President Obama is expected to nominate Tom Wheeler, a venture capital investor and fundraiser in Obama’s presidential campaigns, as chairman of the FCC. Wheeler, who more than a decade ago led two telecom industry trade groups, has prompted concern in recent weeks from some consumer advocacy groups that anticipated his nomination and said they were troubled by his background investing in and lobbying for cable and wireless companies.
President Obama is expected to nominate Tom Wheeler, a technology investor and former head of two major trade associations, as the next chairman of the FCC. The FCC needs a strong leader — someone who will use this powerful position to stand up to industry giants and protect the public interest. On paper, Tom Wheeler does not appear to be that person, having headed not one but two major trade associations. But he now has the opportunity to prove his critics wrong, clean up the mess left by his predecessor and be the public servant we so badly need at the FCC.
After months of rumors about who’ll be the next leader of the FCC — or even whether the last head, Julius Genachowski, would ever leave — the White House has finally confirmed that Tom Wheeler’s the guy. He’s been a lobbyist for the cable industry and cellphone carriers. So why hasn’t Tom Wheeler’s appointment sparked outrage?
Yahoo announced it is officially supporting the Marco Civil da Internet bill that is expected to be voted through the Brazilian Congress in the coming months. The bill has been dubbed the “Constitution of the Internet” and aims to guarantee civil rights online.
Travelers hitting the road with their mobile electronic devices have three questions about staying connected away from home: Will there be Wi-Fi, how much will it cost and how well will it work? Increasingly, it is that last question that matters most.
Big ISPs like Time Warner Cable and others are starting to respond to Google Fiber, as they must. Even if they eventually build out services that match Google’s speed and pricing, however, the damage has been done and subscribers won’t quickly forget the years of terrible, overpriced service they have endured. It’s time for a fresh face.
U.S. newspapers continue to lose readers, but digital subscription growth is muddling the task of counting circulation. Average daily circulation slipped 0.7 percent for the six months ending March 31 vs. the period a year ago for the 593 U.S. newspapers reporting comparable averages for print and digital subscriptions.
“We call on Tribune to make a pledge that they’ll only sell to a buyer that will protect the objectivity of the news product by making a public commitment to doing so,” said the Newspaper Guild and Communications Workers of America.
City officials in Draper, Utah, may hope that their quick dismissal of charges against an animal cruelty opponent who apparently did nothing more than take a video from a public place will end the controversy over the Utah “ag-gag” law and the questionable use of that law in a way that would seem to benefit the mayor’s own business interests.
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