A sizable coalition of technology companies has taken a stand in favor of net neutrality in the form of a letter to the Federal Communications Commission. The group, led by giants including Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, and Yahoo, challenges a proposal the FCC is considering that threatens net neutrality. While the letter Continue Reading →
Mozilla has drafted an alternative to the FCC’s proposal to restore Net neutrality, which would require the commission to take a new approach to defining broadband services. In a filing Monday to the Federal Communications Commission, the developer of the Firefox browser and operating system suggested the FCC start from scratch in terms of defining Continue Reading →
Verizon and Netflix
Netflix just confirmed that it will pay Verizon for direct access through the carrier’s network, allowing for improved streaming video for customers. According to a brief statement, “We have reached an interconnect arrangement with Verizon that we hope will improve performance for our joint customers over the coming months.” The announcement mirrors a similar peering Continue Reading →
Netflix and Comcast
Remember last month, when Netflix and Comcast signed a deal to guarantee fast delivery of the video service’s streams to the cable company’s customers? That’s exactly the kind of deal Netflix shouldn’t have to sign, says Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. That’s the gist of the argument Hastings makes in an essay he has posted on Continue Reading →
The FCC has announced its intention to pursue a new version of the Open Internet order that was struck down by a judge last month. In a statement, agency chair Tom Wheeler says that he will begin taking public input on an updated set of net neutrality rules. The FCC will not pursue an appeal Continue Reading →
Verizon and Netflix
A federal court may have given the pipe guys clearance to start slowing down Web services like Netflix. But so far, that’s not happening, Netflix says. That update comes to us via a note from J.P. Morgan analyst Doug Anmuth, who says he’s been talking to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells, and Continue Reading →
Verizon and Netflix
Have U.S. Internet users’ worst fears just been realized? A new report from iScan Online programmer David Raphael claims to confirm that Verizon, which you might recall helped lead the charge against net neutrality regulations, has begun limiting the bandwidth utilized by certain websites for its FiOS Internet subscribers. In a blog post on Wednesday, Continue Reading →
Net Neutrality
Net neutrality is the concept that all Internet traffic should be treated the same by Internet service providers, governments and anyone else who is in charge of providing Internet service. This topic has seen a lot of debate in the United States, especially with the introduction of bills such as SOPA and CISPA, and it’s Continue Reading →
President Obama on Reddit
Barack Obama’s victory on Tuesday night has far-reaching fiscal, social, and military implications, all of which are familiar to anyone who kept at least one eye open during any of this year’s debates. But what do four more years mean for tech? Turns out, a lot. While Obama hasn’t indicated that he’ll dramatically change course on Continue Reading →