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Nationwide WiFi?

This sounds like a big deal. The federal government wants to create super Wi-Fi networks across the nation, so powerful and broad in reach that consumers could use them to make calls or surf the Internet without paying a cellphone bill every month. The proposal from the Federal Communications Commission has rattled the $178 billion […]

FCC approves KTRU sale

It’s official now. The Federal Communications Commission on Friday approved the controversial sale of Rice University’s radio station, KTRU, to the University of Houston. The decision comes after a group called the Friends of KTRU filed a petition and three radio listeners submitted objections hoping to scuttle the deal. They argued the sale violated FCC […]

More on the KTRU/KPFT deal

After I read about the KTRU/KPFT deal, in which KTRU will broadcast over one of KPFT’s HD radio channels, I wondered what the folks at Save KTRU thought of it. At the time I posted, there wasn’t anything on the website about the deal, but there is now: Friends of KTRU, a group of students, […]

KTRU supporters go to the FCC

I wish them luck, but I would not hold out much hope. Supporters of Rice University’s student-run radio station have formally asked the Federal Communications Commission to deny the station’s sale to the University of Houston, contending it would weaken the educational mission intended by the FCC and harm listeners. Joey Yang, a Rice student […]

What about the classical music?

This Chron story adds a dimension to the KTRU debate that I haven’t seen discussed before. Classical music fans in the city’s southern and western suburbs may not be able to hear the station intended to serve their interests. “It’s all static,” Clear Lake resident Jay Bennett said of the radio signal that would be […]

The KTRU rally

The Houston Press, which has largely owned this story, reports from today’s rally to save KTRU. Early this afternoon, protesters met at Valhalla, Rice’s on-campus pub, to make signs and t-shirts for the protest before marching as a group to the statue of William Marsh Rice in near triple-digit heat. The timing of the protest […]

FCC to move forward on Net Neutrality

Good news. The fight for Net Neutrality took a big step forward on Monday with the chair of the Federal Communications Commission announcing plans to expand the rules to protect a free and open Internet. In a speech at the Brookings Institution, Julius Genachowski said the FCC must be a “smart cop on the beat” […]

Time to replace that portable TV

I don’t have a portable TV, so I hadn’t given the matter of their obsolescence due to the digital transition any thought, but if you have one, you ought to be aware of it. Though Americans were given four extra months to prepare for the nationwide switch from analog to digital signals, the conversion date […]