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Return of the FCC, Bing Plays Hoops

Put speaking out for a fair and open Internet on your agenda this Tuesday and Wednesday when the FCC returns to Seattle with a pair of events focused on net neutraility and digital expansion.

On Tuesday evening, Apr 27, FCC Commissioner Meredith Baker and staff will be featured guests at a community conversation on open Internet and net neutrality, organized by Reclaim the Media. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Asian Counseling and Referral Service, 3639 Martin Luther King Way in Seattle.

Then, at 9:30 a.m. on Weds. Apr. 28, the FCC will hold an official workshop on Preserving the Open Internet at the Federal Building. Both events are free and open to the public.

The Tues. evening event will offer a better opportunity to speak and interact with FCC staff. The Weds. morning workshop will be more formal, with questions accepted in written form. The Weds. morning event will also be streamed live online.

The case, Comcast v. Federal Communications Commission, marks a setback for the FCC’s project of maintaining a fast, extensive and accessible Internet for all Americans, all objectives they outlined in the National Broadband Plan presented to congress in March Rather than indicating net neutrality is on its deathbed, some said the ruling may mean the FCC has their work cut out for them. [24×7]

Microsoft’s Bing to Sponsor and Emblazon the WNBA’s Seattle Storm

The NBA ball continues to bounce back into Microsoft’s court. Many felt that Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, an NBA enthusiast and frequent spectator at NBA games, missed a superb chance to demonstrate Microsoft’s hometown spirit by acquiring the Seattle NBA franchise three years ago before the Seattle Supersonics were sold-out and shipped out to Oklahoma City.

On Wednesday, the company announced a deal to sponsor the WNBA Seattle Storm, Seattle’s other National Basketball Association team. Under the agreement, the Bing search engine’s brand name will be integrated into Storm marketing and promotional materials. It will also be displayed prominently on player jerseys.

No terms of the deal were announced and Microsoft has not taken an ownership positon in the team, Lisa Brummel, a Microsoft senior vice president of human resources is a part-owner of the Storm,

Last year, Bing paid to have a patch with its logo sewn onto the practice jerseys for Seattle Seahawks, the local National Football league team owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. [24×7]

Get more info in the Seattle24x7 blog