Net Neutrality Battle Lines Drawn as FCC Vote Looms


FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s long-brewing plan to repeal Net neutrality has the broadband, telecom and entertainment worlds at loggerheads. The commission’s expected Dec. 14 vote could result in a complete rewrite of the script for the Internet’s competitive landscape and consumer protection models. The repeal of Net neutrality would end restrictions imposed by the Obama administration in 2015, which effectively regarded the Internet as a utility with heavy government regulation.

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Net neutrality terms to know

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday announced his plans to repeal the Obama-era regulations that dictate how providers treat the accessibility of content on the internet.

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FCC Head Champions FM Radio for Smartphones


Ajit Pai, the new chairman of the FCC, last week issued a call for activation of the FM chips in smartphones. The vast majority of smartphones sold in the U.S. have FM chips, but they’re activated in only about 44 percent of the top brands, Pai told attendees at the North American Broadcasters Association symposium on the future of radio and audio. Although that’s nearly twice the 25 percent figure of two years ago, it’s not good enough, Pai suggested, noting that 80 percent of smartphones sold in Mexico have their FM chips activated.

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New FCC Chair Ajit Pai Vows to Kill Net Neutrality Rules


President Donald Trump on Monday named Ajit Pai chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Pai, who has been a Republican commissioner for the agency since 2012, replaced Tom Wheeler, whom President Obama appointed to the top FCC post in late 2013. With the new administration, Republicans gain the expected majority of the commission. Pai has been known to be a foe of former President Barack Obama’s Net neutrality rules, stating the policy could lead to new taxes while giving less consumer choice.

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FCC's Tom Wheeler Hitting the Road


U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced that he will leave the agency he helmed for the past three years on Jan. 20, the day President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in. “Serving as FCC chairman during this period of historic technological change has been the greatest honor of my professional life,” Wheeler said. “It has been a privilege to work with my fellow commissioners to help protect consumers, strengthen public safety and cybersecurity, and ensure fast, fair and open networks for all Americans.”

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FCC Proposes Subsidy to Close Broadband Gap


FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday announced a $2.25 billion plan to expand the federal Lifeline subsidy program to help low-income consumers afford broadband Internet service. Lifeline, which currently allows low-income consumers to buy mobile phone service at a discount, would let them buy standalone broadband starting Dec. 1 for $9.25 per month or apply the discount to bundled services. The minimum standard would be 500 MB at 3G speed, increasing to 2 GB by the end of 2018.

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Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt spotted snapping pics with an Apple iPhone

Article Image Former Google CEO and current Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt was in South Korea for a press event this week, where he was spotted taking pictures of the event using an Apple iPhone instead of a Google Android handset.

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Bipartisan encryption bill would create special congressional commission on encryption

Article Image House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Senate Intelligence Committee member Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) on Wednesday announced plans to push forward a bill that would see the formation of a special congressional commission to address complex digital privacy issues, a hot button topic recently making headlines thanks to Apple’s legal battle with the DOJ.

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FCC Chief Proposes End of Set-Top Box Rule


FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday announced that he’d shared with colleagues a long sought-after proposal to loosen the set-top box’s grip on home entertainment. The proposal seeks to spur competition and consumer choice in an arena dominated by large cable and satellite television providers. Wheeler’s proposal would provide a mechanism for creating new ways to access video content, whether through a competing device, or through an app or other software that would function as a device, thereby unlocking wider access to programming for consumers.

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Consumer Advocates Push FCC on Broadband Privacy Rules


A coalition of 59 organizations on Wednesday sent a letter to U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler calling on him to get cracking on privacy protection rules for consumers. The groups include consumer advocates such as Consumer Watchdog and the Chicago Consumer Coalition as well as the Center for Democracy and Technology and the American Association of Law Libraries. The coalition wants Wheeler to “move forward as quickly as possible on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing strong rules to protect consumers.”

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FCC chairman to propose broadband subsidy for low-income Americans

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler will on Thursday propose subsidizing broadband Internet for poorer Americans, much in the way it currently subsidizes phone bills, officials with the agency said.



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Quanta blames limited Apple Watch production on worker shortages

Without mentioning the Apple Watch by name, the vice chairman of manufacturer Quanta Computer said on Friday that initial production of a client’s wearable was limited because of workforce shortages, although his company has since caught up.



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Sage and Salesforce: An Odd Couple?


It came as a surprise when Keith Block, vice chairman of Salesforce, made an off-the-cuff remark about a Sage-Salesforce alliance at the Salesforce World Tour event held last week in Boston. Sage and Salesforce in February had announced they would work together, with Sage moving some of its undisclosed ERP applications to the Salesforce Cloud. However, the word didn’t seem to spread, and it remained off my radar for nearly two months. No matter. Sage has been a mainstay of the SMB market for business apps for a long time.

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FCC to propose regulating the internet as a utility – report

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to issue a proposal this week that would see the agency classify internet access as a telecommunications utility, a move that may also include reclassification for data services from wireless carriers.



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Google chief fears surveillance scandal could ‘break the Internet’

Google chairman Eric Schmidt said at a gathering of tech firms in California on Wednesday that the government spying scandal is so serious there’s a danger it could “break the Internet.” 

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Google's Schmidt says Samsung had iPhone 6-like product last year, calls Apple competition 'brutal'

During an interview with Bloomberg on Wednesday, Google chairman Eric Schmidt was grilled on the launch of Apple’s iPhone 6, but played off the record debut by saying Samsung got there first.



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FCC chairman slams Verizon's 'all the kids do it' defense to data throttling

During a news conference on Friday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler responded to Verizon’s claims that its planned data throttling program is a “widely accepted” practice, saying that an “all the kids do it” argument is not justifiable.



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FCC Chair Changes Tune on Net Neutrality


The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission reportedly is changing a proposal for regulating Internet traffic in response to a wave of dissension against the idea.
Chairman Tom Wheeler had proposed a new “Net neutrality” plan that would allow Internet service providers to negotiate with companies that use the Internet to provide services to end customers — such as those who deliver streaming video, cloud services, social networking, or any Web service — in order to grant preferential treatment of their data in exchange for fees.

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FCC Denies Desertion of Net Neutrality


Reports that the FCC is abandoning its support of Net neutrality are incorrect, the agency’s chairman claimed Thursday. The reports appeared just prior to the release by the FCC of a notice that it is proposing some new Open Internet rules. The old rules were rejected by a federal court in January and tossed back to the FCC for a rewrite.
There has been “a great deal of misinformation” circulating about the proposed rules, wrote FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

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