I usually think about the FCC and either broadcast media or in terms of net neutrality, SOPA, etc. Here’s a look at some other reasons:
Journalists should care who the next FCC chief is because:
—That person will likely decide whether Rupert Murdoch and other big media owners will be allowed to own both newspapers and TV or radio stations in large markets. —With more newspapers reducing print schedules and relying solely on digital, the next FCC chair will determine ways to either make broadband more accessible and cheaper or whether to maintain the status quo, with rising prices and a limited number of competitors in the marketplace. —The FCC is the only agency with a mandate to make the media more diverse, local, and accountable. A new chief could choose to use its enforcement powers to ensure diversity is reflected in the voices, perspectives, and owners in media.
Berners-Lee explained that data drives development on mobile, just as it does on the Web as a whole. Even a basic calendaring type of application is data-driven. By combining the aspects of mobile technology, like location-awareness, with the semantic Web of data, entirely new types of mobile applications can exist. Most recently, augmented reality applications are an example of this pairing, tying together location with data to identify points of interest just by aiming your mobile phone at something like a landmark or building. via Internet Founder Tim Berners-Lee Details 4 Concerns About Future of Mobile Web (Nokia World 2010).
About the Consumer Broadband Test (Beta) – Broadband.gov.
Go to the URL above to test how fast your broadband connection is. You can report broadband dead zones, too. The whole National Broadband report is available, too, at http://www.broadband.gov/. I’ll be going through it and reviewing it over the next several weeks, but for now, here is the link.
…the commission’s recommendations will include a subsidy for Internet providers to wire rural parts of the country now without access, a controversial auction of some broadcast spectrum to free up space for wireless devices, and the development of a new universal set-top box that connects to the Internet and cable service. via Vast F.C.C. Plan Would Bring Net to More in U.S. – NYTimes.com. This is the bill that will outline how “net neutrality” and other issues play out for years to come. It includes plans to sell TV spectrum for mobile use, a shift that reflects how consumers are using these devices. The U.S. has been lagging behind most other technologically modern nations in broadband speed and penetration.
CTA is a profoundly undemocratic undertaking, as is amply demonstrated in the debate in this video. K-street lobbyists, corporate execs, and other movers and shakers know everything that's going on in the ACTA negotiations, but the public is frozen out of the debate. And as Jamie Love points out, public access to other copyright negotiations — such as those at WIPO — have fundamentally changed their directions, because the public doesn't want expensive gags and handcuffs put on the Internet in order to bolster the entertainment industry's profits. Watch this video. It may be the most productive 90 minutes you spend today.
Google/Verizon say that the Internet should function as an “open platform.” That means, to them, that “when a person accesses cyberspace, he or she should be able to connect with any other person that he or she wants to—and that other person should be able to receive his or her message,” they write. The ‘Net should operate as a place where no “central authority” can make rules that prescribe the possible, and where entrepreneurs and network providers are able to “innovate without permission.” via DROID-buddies Verizon and Google offer net neutrality truce.