The U.S. Senate may have 100 members, but only one, Al Franken, has really made his opinion known on the recent cable and telecommunications mergers, bashing the deals between giants like Comcast, Time Warner, and Sprint. While other senators may be holding back, Franken has repeatedly hammered the ... More >>
Higher costs and worse service loom on the horizon
Last summer, Rep. Joe Atkins (D-Inver Grove Heights) was hanging out with his son at the Big 10 Restaurant in Dinkytown when, without thinking twice about it, he set his smartphone down on a table."My oldest son said something like, 'You trying to get us killed?'" Atkins recalls. "He had a roommate, ... More >>
Today, Comcast, the largest cable and high-speed internet service provider in Minnesota and the U.S., announced that it plans to buy Time Warner Cable, the nation's second-largest cable provider, for just over $45 billion.RELATED: Al Franken rips into FCC approval of Comcast-NBC mergerBut that news ... More >>
Jesse Ventura appeared on Howard Stern's radio show yesterday and discussed campaign strategy with the man he wants to be his vice president.The interview started with Stern asking Ventura if he was really serious about them running for office together."Howard, I won't do it if you won't do it with ... More >>
We've all been there. (Ahem, Comcast, ahem.)SEE ALSO: Al Franken rips into FCC approval of Comcast-NBC merger Steven Saari, a 28-year-old Duluth resident, pleaded guilty yesterday to a gross misdemeanor after he threatened to blow up a Charter Communications office in Duluth last summer. The reason? ... More >>
Did MPR's lawyers try to sabotage KFAI's funding in the 1970s?In 1973, a group of Minneapolis residents had an idea for a 10-watt radio station. Instead of hiring experienced radio personalities to read news or play classical music, they would open up the airwaves to other community members ... More >>
Kling built MPR from a small station in Collegeville, Minnesota.Bill Kling has come a long way since he started what is now Minnesota Public Radio 45 years ago. He's now the outgoing CEO of one of the most financially sustainable and commercially successful radio empires in the country -- whi ... More >>
Republicans suggest government can't afford nonprofit radio
Not necessarily the news.The FCC has fined KMSP/Fox 9 $4,000 for failing to tell viewers that it passed off public relations video as "news" in 2006. The fake news segment -- a video news release, or VNR -- talked about consumer demand for convertibles in the summer. That sounds plausible en ... More >>
Al Franken loses the Comcast-NBC merger fight.The Comcast-NBC Universal merger got an official green light today from the Federal Communications Commission, paving the way on a 4-1 vote for another major consolidation in the telecom industry. It's a merger that Al Franken has battled from th ... More >>
Photo by samantha celeraThose phone bills are complicated.Bargain long-distance phone carrier Cheap2Dial may soon be facing a heavy bill of its own: Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing the Pennsylvania company for charging Minnesota customers extra fees without their knowledge. The compan ... More >>
Franken: Keep it neutral.The compromise net neutrality rules just adopted by the FCC would prohibit broadband providers like Comcast and Qwest from blocking user access to websites and applications. But the measure won't do the same thing for wireless companies, and Al Franken smells censor ... More >>
"Troubled Waters" e-mails detail the story behind the public fiasco.In response to Minnesota Data Practice Act requests, the University of Minnesota unloaded a deluge of e-mails on reporters over the weekend related to the college's decision to cancel the "Troubled Waters" documentary last mo ... More >>
It seems natural to want to root for Britney, but there was something tragic about her performance Friday night.
The broadcast outcast discusses his online future.
His webcast will stream live 2-4 p.m. weekdays starting March 4th.
In recent weeks hundreds of St. Paul residents have been receiving phone calls from St. Paul Police Federation president Dave Titus. The calls are targeted at voters in wards one, five, and six--the three most hotly contested city council races.
The FCC goes looking for swears during live sporting events, scientists have turned stem cells into sperm, Michael Douglas's son pees on his back, clips from the Daily Show and Robot Chicken, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
THESE DAYS Under a new Dallas, Texas, ordinance, charities and churches will be allowed to serve food to the homeless only at approved locations. Violations will be punishable by fines of $200 to $2,000. The Federal Communications Commission has hired as an advisor an anti-pornography activist an ... More >>
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