Netflix CEO on Net Neutrality

Netflix rails against ISPs even as it agrees to pay off yet another one for better connections

By on August 20, 2014 at 5:25 PM.

Netflix rails against ISPs even as it agrees to pay off yet another one for better connections

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on Tuesday penned an editorial in Wired in which he defended the free Internet and advocated against the FCC’s Net Neutrality proposals, as well as against the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. But even though Hastings is not afraid to vividly voice his concerns – this isn’t the first time he’s written an editorial on these matters – Netflix was apparently forced to ink its fourth interconnect deal in the U.S. to make sure that TWC broadband subscribers who watch Netflix online get a decent experience. More →

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MLB Net Neutrality Comments

MLB trashes ISPs, doesn’t like the FCC’s ‘fast-lane’ plan one bit

By on July 31, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

MLB trashes ISPs, doesn’t like the FCC’s ‘fast-lane’ plan one bit

The net neutrality debate is far from over, especially since the FCC is still sorting through more than one million comments on the matter. Quartz reports that one of those comments comes directly from Major League Baseball, which argues against allowing for Internet “fast lanes” despite the fact that its own MLB Advanced Media (BAM) platform could benefit from such a scheme as long as MLB agreed to pay the proper fees to ISPs.

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AT&T Verizon Comcast Net Neutrality

This is what AT&T, Verizon and Comcast told the FCC about net neutrality

By on July 21, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

This is what AT&T, Verizon and Comcast told the FCC about net neutrality

After a last minute extension last week, the FCC has finally stopped taking comments regarding the controversial net neutrality proposal. We don’t know what effect over 1 million comments will have on the decision, but we do know what the public is saying: fast lanes are not acceptable and corporations shouldn’t control access to the Internet. More →

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Netflix FCC Net Neutrality Filing

Netflix would rather the FCC do nothing than authorize ‘fast lanes’

By on July 16, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Netflix would rather the FCC do nothing than authorize ‘fast lanes’

It’s safe to say that Netflix is still really not a fan of the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to possibly allow for Internet “fast lanes” where ISPs can charge content companies more to get their traffic delivered more quickly than on the “standard” Internet. The Verge has spotted Netflix’s official filing with the FCC discussing its proposed new net neutrality rules and the company basically says that it would be better if the FCC just did nothing instead of making things worse with its current proposal. More →

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CISA Bill Approved

New privacy-killing CISPA clone is now a step closer to becoming law

By on July 10, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

New privacy-killing CISPA clone is now a step closer to becoming law

We all remember the outrage that swept the Internet and ultimately played a role in defeating CISPA, a proposed law that would have allowed government agencies and tech companies to exchange private information about United States citizens without their knowledge and without a warrant. Well, it’s time to get ready for another round of outrage because CISPA’s controversial successor is now a step closer to becoming law. More →

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FCC Internet Fast Lanes Plan

The clearest and simplest explanation yet for why Internet ‘fast lanes’ are a terrible idea

By on July 7, 2014 at 1:33 PM.

The clearest and simplest explanation yet for why Internet ‘fast lanes’ are a terrible idea

We’ve heard a lot of good reasons to oppose the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to allow for the creation of Internet “fast lanes.” However, the best one we’ve seen so far might be from Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler, who has written an op-ed for The Washington Post in which he explains why any plan that lets ISPs charge more in exchange for traffic prioritization should be a nonstarter. More →

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Wireless Net Neutrality

Wireless lobbyists are fighting to ensure net neutrality never applies to mobile networks

By on June 30, 2014 at 12:11 PM.

Wireless lobbyists are fighting to ensure net neutrality never applies to mobile networks

Though it has been diluted by the Federal Communications Commission in its current form, the idea of “net neutrality” was initially put in place in order to ensure that Internet services delivered to American consumers are kept fair and neutral for consumers and for content owners. The current proposal being batted around is anything but neutral considering the fact that it allows content owners to pay Internet service providers for “fast lanes” that will deliver their content to users more quickly and smoothly, but that is an entirely different issue. For now, we shift focus to a different part of the debate: Should wireless services be covered by net neutrality? More →

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T-Mobile Music Freedom Net Neutrality

There’s one huge problem with T-Mobile’s latest ‘Uncarrier’ move

By on June 19, 2014 at 11:42 AM.

There’s one huge problem with T-Mobile’s latest ‘Uncarrier’ move

In case you missed it, T-Mobile on Thursday announced a new program called Music Freedom that will let T-Mobile customers stream as much music as they like from select streaming services without any of it counting against their monthly data caps. This is obviously a great deal for T-Mobile customers but it does raise some troubling questions when it comes to net neutrality. More →

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FCC Net Neutrality Plan

New bill unveiled to kill Internet ‘fast lanes’ once and for all

By on June 17, 2014 at 10:42 AM.

New bill unveiled to kill Internet ‘fast lanes’ once and for all

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 →

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Net Neutrality Mobile Rules

Wireline isn’t the only net neutrality fight you should care about

By on June 16, 2014 at 11:15 PM.

Wireline isn’t the only net neutrality fight you should care about

U.S. regulators are apparently considering whether to take a fresh look at wireless and wireline networks and whether to apply the same net neutrality rules to both fixed and wireless Internet traffic, Reuters writes. More →

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John Oliver vs Tom Wheeler: Dingo Comments

Hilarious: John Oliver now wants FCC Chairman to prove he’s not a dingo

By on June 16, 2014 at 2:12 PM.

Hilarious: John Oliver now wants FCC Chairman to prove he’s not a dingo

A few weeks ago, John Oliver’s net neutrality appeal during his HBO show went viral, convincing many Internet users to leave comments with the FCC about the its controversial proposal that would allow for Internet “fast lanes.” In Oliver’s original smackdown of the FCC, he said that having Wheeler run the Federal Communications Commission despite working previously as a cable company lobbyist was “the equivalent of needing a babysitter and hiring a dingo.” Meanwhile,, on Friday Wheeler was asked whether he had heard Oliver’s remarks, and the chairman actually made a point of denying that he is a dingo. More →

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Net Neutrality: Blind, Deaf and Disabled

Verizon lobbyists are arguing that net neutrality could be harmful to disabled Americans

By on June 13, 2014 at 1:19 PM.

Verizon lobbyists are arguing that net neutrality could be harmful to disabled Americans

Verizon lobbyists are apparently on the prowl on Capitol Hill with new anti-net neutrality arguments, Mother Jones has learned, telling congressional staffers that Verizon needs to offer fast lane-like Internet access in order to meet the needs of blind, deaf and disabled customers whose lives may depend on fast access to Internet-connected medical services. More →

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ISPs Vs. Net Neutrality

Nonprofit groups say they were tricked into backing shady anti-net neutrality campaign

By on June 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Nonprofit groups say they were tricked into backing shady anti-net neutrality campaign

You won’t believe this but Concerned Citizens United For A Free Time Warner Cable doesn’t have as much grassroots support as the cable industry would like you to think. Vice reports that many of the nonprofit community groups who had signed on in support of an anti-net neutrality campaign now say they were tricked into joining based on false pretenses. More →

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