On September 10 rights group Fight for the Future and several prominent technology companies will show the Internet what it might be like if the FCC makes the changes it wants to make to net neutrality.
Earlier this year FCC chairman Tom Wheeler proposed changes to the Open Internet Order (also known as net neutrality) that would make it okay for service providers to charge content providers for faster and better access to their customers. This change, commonly referred to as "fast lanes," has been largely rejected by consumers and embraced by some service providers.
According to this U.S. News report, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is seriously considering reclassifying broadband internet services in the United States as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.
Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House technology subcommittee, is asking Reddit to "rebrand" net neutrality. The contest, found here, seeks to repackage and rename the concept of equal treatment for online content and to "bring some clarity to an otherwise muddy legal debate before the FCC finalizes its proposed open Internet rules."
Comcast and Time Warner Cable have pulled $132,000 in donations from an event honoring a current FCC commissioner, according to Ars Technica. Earlier this week the news that the donation was being given to the dinner honoring FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn set off a firestorm of accusations that the companies who would like to become one giant ISP were trying to buy Clyburn's vote on the proposed merger.
U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is urging the FCC to host a series of planned hearings on "net neutrality" rules outside of Washington.
The FCC is seeking further input on several changes to net neutrality including allowing ISPs to charge content providers for faster access to customers (commonly referred to as "fast lanes"). During its public comment period for these changes, more than 1 million comments were submitted, with the majority of them opposing the changes.
TechCrunch reports that the Federal Communications Commission will host four Open Internet Round Tables related to net neutrality in Sept. and Oct. The four roundtables will be broken up into six sessions:
-September 16 (morning): Policy Approaches to Ensure an Open Internet
-September 16 (afternoon): Mobile Broadband and the Open Internet
-September 19 (morning): Effective Enforcement of Open Internet Requirements
President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that he does not support the FCC proposal for fast lanes - allowing service providers to charge content providers for faster access to customers. The last time the President spoke about net neutrality directly was in 2008 during the presidential campaign against Mitt Romney.
President Obama said that making the Internet more accessible to some at the expense of others was against his administration's policy on net neutrality rules:
The Federal Communications Commission this week issued a notice of inquiry seeking public comment on a proposed change to how it measures high-speed Internet and to ask if the agency should change the low end threshold. Currently the FCC defines broadband as 4 Mbps download speed and 1 Mbps upload speed. Under the new proposal it wants to up that number to 10 Mbps or higher for a service to qualify as broadband.
Last week FCC chairman Tom Wheeler sent a letter to Verizon CEO Daniel Mead asking him to explain why he thought his company could throttle unlimited customers in the name of network management. This week Verizon responded by saying that its policy of throttling unlimited data users on congested cell sites is perfectly legal and is a way to give heavy data users an "incentive" to stop using so much data.
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The Federal Communications Commission is advancing an investigation (that it formally announced back in June) into how network interconnection problems affect the quality of Internet service. At that time the FCC said that it had obtained the paid peering deals Netflix signed with Comcast and Verizon.
In a recent filing with the FCC, Major League Baseball comes out strongly against allowing for Internet fast lanes. In its statement MLB (through its BAM division) says that fast lanes only serve on singular purpose: to give ISPs a "windfall."
"Fast lanes would serve only one purpose: for Broadband ISPs to receive an economic windfall. American consumers would be worse off as the costs of fast lanes are passed along to them in new fees or charges where there were none, or higher fees or charges where they existed," MLB said.
I use Time Warner Cable for my broadband internet service. Why? Because I have no choice. TWC is the only provider available in my area. It's either TWC or no wired internet.
You may have noticed that when it comes to broadband internet service in America, you almost certainly have only one option for a service provider - if you have an option at all, that is. There are plenty of rural areas that have no service, period.
The Federal Communications Commission has sent a letter to Verizon asking the company a series of pointed questions concerning its plan to throttle unlimited data plan customers on its 4G LTE networks. The company announced earlier this month that it planned to start prioritizing customers who were not unlimited data plan customers over those who are - all in the name of network management.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said last month that, given the chance, he would take the opportunity to closely examine state laws that prevent communities from owning their own broadband. Now with two complaints filed with the FCC from North Carolina and Kentucky, the FCC has decided to ask the public what it should do with a public comment period.
AARP said in a press release today targeting New York's elderly population that "Internet fast lanes" for a fee being considered by the Federal Communications Commission would leave "older New Yorkers in the dust online."
More than one million Americans left comments for the FCC on a proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that would allow service providers to charge content providers a reasonable fee for better access to its customers.
In a recent filing with the FCC by The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (which represents Time Warner Cable, Comcast, and other broadband providers throughout the U.S.) the trade groups claims that ISPs are worried that Netflix will start charging them for access. Ironically Comcast and Verizon are currently in deals with Netflix to provider faster access to their customers.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received two petitions this week asking the federal agency to overturn state laws that specifically limit or ban broadband built and operated by municipalities. One of the petitions is from the city of Wilson, North Carolina and the other from the EPB of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
In June FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that something had to be done about these kinds of laws; there are currently 20 states that have passed laws limiting or prohibiting broadband networks run by cities and towns.
While it will come as no surprise to anyone paying attention to proposed changes to the 2010 Open Internet Order (Net Neutrality rules) put forth by chairman Tom Wheeler, the FCC has confirmed that over one million people submitted comments during the public comment period so far.
The deadline to submit comments ends tonight at Midnight.
According to a tweet from Gigi Sohn, Special Counsel for External Affairs, Office of the Chairman, more than 1 million people have now submitted comments on net neutrality.
In its filing with the FCC about Chairman Wheeler's proposal to allow ISPs to charge content providers for faster direct access to customers, AT&T said it supports the ban of fast lanes... as long as there are some major loopholes. Naturally these loopholes would benefit AT&T's broadband and wireless businesses.
AT&T, like Comcast, is taking an amicable position because it wants the FCC and other government regulatory agencies to approve its merger with DirecTV (in Comcast's case it is seeking approval for a merger with Time Warner Cable).
In a new filing with the FCC, Verizon claims that if broadband providers are classified as common carrier under Title II of the Communications Act, they will be forced to charge web services and web sites. It is quite a claim, and one that has been debunked by experts, but that isn't stopping Verizon from pushing the issue.
US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has always been opposed to the FCC regulating anything, but she has been particularly outspoken about the FCC's Open Internet Order since it was introduced in 2010. To that point, Rep. Blackburn recently said that she wants to make sure the FCC never interferes with "states' rights" to protect private Internet service providers from having to compete against municipal broadband networks.
In a lengthy public comment to the FCC on net neutrality, Comcast said that it "would not be opposed" to a new standard (proposed by chairman Tom Wheeler and tentatively approved by an FCC vote) in which paid prioritization arrangements are considered commercially unreasonable unless proven otherwise. Comcast wrote:
The Federal Communications Commission was forced to extend the deadline for comments today after the public, interest groups, and others flooded the agency websites with comments today and caused it to crash. Now the public will have until midnight on Friday to comment on the agency’s controversial fast-lane net neutrality proposal. Those who haven't already can file a comment by sending an email to email@example.com to weigh in on the proposal. Anyone who wants to respond to initial comments filed with the FCC has until September to file additional comments.
A group of more than two dozen companies doing business in the tech and Internet space have asked the Federal Communications Commission to create strong and enforceable net neutrality rules.
The companies, who are members of The Internet Association, include Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Netflix. The groups say that they want to prevent the segregation of the Internet into fast lanes and slow lanes because it would distort the market, discourage innovation and harm Internet users.
In an editorial published in The Huffington Post today, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) put pressure on the FCC to keep Internet service providers from blocking or slowing access to certain websites. In his editorial Leahy said that the Internet needs its own rules to protect liberties much like the Bill of Rights.
Lawmakers are not happy with the FCC's proposal to allow broadband providers to charge content providers extra money for faster access to their customers. This supposed fast lane approach has rubbed lawmakers the wrong way, according to The Wrap, prompting them to push legislation that bans "paid prioritization."