Netflix Net Neutrality

How the FCC’s great new net neutrality rules could ruin Netflix for you

By on March 13, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

How the FCC’s great new net neutrality rules could ruin Netflix for you

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.

Sure there may be a loophole or two, but nothing is perfect. The bottom line is that everyone stands to benefit from the FCC’s new net neutrality proposal — well, almost everyone. More →

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Google Android One Net Neutrality

Is Google about to stab net neutrality right in the back?

By on February 13, 2015 at 3:40 PM.

Is Google about to stab net neutrality right in the back?

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 →

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Sprint Vs. AT&T T-Mobile Net Neutrality

Sprint goes where no other carrier dares, says net neutrality is good for consumers

By on February 11, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

Sprint goes where no other carrier dares, says net neutrality is good for consumers

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 →

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Net Neutrality Title II Loophole

The FCC’s new net neutrality proposal everyone is so excited about may have a huge loophole

By on February 5, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

The FCC’s new net neutrality proposal everyone is so excited about may have a huge loophole

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 →

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The free Internet wins: FCC chair proposes reclassifying ISPs as utilities

By on February 4, 2015 at 11:21 AM.

The free Internet wins: FCC chair proposes reclassifying ISPs as utilities

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 →

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Sprint Vs. AT&T Net Neutrality

Sprint just stuck a dagger into AT&T’s net neutrality argument

By on January 16, 2015 at 1:11 PM.

Sprint just stuck a dagger into AT&T’s net neutrality argument

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 →

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Verizon Vs. Net Neutrality

Even some Verizon shareholders are sick of its stupid net neutrality strategy

By on January 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

Even some Verizon shareholders are sick of its stupid net neutrality strategy

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 →

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FCC Net Neutrality Verizon

Verizon’s huge victory is about to turn into a humiliating defeat

By on January 8, 2015 at 8:15 AM.

Verizon’s huge victory is about to turn into a humiliating defeat

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 →

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FCC Net Neutrality Vote Date

The FCC’s big net neutrality vote is set for February

By on January 2, 2015 at 3:44 PM.

The FCC’s big net neutrality vote is set for February

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 →

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Verizon vs. Netflix Interconnection Deals

Verizon says it’ll still charge Netflix interconnection fees no matter what the FCC decides

By on December 19, 2014 at 9:20 AM.

Verizon says it’ll still charge Netflix interconnection fees no matter what the FCC decides

Verizon earlier this week told the FCC in a filing that it’ll still charge Netflix interconnection fees, Ars Technica reports, no matter what the Commission decides in the future when it comes to net neutrality. More →

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Cable Companies Vs. Net Neutrality

Cable companies try to scare you about net neutrality in the least convincing way possible

By on December 8, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

Cable companies try to scare you about net neutrality in the least convincing way possible

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 →

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Verizon FCC Net Neutrality Lawsuit

Does Verizon realize it made a huge net neutrality mistake?

By on November 25, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Does Verizon realize it made a huge net neutrality mistake?

Both AT&T and Comcast — two companies that are not exactly fond of net neutrality regulations — reportedly tried to warn Verizon against suing the Federal Communications Commission over its 2010 net neutrality rules. The carrier went through with it anyway and now there are signs it’s feeling regret. More →

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FCC Rules on Net Neutrality

The FCC won’t decide net neutrality’s fate this year

By on November 21, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

The FCC won’t decide net neutrality’s fate this year

The net neutrality debate is poised to extend well into 2015, as this crucial matter is neither on the FCC’s agenda on Friday, nor in its December session, FCC spokeswoman Kim Hart said. Apparently, FCC’s Chairman Tom Wheeler is “caught” between the wishes of the White House and the needs of Internet service providers. More →

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