New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced that his administration will invest $70 million to bring high speed internet access to the underserved parts of the city. An estimated 22 percent of residents in the city don't have access to Internet at home - and that number climbs to 36 percent in the poorer neighborhoods.
Trade groups and service providers are being clever in how they can derail the new net neutrality rules; besides all of the actions being driven by its supporters in Congress, these groups are also formally requesting that the Federal Communications Commission delay the implementation of one particular rule change: reclassifying broadband and mobile service providers as "common carriers" under title II of the Telecommunications Act.
If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 141), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is popular among republican lawmakers - and by popular we mean a regular target of House and Senate committee hearings. Wheeler was hauled before the House Commerce Committee's Communications and Technology subcommittee this week for a hearing about transparency: "FCC Reauthorization: Improving Commission Transparency" (as detailed by this Ars Technica report).
Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) introduced a "resolution of disapproval" (PDF) this week that declares that the FCC’s new policy "shall have no force or effect." The resolution is nearly identical to what Rep. Doug Collins (R-Georgia) introduced in the House of Representatives earlier this month. Here's what Sen. Paul's Senate effort states:
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received a request to delay the implementation of new Internet regulations it approved in its late February meeting, according to Reuters. The very first request comes from Daniel Berninger, founder of the Voice Communication Exchange Committee, who has asked the FCC to delay the rules so that things can be sorted out in the courts. The FCC is being sued by several ISPs and trade groups over the rule changes already.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) updated his blog to point out five lessons learned from the failure of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger deal. Franken was one of several senators that called on both the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission to block the deal.
Last Friday Comcast announced that it was abandoning the $45 billion merger and moving on.
India is in the midst of a fight over net neutrality rules. The agency in charge of dealing with the issue, the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI), recently asked citizens to weigh in on the issue during a public comment period and millions of citizens responded.
But during the course of publishing those comments, the agency also published personal information of everyone who responded, incensing millions of India's population and drawing the attention of activists and even hacktivist groups in the country including Anonymous.
The $45 billion merger deal between Comcast and Time Warner Cable is officially dead. Comcast announced this morning that it would abandon the deal in the face of growing opposition from the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission. Because Comcast didn't have a separation agreement, it does not have to pay Time Warner Cable any sort of separation fee.
Bloomberg is reporting that the $45 billion merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable is dead, according to "people with knowledge of the matter" who spoke to the publication. Because Comcast doesn't have a separation agreement in place with TWC, it won't have to pay out like AT&T did when its merger with T-Mobile was rejected in 2011.
According to this Ars Technica report (citing a Wall Street Journal article), Comcast could very easily walk away from the Time Warner Cable merger deal if it wanted to because it won't have to pay for a "separation fee." And it might have good reason to walk away if the Justice Department and the FCC (s
Bloomberg is reporting that that the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger will likely be blocked by the Justice Department. The $45.2 billion merger is likely to be opposed because DOJ lawyers believe it will harm consumers. The Federal Communications Commission, who also have the power to reject the deal, are also leaning towards the same conclusion, according to the report.
404Sight, an Unreal Engine 4 game about net neutrality, is now available on Steam. The game was developed by Retro Yeti Games, who received a $13,000 grant from Epic Games as part of its Unreal Dev Grant program in late March.
The development team is made up of University of Utah students who decided to create an endless runner game that makes a statement about net neutrality.
Netflix made a deal in Australia earlier this year that it wishes it could hit the rewind button on and this week the entertainment streaming company admitted it was wrong to do so. It had good intentions, but as the old saying goes, "the road to Hell is paved with good intentions" - and it's desperately looking for an off-ramp.
Yesterday mobile and broadband provider AT&T filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) concerning its February decision to reclassify broadband and mobile providers as "common carriers" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Ars Technica reports that other cable operators like Comcast and Verizon have indicated that they don't plan to sue the FCC - instead referring the publication to a trade group.
Comcast annnounced (miracle of miracles in the face of net neutrality rules) that it will start rolling out a new 2Gbps broadband service in Atlanta, Georgia next month. In addition to that, the company said that it will cover around 18 million American homes by the end of 2015 and provide a 1Gbps service which will cover "almost every customer in our footprint" by sometime in 2016.
Ars Technica reports that a federal judge has ruled that the Federal Trade Commission does have jurisdiction to sue AT&T for allegedly throttling customers. In its argument before the federal court, AT&T - who hates net neutrality and didn't want to be classified as a common carrier - said that the FTC did not have jurisdiction to take it to court because it is... a common carrier.
On Friday Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam sent a letter to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in Congress urging them to push forward with legislative efforts to update the 1996 Telecommunications Act and defang the FCC, according to The Hill.
Epic Games has selected three more developers that will receive money through its Unreal Dev Grant program. The recipients for March include Retro Yeti Games, Three One Zero, and PixelBeam.
Epic has given Retro Yeti Games a $13,000 grant for its Unreal Engine 4 powered game, 404Sight. The development team is made up of University of Utah students, who decided to create an endless runner game that makes a statement about net neutrality.
Some analysts are expressing concerns that a loophole left in the new net neutrality rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in late February will be used by telecoms, broadband providers and mobile phone service providers to circumvent banned practices such as throttling and blocking traffic.
The loophole involves an exemption for "specialized services" - web applications related to services such as VoIP phone service, smart thermostats, and real-time health monitoring.
It was inevitable that telecoms would sue the Federal Communications Commission in federal court over the reclassification of mobile and broadband service providers as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, but two entities have decided to get a head start on it this week. In separate filings in different District courts USTelecom and Texas-based service provider Alamo Broadband have asked that the new net neutrality rules be put aside.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced via Twitter early this morning that he is seeking the Republican party nomination to run against whoever the Democratic party puts up in the 2016 presidential election. Cruz, a Tea Party darling who supports gun rights, tighter border security and strict immigration policy (does not support the Dream Act or amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the United States), is best known here on GamePolitics for his strong opposition to Net Neutrality.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah) told Washington Post that the Federal Communications Commission's inspector general has opened up an investigation "in the last couple of days" to examine the agency's move to draw up new rules for Internet providers. Chaffetz is the chairman of the House Oversight Committee and a staunch opponent of the new rules put on mobile and broadband carriers by the FCC.
The FCC's Open Internet Order (commonly referred to as "net neutrality") has a major loophole in it when it comes to dealing with copyright and piracy, according to TorrentFreak.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler is going into the lion's den over the next two weeks as he defends the agency's late February vote to reclassify broadband and mobile providers as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act to lawmakers in D.C. Wheeler is expected to attend five meetings before committees in both the House of Representatives and the U.S.
Here's a disconcerting report from Ars Technica about how AT&T is still throttling mobile unlimited data plan customers and the FCC probably won't do much to stop them - at least for now. And all of this is after the fact that the FCC put tighter restrictions on throttling in its late February meeting. It did not however specifically use the term "ban."
D.C. think tank and vocal net neutrality opponent Progressive Policy Institute issued a statement today urging Congress to pass some sort of legislation that would strip the FCC of its authority to enforce net neutrality rules on mobile and broadband service providers. The statement is in response to the release of the 400-page net neutrality rules document that the FCC released today.
Those complaining about the Federal Communications Commission's changes to net neutrality rules in its late February meeting now have the opportunity to look at all of the details. Today the FCC released a 400 page document, which you can find here.
It includes all the rule changes to the Open Internet Order, the opinions of the commission's Democratic and Republican members, and other issues that were voted on during the February meeting.