Washington Is Talking About appeared first on BillMoyers.com.


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    What has the Internet done for presidential candidates lately? In a recent Nation article, civic technology advocate Micah Sifry heralds the Clinton and Sanders campaigns for using the network to organize potential voters in a way “that has never existed before in American politics.” Leveraging the ubiquity of smartphones and Facebook accounts, they’ve managed to reach millions of people outside traditional politics. Continue reading

    The post If Presidential Candidates Love the Internet, They Need to Set It Free appeared first on BillMoyers.com.


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    “For the reasons set forth is this opinion, we deny the petitions for review.”  Those were the sweetest words I’ve heard in a long while, as the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit turned down the ridiculous efforts of the big telecom companies to derail the Federal Communications Commission’s open-internet — or “net-neutrality” — rules. Continue reading

    The post Net Neutrality Ruling Finally Rights a Terrible Wrong appeared first on BillMoyers.com.


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    This post originally appeared at The American Prospect. Michael Flynn, Kellyanne Conway and Stephen Miller aren’t the only Donald Trump surrogates who’ve had a very bad couple of weeks. Ajit Pai, the president’s pick to lead the Federal Communications Commission, … Continue reading

    The post Decoding the Doublespeak of FCC Chairman Pai appeared first on BillMoyers.com.


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    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has proposed a plan to eliminate privacy for broadband subscribers. Of course, those protections are tremendously popular, so Chairman Pai and his allies have been forced to pay lip service to preserving them in “some form.”  How do we know it’s just lip service? Because the plan Pai is pushing will destroy the legal foundation for net neutrality. That’s right: if Pai succeeds, the FCC won’t have the legal authority to preserve net neutrality in just about any form. And if he’s read the case law, he knows it. Continue reading

    The post The FCC Pretends to Support Net Neutrality and Privacy While Moving to Gut Both appeared first on BillMoyers.com.


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    Nearly 50 years ago, on a presidential campaign swing through eastern Kentucky, Sen. Robert Kennedy promised to help a disabled coal miner build a community center in the tiny mountain town of Hemphill to give idle youth and others a place for recreation and meetings. Continue reading

    The post After Coal, a Small Kentucky Town Builds a Healthier, More Creative Economy appeared first on BillMoyers.com.