Submitted: May 15, 2008 - 3:15pm
Last updated: May 16, 2008 - 2:35pm
Mass media company CBS will acquire new media, technology-focused, online news company CNet Networks for $1.8 billion. CNET owns such Internet entertainment, news and information sites as CNET, ZDNet and GameSpot.com.
Debate over the "embedded journalist" program run by the Pentagon since the weeks before the Iraq invasion in 2003 has long raged, with some claiming that it gave reporters valuable close access to action while others saying that the journalists were severely compromised within it.
Submitted: May 15, 2008 - 7:25am
Last updated: May 15, 2008 - 7:28am
Largely due to the continued dumb statements and actions of a few apparently PR-challenged carriers, the Network Neutrality issue is alive and well in the U.S. Since any issue like this seems to create a legislative void that must be filled, we now have at least two Network Neutrality-related bills for Congress to consider.
Submitted: May 15, 2008 - 7:24am
Last updated: May 15, 2008 - 2:21pm
The American Association of People with Disabilities, Consumer Federation of America, National Hispanic Media Coalition, New America Foundation, Telecommunications Research and Action Center, and World Institute on Disability urged the Federal Communications Commission to investigate whether the lack of an automatic upgrade capability in digital televisions (DTVs) is hurting consumers, particularly those with disabilities.
The city of Philadelphia is moving on after its brief municipal Wi-Fi relationship with EarthLink, no longer trying to find a way to keep the network up and running. The city government isn't talking to EarthLink or doing anything else to save the network, a spokesman for Mayor Michael Nutter said Wednesday.
Former Majority Leader Dick Armey came out swinging on Wednesday, offering the National Association of Broadcasters a good old-fashioned Texas butt-kicking over their opposition to a bill that he believes would put AM and FM radio on a level playing field with other music distribution platforms that pay royalties to artists and copyright holders.
Few things are more precious to actors than control over their images. A stark reminder of that came last week when the studios suspended contract talks with the Screen Actors Guild after three weeks of negotiations.
The Federal Communications Commission is seeking public comment on how the Commission should proceed with the re-auction and licensing of the 700 MHz D Block spectrum while maximizing the public safety and commercial benefits of a nationwide, interoperable broadband network.
Submitted: May 14, 2008 - 8:01pm
Last updated: May 15, 2008 - 7:31am
Speaking to Washington, D.C.-based First Amendment think tank The Media Institute for the first time, Walter McCormick, president of USTelecom, essentially made an argument against Network Neutrality regulation but without invoking the phrase.
Two separate sources this week are offering up more analysis showing the telcos are falling behind the cable companies in the broadband and video battle. Information Gatekeepers, an analyst firm that once predicted the telcos would overtake cable in broadband penetration, this week issued its High-Speed Access Report for the first quarter of 2008, showing cable is outperforming its forecast and the telcos are under-performing what IGI had forecast in 2006.
The Grand Ole Opry and MTV may be at opposite ends of the music spectrum, but they are part of a coalition urging federal regulators to stand up to a frequency grab by Microsoft and Google that could render wireless microphones useless.
Improving Internet access in Africa is a fight on several fronts -- building undersea cables, setting up regional exchanges and bridging the last mile to homes and businesses -- but the continent is making progress.
Since January 1, the husband of candidate Hillary Clinton (D-NY) appeared as a lead newsmaker in nearly four times as many stories (298) as the spouses of Sen Barack Obama (D-IL) and Sen John McCain (R-AZ) combined (78).
Submitted: May 14, 2008 - 7:58pm
Last updated: May 15, 2008 - 7:33am
About 400 librarians from around the country have descended on Washington this week for their annual lobbying blitz. But before they began Wednesday meetings in the House and Senate, American Library Association President Loriene Roy hosted a press conference to discuss her group's joint effort with the Association of Public Television Stations and PBS to help educate citizens about the rapidly approaching digital TV transition deadline.
There's a mournful hush in Sacramento these days, the empty sound of an entire political viewpoint quieted. More than 32,000 weekly listeners who once tuned to KSAC (1240 AM) to hear partisan Democrats beat up on President George W.Bush, now hear only Christian hip-hop.
The Presidential race's preoccupation with demographic-based voting has made the similarity between Hollywood and Washington (DC) even more striking. That's because the debate surrounding Barack Obama's campaign needing to dumb down the message and messenger to appease the masses has a longstanding precedent in television.
Clear Channel's suitors and the banks financing the privatization of the radio and outdoor-advertising company reached an agreement late Tuesday, allowing the troubled deal to go forward 18 months after it was originally struck.
The Federal Communications Commission will NOT consider an Order addressing Promotion of Spectrum Efficient Technologies at Wednesday's public meeting. The item has already been adopted by the FCC. That means the meeting will focus solely on rules for re-auctioning "D Block" 700 MHz band spectrum.