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Google and Verizon deny net-neutrality bypass talks

Google and Verizon deny net-neutrality bypass talks

Storm in a teacup time today, with an NYT report suggesting that Google and Verizon were secretly conspiring to bypass net neutrality, and then a flurry of denials from all involved.  According to the original report, Google was negotiating with Verizon to enable so-called tiered service, which would see sites - such as YouTube - willing to pay for a fatter pipe being rewarded with better bandwidth.  Google disagree; they told Gizmodo that "The NYT is quite simply wrong. We have not had any conversations with Verizon about paying for carriage of Google or YouTube traffic. We remain as committed as we always have been to an open Internet."

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Web turns 25: Internet “Constitution” needed says inventor

Web turns 25: Internet “Constitution” needed says inventor

The inventor of the world wide web has used the 25th anniversary of his creation to call for an online "bill of rights" to protect the internet's independence, with Sir Tim Berners-Lee highlighting worrying surveillance and net-neutrality trends as the basis for his fears. Describing his vision of a "global constitution" or online "Magna Carta", Berners-Lee described the web as he envisaged it a quarter of a century ago as under attack from businesses and governments that would co-opt it for their own purposes.

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Comcast and Netflix tipped in peering agreement

Comcast and Netflix tipped in peering agreement

Those of us using Comcast have been subjected to fairly poor quality on Netflix for that nice after-dinner movie, something that prompted numerous complaints (and ample frustration) in recent times about content showing up in less-than-HD despite high-speed plans, as well as frequent buffering. According to some recent details spotted and confirmation from a source, these issues may have come to an end.

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New Internet throughput data could reveal the ugly side of peering

New Internet throughput data could reveal the ugly side of peering

Getting content delivered to your PC, TV or mobile device via the Internet is no simple matter, but the business ecosystem working behind that can be even more convoluted. While not exactly pointing to the fact, new data gathered about Internet performance might be pointing the finger at the almost unspoken but widely practiced business of peering.

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Google, Amazon, eBay, Facebook form The Internet Association

Google, Amazon, eBay, Facebook form The Internet Association

2012 has been a year filled with stories about Washington trying to regulate the Internet, and now it seems that some of the web's biggest faces are coming together to do something about it. Google, Facebook, Amazon, and eBay have joined forces to form a new Washington lobbying group called the Internet Association, which aims to "advance public policy solutions that strengthen and protect an open, innovative and free Internet." The group will be led by former Deputy Staff Director to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Michael Beckerman.

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Netflix political action committee is formed

Netflix political action committee is formed

Anyone who doubts the significant impact that Netflix has had on this country, in everything from society to Hollywood to consumer electronics, allow me to introduce FLIXPAC. The video streaming company Netflix is now such a staple in American media that it has formed its own political action committee (PAC), allowing it to have its voice heard more strongly in political matters, potentially before they hit the floor of  Congress.

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Google and Verizon Focus on the Open Internet

Google and Verizon Focus on the Open Internet

Last week, reports started coming down the pipe that Verizon and Google have begun to work against Google's policy of "do no evil," and were finding ways to make sure that companies out there got more screen-time with Internet surfers, by paying more for their troubles. Of course, that's not really an "open Internet," so after denying the whole thing, Google and Verizon have come forward today to clear the air, and outline what it is they actually are working on. Here's a quick spoiler: it's an open Internet -- for your home computer.

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Comcast Stands By Internet Filtering, What’s Your Take?

Comcast Stands By Internet Filtering, What’s Your Take?

The cable giant, Comcast Corp has formally admitted to FCC with the uses of Managed Internet Traffic to slow down customers’ file-sharing application, intentionally. They blamed peer-to-peer services like BitTorrent as the main culprit of network congestion and said a managed network is a necessity to prevent heavy users with similar application for media sharing like video, movie and music, etc.

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Comcast Apple TV talk prompts streaming skepticism

Comcast Apple TV talk prompts streaming skepticism

Chatter of an Apple deal with Comcast that would secure priority access for Apple TV streamed content has renewed speculation about a new set-top box and given stock prices a bump, but questions around net neutrality remain. Apple has reportedly been continuing the talks it began with Time Warner Cable with Comcast, which is set to acquire TWC, in the aim of avoiding last-mile congestion by using the same private connection the ISP itself uses for its own streaming media services.

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