Net Neutrality

Verizon

Verizon Challenges Internet Regulations

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Verizon Communications filed an appeal of the FCC’s latest net neutrality regulations that let internet providers ration their connection. The appeal argues that the new rules grant the FCC power that is beyond even the authority of the U.S. Congress. The controversial rules were passed by a 3-2 vote and this appeal will be the […]

International CES 2011: What We Didn’t See

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International CES 2011 is in the history books and it was a wonderful show. Over 135,000 attendees, over 20,000 new product announcements, over 1.6 million square feet of exhibit space — it was a non-stop tech festival that truly has no equal anywhere on Earth. Samsung, Sony, Sharp, Toshiba, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Vizio, Joe, Sally, Tom, […]

FCC

FCC Chastises Paid Prioritization

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After passing new net neutrality rules last week, the FCC said that providers offering deals for bandwidth priority would “raise significant cause for concern.” While the new rules have come under scrutiny from net neutrality advocates, the FCC admitted that changing from longstanding norms of an open Internet would harm its very essence. Regardless of […]

FCC

Net Neutrality Limbo: An Unfortunate Game

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The recent vote on the principles of Net Neutrality (Chairman Genachowski voted for the Order; Commissioner Copps concurred and Commissioner Clyburn approved in part and concurred in part.  Commissioners McDowell and Baker dissented.) at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has drawn criticism from both sides.  Republicans in Congress are uniformly against it and Democrats are mixed.  Consumer advocates say it does not go far enough to protect consumers and the big carriers and tech giants (Verizon, AT&T, Google, Microsoft, etc.) offered lukewarm to tepid praise.

FCC

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

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The United States Federal Communications Commission approved net neutrality rules that are a half step forward from current legislation. The new rules would limit wired Internet providers from prioritizing or committing “unreasonable discrimination” against any Web traffic. While this will stop cable companies from throttling your Netflix connection, wireless companies are still free to determine how you use your bandwidth.