by Matthew L. Schafer
Beyond the FCC Comcast/NBCU hearing in Chicago this week, it was a relatively slow week in media. At the Comcast/NBCU hearing, Josh Silver, president and CEO of Free Press, commented on Julius Genachowski’s truancy, which I wrote about here.
“I do want to say that I am disappointed that Chairman Genachowski chose to stay in Washington, instead of coming here to Chicago,” Silver said. “Washington is a bubble and policy makers need to get out of that bubble. He did find time last week to rub elbows with the most powerful media and technology leaders at an elite conference in Idaho. It is a shame that he was not able to be in Chicago to hear the voices of the people his agency is in charge of protecting.”
In other news, the FCC’s Net Neutrality Notice of Inquiry, a fancy way for the FCC to say, “Tell us what you think,” comment period ended on Thursday. All told, over 25,000 people filed comments relating to the reclassification of broadband as a “telecommunications service,” which would allow the FCC to pursue net neutrality policies.
Finally, on a young but interesting topic, about 50 articles regarding supposed “search bias” of Google hit the net today, with some calling for “Google Neutrality” instead of net neutrality. Tech Dirt attempted to debunk the rumors, saying they were planted by large telecommunications operators to detract from net neutrality proceedings.
“We’ve tried debunking the ridiculous concept of “search neutrality” a few times now,” Tech Dirt wrote in its blog. “It’s an invention by a few telcos who were upset that Google was supporting net neutrality rules (something I don’t support). So they came up with this concept of “search neutrality” to get back at Google. But, of course, the situations are entirely different.”
Friday, July 16, 2010: Are Bloggers Journalists? Judge Says, Don’t Confuse “New Media” with “News Media”
Thursday, July 15, 2010:Did We Say 5¢ a Minute? We Meant $5: Cell Companies Battle FCC “Bill Shock” Survey.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010:New Defense Department Memos Highlight Tenuous Relationship with Media in the Past
Tuesday, July 13, 2010:The Seven Dirty Words Aren’t Dirty Anymore (Kind of)
Monday, July 12, 2010:FCC’s Genachowski Takes Respite With Media Moguls, Skips Public Hearing