FCC Municipal Broadband Projects

The FCC wants states to stop killing municipal fiber networks that put cable to shame

By on June 11, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

The FCC wants states to stop killing municipal fiber networks that put cable to shame

Over the past several years, we’ve seen brave state legislatures rise up to tackle the most dangerous threat to the American way of life: Small towns that hate their incumbent cable companies and want to build their own broadband networks. DSLReports points out that Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler has written a new blog post where he points out that some towns and cities have successfully built their own high-speed fiber networks and that those municipalities haven’t yet succumbed to communism. More →

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John Oliver Net Neutrality Comments Appeal

John Oliver’s successful net neutrality appeal broke the FCC

By on June 3, 2014 at 5:15 PM.

John Oliver’s successful net neutrality appeal broke the FCC

Net Neutrality is one of the hottest tech- and Internet-related topics right now, as the FCC’s proposed regulations could have a negative impact on the way Internet companies work, and ultimately, on the pocket of regular Internet users. But because the matter seems complex, and awfully boring in some cases, not many people take a stance against the FCC’s proposals. That has been the argument of comedian John Oliver’s appeal to Internet trolls. And not only that — during his Sunday HBO show “Last week Tonight” he called upon trolls to tell the FCC how they feel about its proposal. More →

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FCC Net Neutrality Public Comment

A step-by-step guide for telling the FCC you hate its net neutrality plan

By on June 3, 2014 at 10:33 AM.

A step-by-step guide for telling the FCC you hate its net neutrality plan

Now that the Federal Communications Commission has decided to open its plan to allow for Internet “fast lanes” up for discussion, you might be wondering how to give the commission a piece of your mind. Redditor 2ShakesofaLambsTail has put together a handy guide that will take you through everything you need to do to register a public comment on the FCC’s proposal in just a small number of steps. More →

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How Is Broadband Speed Defined

The FCC may finally admit that 4Mbps doesn’t count as ‘broadband’ anymore

By on May 31, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

The FCC may finally admit that 4Mbps doesn’t count as ‘broadband’ anymore

When companies like Comcast talk about all of the intense “competition” they face in the broadband market, chances are they’re talking either about competition from mobile carriers that have capped data plans or from 5Mbps DSL services that are no longer adequate to meet our needs in the age of Netflix streaming. However, The Washington Post reports that the Federal Communications Commission is finally looking into changing its antiquated definition of broadband, which now stands at any Internet service that delivers download speeds of 4Mbps or higher. More →

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Net Neutrality Netflix vs. FCC

Here’s how Netflix feels about the FCC’s vote to end net neutrality

By on May 21, 2014 at 1:25 PM.

Here’s how Netflix feels about the FCC’s vote to end net neutrality

One of the biggest stories of 2014 so far has been the death of net neutrality. After the FCC voted last week to move forward with Tom Wheeler’s net neutrality plan, several tech companies released statements in which they reaffirmed their long-held positions opposing the proposed changes. Netflix especially has stood out as a figurehead for the net neutrality movement in recent weeks and on Tuesday, BTIG Research reported that Netflix CFO David Wells was asked about “the FCC’s view that peering and interconnection are not the same issue as net neutrality and are more like cousins or siblings.” More →

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Net Neutrality FCC Proposal

Forbes: ‘Net neutrality is a dumb idea’

By on May 21, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

Forbes: ‘Net neutrality is a dumb idea’

Where do I even begin with this one? The Federal Communications Commission voted last week to move forward with its controversial net neutrality plan, which seems to be designed specifically to ensure that the Internet is not kept neutral. Instead, the plan allows for the creation of Internet “fast lanes” so that Internet service providers can charge companies more for faster connections to end users.

If you oppose the new plan, there is action you can take. The FCC’s proposal is now in a period where open comments will be taken into account before the FCC creates a final set of rules. Those who see the slippery slope created by the FCC’s proposal can make their voices heard by reading the plan and submitting a public comment that addresses specific problems with the proposal.

If you support the plan, you can also be heard… by writing a column for Forbes. More →

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Sprint FCC fine

Sprint hit with largest ever fine over Do Not Call noncompliance

By on May 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

Sprint hit with largest ever fine over Do Not Call noncompliance

Sprint was hit with a $7.5 million fine by the Federal Communications Commission for not complying with the Do Not Call Registry by sending consumers unwanted phone calls and text messages, according to The Associate Press. Sprint’s fine is the largest Do Not Call-related fine the FCC has ever handed out. That being said, Sprint will probably be OK, with its $8.88 billion in revenue last quarter. More →

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FCC Net Neutrality Netflix Amazon

Tech companies still hate the FCC’s net neutrality plan

By on May 16, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

Tech companies still hate the FCC’s net neutrality plan

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler kept insisting that people would be more open to his plan once they actually read it. However, now that it’s been unveiled and made available to everyone, no one likes it any better. The Wall Street Journal notes that Amazon and Netflix have both released official statements reiterating their opposition to letting ISPs create “fast lanes” that would let them charge content providers more to ensure their data gets delivered more quickly. More →

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How To Protest The FCC Net Neutrality

New campaign aims to make surfing the web miserably slow for FCC employees

By on May 16, 2014 at 6:45 PM.

New campaign aims to make surfing the web miserably slow for FCC employees

If there’s one good thing that’s come from the Federal Communications Commission’s hugely controversial to allow for Internet “fast lanes,” it’s that it’s inspired several brilliant high-profile pranks aimed at giving the FCC a taste of its own medicine. Wired now reports that Portland-based software developer Kyle Drake has created code that people can put on their websites that will detect whenever someone with an FCC-associated IP address is trying to access their page and then slow down their loading times to dial-up speeds. When the FCC employees try logging onto one of the websites that has added the code, they will be given a message telling them that they will only be able to load it faster if they fork over $1,000 to get their own fast lane. Whether this will convince anyone at the FCC to change their positions on creating Internet fast lanes is up for debate, but we do have to give Drake a tip of the cap for creativity.

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Net Neutrality FCC Proposal

Only you can save the Internet: Here’s how to fight the FCC’s controversial net neutrality plan

By on May 16, 2014 at 9:01 AM.

Only you can save the Internet: Here’s how to fight the FCC’s controversial net neutrality plan

The United States Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved its revised net neutrality plan in a 3-2 vote. Now, for the first time, the full proposal documenting the controversial plan that many fear will ruin the Internet is available to read in its entirety. More →

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FCC and Net Neutrality: What It Means

This short video explains why you should care about net neutrality

By on May 15, 2014 at 10:15 PM.

This short video explains why you should care about net neutrality

Net neutrality is currently one of the hottest topics in tech, as the FCC voted on Thursdsay on its chairman’s controversial fast lane / slow lane system proposal, but not all Internet users really know what the fight between ISPs and Internet companies is all about. Re/code has a short video explaining what net neutrality means, why users should voice their concerns, and what the FCC’s new proposal is all about.

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FCC Net Neutrality Vote

FCC votes to move forward with controversial net neutrality plan

By on May 15, 2014 at 11:30 AM.

FCC votes to move forward with controversial net neutrality plan

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to adopt a new notice of proposed rulemaking on a controversial new net neutrality plan that could allow Internet service providers to create separate services where they could charge Internet companies more money to make sure their traffic gets delivered faster than on the standard Internet. Although the proposed plan asks whether it would be possible for ISPs to create so-called “fast lanes,” FCC chairman Tom Wheeler insisted that it would not create a system where the Internet was divided into “haves” and “have nots.” More →

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FCC Net Neutrality Protest

This is the most ingenious way to protest the FCC’s net neutrality plans

By on May 15, 2014 at 8:10 AM.

This is the most ingenious way to protest the FCC’s net neutrality plans

Here’s an absolutely brilliant way to get people to flood the Federal Communications Commission’s phone lines with angry complaints. Ars Technica reports that venture capitalist Brad Feld has created a new campaign called Stop The Slow Lane that will let you add a “slow lane” widget to your website that will intentionally slow your pages’ load times and then tell users to complain to the FCC about it while they wait. You can find code for embedding the widget over at GitHub, although you’d better act quickly to get it up since the FCC is actually scheduled to vote on its net neutrality plan later on Thursday. More →

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