FCC Hits Pause Button on AT&T-DirecTV and Comcast-TWC Merger Reviews

October 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officially hit the pause buttons on its review of both the Comcast/Time Warner Cable and AT&T/DirecTV mergers. Normally the FCC operates its review under a "180-day informal time clock," but requests for an extensions from multiple companies has forced the agency to extend the normal approval process period.

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Internet Broadcasters Weigh In On Net Neutrality

October 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Radio Survivor blog has some anecdotal evidence that Internet radio/podcast hosts from around the country commented during the FCC's public comment period to voice their support for strong open internet rules.

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EFF Calls on Californians to Speak Up About Net Neutrality

October 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

California often marches to the beat of its own drum when it comes to national issues still being debated in the public forum and it often wields the power of influence on important issues. One of the issues that state regulators will be focusing on tomorrow is net neutrality, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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City of Worcester Doesn't Want Anything to Do With Comcast

October 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The critics of Worcester, Massachusetts give ISP Comcast two thumbs way, way down; the city council in Worcester, MA does not want Comcast coming anywhere near its residents and is being very vocal about it. The town is currently serviced by Time Warner Cable, but if the proposed merger between the two ISPs gets approval from the Justice Department and the FCC, it could end up taking over that cable system.

The city of Worcester is not interested in that happening.

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Comcast Files Response to FCC Questions About Merger With Time Warner Cable

October 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a blurb in Politico's Morning Tech, cable operator Comcast has filed a response to dozens of pages of detailed questions the FCC asked it back in August related to its merger with Time Warner Cable.

A filing by Comcast SVP Kathryn Zachem attempts to answer some of those burning questions which includes information on its subscriber base and regional sports networks it owns.

An earlier response sent in by the company was deemed "insufficient" by the FCC.

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Life in the 'Fast Lane': Netflix Performance Improves on Verizon FiOS in September

October 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Netflix has released its Speed Index for September, showing that a paid prioritization deal with Verizon is finally paying off for customers. In September, Verizon FiOS topped all other major ISPs in Netflix performance with an average stream rate of 3.17Mbps. In August, Netflix streamed at an average of 2.41Mbps on Verizon FiOS;in July it was at 1.61Mbps; and in June, 1.58Mbps.

Netflix performance on Verizon DSL has improved slightly, hitting an average speed of 1.68Mbps in September.

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President Obama Urges FCC To Ban 'Fast Lanes'

October 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

President Barack Obama said yesterday that he is still “unequivocally committed to net neutrality” and said that he would like the Federal Communications Commission to ban paid Internet fast lanes. The President made his comments about net neutrality yesterday in response to a question at an event hosted by Cross Campus in Santa Monica, CA.

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Rep. Marcia Blackburn's Challenger Strongly Supports Net Neutrality

October 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Incumbent Republican Rep. Marcia Blackburn (pictured, left) has represented Tennessee's District 7 in the House for seven years, and she hopes to make the eighth time the charm. First she has to get by Democratic challenger Dan Cramer, a 26-year U.S. Army veteran who believes that the current Congress is unproductive and obstructive mess.

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Redbox Instant Shutting Down Oct. 7

October 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Redbox Instant will be shutting down tomorrow, according to an announcement by Redbox. Verizon's attempt to compete against Netflix and to supplement Redbox's brisk kiosk-based movie and video game rental service with an online streaming component, is being closed after two-years in existence.

"Redbox Instant by Verizon... will be shut down on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time," customers were told in a notice on the service's website.

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Report: Industry Privately Angry With Verizon Over Its Net Neutrality Win Against The FCC

October 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While they won't say it publicly, broadband and mobile service providers are kind of ticked off with Verizon for suing the FCC in federal court and winning earlier this year. Sure, Verizon got a lot of the Open Internet Order invalidated, but the Federal court actually gave the FCC guidance it needed to move forward: reclassify broadband (and maybe even mobile) as "common carriers" like the telephone under Title II of the Telecommunications Act and get the legal authority they need to enforce the rules.

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Verizon Wireless Backs Away From Throttling LTE Users With Unlimited Plans

October 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Verizon Wireless was set to start throttling LTE users on Oct. 1 as part of what it called an expanded "network optimization" program, but the company decided not to after the Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler started questioning the validity of the practice.

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FTC Commissioner Concerned About The FCC's Plan To Reclassify Broadband

September 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In an interview with CSPAN, Maureen Ohlhausen, a Republican commissioner with the Federal Trade Commission says that the FCC's plans to reclassify broadband as a "common carrier" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act (as part of a tweak to make net neutrality rules enforceable) would strip the agency of its ability to enforce consumer protection rules.

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FCC Dem Commissioners Want Net Neutrality to Address Mobile, Wi-Fi, and Reclassification of Broadband

September 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has put forth some interesting changes that he'd like to see rolled into the Open Internet Order of 2010, fellow Democratic commissioners are publicly calling for even stricter regulations on broadband and mobile providers.

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Comcast: It's Too Expensive to Compete Against Other Cable Companies

September 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Comcast has a popular argument it likes to use when discussing the proposed merger between it and Time Warner Cable with the FCC: since it doesn't compete against TWC in any city or town in the United States, there's no harm in approving the deal.

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Comcast FCC Filing Says Merger With TWC Won't Take Away Any Competition

September 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Comcast, in its ongoing quest to merge with Time Warner Cable, is trying to convince the FCC that becoming one with one of its rivals won't take away any competition from the market because there's still plenty of other competition out there. Comcast submitted the response to the FCC on September 11, but it wasn’t made public until recently by the FCC due to technical problems with the agency's web site.

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Verizon 'Committed' to an 'Open Internet'

September 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Verizon has long opposed net neutrality rules and was one of very few companies to sue the FCC in Federal court. Ultimately it prevailed, with the D.C. District court ruling that the FCC did not have the authority to enforce them because broadband and wireless service providers were not classified as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. It has also spent - according to San Francisco-based data firm Quid - $100 million to lobby Congress on net neutrality since 2009.

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American Commitment Petition Urges FCC 'Not To Regulate The Internet'

September 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Republican advocacy group American Commitment announced that it has gathered 772,000 American signatures on a petition asking the Federal Communications Commission to avoid "regulating the Internet" ala net neutrality.

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PSA: Fight for the Future's 'Internet Slowdown' Protest Takes Place Today

September 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Today is the day that Fight for the Future's "Internet Slowdown" initiative to protest the FCC's proposed changes to the Open Internet Order (also known as net neutrality) goes into full effect.

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Netflix Performance Finally Improves on AT&T and Verizon

September 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like the paid peering agreements video streaming service Netflix signed with AT&T and Verizon earlier this year are finally paying off. According to Netflix's Monthly Speed Index for August, the average Netflix stream on Verizon FiOS was 2.41Mbps during the month, up dramatically from 1.61Mbps in July. AT&T's U-verse service offered average Netflix performance of 2.61Mbps in August, up from 1.44Mbps in July.

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Nancy Pelosi to FCC: Yes to Reclassifying Broadband, No to Fast Lanes

September 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler (PDF) Monday calling for a ban on "fast lanes" and urging the commission to regulate broadband companies like traditional phone companies (categorize them as "common carriers" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act).

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Netflix Joins Fight for the Future's Net Neutrality Protest Sept. 10

September 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In case you missed it, video streaming service Netflix will be taking part in Fight for the Future's "Internet Slowdown" initiative to protest the FCC's proposed changes to the Open Internet Order (also known as net neutrality).

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Fight for the Future Plans Sept. 10 Online Net Neutrality Protest

September 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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The September Issue of Game Informer Examines Net Neutrality

September 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Net Neutrality gets some much needed love in the September 2014 issue of Game Informer. Game Informer is the number one gaming magazine in the United States, so it's good to see it taking a closer look at how fast lanes, data caps, and general discrimination of traffic by ISPs can affect everyday consumers.

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Report: FCC Considering Reclassifying Broadband Providers as 'Common Carriers'

August 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Top Democrat on House Technology Subcommittee Turns to Reddit to Rebrand Net Neutrality

August 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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."

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Time Warner Cable Inks Deal With Netflix

August 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Time Warner Cable is the latest internet service provider to get a fee from streaming video service Netflix, according to GIGA OM. Time Warner Cable has officially signed a paid peering agreement with Netflix, giving it direct access to the ISP's customers.

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Comcast and TWC Pull Donations From Dinner Honoring Current FCC Commissioner

August 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy Urges FCC to Host Net Neutrality Roundtables Outside of D.C.

August 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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FCC To Host Four Net Neutrality Round Tables in Sept. and Oct.

August 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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

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FCC Chairman Lines Up With President Obama on Fast Lanes

August 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler downplayed differences between President Obama and the FCC's stances on net neutrality. President Barack Obama said last week that he does not support allowing service providers to charge content providers for faster access to customers.

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E. Zachary KnightAE: some devs here in Oklahoma got accepted to make WiiU games. They are college kids who haven't graduated and are making games out of their dorms. They deserve it too.10/24/2014 - 6:25pm
MechaTama31CMiner: Raising such a concern now would get you branded as a GGer regardless of whether you're actually waving the flag or not.10/24/2014 - 6:19pm
Andrew EisenMore on how Nintendo runs the eShop today (no parity clause, no concept approval, devs can run sales when they want, indies don't need an office): http://www.develop-online.net/news/nintendo-eshop-has-no-parity-clause/019921110/24/2014 - 6:13pm
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MaskedPixelantehttp://www.businessinsider.com/shooting-at-pilchuck-high-school-in-marysville-washington-2014-1010/24/2014 - 2:15pm
Andrew EisenIn case anyone was wondering, Nintendo's eShop no longer does that "you don't make money until you've sold x units" thing. http://www.develop-online.net/news/nintendo-no-minimum-sales-needed-for-eshop-revenues/019921010/24/2014 - 1:52pm
MaskedPixelanteGOG needs better web developers. Someone dug into their countdown timer, found numbers using fonts from Indiana Jones, Star Wars and Monkey Island, and pretty much confirmed that LucasArts is coming on Tuesday.10/24/2014 - 1:43pm
Papa MidnightI've seen glowing reviews for Bayonetta 2 so far.10/24/2014 - 1:17pm
Andrew EisenI'm not picking up Bayonetta. Today. Tomorrow's not looking good either. I'll get it eventually though!10/24/2014 - 12:23pm
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MaskedPixelantePicked up Bayonetta 2, which according to Polygon means I am now a terrible human being.10/24/2014 - 11:58am
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Papa MidnightYou think a bit of cancer surgery would keep The Cynical Brit from railing about bad PC ports? Not a chance! :)10/24/2014 - 10:15am
Matthew Wilsonmight be a bit soon only becouse he got out of cancer surgery last week, but ask his email is public.10/24/2014 - 9:56am
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