FCC To Issue New Net Neutrality Rules But Still Refuses To Label Broadband Public Utility

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 9:16 am

After losing a court case last month at the DC Court of Appeals the Federal Communications Commission is planning to issue a new set of rules for Net Neutrality. Though the court claimed Net Neutrality rules the FCC had previously offered were illegal, it did acknowledge the FCC’s authority to regulate broadband company practices under [...]

Obama Shows Up on Reddit

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 1:59 pm

President Obama took to Reddit today to participate in their popular “Ask Me Anything” feature. The question-and-answer session began at 4:30pm ET and quickly crashed the system, though it appears to be working now (at least for me). At last count there are over 4,300 comments on the thread. Some of the questions were extremely [...]

Broadband Companies Begin March to Usage-Based Billing

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 12:59 pm

We’ve been waiting for this to come to pass, and it looks like the days of tiered broadband pricing are finally upon us: Here in South Texas, Time Warner Cable customers have been given the online equivalent of a scale in the bathroom, a “usage tracker” that adds up all the household’s Facebooking and YouTubing. [...]

Wyden Will Place Hold on Internet Censorship Legislation

By: Friday November 11, 2011 10:18 am

Yesterday, the Senate rejected a resolution of disapproval that would have invalidated the FCC’s net neutrality regulations. Not one member of the Democratic caucus voted with Republicans to overturn the FCC regulations. In the grand scheme, this doesn’t do much. The White House already threatened a veto of the resolution of disapproval back in April, [...]

Why Does Justin Bieber Want to Jail Amy Klobuchar?

By: Friday October 28, 2011 1:38 pm

PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo. What are we to make of Justin Bieber exclaiming that Amy Klobuchar needs to be “locked up”? “That guy needs to be locked up,” Bieber said after hearing about the bill, apparently not immediately remembering Amy is generally a woman’s name. “Whoever [...]

White House Threatens Veto of Resolution Overturning Net Neutrality Rules

By: Tuesday April 5, 2011 10:34 am

The White House has issued a veto threat for any bill that seeks to overturn the net neutrality policy put in place by the FCC last year. This week, House Republicans will offer a “resolution of disapproval” to take down the FCC action. This kind of resolution only requires a simple majority vote in either [...]

AT&T Moves to Tiered Pricing for Broadband

By: Thursday March 17, 2011 10:15 am

It begins: Starting May 2, AT&T will begin implementing monthly usage limits for its U-Verse and DSL users and charge $10 fees every time a customer exceeds the cap. According to Broadband Reports, DSL customers will have a 150GB monthly usage limit, while U-Verse subscribers will get 250GB. AT&T will impose the $10 fee for [...]

Verizon Sues FCC Over Net Neutrality Plan

By: Friday January 21, 2011 10:01 am

You can say that the entire goal of Julius Genachowski’s pretend plan for net neutrality was to devise something that the telecoms could live with, while allowing him to make a defense that the Obama Administration fulfilled its campaign promise of Internet freedom. If they didn’t care about being taken to court over their plans, [...]

Franken Assails FCC, DoJ Approval of Comcast-NBC Merger

By: Tuesday January 18, 2011 12:49 pm

Earlier today, the FCC and the Justice Department ruled in favor of the merger between Comcast and NBC Universal, creating one of the largest media conglomerates in the world and setting an unadvisable template for one company to combine the power of media and the Internet. Sen. Al Franken, who has been a lonely critic [...]

Conservatives Freak Out, Progressives Angered by FCC Net Neutrality Rule

By: Wednesday December 22, 2010 10:58 am

I want to co-sign to Chris Bowers’ argument that there is basically no constituency for the net neutrality rule approved by the FCC yesterday. Progressives see the rule and find it riddled with loopholes and damaging to the principle of non-discrimination and Internet freedom; conservatives see the rule and literally go insane. As Bowers says, [...]

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 [...]