Net Neutrality Pros And Cons

Yet another way net neutrality opposition is ruining the Internet

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

Yet another way net neutrality opposition is ruining the Internet

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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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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Verizon Net Neutrality NSA

Sick of constant media bashing, Verizon funds a tech news site where the NSA and net neutrality don’t exist

By on October 29, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Sick of constant media bashing, Verizon funds a tech news site where the NSA and net neutrality don’t exist

It’s hard being Verizon sometimes. The poor little wireless carrier and Internet service provider often gets a bum rap in the tech press for its controversial actions on net neutrality and on enabling the American government’s surveillance programs. To combat these nattering negative ninnies in the media, Verizon has decided to take action and bankroll its own news site where none of those nasty sorts of stories will ever pop up. More →

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Net Neutrality Golden Frog Encryption

Certain mobile ISPs can apparently block encryption for online services

By on October 14, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Certain mobile ISPs can apparently block encryption for online services

As the battle for net neutrality rages on, new evidence seems to indicate that ISPs and wireless operators could block encryption if they so desire, endangering the security of the users at a time when encryption is becoming more and more important for certain Internet services. TechDirt has discovered some new comments filed by VPN company Golden Frog with the FCC that suggest carriers may have too much power when it comes to being able to throttle traffic and encryption. More →

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Obama FCC Net Neutrality Plan

Obama is unhappy with the Internet ‘fast lane’ plan proposed by the ex-cable lobbyist he tapped to run the FCC

By on October 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

Obama is unhappy with the Internet ‘fast lane’ plan proposed by the ex-cable lobbyist he tapped to run the FCC

Amazing but true: Appointing a former cable lobbyist to run the Federal Communications Commission might not be the best way to protect net neutrality. Nonetheless, President Barack Obama, who campaigned on defending net neutrality during his first presidential run in 2008, finds himself in just such a situation after seeing his own FCC chairman offer up a plan that would allow for the creation of Internet “fast lanes” where ISPs could charge companies more money to ensure the faster delivery of their content. More →

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Why Is Net Neutrality Important

The best way to make people care about net neutrality: Show what ‘slow lanes’ will do to their porn

By on September 5, 2014 at 8:20 AM.

The best way to make people care about net neutrality: Show what ‘slow lanes’ will do to their porn

Now this is a net neutrality campaign that might catch the attention of people who normally couldn’t be bothered. On September 10th next week, several websites are planning to take part in an “Internet Slowdown” in which they’ll post symbolic “loading” icons on their sites to demonstrate what will happen to them if the FCC goes through with its plan to sanction Internet “fast lanes” that would completely kill off net neutrality. And now it looks like the campaign has just grabbed its most important contributors yet: Popular porn sites. More →

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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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