PSA: FCC Voting on Net Neutrality Rule Changes Tomorrow

February 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to vote on whether it will reclassify mobile and broadband as common carrier under Title II of the Telecommunications Act (thus giving the agency regulatory authority over telecom companies) and to ban or put more scrutiny on the practice of "Fast Lanes" (paid prioritization).

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Billionaire Mark Cuban Says The FCC's Net Neutrality Plans Will 'F*ck Everything Up'

February 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week at the Code/Media conference at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, California billionaire and ABC Shark Tank star Mark Cuban said that the Federal Communication Commission's plan to reclassify broadband and mobile at common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act will "f*ck everything up."

"That will f*ck everything up," said Cuban last Wednesday at the Code/Media conference.

"Net neutrality is just a demonization of big companies," he added.

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T-Mobile Unconcerned About Reclassification

February 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While some mobile carriers are proclaiming that the sky will fall if the FCC approves measures to reclassify broadband and mobile as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act (in effect giving it the legal authority to regulate both industries) at the end of the month, mobile phone service provider T-Mobile seems to be taking all of it in stride.

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'Data Caps Are The Law,' Comcast CS Rep. Tells One Customer

February 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A mildly amusing thread on Reddit captures an exchange between a customer and a Comcast customer service rep. complaining about data caps on his broadband connection and an ever increasing bill. As he decides to cancel his Comcast account, the company rep. tells him that data caps are used by all ISPs these days because, "they are mandated by law."

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UK's House of Lords Calls For Reclassification Of Internet Access As A 'Public Utility'

February 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The House of Lords (the upper house of UK parliament) released a report this week that calls for Internet access to be classified as a public utility. If that sounds at all familiar it's because the Federal Communications Commission will vote on this very issue later this month.

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California Public Utilities Commission Gives Approval With Conditions To Comcast-TWC Merger

February 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

California has given tentative approval to Comcast's proposed $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, but there are some strings attached, which the company quickly said were too difficult to adhere to. Generally when California's regulatory approves a major merger, the FCC usually follows in the same path.

The approval with conditions came yesterday from Public Utilities Commission Administrative Law Judge Karl Bemesderfer but Comcast Executive VP David Cohen was quick to criticizing the conditions.

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Republicans Mount Multi-Pronged Attack on Net Neutrality Rule Changes As FCC Vote Looms

February 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In less than two weeks the Federal Communications Commission will vote whether to reclassify broadband and mobile service providers as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, but Republican lawmakers and their allies staunchly opposed to net neutrality (or as they are fond of calling it "Internet regulations") are pulling out all the stops to slow things down.

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Poll: Should the FCC Exempt Municipal Broadband Providers From Common Carrier Status?

February 11, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

The FCC seems gung ho about reclassifying broadband and mobile internet providers as common carriers in order to enforce net neutrality rules but it seems municipal broadband providers want none of that.

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Forty-Three Municipal Broadband Providers Ask The FCC For A Reclassification Exemption

February 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Around 43 municipal broadband providers have sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission asking the agency to give them a special exemption from being included with major broadband and mobile service providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. The FCC is set to vote on this at the end of this month, but municipal providers say they shouldn't be lumped in with the rest of the rabble because they have no "incentive to harm the openness of the Internet."

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Poll: What Do You Think of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler?

February 6, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Net neutrality, the idea that internet service providers should treat all legal internet traffic equally (no blocking, throttling or paid prioritization), is an important topic 'round these parts.  People who use the internet for work, leisure or both tend to strongly support it.  ISPs like Verizon and Comcast?  Not so much.  And that's understandable.  I mean, why wouldn't you want to, for example, throttle Netflix to encourage people to use your own video service?

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TracFone Pays $40 Million Settlement to FTC For Throttling 'Unlimited' Customers

February 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Law firm Kelley Drye & Warren LLP sent out a note detailing the settlement between the Federal Trade Commission and TracFone Wireless, a budget-priced mobile phone carrier that does a good percentage of its business in convenience stores and retailers like Walmart.

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FCC Previews 'New Rules for Protecting the Open Internet'

February 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a four-page fact sheet on the new rules facing broadband and mobile service providers if it successfully reclassifies both as "common carriers" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

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FCC Chairman Wants To Reclassify Broadband And Mobile Under Title II

February 4, 2015 - James Fudge

The FCC will vote in its late February meeting to reclassify broadband under Title II of the Telecommunications Act and will seek to ban supposed "fast lane" deals as well. The announcement was made today in an editorial written by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler published on Wired.

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Report: FCC Drafting Plan To Stop State-Level Anti-Broadband Laws

February 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Washington Post is reporting that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to move forward with a plan to create a draft decision that would intervene on behalf of municipalities in Tennessee and North Carolina that have had their broadband network building efforts stymied by state laws. These laws, mostly backed by lobbyists in the telecoms industry, limit Internet access operated and sold by cities.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 129

February 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 129), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, watch the video to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E.

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Report: FCC Considering 'Review Process' For Paid Peering Agreements

January 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a Bloomberg report, the Federal Communications Commission will setup a review process for those who are in peering agreements with ISPs (like Netflix) to complain about it. The FCC will still consider banning the practice of fast lanes, which is a different animal altogether.

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FCC Raises Minimum Broadband Standards Substantially

January 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

As part of its 2015 Broadband Progress Report, the Federal Communications Commission has decided to change its definition of what constitutes a broadband speed, much to the chagrin of both DSL and cable network owners. The minimum download speed considered "broadband" is now 25Mbps (way up from 4Mbps) and the new minimum upload speed is 3Mbps (up from 1Mbps). What this means is that the number of US households who don't have access to broadband has just tripled and DSL networks will no longer be able to claim broadband status.

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FCC Prohibits American Businesses From Blocking Wi-Fi Signals

January 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Today the FCC issued an enforcement advisory warning companies that blocking wi-fi signals in hotels and motels is officially prohibited.

"Persons or businesses causing intentional interference to Wi-Fi hotspots are subject to enforcement action," the FCC bluntly stated, referencing a dispute between Marriott and its customers who said the hotel chain had blocked their personal hotspots to force them to pay for Marriott’s Wi-Fi services.

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Point of Order: IGDA's Position on Net Neutrality, CISPA

January 23, 2015 - James Fudge

In a story published earlier this week we reported that the Entertainment Software Association heaped praise on the White House for the portion of President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union Address dealing with cyber-security issues. Basically the trade group endorsed the President's proposals (to U.S. lawmakers) on cyber-security - which even rights group the EFF says are an "awful lot like CISPA."

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Republican Lawmaker Puts Forward His Own 'Net Neutrality' Bill

January 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

This week Republican lawmakers put forth a bill that enforces net neutrality rules but takes away power from the Federal Communications Commission when it comes to enforcing them. The new bill put forth by US Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) also forbids the FCC from reclassifying broadband companies as "common carriers" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

The bill enforces net neutrality rules such as banning on blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization, but leaves an exception for undefined "specialized services." Can you say "loophole?"

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White House To Congress: Let The FCC Does Its Job

January 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The White House has a simple message for lawmakers looking to strip power away from the FCC in regulating broadband and mobile service providers under upcoming net neutrality rules: let the FCC do its job.

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Broadband Providers, FCC Commissioners Criticize President Obama's New Broadband Initiatives

January 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

President Obama didn't make any new friends working for broadband service providers or on the Republican-leaning side of the FCC this week when he gave a full-throated endorsement of broadband networks run by cities and towns in the United States. Besides heaping praise on successful broadband networks being run in major cities throughout the U.S., the president said that he would encourage the FCC to fight against state laws in 19 states that practically ban cities and towns from creating and operating broadband public utilities of their own.

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White House Details Community Broadband Initiatives

January 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The White House today issued a "fact sheet" on Net Neutrality, with a focus on broadband competition and neutralizing state laws sponsored by the telecoms industry to stifle said competition. Currently there are laws in 19 states that either make it difficult for municipalities to build out and operate their own networks or outright forbid it. The Obama Administration is filing a letter with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this week urging it to address "barriers inhibiting local communities from responding to the broadband needs of their citizens."

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Verizon Investors Want Answers On Net Neutrality

January 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A group of Verizon investors are publicly criticizing the mobile and broadband provider for its position on net neutrality, according to this Ars Technica report. They say that the company's position on the issue could ultimately harm its reputation and future commercial success.

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FCC To Vote On Changes To Net Neutrality Rules In February

January 7, 2015 - James Fudge

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced in a public interview at the Consumer Electronics Show today that the agency will vote on an official proposal that could dramatically change the Open Internet Order of 2010 (net neutrality) next month.

"We're going to circulate it to the commissioners on February 5th and vote on it February 26th," Wheeler told CEA president Gary Shapiro, who conducted the public interview.

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Smaller Telecoms Weigh in on Net Neutrality

December 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Computer & Communications Industry Association (a trade group representing smaller stakeholders in the telecom industry) and other groups representing smaller telecoms in the United States sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging the agency to swiftly adopt strong net neutrality rules.

The letter calls for the FCC to adopt "open internet rules," which includes reclassifying broadband and mobile service providers as common carriers (like the telephone industry) under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

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Report: Republicans May Pass New Laws To Thwart FCC Net Neutrality Changes

December 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Politico is reporting that Republicans - who will have control of both houses of Congress in January - have plans to stop whatever new net neutrality rules the Federal Communications Commission might implement in the early part of the year.

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Koch-Backed Group Dominates Second Round of Comments on Net Neutrality, Says Sunlight Foundation

December 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report by the non-profit watchdog group the Sunlight Foundation (as reported on by Ars Technica) shows that a "shadowy organization with ties to the Koch Brothers" convinced 772,000 people to oppose "Internet regulation" and send comments to the Federal Communications Commission during the second public comment phase relat

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ISPs Admit They Can 'Live With' Net Neutrality Rule Changes

December 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week, contrary to what it has been saying elsewhere about the chilling affect proposed FCC net neutrality rule changes would have on the company's ability to build outs infrastructure, etc., Verizon told investors that it would be business as usual no matter what the FCC does.

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Comcast Customers Can Now Use HBO Go and Showtime Apps on Roku

December 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

From the "Oh, isn't that precious? department" comes this wonderful story from Ars Technica about how Comcast has stopped blocking HBO Go and Showtime on Roku streaming devices. You didn't know Comcast was doing that? Well anyone who is a Comcast customer and owns a Roku device certainly knew all about it.

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InfophileOther features to become standard: The ability to remap controls however the hell I want. Quicksave at any time (especially for handheld and mobile games). Plus everything Andrew said07/03/2015 - 10:43am
InfophileRegion-freeing becomes tricky for games with a strong online component though, especially when the servers are run by different branches in different regions.07/03/2015 - 10:41am
InfophileI'm in favor of getting rid of region-locking for any purchased games. I can understand an exception for free, ad-supported games, as many ads are only relevant in certain regions, and it's a ridiculous hassle to get ads for all regions.07/03/2015 - 10:40am
PHX Corphttp://kotaku.com/payday-2-has-been-broken-on-xbox-one-for-three-weeks-1715384186 Payday 2 Has Been Broken On Xbox One For Three Weeks07/03/2015 - 8:44am
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/3bxduw/why_was_riama_along_with_a_number_of_other_large/ here is a more complete acount of whats going on.07/03/2015 - 1:32am
Matthew Wilsonredit is on fire right now. most subreddits have been set to private.07/03/2015 - 1:24am
MattsworknameYou know andrew, those are actualy rock solid ideas, I woudl like those features a bunch ,especially with games that a cut scene heavly. looking at you kojima!07/03/2015 - 1:18am
Andrew EisenActually, "things I'd like to see become standard in video games" ain't a bad idea for one of my future YouTube videos.07/03/2015 - 1:05am
Andrew EisenYou know what I'd really like to see become standard? The ability to pause cutscenes. Rewind and skip (with "Are you sure?") would be nice too. Oh, and maybe display the duration of the cutscene when it's paused.07/03/2015 - 1:03am
Mattsworknameonly reason to do region locking now is to be dicks your consumer base. Granted, we see that ALOT these days07/03/2015 - 12:48am
MattsworknameI understand the concerns about the region locking thing, I just thing that if you buy a game legitimately, no matter where it's from or what langauge it's in, you should be allowed to play it. the argument about piracy was proven false years ago, the07/03/2015 - 12:47am
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.theverge.com/culture/2015/7/2/8888243/reddit-subreddits-private-after-ama-victoria-taylor-fired bad optics by Reddit.07/03/2015 - 12:33am
Goth_SkunkI'm in full agreement on the subtitles issue. I also believe that every game should come with a single-player component, and be playable without an internet connection. Except MMOs.07/02/2015 - 10:51pm
TechnogeekRegion locking bans seem like something that'll be very difficult to pass into law. I'm fully on board with the subtitle requirement, though.07/02/2015 - 10:00pm
MattsworknameFor example, all games with any for form of spoken dialoge should be i subtitled, and region locking in any form should be illegal07/02/2015 - 9:03pm
MattsworknameDoes anyone feel that there should be a set standard for all games in terms of certain basic features. Ie subtitles, region lock, etc07/02/2015 - 9:01pm
MattsworknameSo, now that the Article stuff is over, I want to bring up another subject07/02/2015 - 9:01pm
PHX Corphttps://trustygem.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/windows-10-insider-preview-phase-3/ My Thoughts on Windows 10 Insider Preview07/02/2015 - 6:17pm
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?t=18&v=CbGmrySQLIg looks like Inafune is giving capcom the middle finger.07/02/2015 - 5:05pm
TechnogeekUnfortunately, the shoutbox moves fast enough that I can't find why I got that impression, so if was indeed erroneous I do apologize.07/02/2015 - 4:34pm
 

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