FCC: stop complaining about net neutrality and start competing

May 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In a speech at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) conference in Chicago yesterday, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler offered a blunt message to service providers in the United States: stop complaining about the new net neutrality rules and start competing. Of course Wheeler had a lot more to say at the annual gathering of cable operators.

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Netflix opposes AT&T - DirecTV merger

May 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Netflix is urging the Federal Communications Commission to either reject AT&T's proposed acquisition of satellite TV provider DirecTV, or put conditions on the deal that would prevent AT&T from using its new-found market power to harm online video services.

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NYC to invest $70 million to expand high speed internet access

May 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.  

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Telecoms ask FCC to postpone net neutrality reclassification order

May 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 141

May 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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FCC Chairman pushes back on proposed changes to rulemaking process

May 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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).

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Sen. Rand Paul introduces 'join resolution of disapproval' over FCC net neutrality rule changes

April 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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:

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FCC receives first request to delay new net neutrality rules

April 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Sen. Al Franken offers five take-aways from failed Comcast-TWC merger

April 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Anonymous targets India's 'Telecom Regulatory Authority' after exposing thousands of emails

April 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Comcast officially abandons Time Warner Cable merger plans

April 24, 2015 - James Fudge

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.

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Report: Comcast will abandon Time Warner Cable merger

April 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Report: Comcast could abandon TWC merger if DOJ 'remedies' are too much

April 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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

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Report: DOJ likely to oppose Comcast-TWC Merger

April 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Net Neutrality-themed game '404Sight' released

April 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Netflix apologizes to shareholders for Australian data cap deal

April 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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AT&T sues FCC over Net Neutrality rule changes

April 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Comcast makes big play to offer high speed broadband to more customers

April 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Federal Court says FTC case against AT&T for throttling unlimited data mobile customers can proceed

April 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Verizon CEO urges Congress to update 'Telecommunications Act'

March 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Epic awards Unreal Dev Grants to three developers - including one making a game about net neutrality

March 27, 2015 - James Fudge

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.

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Analysts concerned about 'specialized service' loophole in net neutrality rules

March 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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FCC faces first legal challenges to Open Internet Order changes

March 24, 2015 - James Fudge

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.

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The 'net neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet' guy is running for president

March 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Report: Showtime, HBO and Sony seeking special treatment from ISPs for online offerings

March 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a Wall Street Journal report (by way of Ars Technica), HBO, Showtime, and Sony are seeking special treatment from Internet service providers to avoid hazards other content providers have to deal with such as congestion and data caps.

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FCC Inspector General launches investigation into agency's rulemaking practices

March 17, 2015 - James Fudge

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.

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Major Loophole To Combat Copyright Infringement Left In Open Internet Order

March 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Facing Congressional Scrutiny Over Net Neutrality This Week

March 16, 2015 - James Fudge

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.

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AT&T Continues To Throttle Mobile Unlimited Data Customers

March 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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."

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PPI Calls On Congress To Intervene on New Net Neutrality Rules

March 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Andrew EisenAnd again, you keep saying "accountable." What exactly does that mean? How is Gamasutra not accounting for the editorial it published?07/28/2015 - 11:47pm
Andrew EisenMatt - I disagree with your 9:12 and 9:16 comment. There are myriad ways to address content you don't like. And they're far easier to execute in the online space.07/28/2015 - 11:47pm
Andrew EisenMatt - Banning in the legal sense? Not that I'm aware but there have certainly been groups of gamers who have worked towards getting content they don't like removed.07/28/2015 - 11:45pm
DanJAlexander's editorial was and continues to be grossly misrepresented by her opponents. And if you don't like a site, you stop reading it - same as not watching a tv show. They get your first click, but not your second.07/28/2015 - 11:40pm
TechnogeekYes, because actively trying to convince advertisers to influence the editorial content of media is a perfectly acceptable thing to do, especially for a movement that's ostensibly about journalistic ethics.07/28/2015 - 11:02pm
Mattsworknameanother07/28/2015 - 9:16pm
Mattsworknameyou HAVE TO click on it. So they get the click revenue weather you like what it says or not. as such, the targeting of advertisers most likely seemed like a good course of action to those who wanted to hold those media groups accountable for one reason07/28/2015 - 9:16pm
MattsworknameBut, when you look at online media, it's completely different, with far more options, but far few ways to address issues that the consumers may have. In tv, you don't like what they show, you don't watch. But in order to see if you like something online07/28/2015 - 9:12pm
MattsworknameIn tv, and radio, ratings are how it works. your ratings determine how well you do and how much money you an charge.07/28/2015 - 9:02pm
Mattsworknameexpect to do so without someone wanting to hold you to task for it07/28/2015 - 9:00pm
MattsworknameMecha: I don't think anyone was asking for Editoral changes, what they wanted was to show those media groups that if they were gonna bash there own audiance, the audiance was not gonna take it sitting down. you can write what you want, but you can't07/28/2015 - 8:56pm
MattsworknameAndrew, Im asking as a practical question, Have gamers, as a group, ever asked for a game, or other item, to be banned. Im trying to see if theres any cases anyone else remembers cause I cant find or remember any.07/28/2015 - 8:55pm
Andrew EisenAs mentioned, Gamasutra isn't a gaming site, it's a game industry site. I don't feel it's changed its focus at all. Also, I don't get the sense that the majority of the people who took issue with that one opinion piece were regular readers anyway.07/28/2015 - 8:43pm
MattsworknameDitto kotaku, Gawker, VOX, Polygon, ETC07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
MechaTama31So, between pulling a game from one chain of stores, and forcing editorial changes to a media source, only one of them strikes you as being on the edge of censorship, and it's the game one?07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
Andrew EisenHave gamers ever tried to ban a product? Can you be more specific? I'm not clear what you're getting at.07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
Mattsworknamethey should have expected some kind of blow back. But I didn't participate in that specific action07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
MattsworknameAndrew Youd have to ask others about that, I actualyl didn't have much beef with them till last year, so I can't speak to there history. I simply feel that gamesutra chose politics over gaming and chose to make enimies of it's prime audiance. For that,07/28/2015 - 8:40pm
Andrew EisenI'm still not clear on how Gamasutra was lacking in accountability or what it was lacking in accountability for.07/28/2015 - 8:38pm
MattsworknameAndrew: You and I agree on most of that. I don't diagree that there should ahve been other actions taken. Now, I do want to point something out, casue Im not sure if it's happened. Have gamers ever tried to have a product banned?07/28/2015 - 8:37pm
 

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