FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rule

By: Thursday February 26, 2015 10:03 am

FCC votes on #NetNeutrality plan opposed by @comcast, which spent $107M on lobbying http://t.co/ITEAgp6EWp @mmasnick pic.twitter.com/mvfIjd3e3Z — MapLight (@MapLight) February 26, 2015 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to approve a rule to regulate internet service providers to promote an open internet often known as net neutrality. The vote marks a stark loss for [...]

FCC To Propose Real Net Neutrality Rules

By: Thursday February 5, 2015 11:19 am

FCC chief vows "strongest open Internet protections ever" http://t.co/OPgYimLcDh pic.twitter.com/7Go4smltfy — The Hill (@thehill) February 5, 2015 In a stunning reversal of his previous position, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler recently announced that he changed his views regarding net neutrality and now says he does believe Internet Service Providers should be regulated as common [...]

Obama Battles His Own Appointee On Net Neutrality

By: Wednesday November 12, 2014 10:09 am

Obama at odds with the telecom lobbyist he appointed to the FCC. http://t.co/OjIrcneB1V Map: http://t.co/WtI4Hx3lN5 pic.twitter.com/sK5iyZvp4A — LittleSis.org (@twittlesis) November 12, 2014 President Obama made headlines recently by endorsing the concept of net neutrality and saying that internet service providers should be treated more like phone utilities than cable providers. It is an increasingly popular [...]

FCC Site Crashes After John Oliver Segment On Net Neutrality

By: Wednesday June 4, 2014 6:00 am

Yesterday the FCC public comment system crashed due to high traffic which seems to be attributable to a call from comedian John Oliver for internet trolls to visit the FCC’s website and “focus your indiscriminate rage in a useful direction.” That call came after a 13 minute segment on Oliver’s HBO show “Last Week Tonight” [...]

FCC Tries To Have It Both Ways On Net Neutrality Rules

By: Friday May 16, 2014 8:57 am

FCC Chair Wheeler spent years in private telecom. See his employment timeline, via @OpenSecretsDC: pic.twitter.com/3mVPF1swIU — MapLight (@MapLight) May 15, 2014 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Tom Wheeler has put out some misleading statements claiming the FCC was respecting the goals of Net Neutrality while operationally destroying it. And now Wheeler has put forward a [...]

Net Neutrality Edges Towards Death

By: Thursday April 24, 2014 7:00 am

The FCC appears to be about ready to throw in the towel and let the telcom monopolies sell speed to different sites ending any hope for the regulatory concept known as “Net Neutrality.” Soon firms that pay extra will have their content available faster and the principle that all content should be equal coming through [...]

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 [...]

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