Regulation: FCC and the courts

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FCC vote opens up way for wireless


On November 4, the FCC voted 5-0 in favor of opening up unused television spectrum ("white spaces") for the Internet.  A statement issued by Free Press said this would make the Internet available to more people: "Over the past eight years, the United States has fallen behind many other world leaders in providing fast, affordable Internet access.  Nearly half of American homes are still not connected to broadband."   READ MORE

Even Al Gore can't get programs on cable giant's network, claims the Center for Creative Voices

The Internet is in danger of becoming balkanized, as cable TV giants elect to create and favor their own programming and exclude independently produced material from their networks -- including work produced by former Vice President Al Gore, according to a 65-page report submitted on Oct. 25, 2005, to the Federal Communications Commission by a non-profit advocacy group, The Center for Creative Voices.

Court rules against open-access, again

On, Jim Wagner writes about the decision of the fourth district Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. to uphold a previous court decision that says part of AT&T doesn't have to open up its cables to rival internet providers. This leaves those who want more open-access cable still waiting for an FCC ruling to resolve the issue.

Imminent replacements at FCC could impact television content, "pro-family" leaders say

Says Baptist Press News, pro-family groups are encouraging members to call the White House: "The president is listening to pro-family America because he knows what a crucial difference you made in his election." [ View Website ]
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