Tag: broadband

by Fannie Cohen

Last week HBO and CBS both announced plans to offer stand-alone streaming services on the web. It’s a major turn-about for the pay cable service HBO (owned by Time Warner), which has long maintained they are “not TV.” This move will allow viewers to cut the cord to their cable TV subscriptions and purchase HBO […] more »

by Fannie Cohen

There’s something upside-down about broadband Internet service in the U.S., the country that helped invent the Internet. Americans in cities are paying more for slower Internet access — both at home and on mobile — than other parts of the developed world, according to a report last year from New America Foundation. And recently, Zach […] more »

by Claire Groden

On Feb. 23, Netflix and Comcast announced a deal that would ensure Netflix customers can reliably stream videos for Comcast customers. The agreement will require Netflix to pay for access to Comcast’s broadband, though it will receive no preferential network treatment, according to the companies. The deal’s announcement sparked a wave of concern about Net […] more »

by Benjamin Shors

In 1968, Dick Graham bought a small weekly newspaper in Ferry County, Wash., one of the most remote and sparsely populated counties in the Pacific Northwest. Forty-four years later — give or take a few months — broadband Internet is arriving. Graham and his century-old newspaper, The Republic News-Miner, have cast a wary eye toward […] more »

by Katie Kemple

If there was a reality show about the Public Media Corps (PMC), the intro might sound something like this: “Here’s the true story of how 15 fellows, five public media institutions, three high schools, three community organizations, a library and a museum collaborate to bridge the broadband divide.” Secretly, I wish there was a reality […] more »

by Davis Shaver

Supernova, an annual technology conference, recently convened for the first time on the East Coast, a change that was evident in the composition of the conference attendees and the direction of the overall conversation. Below are the top three major takeaways from the conference. Policy matters Harold Feld, legal director of Public Knowledge, earned a […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s edition I focus on the proposal by the FCC chairman Julius Genachowski to find a “third way” of regulating broadband providers. His “Goldilocks” approach tries to inforce fairness and Net neutrality rules, but not be too heavy-handed by avoiding setting prices for ISPs or […] more »

by Jessica Clark

In a recent presentation at WOSU in Columbus, Ohio, John Proffitt, who blogs about public media, painted a gloomy picture. In slide after slide, the stats mounted. New gadgets, new social media habits, new channels for distribution and consumption all added up to one conclusion: public TV stations are rapidly losing both value and relevance. […] more »