McConnell Recommends Tabling Online Piracy Bill

With a number of Senators abandoning support for new online piracy laws, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is calling on Senate Democrats to reconsider bringing the controversial bill up for a vote. The PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) would block access to foreign websites that supporters claim are “dedicated to theft” and break U.S. copyright laws.… Continue reading McConnell Recommends Tabling Online Piracy Bill

FCC Chair Discusses Broadband Access, Affordability

This week, a coalition of call center operators promised to create 100,000 new American customer service jobs, many of which could be done from home. But unless Internet access is improved, those jobs will be off-limits to one third of the country. There are two hindrances to broadband. For 20 million Americans, there are no… Continue reading FCC Chair Discusses Broadband Access, Affordability

Copyright, Free Culture & the Internet

So you’re hanging out with friends, shooting some video, just having a good time. You go home, do a little editing, set it to music, post-it on YouTube and… it’s taken down for copyright issues related to the music. And boy are you mad. Fast forward in time, you’ve just spent an untold amount of time on your personal masterpiece, a documentary that you’ve posted on your personal site. The next day, you see fragments of it used in another video on another site, and boy are you mad. But you can’t have it both ways, or can you? And should anything that is posted on the internet be fair game? Listen to the Show

Obama And Rural Broadband

Al Cross at the Rural Blog has a post about President-Elect Obama’s plans for improved broadband penetration. Obama mentioned the need to increase internet access in his press conference today (the one attended by Mayor Abramson).