President Obama made headlines recently by endorsing the concept of net neutrality and saying that internet service providers should be treated more like phone utilities than cable providers. It is an increasingly popular position as many people realize that unlike cable service, the internet has become a necessary feature of modern living.
|By: masaccio Sunday November 2, 2014 11:00 am|
Monopoly control over the internet with enormously expensive barriers to entry: What’s not to like, say Comcast, Time Warner and the rest of the exploitation crew.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday September 17, 2014 10:11 am|
The American Civil Liberties Union has accused the manufacturer of StingRay surveillance products of providing inaccurate information and possibly even lying to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is the agency that is supposed to regulate communications over cable, radio, satellite, television and wire.
|By: msmolly Saturday September 13, 2014 6:40 pm|
Wednesday was Internet Slowdown Day—a digital day of action intended to call attention to the perils of an internet without net neutrality. A lot of people hear the term “net neutrality” and think it sounds vaguely like a good thing, but most people don’t really understand what it is — or what it can mean [...]
|By: Brian Sonenstein Wednesday September 10, 2014 10:04 am|
Time is running out to submit final comments to the FCC in favor of Net Neutrality. That’s why we’re joining Team Internet in the Battle for the Net, telling lawmakers to stop our ISP’s from implementing ‘slow lanes’ that could jeopardize our access to a free and open internet.
|By: KateCA Monday September 8, 2014 7:15 pm|
There’re the old myths: the free market, the Invisible Hand, free enterprise, competition equals better products, and so forth. Of course, when those shibboleths don’t translate as they should in real life, there is often a turn toward “investing” in politicians and political parties, advertising to grab and ensure a market and, well, just plain old whining. And that’s what seems to be happening in Chattanooga as a public utility confronts a corporate biggie.
|By: DSWright Wednesday June 4, 2014 6:48 am|
Yesterday the FCC public comment system crashed due to high traffic which seems to be attributable to a call from comedian John Oliver for internet trolls to visit the FCC’s website and “focus your indiscriminate rage in a useful direction.” That call came after a 13 minute segment on Oliver’s HBO show “Last Week Tonight” where Oliver railed against attempts to undermine Net Neutrality joking “the internet is not broken and the FCC is currently taking steps to fix that.”
|By: DSWright Friday May 16, 2014 11:05 am|
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Tom Wheeler has put out some misleading statements claiming the FCC was respecting the goals of Net Neutrality while operationally destroying it. And now Wheeler has put forward a rule that alleges to prevent ISPs from “blocking or slowing down access to websites” while also allowing those same ISPs to charge content companies for “faster and more reliable delivery.”
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday March 21, 2014 8:47 am|
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings accuses the ISPs of allocating insufficient bandwidth to Netflix products, “subjecting consumers who pay a lot of money for high-speed Internet to high buffering rates, long wait times and poor video quality.” Once Netflix agrees to pay connection fees, however, he says “sufficient capacity is made available and high quality service for consumers is restored.”
|By: DSWright Thursday February 20, 2014 9:34 am|
After losing a court case last month at the DC Court of Appeals the Federal Communications Commission is planning to issue a new set of rules for Net Neutrality. Though the court claimed Net Neutrality rules the FCC had previously offered were illegal, it did acknowledge the FCC’s authority to regulate broadband company practices under a section of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.