Are we free at last? – A reflection for Dr. King’s birthday

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Originally published on maaia.com on January 16, 2012 As I pause this year, to reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I am wrestling with the notion that many Americans still hold: that today is primarily a African American or “black” holiday. While Dr. King’s struggles were rooted in the Civil Rights […]

WPRO – The Gene Valicenti Show: Would you watch Al Jazeera?

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In the wake of Al Jazeera’s purchase of Current TV, Gene Valicenti invited me to be a guest on his Saturday morning radio show on WPRO in Providence to talk about Full Channel’s decision to carry Al Jazeera English. Listen to an mp3 clip from our discussion.

Are we free at last? – A reflection for Dr. King’s birthday

As I pause this year, to reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I am wrestling with the notion that many Americans still hold: that today is primarily a African American or “black” holiday. While Dr. King’s struggles were rooted in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, his words can be […]

Response to FCC Chairman Genachowski’s Net Neutrality backpedaling

This is my response to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s recent announcement in which he backpedals from his initial promise to support Net Neutrality. It seems that the term the FCC has coined “Open Internet” is what he is lobbying for now. This so-called “Open Internet” falls very short of the free speech protections needed to […]

Who are the real radio pirates?

Since writing the blog entry “Digital broadcast TV & the spectrum famine,” I have been thinking about the way the power to communicate has been acquired through the years.  There is a great Ken Burns documentary titled “Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio” which takes viewers on a journey through the ruthless […]

Content neutrality getting press in Providence Business News

I spoke with Providence Business News reporter Ted Nesi last week about the FCC’s net neutrality announcement and the Commission’s lack of comment on “content neutrality.”  Here is the article from today’s Weekly Technology Update in which I am quoted.

FCC Chair Genachowski says he will support net neutrality

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is quoted at TheHill.com (link not available) saying that the commission will support “net neutrality” and go after anyone who violates its tenets. “One thing I would say so that there is no confusion out there is that this FCC will support net neutrality and will enforce any violation of net […]

Providence Business News – Five questions with: Levi C. Maaia

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Providence Business News published an interview with me today in their weekly technology update.  We discuss issues ranging from network neutrality to sustainable energy. [read article]

Top ten reasons I know that Islam is not a militant religion

Read a nice piece by Justin Maaia in response to the chain email messages circulating that defame Islam.

A letter to American Cable Assoc. president Matt Polka

May 1, 2009 Matt Polka, President American Cable Association One Parkway Center, Suite 212 Pittsburg PA 15220 Dear Matt: Network neutrality is an issue that I am passionate about both as a broadband operator and a ‘net’ user.  The Internet gained immense popularity as a platform for free speech that was accessible to any person.  […]