Why Net Neutrality Is Good

The most important essay on net neutrality that everyone should read

By on November 13, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

The most important essay on net neutrality that everyone should read

One of the worst things that can happen to net neutrality is that it becomes yet another partisan football where the entire issue boils down to whether you support free markets or government regulations. The reality, of course, is much more nuanced: Net neutrality is a regulation that has to be in place for the free market to function in the Internet age. More →

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John Oliver Net Neutrality Video Appeal FCC

You can actually read the FCC’s internal emails about John Oliver’s hilarious Net Neutrality appeal

By on November 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

You can actually read the FCC’s internal emails about John Oliver’s hilarious Net Neutrality appeal

Remember John Oliver’s enthusiastic appeal made on HBO’s Last Week Tonight a few months ago to Internet trolls to go to the FCC’s website and comment on net neutrality? Well, that particular show segment was so popular that it may have convinced thousands of Internet users to try to post a comment in support of net neutrality with the FCC, leading to a temporary crash of the website. More →

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YouTube Music Key Service

YouTube unveils Music Key, a music subscription service that blends Spotify with MTV

By on November 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

YouTube unveils Music Key, a music subscription service that blends Spotify with MTV

YouTube’s long-rumored premium music service has finally materialized. Google announced on Wednesday that it would be debuting an ad free subscription service called Music Key, which will allow for offline play and background listening. The service will cost $9.99 when it launches, but for now it will be offered at a promotional price of $7.99. More →

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Verizon Net Neutrality Lawsuit

Verizon’s greed may have finally gone too far

By on November 12, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

Verizon’s greed may have finally gone too far

Verizon was probably pretty happy with itself after it got the Federal Communications Commission’s previous net neutrality rules tossed out in a court ruling from earlier this year. However, it looks like this may have only been a short-term victory because now the FCC might implement even stricter rules on ISPs, including on wireless carriers that were previously exempt from most net neutrality regulations. More →

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How the Internet Was Born

How the Internet was born

How the Internet was born

By on November 12, 2014 at 2:15 PM.

How did the Internet come into existence in the first place? It’s something that most of us probably know a little bit about, but how many of us really know the full story? The same site that taught us about the six organizations that are secretly running the Internet has returned this week with a new infographic, tracing the history of the Internet from its humble beginning as a network of four computers to its proliferation as one of the most valuable tools in modern society. More →

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Net Neutrality Pros And Cons

Yet another way net neutrality opposition is ruining the Internet

Yet another way net neutrality opposition is ruining the Internet

By on November 12, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

Isn’t it peculiar how everyone agrees that things like “Internet fast lanes” are bad except for the companies that stand to directly benefit from these net neutrality-bending ideas, and the lobbyists on their payrolls? The debate rages on, and net neutrality shot into the spotlight yet again earlier this week when President Obama came out in opposition of fast lanes, and in support of Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which would reclassify Internet service providers as utilities.

Shockingly, FCC commissioner and former top cable industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler doesn’t seem to agree.

We have covered a number of ways Internet fast lanes and other concepts that are outside the bounds of reasonable net neutrality are already ruining the Internet, and now we have another huge one to toss onto the pile. More →

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FCC Obama Net Neutrality Plan

FCC may give us Internet ‘fast lanes’ no matter what Obama says

By on November 12, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

FCC may give us Internet ‘fast lanes’ no matter what Obama says

President Obama this week caused quite a stir when he came out in favor of a bold plan to protect net neutrality that would involve reclassifying ISPs as common carriers. Unfortunately for net neutrality advocates, Obama doesn’t get the final say when it comes to this issue. Instead, that honor goes to the Federal Communications Commission, which is headed by a former cable lobbyist that Obama decided to appoint as chairman last year. More →

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Why Comcast So Bad

Comcast says it’s net neutrality’s No. 1 fan

By on November 11, 2014 at 4:49 PM.

Comcast says it’s net neutrality’s No. 1 fan

Just like how Annie Wilkes felt about Paul Sheldon in Stephen King’s Misery, Comcast says it’s net neutrality’s No. 1 fan. In a blog post written on Comcast’s website Tuesday, Comcast executive vice president David L. Cohen insisted that his company was the best friend that net neutrality has ever had, despite the fact that the company got into hot water for throttling P2P traffic last decade in a case where we found out that Comcast was actively targeting specific protocols such as BitTorrent for throttling. More →

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WSJ Christmas Sale Tracker

One online tool will ensure you get all the best deals this holiday season

By on November 10, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

One online tool will ensure you get all the best deals this holiday season

The most stressful time of the year has arrived: it’s holiday shopping season, and the chances of your bank account coming out unscathed are slim to none. Thankfully, The Wall Street Journal is debuting its Christmas Sale Tracker this year to keep consumers up to speed with all the best deals from around the Internet, as retailers constantly readjust their prices to stay one step ahead of the competition. More →

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Obama Net Neutrality Plan Reactions

There’s one ISP that actually agrees with Obama on net neutrality

By on November 10, 2014 at 4:08 PM.

There’s one ISP that actually agrees with Obama on net neutrality

Most ISPs were quick to denounce President Obama’s net neutrality plan in apocalyptic terms on Monday, which isn’t too surprising considering they were really looking forward to being able to charge extra for Internet fast lanes under FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan. That said, there was one ISP that not only declined to attack the new net neutrality proposal but embraced its principles as ones that every ISP in the United States should follow. More →

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Opinions
Obama Net Neutrality Plan Tech Industry

Tech companies need to get off the sidelines and start loudly supporting net neutrality right now

By on November 10, 2014 at 12:47 PM.

Tech companies need to get off the sidelines and start loudly supporting net neutrality right now

After the president announced his plan to ensure net neutrality by reclassifying broadband providers as utilities, my inbox predictably got flooded with hysterical missives from carriers who are warning that forcing them to abide by net neutrality rules would completely destroy the Internet as we know it. Soon afterward, many congressmen and senators started piling on and declaring that this new net neutrality plan was an “Obamacare for the Internet,” as Texas Republican Ted Cruz put it. More →

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Obama Net Neutrality Plan

Obama pushes for FCC to scrap Internet ‘fast lanes’ plan, reclassify ISPs as utilities

By on November 10, 2014 at 9:54 AM.

Obama pushes for FCC to scrap Internet ‘fast lanes’ plan, reclassify ISPs as utilities

Despite the drubbing he and his party took last week in the midterm elections, Barack Obama has decided to come out swinging on the issue of net neutrality. In a statement released on Monday, Obama reemphasized his commitment to preserving net neutrality and offered up his own plan that would reclassify Internet service providers as utilities under Title II of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. The surprise statement was an implicit rebuke of current Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler, who this year proposed allowing ISPs to create Internet “fast lanes” that would let them charge content providers more money to ensure their traffic got delivered more quickly than traffic on the “standard” Internet. More →

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