Items tagged "Net Neutrality"

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FCC Roundtable Roundup

October 10, 2014 FCC , Net Neutrality , Open Internet , Title II

Over the past month, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has hosted panels to publicly discuss the various elements of net neutrality. The Chairman and Commissioners did not take them lightly; the FCC held over six different panels on four different days, totaling more than 24 hours of straight net neutrality talk. Chairman Wheeler actively participated in all, either in person or through Twitter questions.

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Throwing Shade at Title II with Forbearance Fearmongering

October 2, 2014 Broadband , FCC , Net Neutrality , Title II

As the groundswell for reclassifying broadband as a Title II telecommunications service and creating strong net neutrality rules grows, the arguments against reclassification have grown increasingly shrill and desperate. Most recently they have focused on “forbearance.” For those of you not living all of your lives in the world of telecom law, forbearance is the process the FCC could use to decide that some pieces of Title II should not apply to broadband. As illustrated below, these arguments do not stand up to scrutiny.

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Reliability Rather Than Rainbows: Why Strong Title II Remains the Best Option For an Open Internet

September 25, 2014 FCC , Net Neutrality , Open Internet , Title II

Earlier this week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published a blog post describing the “rainbow of policy and legal options” available to protect the open Internet, contrasting them to other “monochromatic options.”

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New African Declaration Highlights Net Neutrality, Spectrum and Access to Information Principles

September 19, 2014 Internet Governance , Net Neutrality , Spectrum Reform

More than two dozen global civil society organizations, most of which are based in Africa, unveiled the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held in Istanbul, Turkey earlier this month. The declaration’s main purpose is to create a widely endorsed standard within a human rights framework for internet-related policy making decisions in Africa.

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Where Net Neutrality and Government Copyright Policies Come Together

September 10, 2014 Net Neutrality , Public Domain , Remix Culture

As you probably noticed, we’ve been doing a lot of writing about net neutrality recently. You may also have noticed that we’ve been doing a lot of writing about how works created by the U.S. Government are not eligible for copyright protection and in the public domain. Well hold on to your hats, because this video brings those two things together.

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Internet Slowdown Day and Net Neutrality

September 10, 2014 FCC , Net Neutrality

Today, advocates, nonprofits, companies, and people just like you are taking part in a day of action to demonstrate what the Internet might look like if the Federal Communications Commission does not implement meaningful net neutrality rules. Websites like Netflix, Etsy, Wordpress, Fourquare, and Vimeo are displaying a continuous site-loading icon as part of Internet Slowdown Day, in order to protest any rules that would create Internet fast lanes.

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What to Take Away from the FCC Settlement with Verizon over CPNI

September 5, 2014 CPNI , FCC , Net Neutrality , Privacy , Verizon

On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it reached a $7.4 million settlement with Verizon over the company’s misuse of its customers’ private information (“customer proprietary network information,” or “CPNI”) for internal marketing, which violated longstanding federal privacy rules.

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Knight Foundation Releases Visualization of Themes from Net Neutrality Comments

August 15, 2014 Net Neutrality , Open Data

Many interesting data visualizations have been published since the FCC released the data from the 1.1 million net neutrality comments they received. The release of the machine-readable bulk data file from the Open Internet docket allows journalists, researchers, and others to analyze the data and offer a clearer understanding of public opinion on net neutrality.

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Hey T-Mobile: 2007 Called and it Wants its Net Neutrality Complaint Back

August 14, 2014 Data Caps , Net Neutrality , T-Mobile

Yesterday, the website TmoNews broke the story that T-Mobile is planning on throttling customers who use bittorrent on their wireless connections. The internal T-Mobile memo explains that these users will be throttled because their heavy use is “abusing” the network.

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Forbearance is Easy. Seriously.

July 14, 2014 Broadband , FCC , Net Neutrality , Title II

It’s easy for the FCC to set aside Title II rules that don’t apply in particular technological and market situations. In fact, it does this all the time.

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