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Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. The EAS is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters, cable television systems, wireless cable systems, satellite digital audio radio service (SDARS) providers, and direct broadcast satellite (DBS) providers to provide the communications capability to the President to address the American public during a national emergency.

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Demand Progress. Why can't we watch Al Jazeera? - War Room. Al Jazeera English’s only bureau in the Western Hemisphere occupies five floors of a nondescript office building on Washington, D.C.’s K Street.

Why can't we watch Al Jazeera? - War Room

The lobby is drab — just a hallway and two elevators. There is no sign on the door, no gold symbol affixed on the wall. In fact, the name Al Jazeera does not appear anywhere. If you didn’t know better, you might think the building was home to dentist’s offices or mid-level lobbying firms, instead of the most controversial news channel in the world. To get upstairs, a non-employee must have an escort, and on a cold day last spring, mine was Lauren McCollough. Greg Lukianoff: The 12 Worst Colleges For Free Speech. Egypt turns off internet, Lieberman wants same option for US. Verizon-FCC net neutrality fight only beginning. Network World - If you thought the Federal Communications Commission's vote to approve limited net neutrality rules were the end of the dispute, think again.

Verizon-FCC net neutrality fight only beginning

Net neutrality refers to the principle that ISPs should not be allowed to block or degrade Internet traffic from their competitors in order to speed up their own. The push for net neutrality began in 2005, when incumbent telecom carriers successfully lobbied the FCC to repeal common carrier rules that required the incumbents to allow ISPs such as EarthLink to buy space on their broadband networks at discount rates.

The battle over net neutrality has been waged for years with consumer groups and some Internet companies in favor and telecom carriers almost universally opposed. THE BASICS: FCC’s net neutrality order But any dreams of even a temporary net neutrality ceasefire ended yesterday when Verizon filed a lawsuit challenging the FCC's authority to enforce any kind of net neutrality rules.

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Verizon Challenges FCC's Net Neutrality Rules. WASHINGTON — Verizon Communications Inc. on Thursday filed a legal challenge to new federal regulations that prohibit broadband providers from interfering with Internet traffic flowing over their networks.

Verizon Challenges FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

In a filing in federal appeals court in the District of Columbia, Verizon argues that the Federal Communications Commission overstepped its authority in adopting the new "network neutrality" rules last month. The rules prohibit phone and cable companies from favoring or discriminating against Internet content and services – including online calling services such as Skype and Internet video services such as Netflix, which in many cases compete with services sold by companies like Verizon. The FCC's three Democrats voted to adopt the rules over the opposition of the agency's two Republicans just before Christmas. Republicans in Congress, who now control the House, have vowed to try to block the rules from taking effect.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Home Page. Comcastrophe. Project Vigilant and the government/corporate destruction of privacy - Glenn Greenwald. Forbes‘ technology writer Andy Greenberg reports that at the Defcon Security Conference yesterday, an individual named Chet Uber appeared with revelations about the case of accused WikiLeaks leaker Bradley Manning and government informant Adrian Lamo.

Project Vigilant and the government/corporate destruction of privacy - Glenn Greenwald

These revelations are both remarkable in their own right and, more important, highlight some extremely significant, under-examined developments unrelated to that case. This is a somewhat complex story and it raises even more complex issues, but it is extremely worthwhile to examine. A Media Colossus Is Born: Feds Approve Comcast-NBCU Merger. They’ll be popping corks tonight in Philly.

A Media Colossus Is Born: Feds Approve Comcast-NBCU Merger

The world has never seen a media Goliath like the entity that was born Tuesday after the Federal Communications Commission approved the merger of Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company, and NBC Universal, the mammoth entertainment giant. The Justice Department also announced that it had signed off on the deal. Philadelphia-based Comcast has achieved what some have referred to as “the holy grail” of the entertainment business: the union of a vast broadband-distribution network with a rich stable of content and talent. The last time any company tried to do something on this scale was the AOL Time Warner deal, which was, shall we say, ahead of its time. WikiLeaks: la surveillance en 140 signes » Article » OWNI, Digital Journalism. En voulant forcer Twitter à coopérer dans son enquête contre Julian Assange, le Département de la justice américain espère probablement trouver des preuves contre le fondateur de WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks: la surveillance en 140 signes » Article » OWNI, Digital Journalism

Il vient surtout d'envoyer un message désastreux. Dans la quête qu’il a engagé pour coincer légalement Julian Assange, le département de la Justice (DoJ) américain a multiplié les manoeuvres depuis six semaines. Le 30 novembre, soit le lendemain des premières fuites diplomatiques coordonnées par WikiLeaks, le procureur général Eric Holder notifiait la presse de l’ouverture d’une “enquête active”. En coulisses, ses collaborateurs évoquaient l’Espionage Act, un texte antédiluvien de 1917 qui a valu aux époux Rosenberg de mourir sur la chaise électrique aux grandes heures du maccarthysme. C’était sans compter sur la solidité du Premier Amendement et son importance jurisprudentielle. Twitter, pour quoi faire?