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.
New guidelines from Ofcom (the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries) will make switching from one superfast broadband supplier to another less expensive. Prior to changes in the rules, when a consumer switched from BT's Openreach (the company that controls BT's phone and broadband infrastructure) the new ISP would be hit with a £50 connection fee. This fee was typically passed on to the consumer.
Oddworld Inhabitants founder Lorne Lanning says that the biggest problem facing the video games industry is Net Neutrality. Speaking to GII, Lanning said that all of the progress made in the industry over the last few years could be undone by its own apathy towards preserving a free and open internet.
The American Cable Association (ACA) is publicly opposing AT&T's purchase of DirecTV. The trade group, which represents 850 small cable companies and Internet service providers, says that this and other mergers will make the cost of purchasing programming skyrocket.
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."
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched dearfcc.org, a web site that gives the Internet community at large a simple way to give the FCC a piece of their mind concerning net neutrality (or the Open Internet Order). You may have heard that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has put forth a proposal that would allow broadband providers like Comcast and Time Warner Cable to charge content providers for faster access to their customers (commonly referred to as selling them on "faster lanes" for internet traffic).
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says that state laws seeking to stop community-run broadband initiatives have to be dealt with, but he has not said how the agency plans to take on the thorny issue. In at least 20 states there are already legal restriction in place to thwart municipal broadband networks. Many of these laws or regulations were put in place with the help of campaign cash from ISPs, telecom companies (both regional and national) and trade groups representing these industries.
On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about who the GamePolitics community thinks will make the biggest E3 gaffe this year, President Obama name-dropping The Witcher, the new GOG.com DRM-free and platform-agnostic multiplayer client (Galaxy) and Verizon threatening to sue Netflix for talking about its service performance (This show was recorded prior to all of this week's E3 press conferences and announcements).
Earlier in the week it was revealed that Netflix has been telling Verizon customers that the reason the streaming video experience is so poor is because Verizon's network performance isn't very good. This has made Verizon very angry. In a letter to Netflix, the company said that Netflix should stop defaming them to their customers or it would be forced to take legal action against it.
While the clip is only 42 seconds long, John Oliver's Last Week Tonight show on HBO explains net neutrality better than anyone has at the FCC. The clip is a response to news that the FCC has approved a draft change to net neutrality that would allow ISPs to charge content providers for faster and better access to their customers.
Along with the FCC proposal, the agency also put the bill out for public comment about finding a way to classify broadband under Title II of the Telecommunications act - or through some other means within the confines of current regulations.
Earlier this week Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) filed legislation that would prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from attempting to regulate broadband Internet service as a public utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. While the legislation is more of a dramatic public show of support for the idea that the FCC should not have the power to regulate anything, it's also interesting because the Congressman is "bankrolled" by lobbyists for the telecommunications industry.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee has released a new video comparing the Federal Communications Commission’s new plans for Internet "fast lanes" to "the laggiest game you’ve ever played." The video, made by animation firm Pixel Valley Studio, delivers the liberal group's call for members (and the Internet community at large) to sign a petition urging the FCC to reclassify the Internet as a public utility like telephone service.
Yesterday in a blog post, Google Fiber's director of network engineering, Jeffrey Burgan, explained why Google's Internet service provider doesn't charge Netflix and other content companies for direct connections to its network. Obviously this makes Comcast, who is charging Netflix and other content providers for direct access to its customers, look bad.
According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) report being released today, Comcast and Time Warner Cable are the most hated companies by customers in the three "triple play" markets they operate in. The two cable companies, which are attempting to convince federal regulators that their merger plan is a good thing, ranked second-to-last and last in the Internet service, subscription TV and fixed-line telephone service markets, according to the report.
On this week's show, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss whether the unbundling of the Kinect will help Xbox One sales, the NPD Group's latest report on core gamer trends, and ISPs threatening to take their ball and go home if net neutrality passes. Download Episode 99 now: SuperPAC Episode 99 (1 hour, 5 minutes) 75 MB.
AT&T said yesterday that it would follow the FCC's old net neutrality rules for three years if the government approves its acquisition of DirecTV. It's a miracle. This is despite the fact that the D.C. circuit of the federal Appeals court basically put those rules out to dry, noting that the FCC didn't have the authority to regulate broadband service providers because they are not "common carrier" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act (Verizon v. FCC).
Despite being inundated with phone calls, emails, tweets, and posts on social media, the Federal Communications Commission has voted in favor of a preliminary proposal to allow broadband providers to charge content providers like Netflix an extra fee to prioritize traffic - a fast lane. Commissioners voted along party lines, with Republican commissioners voting against the proposal put forth by Democratic FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. Two fellow Democratic Commissioners voted with Wheeler in a 3 for and 2 against final vote.
On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the latest GamePolitics Poll results (should Kickstarter adopt an equity-based investment model?), the web-hosting service that dared to throttle the FCC, the national Reason-Rupe poll about gaming, and the Tomodachi Life controversy. Download Episode 98 now: SuperPAC Episode 98 (1 hour, 8 minutes) 78 MB.
According to this Politico report, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is "scrambling" to save his controversial net neutrality plan as the commission heads towards a vote on Thursday. According to FCC officials, Wheeler has circulated a new series of revisions to the plan revealed last week - which would allow ISPs to charge content providers for "faster lanes" to customers.
Ten U.S. Senators have signed on to a letter that was sent to the Federal Communications Commission to express their opposition to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to change the Open Internet Order (also known as net neutrality) to allow ISPs to charge content providers fees for faster lanes to their customers.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal allowing for ISPs to charge for an Internet "fast lane" that would let Internet service providers charge Web services for priority access to consumers is ticking consumers off, but some folks who have to do business on the Internet are not pleased about it either - and one company is doing something about it: Neocities web hosting service.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has decided not to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service, which would open Internet service providers up to common carrier regulations under Title II of the Communications Act. Ignoring an important part of the Appeals court ruling (Verizon v. FCC) in the case it lost earlier this year (the court said the agency did not have jurisdiction under Title II to enforce the Open Internet Order), he decided to push ahead with a plan allowing service providers to charge content providers for faster lanes to the customer.
On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the latest poll on GamePolitics (how do you divvy up your Humble Bundle payments), FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and net neutrality, the 'New Essential Facts on Video Game Industry' report from the ESA, China's restrictions on game content released in the country, and the horrible story of a Call of Duty player who called a SWAT team on an opponent. Download Episode 96 now: SuperPAC Episode 96 (1 hour, 14 minutes) 85 MB.
Netflix has signed a deal with Verizon to increase its level of access to the ISP's network just like the deal it signed with Comcast earlier this year. The new deal with Verizon gives the streaming entertainment service more of a direct connection between its servers and Verizon's network for improved delivery of content.
Netflix said it agreed to the deal reluctantly but felt it was needed to keep subscribers satisfied. Nearly one-third of downstream traffic in North America comes from Netflix, according to tech company Sandvine.
An interesting story from the New York Times points out that the level of lobbying has increased dramatically since FCC Chairman vowed to "write new rules to secure an open Internet." According to NYT, in the nine weeks since the FCC lost its case against Verizon in the federal courts, at least 69 companies, interest groups and trade associations have met with FCC commissioners and officials about rule changes related to net neutrality and those