Morning Stories (12-20-2011)

  • AT&T announced it will scrap its planned merger with T-Mobile. ars technica gives a good rundown on the story. Some expressed relief that the merger bid was abandoned, while others suggest that the result will mean more harm for consumers in the long run.
  • Sprint, one of the merger’s most vocal opponents, was jubilant at the news, but nonetheless continues to face its own difficulties.
  • The Senate Judiciary’s Antitrust Subcommittee is at it again, calling for the FTC to give a “hard look” to Google’s search practices, which Sens. Kohl and Lee suggest may be anti-competitive.
  • FastCompany has a profile of Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) efforts at promoting citizen involvement in politics and government transparency through his “Project Madison” project and other efforts.
  • Despite the resiliency of the Internet, government actions are nonetheless doing much to undermine its robustness and threaten long term harm.
  • The Brookings Institute has an interesting report on how the explosive growth of  digital storage is proving to be a valuable tool for repressive governments. (H/T @jenvalentino)
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