Telecommunications technology is changing so fast that federal regulators can barely keep up. We talk about Internet access, neutrality and openness as seen by the Obama Administration. Also, unemployment reaches an “astounding” level, and daylight savings returns at 2 am Sunday -- whether or not it really saves energy.
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Some 651,000 people lost their jobs in the past month, a number President Obama called “astounding.” In Columbus, Ohio, he spoke to 25 police recruits who owe their jobs to the $787 billion stimulus bill he signed less than three months ago. Annys Shin is a staff writer at the Washington Post.
Annys Shin, Staff Writer, Washington Post
The Federal Communications Commission is best known for regulating phone companies and policing nudity and strong language on radio and TV. But to head his FCC, Barack Obama has chosen Julius Genachowski, the man who introduced Facebook and other Internet social networks to political campaigns. His priorities will include expanding broadband access to rural America and protecting the openness of the Internet. Is the FCC up to the task or, in the age of Facebook and Twitter, is it so out of touch that it should be abolished? What's Twitter all about anyway?
Blair Levin, Co-lead, Obama Transition Team on Technology and Government Reform
Porter Bibb, Managing Partner, Mediatech Capital Partners
Michael Katz, former Chief Economist, Federal Communications Commission
Gigi Sohn, President and Co-founder, Public Knowledge
This weekend, we'll lose an hour of sleep but gain an hour of sunlight as Daylight Savings kicks in, all on the assumption that energy will be saved. Benjamin Franklin, America's practical founding father, thought daylight savings time would save energy. That was the rationale used in World Wars I and II, and the reason we'll be changing the clocks at 2 am this coming Sunday. Was Franklin right? Ryan Kellogg, Professor of Economics at University of Michigan, has a surprising answer.
Ryan Kellogg, University of Michigan and UC Berkeley