Web Hosting Service NeoCities Throttles FCC Over 'Net Neutrality' Proposal

May 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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FCC Chairman Vows Diligence in Protecting New Technologies Under Net Neutrality Rules

April 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 96

April 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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 Inks Deal With Verizon

April 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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ECA Action Alert: Let The FCC Know That The New 'Open Internet Rules' Are A Bad Idea

April 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this year the highest appeals court in the land ruled in favor of Verizon and against the FCC (Verizon v. FCC), ultimately concluding that the agency did not have the jurisdiction to enforce its Open Internet Order under the Telecommunications Act.

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Former FCC Commissioners, Lawmakers Weigh in on Proposed Open Internet Order Changes

April 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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

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Free Press Offers Tips on How to Speak Out on Net Neutrality

April 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Advocacy group Free Press is not happy about the FCC's future changes to the Open Internet Order of 2010. They have several useful links that will make it easier for you to let your voice be heard at the FCC and multiple articles on why FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal will do more harm than good to Net Neutrality.

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FCC Chairman Details New 'Open Internet' Proposal

April 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

After releasing a brief statement to news outlets about the FCC's plan to change rules related to net neutrality that seemed to be favorable to broadband internet providers, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler decided that a more robust statement was needed today.

On the official FCC blog, Chairman Wheeler tried to explain how the new proposals for Net Neutrality would work and how it would contain safeguards to protect both content providers and consumers from “commercially unreasonable” practices by ISPs.

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FCC Chairman Says That Reports on the 'Death of Net Neutrality' are 'Flat Out Wrong'

April 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

After news broke yesterday that the Federal Communications Commission would allow service providers like Comcast and Verizon to charge content providers like Netflix and Amazon more for faster path to customers, the Internet at large deemed the move "the death of net neutrality as we know it." But the guy who wrote the new proposal says that this characterization is flat out wrong and that there has been no "turnaround in policy" a

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FCC Chairman's Proposal Allows Companies to Charge Content Providers for Faster Access to Customers

April 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Net Neutrality - the idea that all Internet traffic should be treated equally as it flows to consumers - took a fatal blow today. So what happened to the grand promise of a free and open Internet in one day? Well, word leaked out that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler plans to allow content providers such as Disney, Google, Amazon, Netflix and others to pay Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon for special, faster lanes to send video and other broadband consuming content to their customers under new rules.

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Comcast Unleashes Army of Lobbyists to Get Merger With TWC Approved

April 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Not content to sit on its laurels while it waits for various agencies to scrutinize and either approve or deny its $45.2 billion merger with Time Warner Cable, Comcast has unleashed an army of lobbyists and influencers on Washington D.C.

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Netflix Publicly Opposes Comcast-TWC Merger, Announces Rate Hike for New Customers

April 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) sent a letter to entertainment streaming service Netflix asking the company to weigh in on the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. This week Netflix gave its opinion... to shareholders.

"If the Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger is approved, the combined company’s footprint will pass over 60 percent of U.S. broadband households," Netflix CEO Reed Hastings wrote in a letter to shareholders, adding, "Comcast could control high-speed broadband to the majority of American homes."

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Sen. Al Franken Sends Letter to Netflix for Input on Proposed Comcast-TWC Merger

April 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.), the seemingly lone voice of dissension in Senate hearings about the proposed $45.2 billion merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, has written a letter to Netflix asking the company to weigh in.

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Report: Comcast Gave Campaign Contributions to Every Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee

April 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It is likely that Comcast will have no problems getting the support of U.S. lawmakers for its proposed $45.2 billion merger with Time Warner Cable. Why, you ask? Well according to several campaign finance watchdog groups (as reported by Ars Technica), the majority of lawmakers reviewing the merger in hearings have taken campaign contributions from the cable operator directly or indirectly.

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Comcast, Rights Groups Send Letters to Federal Regulators on Comcast-TWC Merger

April 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Comcast has begun to lay out its arguments to the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department on why its $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable should be approved. In a public interest statement to the FCC released today, Comcast said that the merger will help the company compete against competition in the broadband space like Google and streaming entertainment service such as Netflix. It also claimed that the merger would bring the next-generation of broadband services to millions of households and businesses in America.

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European Parliament Adopts Net Neutrality Laws

April 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The European Parliament has voted to implement net neutrality rules that would - if fully approved - restrict internet service providers' from charging data-intensive services such as Netflix for faster network access. The new law still needs to be approved by Europe's Council of Ministers.

The new rules would also prohibit mobile networks and broadband providers from blocking services such as WhatApp messages or Google Drive storage, which critics argue could be exploited to allow child pornography to be shared via these types of services.

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Netflix Calls for Stronger Net Neutrality Rules

March 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

After saying less than a month ago that its deal to pay Comcast for direct access to its customers had little to do with net neutrality rules, entertainment streaming service Netflix has changed its tune and has come out swinging against America's top service providers.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said in a blog post on Thursday that once it agreed to pay Comcast its subscribers no longer had any problems with service speeds.

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'Father of The Web' Celebrates 25th Year Anniversary of the Internet With a Call to Action

March 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On March 12th, 1989, Tim Berners-Lee put forth a proposal to make information sharing possible over computers, using nodes and links to create a "web." While the CERN physics lab where he worked could not justify the project, his bosses allowed him to do the work there in his spare time. That little side project by Tim Berners-Lee became what we know now as the Internet.

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European Commission Vice-President: Future Internet is Based on Trust

March 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Speaking at the Cebit tech fair in Hanover, Germany recently, European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes said that the future of the internet has to be based on trust. Kroes is responsible for the European Commission's Digital Agenda, and was giving the speech to an audience which included such state leaders as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

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Comcast, The Promise Keepers

March 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Comcast offers regulators a reason to approve its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable: it keeps its promises. The company said on Monday that it had "met or exceeded" all of the obligations it accepted as a condition of its previous merger with NBC-Universal in 2011. To prove it, the company released a new compliance report.

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Verizon: We're In Talks With Netflix

March 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

We are all well aware that Netflix has agreed to pay Comcast in order to get direct access to its customers, but it looks like the popular TV and movie streaming service will be paying another ISP very soon. According to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, Netflix and his company are in talks right now to finalize a paid interconnect agreement for direct peering to Verizon customers.

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Verizon CEO: Heavy Bandwidth Users Should Pay More

February 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a recent interview with IDG News Service, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said that customers who use lots of bandwidth should be charged more. People who download lots of files or stream content on a regular basis should naturally be charged, in his mind.

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Report: Despite Deal With Netflix, Comcast Likely to Seek Payment from Cogent

February 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this week we reported that Netflix would pay cable operator Comcast to get direct access to its customers, but that may not be the end of Comcast extracting payments from companies who need access to their broadband infrastructure.

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Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Comcast-TWC Merger Hearing in March

February 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Today the United States Senate announced that it plans to hold hearings on the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. The hearing is scheduled to take place March 26 before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The hearing is to figure out how the merger might affect market competition, television services, internet pricing and more. No doubt the FCC's Open Internet Order will be talked about during this hearing as well.

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Congresswoman Eshoo: New Net Neutrality Rules Would Put Consumers Back in the Driver's Seat

February 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Speaking on NBC's "Press:Here" show over the weekend, Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) said that it's a good thing that the Federal Communications Commission has decided to tackle the thorny task of tweaking the Open Internet Order (commonly referred to as "net neutrality") because it will empower consumers.

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Netflix Pays Comcast for Direct Connection to Network

February 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Wall Street Journal (by way of Ars Technica) is reporting the popular entertainment streaming service Netflix has agreed to pay cable operator Comcast to gain a direct connection to Comcast subscribers who use the service.

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Details Plans to Foster an 'Open Internet'

February 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler issued a statement today laying out the agency’s strategy for preserving and restoring open Internet policies, but also confirmed that the FCC had no plans on appealing an earlier court decision in the case against Verizon. The Appeals Court ruled that the agency did not have the authority to enforce its net neutrality rules over broadband networks under section 706 of the Telecommunications Act.

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Obama Administration Responds to Net Neutrality Petition, Reaffirms Support

February 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Obama Administration has responded to a petition on "We The People" calling on the president to compel the FCC to fix net neutrality rules and lobby congress to do the same. In its response the administration reaffirmed its commitment to net neutrality rules, while at the same time highlighting the fact that the Federal Communications Commission is an independent agency.

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Comcast and Time Warner Mobilize Lobbyists for D.C. Influence Blitz on Merger

February 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The day after Comcast announced its intentions to buy out Time Warner Cable, it mobilized its army of lobbyists and consultants to gauge the atmosphere in Washington D.C concerning the deal. The company has no problem lobbying lawmakers and padding their campaigns with cash to get the job done either.

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Sen. Al Franken Tells FCC, FTC, and DOJ Comcast-TWC Merger Goes in the 'Wrong Direction'

February 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) has come out strongly against a proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, Sen. Franken said that there is already not enough competition in this [we assume he means broadband and cable television] space and this deal goes in the wrong direction. He also said that he is thinks this deal will increase cable prices and decreased the quality of service for Time Warner Cable customers.

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E. Zachary KnightGot that same recommendation on Twitter. So I guess that is a good sign.09/15/2014 - 8:39pm
prh99Portlandia, though I don't watch a lot of sitcoms. Heard it was good though.09/15/2014 - 8:02pm
E. Zachary KnightSitcom recommendations for someone who like Parks and Rec but hates The Office: Go.09/15/2014 - 6:08pm
NeenekoEven if they do change their policy, they can only do it moving forward and I could see the mod/pack community simply branching.09/15/2014 - 12:50pm
Michael ChandraAs for take the money and run, the guy must have a networth of 8~9 digits already.09/15/2014 - 10:33am
Michael ChandraMe, I'm more betting on some form of mod API where servers must run donations/payments through them and they take a cut.09/15/2014 - 10:32am
Michael ChandraEspecially since they want it for promoting their phones. Killing user interest is the dumbest move to make.09/15/2014 - 10:32am
Michael ChandraGiven how the EULA actively allows for LPs, I'm not sure Microsoft is ready for the backlash of disallowing that.09/15/2014 - 10:31am
Matthew Wilsonthey wont do that, the backlash would be too big.09/15/2014 - 10:25am
ConsterSleaker: how is that a flipside? Sounds to me like that's basically what Notch himself said, except rudely.09/15/2014 - 10:18am
MaskedPixelanteOn the plus side, no more lazy Minecraft LPs, since iirc Microsoft has a strict "no monetization period" policy when it comes to their stuff.09/15/2014 - 10:13am
james_fudgeBut it continues to sell on every platform it is on, so there's that09/15/2014 - 10:09am
james_fudgeOh, well that's another matter :)09/15/2014 - 10:08am
E. Zachary KnightNothing against Notch here. I think it is great that he made something so cool. I just can't understand how it is worth $2.5 bil09/15/2014 - 9:59am
InfophileWhat a world we live in: Becoming a billionaire was the easy way out for Notch.09/15/2014 - 9:42am
james_fudgelots of hate for Notch here. I don't get it. Sorry he made a game everyone loved. What a monster he is!09/15/2014 - 9:37am
SleakerOn the flipside, Notch has been a horrible CEO for Mojang, and the company has grown on sheer inertia, DESPITE being mishandled over and over.09/15/2014 - 9:33am
SleakerI can understand Notch's statements he made to Kotaku about growing bigger than he intended, and getting hate for EULA changes he didn't enact.09/15/2014 - 9:32am
MaskedPixelantehttp://pastebin.com/n1qTeikM Notch's statement about the MS acquisition. He wanted out for a long time and this was the easiest way.09/15/2014 - 9:08am
ConsterEh, I can't blame him.09/15/2014 - 9:01am
 

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