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FCC Cancels Controversial Plan to Survey Nation’s Newsrooms
By Corey Omer – Edited by Kim Meyer

Following intense criticism, the Federal Communications Commission has reversed course on a plan to ask media owners, news directors, and reporters invasive questions about editorial judgment and journalistic practices. A field study of the survey was scheduled to begin in South Carolina this spring but, on February 28, 2014, the agency issued a two-sentence statement laying the study permanently to rest.


Posted On Mar - 1 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News In Brief
By Corey Omer

Facebook Acquires WhatsApp for $19 Billion

Winkdex: The Bitcoin Price Index

The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Rules


Posted On Feb - 24 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Comcast as a Media Powerhouse: A Threat to Consumers?
By Insue Kim – Edited by Suzanne Van Arsdale

Comcast has proposed to acquire Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion in stock, in a merger that could have far-reaching implications for the media and communications industry. Comcast hopes the merger will further its longstanding strategy of growing into a broadband and media powerhouse. Critics voice concerns about consolidation of power, and analysts highlight Comcast’s powerful lobbying operation in Washington.


Posted On Feb - 23 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

California ‘Kill Switch’ Bill Targets Smartphone Theft
By Albert Chen – Edited by Andrew Spore

On February 6, 2014, California State Senator Mark Leno introduced Senate Bill 962. The bill would require all smartphones sold in California to be equipped with a “kill switch,” allowing consumers to disable a lost or stolen phone. It aims to deter phone thefts, which account for one in three robberies in the United States. California State Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner said she will carry the bill, if it clears the Senate.


Posted On Feb - 18 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Activist Investors Push AT&T And Verizon To Issue Transparency Reports
By Christopher A. Crawford – Edited by Abhilasha Nautiyal

Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (“ACLU”) filed shareholder proposals with Verizon and AT&T to persuade the telecom companies to issue transparency reports disclosing data about customer information that was passed on to the National Security Agency. This new tactic in the privacy fight is designed to highlight what activists say are serious costs associated with the telecom companies’ lack of transparency.


Posted On Dec - 3 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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