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  1. FCC Revising Internet Rules After Public Backlash

    May 13, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is broadening the scope of his proposed open Internet rules and suggesting tougher standards for Internet providers who wish to create paid priority fast lanes on their networks. According to ...

  2. AT&T Explores Expansion Of Super-Fast Internet

    April 21, 2014 7:36 PM EDT AT&T plans a major expansion of super-fast Internet services to cover as many as 100 municipalities in 25 metropolitan areas. The service, called GigaPower, has a 1 gigabit per second speed that is about 100 times what U.S. consumers typically ...

  3. Business Matters: Mobile Phone Study Brings Both Good and Bad News for Digital Music Services

    October 22, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Nearly half of the world's population has a mobile-phone subscription, according to a new study. The bad news? Just a fraction of those people can subscribe to the music services of Western markets. The world's mobile phone population is ...

  4. UK ISPs Called Upon To Police Copyright Infringement

    June 27, 2012 6:17 AM EDT LONDON - U.K. media regulator Ofcom said Tuesday that it expects key legislation against piracy to reach parliament around the end of 2012. New draft measures against illegal downloads outlined in an Ofcom post that are now open for comment " ...

  5. U.S. Gov't IDs More Airwaves for Commercial Wireless Networks

    March 28, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Govt IDs more airwaves for commercial wireless NEW YORK (AP) -- The federal government wants to alleviate data congestion on smartphones and other mobile devices by asking the Defense Department, NASA and other agencies to switch to new locations ...

  6. Business Matters: A Venture Capitalist's Approach to Fighting Piracy

    February 16, 2012 9:44 PM EST A Venture Capitalist's Approach to Fighting Piracy -- Fred Wilson made Billboard's Power 100 list ( at No. 86 ) for two reasons: he helps builds digital startups and he is one of venture capital's more prominent thought leaders. In ...

  7. FCC Plans To Nix National Wireless Network

    February 16, 2012 6:43 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal officials plan to kill a proposal to build a new national high-speed wireless network after concluding it would in some cases jam personal-navigation and other GPS devices. The Federal Communications Commission sought comm ...

  8. Business Matters: Megaupload Aftershocks Continue as BTJunkie Voluntarily Shuts Down

    February 06, 2012 5:55 PM EST BT Junkie Shuts Down, Cites Megaupload, Pirate Bay Legal Action BTjunkie has voluntarily shut down, becoming the latest file-sharing site to shutter in the wake of the US Department of Justice's arrest of Megaupload's founder and leaders ...

  9. SOPA, PIPA Postponed Indefinitely

    January 20, 2012 10:53 AM EST WASHINGTON-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday he will postpone a vote on online piracy legislation he had scheduled for next week after a storm of protest. Reid, a Democrat, said he was putting off a procedural vote set for Tuesday &quo ...

  10. EU Internet Czar Comes Out Against SOPA

    January 20, 2012 7:35 AM EST BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union's Internet czar has added her voice to resistance of the Stop Online Piracy Act, in an unusually open comment on U.S. legislation. Trent Reznor, Amanda Palmer, Others Sign Anti-SOPA/PIPA Open Letter Neelie K ...

  11. SOPA Anti-Piracy Controversy Exposes Hollywood-Silicon Valley Divide

    January 19, 2012 9:05 AM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a move that heightens the growing tension between Silicon Valley and Hollywood, Wikipedia and other websites went dark Wednesday in protest of two congressional proposals intended to thwart the online piracy of copyrighted mo ...

  12. Trent Reznor, Amanda Palmer, OK Go Among Artists Cosigning Anti-SOPA/PIPA Open Letter

    January 18, 2012 4:05 PM EST Entertainment industry players including Trent Reznor, Amanda Palmer, and OK Go have written and published an open letter to Washington expressing their concerns about SOPA/PIPA, the pending Congressional bills that would give the government and c ...

  13. UPDATE: SOPA Imploding, Facebook's Zuckerberg, House Speaker Boehner Add To Backlash

    January 18, 2012 2:30 PM EST UPDATE (3:43 p.m.): House Speaker John Boehner said the SOPA and PIPA bills were not ready to go to a vote in Congress, according to the Wall Street Journal , while the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Orrin Hatch (Utah), released ...

  14. SOPA Web Protests: Wikipedia Editors Question Site's Blackout

    January 18, 2012 7:48 AM EST The blackout notice on Wikipedia's site as a protest against the controversial anti-piracy SOPA bill currently before Congress. Some of the site's editors, howevder oppose the site's entry into politics. NEW YORK (AP) - Can the worl ...

  15. MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd Speaks Out Against SOPA Blackout

    January 18, 2012 6:19 AM EST MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd came out swinging Tuesday in the fight over pending Internet anti-piracy legislation calling online web sites and tech companies supporting Wednesday's "Blackout Day" protest "irresponsible" and ca ...

  16. Business Matters: Onesheet Adds New Features to Better Simplify Your Web Presence

    January 06, 2012 7:56 PM EST Onesheet Adds New Features to Better Simplify Your Web Presence -- Watch for Onesheet to become a favored tool in 2012 for building an online presence among musicians and other creative types. Launched in August by ArtistData founder Brenden Mulli ...

  17. Protect-IP, SOPA Bills Seek to Protect Digital Marketplace: Guest Column by NMPA's David Israelite

    December 06, 2011 12:58 PM EST (Following is a guest column from David Israelite, President and CEO of the National Music Publishers' Association. Billboard.biz welcomes guest commentary - please contact Billboard.biz editor Jem Aswad (jem.aswad@billboard.com) for informat ...

  18. Web Trends: Listen To The Cults And Freddie Gibbs Collaboration

    November 17, 2011 4:00 PM EST Hypetrak Premiere: Cults featuring Freddie Gibbs - Bad Things (Remix) by Hypetrak Google Trends: 2. sopa : The House Judiciary Committee reviewed the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act yesterday and the backlash continues 4. internet censorship ...

  19. House Judiciary Hearing on Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) Focuses on DMCA; Google Opposes Bill

    November 17, 2011 12:18 PM EST At Wednesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), opponents of the act avoided familiar claims that the legislation would "break the Internet." But the hearing did highlight Internet companies� ...

  20. Must-Read Excerpt From Robert Levine's 'Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back'

    November 02, 2011 9:19 AM EDT [Not] Paid In Full: Why Creators Must Reassert Their Rights In The Information Economy Piracy isn't just draining record-label revenue-it's threatening the economic viability of creating content. In his new book, "Free Ride: How Dig ...

  21. Music, Internet Industries React Strongly to 'Protect IP' Bill

    October 27, 2011 2:38 PM EDT As soon as news hit yesterday that the PROTECT IP bill, legislation aimed at shutting down rogue websites, was introduced into the House of Representatives , our inboxes began filling up with statements and commentary from all corners of the music ...

  22. House Online Piracy Bill Gets Strong Reaction From Internet Community

    October 26, 2011 4:25 PM EDT The House version of the PROTECT IP bill, legislation aimed at shutting down rogue websites, got a big reception on the Hill in advance of its introduction late Wednesday. But it may not be the kind of reception that Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Tex. and c ...

  23. Business Matters: U.S. Senate's PROTECT IP Act Gathering Steam

    September 14, 2011 5:45 PM EDT U.S. Senate's PROTECT IP Act Gathering Steam -- Support for the PROTECT IP Act is growing. Since being introduced, the bill has attracted 17 co-sponsors including Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN), Marco R ...

  24. U.S. Debt Fight Could Bring More Airwaves For Broadband

    July 29, 2011 6:26 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - The debt ceiling battle could produce an unlikely winner: smartphone users. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's current plan would direct the Federal Communications Commission to auction off highly valuable radio spectrum to ...

  25. Labels Reach Deal With ISPs on Antipiracy Effort

    July 07, 2011 11:16 AM EDT Nearly three years after the RIAA said it was "close" to getting Internet service providers to help in their fight against online piracy , that assistance has finally arrived. According to a new agreement unveiled today, the music, movie ...

  26. Senators Introduce Legislation to Fight Websites Offering Pirated Content

    May 12, 2011 1:27 PM EDT Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and others in the Senate on Thursday introduced a bill targeting online piracy, particularly so-called rogue websites that offer movies, TV shows and other copyrighted or trademarke ...

  27. What the FCC's New Rules Mean to Music Companies

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST With the ink not yet dry on the new FCC net neutrality rules, there are already concerns about the impact they will have on the music industry. The new regulations set the stage for Internet service providers to create different tiers of service ( ...

  28. Reactions To The FCC's Ruling On Net Neutrality

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST The 3-2 vote party-line vote establishes the Net Neutrality provisions outlined by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski that among other things would prohibit ISPs from giving priority access to some Internet traffic over others while at the same time ...

  29. Update: FCC Passes Net Neutrality Rules

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Federal Communications Commission Tuesday in Washington D.C. passed new rules that govern how providers treat web traffic. "Today, for the first time, we are adopting rules to preserve basic Internet values," FCC Chairman Julius Gena ...

  30. Mastercard, Online Advertisers Show Support for Department of Justice's Piracy Fight

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Three weeks after Google took a step to cut off advertising funding to web sites that deal with pirated content, two other parties have also signaled their interest in working with the entertainment industry. These developments give momentum to ef ...

  31. Calls For U.S. Antitrust Officials To Require Unfettered Internet Access In Comcast-NBC Universal Deal

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Level 3 Communications Inc asked U.S. antitrust officials to set conditions on Comcast Corp's planned acquisition of NBC Universal that would assure "unfettered access" to all internet content. The move represents Level 3's lat ...

  32. Net Neutrality Vote Set For Dec. 21

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST The ongoing Net Neutrality debate is set to receive some long-awaited clarity - if not consensus - before the end of the year. Today, the FCC scheduled a vote to decide new rules of governing how Internet service providers may regulate traffic. Th ...

  33. FCC Proposes Wireless Use Of Broadcast Airwaves

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.S. telecommunications regulators proposed freeing up more airwaves for wireless services to meet the expanding use of handheld devices. The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday (Nov. 30) to seek public comment on propos ...

  34. 03b Networks Plans Africa Internet Rollout By 2013

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST b Networks, backed by Google, HSBC Principal Investments and cable operator Liberty Global, will launch high-speed Internet services Africa to tap into one of the world's potentially fastest growing markets. The company said on Monday (Nov. ...

  35. Business Matters: William Morris, Leahy Bill, Spotify and more

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. IMA Wants William Morris Endeavor Documents -- A California judge must decide if the William Morris Endeavor talent agency must turn over documents related to about 30,000 performances by its arti ...

  36. RIAA To Google: Help Us Fight Piracy

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A wide-ranging group of more than a dozen music industry associations has sent a letter to Google CEO Eric Schmidt requesting more information about the anti-piracy implications of the company’s recent network management plan with Verizon . The as ...

  37. Google/Verizon Policy Statement Not So Neutral

    August 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A joint policy statement issued Monday by Google and Verizon was met with immediate criticism across the Internet. The seven-point plan outlines the companies' vision for an "open Internet." But commentators and net neutrality suppo ...

  38. FCC Report: Broadband Access Lacking

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A new study from the Federal Communications Commission found that between 14 and 24 million Americans lack access to broadband and aren't about to get access any time soon. The study released Tuesday (July 20) was conducted in response to a C ...

  39. PRS Proposes Piracy Levy On ISPs

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society PRS for Music has proposed a levy on Internet Service Providers based on the levels of piracy on the individual networks. The idea of a levy is contained in a discussion paper, "Moving Digital Britain Forward Without L ...

  40. White House Launches Plan To Boost Broadband

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to free up airways would nearly double the amount of commercial spectrum currently available for wireless devices, an administration official said on Monday (June 28). The plan would make available 500 megah ...

  41. Business Matters: SonicBids, Vodafone, FCC, Tom Petty and more

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- SonicBids has acquired ArtistData , an online platform that allows artists to update their many online profiles from one place. The site currently has 25,000 musicians using its service while SonicBids has 245,000 users. At the company blog, Ar ...

  42. U.K. Govt Targets Superfast Broadband Expansion

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The government said it would encourage the expansion of super fast broadband by allowing operators to use other companies' infrastructure to roll out new fibre optic networks. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt also announced he would accept propo ...

  43. Publishers, Collective Rights Ask Congress To Assist ISPs

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In providing public comment to the Federal Communication Commission on preserving an open Internet, a group of U.S. music publishers and collective rights organizations have asked that Congress consider empowering Internet Service Providers (ISP) ...

  44. Digital Economy Act Q&A: BPI's Geoff Taylor

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Digital Economy Act has finally appeared, after years of lobbying for an anti-piracy law by labels trade body the BPI. Chief executive Geoff Taylor talked through what happens next with Billboard.biz - and revealed that the BPI will reluc ...

  45. FCC Loses Key Ruling On 'Net Neutrality'

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A federal court threw the future of Internet regulations and U.S. broadband expansion plans into doubt Tuesday with a far-reaching decision that went against the Federal Communications Commission. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Colu ...

  46. U.K. Digital Economy Bill May Be Rushed Through

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government's Digital Economy Bill, which had a muddled passage through the House of Lords , may be rushed through the House of Commons without full scrutiny. Parliament is set to be dissolved in early April for a general election in ...

  47. U.S. To Roll Out Major Broadband Policy

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.S. regulators will announce a major Internet policy this week to revolutionize how Americans communicate and play, proposing a dramatic increase in broadband speeds that could let people download a high-definition film in minutes instead of hour ...

  48. Concessions To Web Firms In U.K. Digital Economy Bill

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The House of Lords is set to make concessions to those who expressed alarm about measures to block Web sites in the government's Digital Economy Bill aimed at tackling piracy. Last week amendment 120A was passed by opposition peers in the Lor ...

  49. Canadian Music Week: Ole's McCarty Tackles ISPs On Piracy

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Michael McCarty, president of Canadian music publisher ole, told a crowd at the kickoff of Canadian Music Week that Internet Service providers need to start paying for the content users freely take over their networks. Comparing ISPs to the " ...

  50. Business Matters: CMA, Country Music Market Research, 'American Idol,' FCC Chairman

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- The Country Music Association (CMA) has released follow-up findings from the market research study it conducted in 2008. A few highlights: Country fans dropped slightly to 37% in 2009 from 39% in 2008; 40% of fans feel better about country musi ...

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