Net Neutrality

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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Comcast Xbox 360 policy questioned by US Senator

Comcast Xbox 360 policy questioned by US Senator

Democratic Senator Al Franken is urging the FCC to start an investigation into the platform that allows Comcast subscribers to stream video content from their Xbox 360. Ever since the service went live, people have been questioning its implications on net neutrality. Comcast lets its existing cable subscribers stream unlimited amounts of video from the Xfinity app on Microsoft's gaming console.

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Netherlands passes net neutrality laws

Netherlands passes net neutrality laws

Net neutrality might be a bit of a touchy subject in the United States, but progress is being made in Europe. The Netherlands has become the first country to enact net neutrality laws, preventing ISPs from blocking or slowing down different types of internet traffic. It also stops ISPs from charging extra to access specific websites or services. The legislation was first put forward in June 2011, but just passed into law on Tuesday.

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Netflix CEO blasts Comcast over net neutrality

Netflix CEO blasts Comcast over net neutrality

Comcast has already taken some heat over its Xfinity streaming media service, which offers up movies and TV shows to Xbox 360 users without eating into the ISP’s 250GB data cap. At the time, Comcast say that they weren’t violating any net neutrality rules, claiming that the Xbox 360 streaming didn’t travel over the public internet. CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings, doesn’t think too highly of Comcast’s move, and has criticized the ISP over the issue.

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Comcast Xbox fine print removes “private IP” reference

Comcast Xbox fine print removes “private IP” reference

After coming under fire for its Xbox Live streaming service, which apparently tapped into a private IP network, because of potential net neutrality issues. Critics slammed the service because in the Xbox Live FAQ, Comcast said its content was "being delivered over our private IP network and not the public Internet." That raised concerns that Comcast was not playing by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

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Comcast takes net neutrality fire over Xfinity Xbox streaming

Comcast takes net neutrality fire over Xfinity Xbox streaming

Comcast announced their Xfinity streaming app for the Xbox 360 not long ago, allowing you to stream content from Comcast for free as part of your internet and TV package. The company also said that whatever you stream to your XBox 360 won’t count towards the 250GB data cap. Good news for customers planning to make use of the service, but what about the deeper implications to net neutrality?

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ISPs threatened over UK Net Neutrality transparency

ISPs threatened over UK Net Neutrality transparency

UK communications regulator Ofcom has threatened ISPs with stricter net neutrality rules if they do not improve the way bandwidth shaping policies and traffic management are explained to users, warning that "it is important that we are able to understand how our access might be restricted." While the organization concedes that ISPs do go some way in communicating what limits are placed on broadband access - such as P2P throttling at "peak" times of the day - it argues the current explanations are only of real use "to technically savvy consumers" and greater work needs to be done on broadening understanding.

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FCC’s net neutrality to take effect November 20

FCC’s net neutrality to take effect November 20

The Federal Communications Commission will be publishing the net neutrality rules tomorrow, which will take effect starting November 20. The new rules barely passed last December with a 3-2 party-line vote, but have not taken effect yet largely due to continued opposition and the FCC dragging its feet on publishing them to the Federal Register.

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