ATT’s slogan is "fewest dropped calls," but that may not apply to people who have anything bad to say about the company. Slashdot is reporting that ATT is reserving the right to cut off service to people that paint the company in a negative light:
"AT&T’s new Terms of Service give AT&T the right to suspend your account and all service "for conduct that AT&T believes"…"(c) tends to damage the name or reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries." After cooperating with the government’s violations of privacy and liberties, I guess AT&T wants their fair share. AT&T users may want to think twice about commenting if they value their internet service." read more
Hope you all had a relaxing and rejuvenating Labor Day weekend. We’ve returned from our long weekends just in time for the home stretch to this year’s Policy Summit, which is less than two weeks away. Read on for all the reasons that FMC’s Policy Summit is a can’t miss event.
FMC Policy Summit 07: The Countdown Begins
Video Chat with HINT Project Director, Alex Maiolo
Indigo Girls To Host Sweet Home New Orleans Benefit on September 16, 2007
FMC Seeks Communications Director and Fall Interns
5th Official FCC Hearing on Media Ownership: September 20, 2007
On Monday, we promised readers a week full of blog posts about Clear Channel forcing local and indie artists to give up performance royalties in order to be considered for airplay on their stations.
Each day we’ve written about Clear Channel’s actions and why — contrary to their claims — they are not on the side of artists. If you’re new to the posts, please scroll down to have a look at what we’ve written.
You’ll also remember we promised you (and Clear Channel) a special surprise at the end of the week. Here it is: read more
p>Washington, D.C.— Bipartisan legislation was introduced today in both the House and Senate that would bring hundreds of local, Low Power FM (LPFM) radio stations to cities and suburbs across the country. On a national press call today, the Indigo Girls joined religious groups, community radio broadcasters and public interest advocates in support of the "Local Community Radio Act of 2007.
Right now in FMC-land we’re hard at work on this Wednesday’s Policy Day, which will be filled with bold statements, learned debates and intriguing ideas. We’re nearly sold out and can accept only 3 more registrations, so if you want to attend, please register NOW. Read on for all the latest reasons to join the discussion!
FMC and ACS Present Technology and IP Policy Day: May 2, 2007
FMC Joins the Blogosphere
The Webcasting Rate Debate
FCC Announces Payola Settlement
Rock the Net Campaign Gains Steam
FCC License Window Announced
Official Media Ownership Hearing in Tampa: April 30
On January 16, 2007, FMC filed reply comments in the FCC’s quandrennial media ownership proceeding that questioned the arguments for further deregulation presented primarily by the NAB and Clear Channel in their comments. FMC also submitted our December 2006 report False Premises, False Promises: A History of Ownership Consolidation in the Radio Industry in the record.
In January 2002, Minot, North Dakota, became a symbol of what’s wrong with media consolidation. One night a train derailed, resulting in a chemical spill, and Minot’s emergency-response authorities had difficulty getting their message on the air. Clear Channel, the country’s largest owner of radio stations, owns 6 of the 9 stations in Minot. read more
WASHINGTON, DC — The rapid consolidation of the commercial radio industry that followed the Telecommunications Act of 1996 has led to a loss of localism, less competition, fewer viewpoints and less diversity in radio programming in media markets across the country, according to False Premises, False Promises: A Quantitative History of Ownership Consolidation in the Radio Industry, a report released today by the Future of Music Coalition (FMC). read more