Ron Placone and Carmen Morales attend the NAB Conference in Las Vegas. During the conference they create an on-site documentary of a Q & A with FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler.

Re-published with permission from Art Killing Apathy On the eve of the FCC decision to uphold Net Neutrality, activists provided an artful activism show of continued support for digital rights and freedoms. Yesterday’s victory…

Meredith Attwell BakerEdward Wyatt writes in the NY Times Media Decoder:

Four months after the Federal Communications Commission approved a hotly contested merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, one of the commissioners who voted for the deal said on Wednesday that she would soon join Comcast’s Washington lobbying office.

Meredith Attwell Baker, a former Commerce Department official who worked on telecommunications issues in George W. Bush’s administration, announced that she would leave the F.C.C. when her term expires at the end of June. At Comcast, she will serve as senior vice president for government affairs for NBC Universal, which Comcast acquired in January.

The announcement drew immediate criticism from some groups that had opposed the Comcast-NBC merger. They said the move was indicative of an ethically questionable revolving door between regulatory agencies and the companies they oversee.

Our beloved Federal Communications Commission has approved the highly controversial net neutrality rules, albeit in slightly watered-down form from those originally proposed.

In case you need a reminder as to why this is NOT a good thing, Al Franken lays it out for you:

If you’re unable to speak during an emergency, but still have access to your cell phone, you will soon be able to send a text, picture or video to 911. Although, until…

Pirate Radio USAVia Joe Nolan’s Insomnia:

Hello friends. This weekend I discovered an entertaining and eye-opening pirate radio documentary online: Pirate Radio USA.

Given the post-Clinton legalization of media monopolies, the subject of pirate radio has once again become a hot-button topic. Pirate radio broadcasters use homemade technologies to take over radio frequencies, broadcasting without licenses, outside of FCC rules and regulations.

Pirate radio has become a form of civil disobedience. The various subjects of the documentary fight directly against the corporate media by simply “stealing” FM bandwidth to broadcast their radical, rocking messages. Of course, the irony is that the airwaves above the United States are owned exclusively by the public.

How can you steal what you already own?