FCC Net Neutrality Rule Passes; Franken Reacts

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 11:45 am

The FCC officially approved rules that reportedly provide net neutrality protections to wireline Internet but not wireless services, and which include a host of loopholes for both types of service. We don’t actually know the full extent of the rules, as they have not been published (the FCC promises to do so this week). But [...]

Fake Net Neutrality Proposal to Get Rubber-Stamped Today

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 6:33 am

I mentioned yesterday that the FCC hearing on net neutrality would be streamed live this morning, but the drama was removed from the proceedings last night, when Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn announced, with some reluctance, that they would support Julius Genachowski’s pretend net neutrality plan. Tim Karr was one of the first out of [...]

Reapportionment, FCC Net Neutrality Hearings Scheduled for Tomorrow

By: Monday December 20, 2010 8:46 am

Despite it being the week before Christmas, there are a couple huge deals coming down, even outside of Congress, which could ratify a nuclear arms reduction treaty. Tomorrow, the US Census will provide the preliminary results of their 2010 canvas, including the reapportionment of Congressional seats to the various states. So we’ll know which states [...]

Telecoms Love Pretend Net Neutrality Proposal; Democratic FCC Commissioner Copps Doesn’t

By: Thursday December 2, 2010 11:10 am

Here’s what the top telecom companies are saying about Julius Genachowski’s pretend net neutrality proposal. Time Warner Cable: “We would like to commend Chairman Genachowski, and everyone at the Commission, who have worked tirelessly to craft what we believe to be a fair resolution to these complex and controversial policy issues. We also want to [...]

Genachowski Offers Pretend Net Neutrality Proposal

By: Wednesday December 1, 2010 9:36 am

As if there weren’t enough things going to pot today, the FCC has decided to come out with a proposal to pretend to institute net neutrality regulations. In a speech he plans to give Wednesday in Washington, Julius Genachowski, the F.C.C. chairman, will outline a framework for broadband Internet service that forbids both wired and [...]

FCC Opens Spectrum to Super WiFi, in Time for Corporations to Control It

By: Friday September 24, 2010 12:10 pm

The FCC officially approved the opening of a vast amount of unused spectrum for broadband Internet, potentially creating a fast “super-WiFi” network. The change in available airwaves, which were freed up by the conversion of television signals from analog to digital, constitutes the first significant block of spectrum made available for unlicensed use by the [...]

FCC Adds New Delaying Tactic to Deciding Net Neutrality Rules

By: Thursday September 2, 2010 7:29 am

We’ve been playing a waiting game on net neutrality for months. While the FCC stands mute, Google and Verizon have put together their “joint policy agreement” which they are implementing as we speak, which means content on the wireless Internet is probably being discriminated against now. An industry coalition came to some unnamed agreement this [...]

FCC Broadband Plan Co-Author Joins Telecom Front Group

By: Thursday August 19, 2010 8:14 am

Lobbyists have restarted talks over the future of net neutrality, a wide-ranging discussion involving content producers, telecoms, computer makers and all sorts of companies tangentially related to the Internet. Google is not participating in the talks, having already released their own policy prescriptions (Verizon’s there, however), and the FCC is not participating either, though a [...]

FCC To Protect Net Neutrality – Huge Win For Consumers

By: Wednesday May 5, 2010 2:19 pm

Let’s wait to see if this is true, but the Wall Street Journal says that the FCC will move to reclassify broadband services to give them a greater ability to regulate in that space, protecting their intentions to reinforce net neutrality and transform broadband access for the 21st century: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski [...]

Will The FCC Flip, Leave the Internet Deregulated?

By: Monday May 3, 2010 2:31 pm

Internet freedom advocates reacted with alarm to the trial balloon that the FCC Chair, Julius Genachowski, is considering leaving broadband services within the same regulatory framework, offering no changes in reaction to a federal court ruling that sharply curtailed the ability for the FCC to regulate in that space. Three sources at the agency said [...]

Obama Affirms Strong Support For Net Neutrality

By: Monday February 1, 2010 4:26 pm

In a YouTube interview conducted today, President Obama reiterated his strong support for net neutrality, responding to a prominent question by one of the thousands of citizens who participated in the online town hall. Here’s the exchange: MR. GROVE: Great. Well, let’s move back to the questions. And I got to tell you, the number [...]

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