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Verizon "posted another year of consistently high operating and financial performance in 2014." But it plans to abandon its FiOS expansion, anyway.
In an FCC filing, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association opposed the FCC action to raise the speeds in its definition of broadband on the grounds that consumers don't need it.
This past week, both the Republican-led House and Senate introduced similar bills designed to head off FCC reclassification of broadband as a Title II telecommunications service.
All communities need high-speed networks, but what?s a city to do when the local provider refuses to invest in next-generation broadband? Look at models that work.
This week, Tom Wheeler ?strongly hinted? to the Vegas Consumer Electronics Show that his proposed net neutrality rules would reclassify broadband as a Title II telecommunications service.

Even though the upstart cab company Uber claims to be part of the "sharing economy," it demands the workers to give the capital, the risk and the labor -- while the owners take a large cut of the revenue. An article in The Nation, Socialize Uber, explains what a real sharing company could be like.

 

 

Socialize Uber (The Nation, Dec. 29, 2014)

According to a new FCC report on cable charges, "The price per channel is 14.7 percent lower in effective competition communities than in communities without a finding of effective competition... ?
A new Commerce Department report found that the faster the Internet service, the less chance of competition -- and a greater chance of higher prices.
A California duo are at the center of a federal class-action suit against Comcast for using their home router as a public hotspot, thereby ?exploiting them for profit. ?
Women continue to drop out of technical work in the high-tech industry because, in part, "... they've been treated in a way they find hostile, demeaning or condescending."