New Orleans There has been virtually radio silence about the rush of applications from hopeful communities around the country hoping to build low power radio stations under the new opening by the FCC for applications. The deadline recently passed, and more than 1000 applications were filed, which would seem like good news, but might be [...]
Little Rock We continue to struggle with cable companies promising to offer affordable digital access to lower income families. Comcast, Cox, Time-Warner, and others promise, while failing to deliver in any meaningful way. The FCC claims to be engaged in the fight with us, but lumbers along ineffectively. Ironically, when the recent FCC chairman stepped [...]
Little Rock The radio spectrum is part of the public domain regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The spectrum is scarce so multiple interests have to be served, especially those of the public, though the history and tradition of the Commission leans heavily towards the commercial. The growth of noncommercial and community radio stations over [...]
New Orleans Remember the poor…low and moderate income families who will always be with us? Well, more evidence keeps piling up that when it comes to internet access and a lifeline to the 21st Century, the “volunteer” efforts by the big cable companies are continuing to make the FCC’s claims of lowering the digital [...]
New Orleans Spencer Ante and the Journal continue their curious, and in many ways deceptive, campaign against the FCC’s lifeline telephone program, which allow the poor to have basic access to a telephone for less than $10 a month for emergency messages and a limited number of texts and calls. The company’s’ providing the service [...]
New Orleans Lifeline programs are great services in our modern age and we need more of them. In concept “lifeline” conceptually stands for the provision of a basic level of service, like electricity, gas, telephone, or even internet potentially, essential for the very survival of a low income family or senior citizen.
Telephone lifeline services have [...]