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Court Strikes Down FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules, Agency May Appeal (GigaOM)
An appeals court in Washington on Tuesday ruled that the FCC’s “net neutrality” rules, which prevent companies like Verizon from favoring some types of Internet traffic over others, are invalid. The 81-page ruling, which was decided by a 2-1 vote with one judge dissenting in part, has big implications for content providers, consumers and the future of the Internet. Bloomberg U.S. Circuit Judge David Tatel, writing for a three-judge panel, said that while the FCC has the power to regulate Verizon and other broadband companies, it chose the wrong legal framework for its open-Internet regulations. “Given that the commission has chosen to classify broadband providers in a manner that exempts them from treatment as common carriers, the Communications Act expressly prohibits the commission from nonetheless regulating them as such,” Tatel wrote. NYT Internet service providers are free to make deals with services like Netflix or Amazon, allowing those companies to pay to stream their products to online viewers through a faster, express lane on the Web, the judges ruled. Federal regulators had tried to prevent those deals, saying they would give large, rich companies an unfair edge in reaching consumers. But since the Internet is not considered a utility under federal law, the court said, it is not subject to regulations banning the arrangements. BuzzFeed For years, the net neutrality nightmare scenario was as follows: Carriers, such as Comcast, could charge different amounts for access to different tiers of the Internet. The basic tier might include email and basic browsing; the next could include Facebook and Twitter; the final tier could include Netflix, YouTube or Spotify. These tiers would be divided not by bandwidth or speed requirements, but by content type. The Internet would become a club with various VIP sections, arbitrarily laid out to benefit providers. Wired / Threat Level If the decision stands, broadband providers are likely to implement pay-to-play plans like the one AT&T announced last week — plans that many said violated, at a minimum, the spirit of net neutrality.

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Forbes Media Explores Sale

Forbes Media has hired Deutsche Bank to represent it for a potential sale. According to Bloomberg News, the company wants at least $400 million for the 96 year old magazine and its site.

Mike Perlis, Forbes Media’s CEO, told staffers that the company had already received offers, and expects many more:

As a result of your tremendous work, we have received more than a few “over the transom” indications of interest to buy Forbes Media. The frequency and serious nature of these overtures have brought us to a decision point. We’re organizing a process to test the waters regarding a sale of Forbes Media. We have hired Deutsche Bank to represent us, and we expect interest from numerous suitors.

For the complete memo, click through to Ad Age.

Forbes Names Mark Howard Chief Revenue Officer

Forbes has promoted Mark Howard from senior VP of digital advertising strategy to chief revenue officer. Howard is succeeding Meredith Kopit Levien, who left to become the new executive VP of advertising for The New York Times.

“Meredith and Mark have been close partners in driving our revenue strategy and seizing opportunities in the two hottest trends in advertising — programmatic buying and native advertising,” said Mike Perlis, president and CEO of Forbes Media, in a statement. “Mark is one of the most knowledgeable people in the marketplace on native ads and, during his more than ten years at Forbes, has become well versed in what our brand stands for, selling print and digital, and the power of our content model and publishing platform.  We look forward to his continued leadership.”

Howard has been with Forbes since 2002. Prior to joining Forbes, he held sales roles at Inc. and Fast Company.

Eliot Spitzer on CNN’s Identity Crisis: ‘There’s No Objectivity in Network News’

1003_mockup.gifIt was the usual Wednesday mix of moguls (Jon Tisch), media men (Richard Beckman, Mike Perlis) and television honchos (Henry Schleiff) today at Michael’s. With this Type A crowd, summer vacations are for slackers — at least until August. From the looks of things, there were plenty of deals being done (or at least pitched) between bites.

I was joined today by Eliot Spitzer and Lisa Linden. The last time the three of us had lunch, New York’s former governor was headlining his own show on CNN, In The Arena, which replaced the short-lived Parker Spitzer which he launched with co-host Kathleen Parker in 2010. About a year ago, CNN boss Ken Jautz cancelled In The Arena in a shakeup of the network’s primetime lineup. “I’m very happy with the show we did and the ratings we got, which were good to compared to what they’re getting now,” Eliot told me.  Not surprisingly, he says he prefers and is better suited for Current TV’s politically charged environment. “Current has an ideology. There’s no pretense; we’re open about it. CNN tries very hard to position itself as an non-ideological news network, but there’s no objectivity in network news. It would be better for all of us if we just accepted that.” Therein lies the major issue with his former employer’s rating woes, says Eliot: ”CNN has a serious question of what it is and they’ve got to answer that.”

Having stepped in seemingly hours after Keith Olbermann was booted from Current TV, Eliot took to the airwaves with the aptly titled Viewpoint in Olbermann’s old time slot with no promotional campaign or PR machine to attract viewers (although Olbermann’s own campaign to get his side of the story out gave the fledgling network plenty of attention). But the show does have co-founder Al Gore‘s support (he’s been a guest on Viewpoint) and Eliot says Joel Hyatt is very involved in the “day-to-day” running of the network. “They have been great. I’ve known Al since 1999 and I like him very much. He’s a great guy.” (BTW you can see what Joel had to say about all those supposed dust-ups with Olbermann in this Mediabistro interview.)

Eliot Spitzer and Diane Clehane
Eliot Spitzer and Diane Clehane

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Forbes Names Communications Official

Mia Carbonell has been named senior vice president, corporate communications, for Forbes Media. Carbonell comes to Forbes from HSN, where she served as vice president of corporate communications since late 2009. Prior to that she worked as senior vice president of corporate communications for Rodale, from 2005 to 2008.

At Forbes Carbonell will direct public relations efforts and develop communication strategies that bolster the brand.

“We look forward to having her join our very talented management team as we continue to lead the industry by putting authoritative journalism at the center of a social media experience,” said Mike Perlis, President and CEO of Forbes Media.

Carbonell’s appointment at Forbes is effective immediately.

Forbes Announces a Pair of Senior Promotions

Forbes today announced the promotions of Meredith Kopit Levien to chief revenue officer, and Mark Howard to the new position of Senior Vice President of Digital Advertising Strategy.

Levien joined Forbes four years ago and was most recently SVP/group publisher.  In her new role, she will be responsible for the entire U.S. and European digital and print sales organization.  As for Howard,  he will head up digital ad strategy, focusing on leading the introduction of the highly innovative advertising products to the marketplace.  Previously he was SVP of Digital Ad Sales.

“Meredith is well-known and well-respected in the marketplace, and her sales and business management skills will propel us to new heights in 2012 and beyond,” said Mike Perlis, Forbes Media president and CEO.  “Mark’s deep experience makes him supremely qualified for his new role.”

Forbes Media encompasses Forbes and Forbes.com, the leading business site on the Web that reaches on average 27 million people monthly.

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Mike Perlis Named President and CEO at Forbes Media

Mike Perlis was introduced today as president and CEO of Forbes Media. Company chairman and editor-in-chief Steve Forbes made the announcement.

“With the arrival of Mike Perlis, Forbes has been joined by someone who is a proven leader, with great successes in his impressive career. We are fortunate he will be leading the company as CEO, charged with taking a great brand to greater, expanded success,” Forbes said. ”Mike is a well-liked, known and admired force in our business. His experience, coupled with the range of arenas he has spent time in, are the ideal skills that Forbes demands in the days and years moving forward. He will be joining the company on December 1st.”

Perlis joins Forbes Media from SoftBank Capital, a venture capital firm focused on high growth internet based businesses, where he served as a General Partner.  He focused on content businesses including, Beliefnet, Huffington Post, Associated Content, and Buzzfeed.  Prior to joining Softbank, Perlis served as president and CEO of Ziff- Davis Publishing, president of TVSM and president of the Playboy Publishing Group.

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Mike Perlis Named To YourTango Board Of Directors

YourTango is steadily growing as a destination for online relationship guidance,  and that means expanding its board of directors to include Mike Perlis. Perlis, a partner at SoftBank Capital NY, has had 20 years’ experience managing content and multi-media brands like TVSM and Playboy Publishing Group. He previously served as the president and CEO of Ziff-Davis Publishing until its sale a decade ago.

Perlis also serves on the board of the Newhouse School of Public Communications and is a trustee of Outward Bound.