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Ryan Blethen discusses the press, media and democracy. Daily Democracy is part of the Democracy Papers, a series of articles, essays and editorial opinion examining threats to our freedoms of speech and the press.

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February 26, 2008 2:02 PM

Stifling more than the Internet

Posted by Ryan Blethen

Is it smart for a company going before a federal regulatory agency to answer questions about how it has blocked content on the Internet to try and block the public from the hearing?

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February 26, 2008 1:43 PM

Adelstein and Copps

Posted by Ryan Blethen

Below are two quotes from yesterday's FCC hearing at Harvard. The first is from FCC commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, the second from commissioner Michael Copps.

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February 26, 2008 9:58 AM

The FCC & net neutrality

Posted by Ryan Blethen

The net neutrality movement might have gotten a boost yesterday from the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. According to an Associated Press story Kevin Martin said during his opening statement at a commission hearing about network monitoring and blocking practices that:

"The commission is ready, willing and able to step in if necessary to correct any practices that are ongoing today."

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February 25, 2008 1:22 PM

FCC Internet hearing

Posted by Ryan Blethen

The Federal Communications Commission held a public hearing at Harvard University today. The commission heard from panelists about potential rules for Internet networks.

There was a live audio feed that for some reason I could not work until the end of the hearing. The FCC says the complete hearing will be posted within 24 to 48 hours. If anybody did tune in or was there, please send me something and I will post it on Daily Democracy.

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February 15, 2008 9:00 AM

The telecoms' best friend

Posted by Ryan Blethen

An excerpt from an editorial in today's Seattle Times.

"President Bush can blithely make things up as he goes along, but other federal laws cover the behavior of the telecoms. They are being sued over the wiretaps, and the court cases represent a way for the public to confront the administration's behavior and hold it accountable to the rule of law."

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February 14, 2008 2:14 PM

Comcast the Gate Keeper

Posted by Ryan Blethen

Comcast is trying to convince the Federal Communications Commission that it has the right to monitor the Internet. The Internet Service Provider giant filed comments with the commission on Tuesday explaining that it needs to block the activities of subscribers to efficiently manage traffic on its network. Comcast is particularly concerned with subscribers sharing files.

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February 12, 2008 1:37 PM

700 MHz update

Posted by Ryan Blethen

Here is a story from InformationWeek about the auction, which is generating some real cash. Unfortunately bidding on D Block, which would create a national public safety and commercial network, has been slow.

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February 11, 2008 4:30 PM

Olympic house cleaning

Posted by Ryan Blethen

Appears as if the People's Republic of China doing more than taking cars off the road to spruce up its image before this summer's Olympics in Beijing.

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February 11, 2008 11:29 AM

A temporary reprieve for writers

Posted by Ryan Blethen

It appears the writers strike might come to an end. Members of the Writers Guild of America could vote by tomorrow.

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February 7, 2008 8:28 AM

Out of the office

Posted by Ryan Blethen

Blogging here at Daily Democracy will be sparse until next week. I am in New York for an International Press Institute (IPI) meeting, which might or might not spawn some entries.

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February 4, 2008 4:58 PM

The New York Post's endorsement against Clinton

Posted by Ryan Blethen

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February 2, 2008 8:49 AM

KIRO cuts local shows

Posted by Ryan Blethen

Seattle has lost more local programming on the radio. You can read the Times story here about how KIRO canned three local shows.

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February 1, 2008 12:06 PM

700 MHz auction update

Posted by Ryan Blethen

The Washington Post has a good update on the 700 MHz auction. The story can be found here.

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February 1, 2008 8:57 AM

Media consolidation's impact on politics

Posted by Ryan Blethen

Below you will find a blog post by Eric Easter on ebonyjet.com. Another example of how media consolidation hurts the political process.

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Recent entries

Feb 26, 08 - 02:02 PM
Stifling more than the Internet

Feb 26, 08 - 01:43 PM
Adelstein and Copps

Feb 26, 08 - 09:58 AM
The FCC & net neutrality

Feb 25, 08 - 01:22 PM
FCC Internet hearing

Feb 15, 08 - 09:00 AM
The telecoms' best friend

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