I’ve had conversations in the past with people from Europe who just don’t understand why America needs to have network neutrality restrictions. Their argument is that if one of the ISPs in their country tried to throttle Netflix to make its own other-the-top video service run faster, people would flee to a rival ISP and thus put them out of business. It’s at this point that I laugh at them and say, “What I wouldn’t give to have even two choices for broadband services!” More →
The Federal Communications Commission’s new net neutrality rules ensure that Verizon won’t be able to intentionally slow down competitors’ video streaming services in the name of speeding up its own offerings. However, Verizon has shown itself to be nothing if not creative over the years and a new report from Investor’s Business Daily claims that the carrier is working on a sneaky plan to undermine net neutrality that may not even run afoul of the FCC’s regulations. More →
You just can’t please everyone… The Federal Communications Commission issued its final net neutrality rules earlier this week, and some people still can’t believe that the Commission issued a proposal that is so consumer-friendly. Under FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal, Internet service will be reclassified as a utility and prevent some of the biggest threats to the free Internet, including paid traffic prioritization, data blocking and bandwidth throttling.
Google has been a pretty consistent advocate for net neutrality in the United States but it apparently doesn’t feel the need to be as strong a supporter in other countries. The Information has a new report out detailing how Google plans to make mobile data in emerging markets cheaper for consumers by picking up the data consumption tab for things like app updates… but only for its own apps and the apps of special partners. More →
Rival ISPs’ legal teams will probably pull their hair out when they see what Sprint just did to their arguments against net neutrality. Speaking with Reuters, Sprint CTO Stephen Bye says that not only will the FCC’s net neutrality plan not affect his company’s network investment plans but he also goes so far as to say net neutrality is a positive for Sprint’s customers. More →
We won. The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday took a huge step toward realizing web users’ dream of a truly free Internet; an Internet where net neutrality is real and service providers are barred from boosting their bottom lines by allowing big corporations to pay for priority pipelines. The Commission announced a new proposal that would see broadband Internet service reclassified as a utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.
Even a few short weeks ago, it seemed impossible that we would even get this far… but it looks like there is a pretty serious loophole in the new proposal that could be a big roadblock for net neutrality down the line. More →
It looks like Tom Wheeler isn’t the dingo that many of us feared. In a new article at Wired, Wheeler outlines his plan to enforce net neutrality rules by doing something that was once unthinkable: Reclassifying broadband services as utilities under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. More →
Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile have all strongly come out against reclassifying Internet services as utilities, with AT&T sounding particularly shrill alarms that reclassifying carriers would kill off its ability to invest in network upgrades. However, GigaOM points out that Sprint on Friday turned its back on its carrier framily members by saying reclassifying ISPs under Title II of the Telecommunications Act wouldn’t slow down its efforts to upgrade its services. More →
Given how just about any net neutrality proposals have the potential to inhibit Verizon’s bottom line, you’d think that all the company’s shareholders would be 100% behind its efforts to fight them. However, you’d be wrong — Ars Technica reports that the Nathan Cummings Foundation and Trillium Asset Management LLC, both Verizon shareholders, are not pleased with how Verizon has been responding to the net neutrality controversy. More →
Verizon was reportedly warned by both Comcast and AT&T not to push the envelope on net neutrality, but the company decided to sue the FCC over its compromise net neutrality rules anyway. It successfully got those rules tossed out nearly one year ago and many people assumed this meant ISPs would be free to charge companies more money to ensure the speedy delivery of their traffic. However, the huge public outrage at the prospect of letting ISPs create Internet “fast lanes” put renewed pressure on the FCC to take a tougher stance on net neutrality, and now it looks like Verizon is about to suffer a humiliating defeat. More →
The Federal Communications Commission will vote on its hugely controversial on network neutrality in February, The Washington Post reports. In its original conception, the FCC’s plan would have allowed for the creation of Internet “fast lanes” in which ISPs could charge content providers more money to ensure that their content gets delivered more quickly than other websites’. This would be a big difference from standard practices in which packets are delivered on a nondiscriminatory basis. More →
With a renewed push to reclassify ISPs as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, the cable industry has ramped up its public relations blitz to convince you that Title II reclassification is the single scariest proposal in the history of the world. Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin points us to a new ad funded by the National Cable and Telecommunications Association that is just about the least convincing argument against Title II reclassification that we can imagine. More →