As FCC Net Neutrality Deadline Approaches, Netflix CEO Accuses Cable Providers of Degrading Services

By: 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.”

FCC To Issue New Net Neutrality Rules But Still Refuses to Label Broadband Public Utility

By: 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.

Net Neutrality: Goodbye Open Internet?

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 6:52 pm

Today marks a moment long dreaded — the beginning of the end of net neutrality.

The Ted Cruz Shutdown: Internet Freedom Edition

By: Wednesday October 23, 2013 2:11 pm

The FCC desperately needs a progressive champion to protect Internet users and advocate for consumer rights. Big Telecom is waging warfare in every direction, and the FCC has a lot of work to do to keep this under control.

But there’s one man that stands in the way of all this; Senator Ted Cruz, up to his old tricks again.

The Incredible Shrinking Internet

By: Saturday September 28, 2013 7:40 pm

A couple of weeks ago, Yves Smith’s link roundup included a McClatchy piece about consumers dropping cable TV. She remarked: “Trust me, when you seem more consumers ditching cable, you’ll see the pipeline providers start charging based on how much you download a month.” Caps really aren’t necessary, though; connections are already capped by speed. You can’t download any more than the connection will allow. Consumers should be able to buy a connection at a set price, and the ISP should charge for it based on how much data it could transmit. Charge more for faster speeds, less for slower ones.

Obama Shows Up on Reddit

By: Thursday August 30, 2012 6:00 am

To the extent that there’s been any news, Obama said that there will be an Internet freedom plank in the Democratic platform. Republicans actually included a similar plank in THEIR platform, so presumably that’s something that can actually get done legislatively.

Broadband Companies Begin March to Usage-Based Billing

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 3:41 pm

Throughout the broadband era, the question has been whether the model should look like television, where you negotiate a flat rate and consumption doesn’t matter, or phone service, with its pay-as-you-go model. It looks like something closer to cell phone service, where you pay for a certain amount of coverage, and then must pay more if you go over it, will end up as the ultimate model. But the potential for monopoly pricing and content discrimination is very high.

Wyden Will Place Hold on Internet Censorship Legislation

By: Friday November 11, 2011 4:05 pm

In effect, Wyden would put a hold on the legislation, forcing a series of time-consuming votes to get Protect IP passed. Republicans do this routinely. But with so much on the calendar and not much time to get it all done, this could at least block the bill for the rest of the year.

Why Does Justin Bieber Want to Jail Amy Klobuchar?

By: Friday October 28, 2011 5:20 pm

Why does Bieber even know who Amy Klobuchar is, let alone this animosity? It’s about S.978, the so-called “Protect IP Act,” and the House version, known as the “Stop Online Piracy Act.” Among other things, these bills would make Web streaming of copyrighted work a felony, with a 5-year jail sentence. Because the Beebs got his start by posting his renditions of other people’s songs on YouTube, activists have used him as a rallying point, creating the site FreeBieber.org. Bieber’s lawyers have filed a cease and desist order against the site, incidentally, so Bieber isn’t ALL that committed to Internet freedom.

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