In a statement that drew nonsensical metaphors from the right and belated optimism from the left, President Obama finally publicly supported equal internet access for all yesterday. Obama's statement set the stage for a legal and political battle newly-relected Sen. Al Franken has repeatedly called ... More >>
Higher costs and worse service loom on the horizon
Two years ago, Riley Stratton, then a 6th grader at a school in the Minnewaska School District in western Minnesota, was punished by administrators for posting after school on her Facebook page that she "hated" a teacher who had been "mean" to her. In a separate incident, administrators forced Stra ... More >>
The ACLU might not be happy about it, but Minneapolis City Council Member John Quincy says granting the MLB's request to create a "Clean Zone" around Target Field during a two week stretch surrounding this summer's All-Star Game "is something we have to do and should do."THE BACKSTORY: ACLU blasts M ... More >>
Today, the Minneapolis City Council approved the MLB's request to create a potentially speech-limiting "Clean Zone" across a swath of the city during a two week stretch surrounding the 2014 All-Star Game.SEE ALSO: MN ACLU explains why Duck Dynasty dude's anti-gay comments aren't protected speech The ... More >>
The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit against Minnewaska Area Schools for alleged violations of a 12-year-old female student's constitutional rights.In one string of incidents, the girl was repeatedly disciplined after posting on Facebook that she "hated" a teacher who had been "mean" to her. She ... More >>
Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, Josh Fattal: Free, and protesting.Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal spent more than two years locked up in Iran, a country with some of the most restrictive free speech rights in the world. Now that they're back in the United States, Bauer and Fattal are flexing their First A ... 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 >>
Brian Johnson, center, and his family handed out bibles at last year's Pride festival.Here we go again. Just like last year, the city has a battle brewing on its hands over free speech rights in Loring Park during the Twin Cities Pride festival. Organizers want an exclusive use permit for ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
God: Now in the endorsement business via Brad Brandon.Despite what the Rev. Brad Brandon says, his First Amendment rights are not in jeopardy. Without anyone stifling his speech, he's used his Berean Bible Baptist Church pulpit in Hastings to endorse a slate of conservative politicians. And ... More >>
Black is white. Peace is war. Up is down. Michele Bachmann is now asserting that the issue of Internet network neutrality, known as "net neutrality," is an evil Obama administration plot to censor the Internet. But it's exactly the opposite: Network neutrality (also net neutrality, Inter ... More >>
The Woodbury City Council banned targeted residential picketing, which provoked an outcry over the squelching of First Amendment rights. But as it turns out, the state banned targeted residential picketing 16 years ago.
How a small chain of once-struggling radio stations grew into a giant of the media/entertainment complex
Yo Ho Ho and 70 Watts: Four Years After Broadcasting From a Tree Limb Down by the River, Local Radio Renegades Keep on Marauding
At least this year has roused up a worthy controversy in the local club scene
Politicians get ready to reboot telecommunications law
A new FCC proposal creates high hopes for local low-watt radio
Howard Stern's billboard controversy; local rockers censor themselves
Last year the FCC shut down a scrappy, 40-watt dance station, dealing another blow to Minnesota's radio diversity. Today, Alan Freed and his Beat Radio are beaming an AM signal nationwide.
Devin Miller and Thomas Ross want to do something no black person in Minnesota has done before: buy a major commercial radio station. But first they have to beat the FCC, an industry giant, and the trend toward broadcast consolidation.
US West wants to use information about who you call to increase its sales. Privacy advocates are screaming foul.
Maybe it's time Americans took a page from Italy's experience. There, the anti-corruption drive "Operation Clean Hands" was placed in the hands of a permanent ethics czar to shield it from political influence.
With a week to go until Judgment Day, Barbara Carlson returns to her roots.
The Strib's corporate parent says nothing but good things will happen when they sell the paper. Where have we heard this before?
It doesn't really matter whether he overtakes KQ and Tom Barnard. Either way, Howard Stern wins. And local radio loses.