This week the FCC has approved the Tom Wheeler-promoted next generation of Net Neutrality rules. This new proposal is not yet fully enacted, of course, this week only moving it forward to a 60-day public comment period. After this 60-day period, another 60-day response period will take place.
The chief of the FCC has received massive amounts of web-based backlash on account of a new "fast-lane" internet bill he’s proposed this year. It’s set to go up for a vote this month, and just this week he’s introduced a number of tweaks to - he hopes - satisfy the nay-sayers. It’s not going as well as he’d hoped, net-neutrality supporters making their case clear across the web.
FCC Chief Tom Wheeler is reportedly making changes to the current proposal regarding net neutrality. In what appears to be a compromise to the backlash surrounding the issue, Wheeler may be disallowing providers to throttle or speed up the transfer of certain data.
If the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint fails to pass the watchful eye of the FCC, T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom wants to cash in. A new report suggests the German company wants $1 billion or more from Sprint should the takeover/merger fall flat. Furthermore, Deutsche Telekom is seeking to keep key T-Mobile figures in place, as well as the brand they’ve worked so hard to build.
In the ongoing Net Neutrality debate, AT&T has chimed in claiming that a proposed change simply won’t help. The company is specifically speaking about reclassification of broadband Internet as a telecommunications service. They claim that making broad, sweeping changes don’t actually help anyone, especially the consumer.
The ability to text an emergency to 911 has long been in the works, and will finally be realized this month. Starting May 15, all four major US carriers will be able to handle your 911 texts. While the program is not designed to take the place of calls to 911, it does provide a necessary option for those in dangerous circumstances.
Net neutrality is a hot-button topic, and the FCC currently hovers a finger right over it. A new proposal by Mozilla has some interesting fundamentals in place, and deftly challenges the FCC’s understanding of the matter altogether. If Mozilla has their way, the FCC will turn the Internet on its ear — and that may be the best thing for all.
There are two types of drivers: those who use their cell phones while behind the wheel, and those who stare squint-eyed at them from a distance while experiencing various levels of distaste. Jason R Humphreys apparently fell into the latter group. On a daily basis for two years, Humphreys of Florida would fire up a cell phone jammer while commuting to and from work, neutralizing the phones of other nearby drivers and thereby ensuring that, temptation or not, nary a text message or phone call would be made while on the go.
Vertu, maker of all manner of high-end mobile devices, have just had their Bluetooth speaker pass the FCC. The SP-1V, as it’s currently known, is a sharply designed Bluetooth aptX capable travel speaker. While we’re not familiar with pricing yet, getting the FCC’s blessing is likely the final stage before production can begin.
In response to previously leaked information that the FCC was going to allow internet providers preferential treatment in delivery of traffic, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler took to the FCC’s website. Calling the leaked info “misinformed interpretation”, Wheeler went on to defend the action as information gathering rather than a set-in-stone ruling on a free and open internet.