Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps is not happy with the current state of U.S. broadband service under the watch of former top cable lobbyist and current FCC head Tom Wheeler. The longtime consumer advocate spoke on Wednesday during a meeting of internet industry executives and politicians in Washington D.C. and didn’t mince words when discussing the current state of broadband Internet service in the United States. More →
The Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality plan has been controversial to say the least and now a newly unveiled piece of legislation aims to stop it dead in its tracks. Per The Washington Post, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) this week unveiled a new bill that would specifically instruct the FCC to use every power at its disposal to stop Internet service providers from setting up Internet “fast lanes” that would let them charge content providers more money for preferential treatment on their networks. More →
Peering agreements between ISPs and transit companies or content providers aren’t technically net neutrality issues but they could still be potentially harmful to the open Internet depending on their terms. To bring some more light into this perpetually shady area, Federal Communications Commission Tom Wheeler said on Friday that the FCC is going to investigate peering deals that Netflix has signed with Comcast, Verizon and other carriers to determine whether the terms are fair or if ISPs are using their market power to charge content companies excessive fees in exchange for getting improved connections to their network. More →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.