FCC Votes 3-2 to Upend Net Neutrality

The FCC on Thursday voted 3-2 to repeal Obama-era Net neutrality rules that prevented Internet service providers from blocking, throttling or otherwise giving preferential treatment to customers. Backers of the repeal characterized it as promoting greater technological innovation and freedom to conduct business. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who spearheaded the reversal of the Title II Net neutrality regulations, was joined by Commissioners Michael O’Reilly and Brendan Carr. Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel strongly dissented.

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Steve Wozniak, other tech pioneers, blast FCC's net neutrality repeal

Steve Wozniak and other tech pioneers are trolling the FCC’s efforts to end net neutrality with a new letter that says, “You don’t understand how the internet works.”

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Net neutrality fans speak up as FCC set to strike down rules

NEW YORK (AP) — Net neutrality is a simple concept but a dense and often technical issue that has been argued over for years in tech and telecom circles. Now everyday folks are talking about it.

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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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John Oliver's Viewers Flood FCC Site With Net Neutrality Concerns

Comedian John Oliver, incensed over proposed changes to unravel Net neutrality protections for consumers, unleashed a torrent of criticism against the Federal Communications Commission and urged viewers to register their protest online. The response led to a digital meltdown on the agency’s site Sunday night. Oliver targeted a proposal by Ajit Pai, the agency’s new chairman, that would loosen Net neutrality regulations. It would allow Internet service providers to abide by market forces and largely self-police their conduct.

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Internet's Biggest Companies Ask FCC to Please Leave Net Neutrality Alone

Here we are again: Years after the last big net neutrality fight, key players are once more setting down their stakes, drawing their lines in the sand, and every other metaphor for preparing to w…

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Net neutrality in jeopardy with a Trump administration and Republican Congress

Republicans don’t like net neutrality and are expected to change or overturn the regulations that allow consumers equal access to all internet content. As a candidate, President-elect Donald Trump promised to change the regulations.

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T-Mobile's Binge On May Run Afoul of Net Neutrality Rules

T-Mobile’s Binge On streaming video service violates Net neutrality rules, according to a report authored by Barbara van Schewick, director of The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. Among the reasons the Binge On service may be problematic: It doesn’t offer unlimited video streaming, raising transparency concerns; it gives participants a competitive advantage; it harms competition and stifles free expression; and it is discriminatory due to its substantial technical requirements.

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Europe's New Net Neutrality Law Draws Jeers

The European Parliament on Tuesday passed Net neutrality legislation to a chorus of boos from Net neutrality proponents. The European Union has found consensus on the common principles of Net neutrality — no blocking, no throttling and no prepaid prioritization — said Günther H. Oettinger, commissioner for the digital economy and society. All traffic has to be treated equally on the Internet. However, the rules have three major loopholes, Net neutrality supporters said.

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Big ISPs are cheating us on Internet speeds we pay for, report says

Thanks to new FCC rules put out this year to ensure net neutrality and keep all online data equal, major Internet service providers (think Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner) aren’t supposed to hold our Internet speeds hostage.

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AT&T May Leave Anti-Net Neutrality Ranks

AT&T has just revealed what it would take for it to change its stance on Net neutrality: regulators’ approval of its purchase of DirecTV. The company has offered to accept the rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission early this year, according to reports that surfaced Wednesday. It was just last month that the FCC denied petitions from a slew of companies — including AT&T — to delay its implementation of the rules. Now it appears that opposition may be dwindling — assuming that AT&T is able to seal the DirecTV deal.

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Verizon’s false promises: 75Mbit required for Netflix, “unlimited” FiOS subject to data limits

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Verizon has been hit by a pair of bad practices and false claims regarding its FiOS service. Net neutrality or not, old anti-consumer habits die hard.

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Republican legislators, cellular industry launch attack on FCC net neutrality provisions

Net neutrality has once again come under fire from a number of groups, including 14 Republican representatives who introduced a bill Tuesday to let Congress review net neutrality rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission — and potentially halt them.

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BlackBerry CEO prods regulators for 'app neutrality,' wants cross-platform iMessage

Comparing the net neutrality debate to the expansion of railroads in the 20th century, BlackBerry CEO John Chen on Tuesday called for authorities to force companies such as Apple and Netflix to make their services available to all consumers, regardless of platform.

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Net Neutrality Hostilities Resume

The battle over Net neutrality has been reignited, dashing the hopes of those who thought it might be settled in February, at least in part, when the United States Federal Communication Commission is expected to make its ruling on the issue.
Democratic members of congress led by Sen. Patrick Leahy on Wednesday introduced the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act of 2015. The act’s provisions are in line with invoking Title II of the Communications Carrier Act, a plan that President Obama endorsed in November.

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Wireless Carriers Could Take a Shine to Ad-Blocking

Shine Technologies may well upend the Net neutrality issue with the launch of AdSight, an ad technology product in development. AdSight reportedly will allow wireless carriers to monitor the ads being delivered over their pipes. The data provided will be very granular, including who the ads are from and the level of individual ad impressions. The technology also will be able to block ads selectively on browsers or apps. A wireless carrier presumably could use it to trade access to its technology for a slice of the advertising revenue pie.

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FCC Chews on the Mobile Net Neutrality Question

The FCC on Tuesday hosted a roundtable discussion on the possibility of Net neutrality rules being applied to mobile networks. Participants in the talk included representatives from The Center for Media Justice, Consumers Union and CTIA. The diverse group voiced a range of nuanced opinions on the subject. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler earlier this year suggested that the 2010 rules, which exempted mobile services from Net neutrality provisions, should be reconsidered based on the new realities of wireless broadband.

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Americans Mad as Hell Over Proposed Net Neutrality Rules

More than 99 percent of the 800,000 or so comments on Net neutrality the FCC released last month were in favor of an open Internet, according to the Sunlight Foundation’s analysis of the comments. At least 60 percent of the comments, or more than 484,000, were form letters written by organized campaigns, although that is a lower percentage than is common for high-volume regulatory issues. At least 200 comments came from law firms, on their own behalf or for their clients.

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