Net Neutrality

Damning report says broadband industry behind huge Net Neutrality astroturfing

Damning report says broadband industry behind huge Net Neutrality astroturfing

Around 1 in 5 of the 22 million comments submitted to the FTC about ending Net Neutrality were real, a multi-year investigation has concluded, intended to give the false impression that the public supported the idea. A newly-published report by the New York Attorney General's Office blames the broadband industry for funding fake letters and impersonating real - and sometimes dead - Americans, in the hope of faking a wave of popular support.

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Ajit Pai FCC tenure leaves a mixed legacy – but it was mostly bad

Ajit Pai FCC tenure leaves a mixed legacy – but it was mostly bad

This morning Ajit Pai announced he'd be leaving the FCC for good on January 20, 2021. Pai was first appointed as a Commissioner to the FCC in 2012, then made Chairman of the FCC in 2017. Pai made this announcement via the FCC (dot gov) as of November 30, 2020 with the statement title "Chairman Pai Announces his Intent to Depart FCC."

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HBO Max gets a free ride on AT&T but that may not be a good thing

HBO Max gets a free ride on AT&T but that may not be a good thing

HBO Max went live at the tail end of last month, and if you're an AT&T subscriber, you'll find that streaming content from the new service doesn't count against your data cap. Specifically, streaming HBO Max over AT&T's network won't count against typical data caps for those who are metered connections, and it also won't count against the quasi-data caps on unlimited plans, where crossing a certain data usage threshold will lead to a throttled connection but not a halt to data access entirely.

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FCC’s Net Neutrality kill didn’t increase broadband investment

FCC’s Net Neutrality kill didn’t increase broadband investment

There's good news and there's bad news when it comes to the fallout after the FCC's kill of Net Neutrality. We expected the worst - that internet providers would start making companies pay for fast lanes and that lower-class content would get caught behind throttled speed internet. That didn't happen - or at least it didn't happen to the degree to which we were worried, yet. The bad new is that none of the GOOD stuff the FCC promised has happened.

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US carriers allegedly throttling YouTube, Netflix, streaming

US carriers allegedly throttling YouTube, Netflix, streaming

One of the tenets of net neutrality is that all Internet data should be treated equally. In practice, this means ISPs shouldn’t give one kind of data preference over another. In other words, they shouldn’t throttle data based on what they are. With net neutrality dead (except in California), consumer advocates fear that carriers are already taking advantage of their new found freedom. That is pretty much the implication in a recently published study that points out how popular video streaming services like YouTube and Netflix are being throttled by nearly all US carriers, big or small.

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California approves net neutrality bill considered the strongest in the country

California approves net neutrality bill considered the strongest in the country

Friday was a day of celebration for net neutrality proponents, as California’s legislature approved a bill that, once passed into law, is widely seen as the strongest protection in the country. The bill, SB822, not only restores the net neutrality rules that were put into place by former President Barack Obama, but goes even to ban internet service providers from practices like throttling in favor of select content and zero-rating services.

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The US Senate just voted to save net neutrality

The US Senate just voted to save net neutrality

If you were a bit cynical about the US Senate's vote to save net neutrality today, we can't really blame you. With senators and representatives all too willing to vote along party lines, the odds are certainly stacked against this effort by Democrats in Congress to block the FCC's "Restoring Internet Freedom Order." It appears, however, that your cynicism was misplaced, at least in this instance.

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Net neutrality officially dies in June

Net neutrality officially dies in June

Sorry to ruin your Thursday, but the FCC has announced when its new rules concerning internet service providers will go into effect. The FCC's laughably-named "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" will take effect in June, removing regulations that prevented internet service providers from blocking or throttling internet traffic and implementing paid prioritization. The repeal vote took place in Demember 2017, despite repeated polls that show the US public greatly favors net neutrality protections and regulations.

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The NRA just gave Ajit Pai a Courage Award

The NRA just gave Ajit Pai a Courage Award

You cannot make this stuff up. On February 23rd, 2018, the National Rifle Association (NRA) stood on stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland to deliver an award to the head of the FCC, Ajit Pai. The NRA awarded Pai the "Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award," because of course they did.

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When Net Neutrality dies: FCC final rule release

When Net Neutrality dies: FCC final rule release

February 22nd, 2018 was the day when the FCC released their "final rule" document to destroy Net Neutrality. This document came with the name "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" attached to it. It announced the date when the effective enforcement of the elimination of rules imposed by the Title II Order. Effective date for this order's enforcement is April 23rd, 2018.

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Burger King’s net neutrality ad is oddly persuasive

Burger King’s net neutrality ad is oddly persuasive

Even though the FCC vote to repeal net neutrality protections has come and gone, people are still talking about it left and right. The topic is becoming so visible that even companies that seemingly have no stake in whether or not net neutrality survives are getting in on the debate. Case in point is Burger King, which today rolled out a new ad focused entirely on educating its customers on the pitfalls of having Title II regulations for net neutrality repealed.

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GOP Open Internet Preservation Act is NOT Net Neutrality

GOP Open Internet Preservation Act is NOT Net Neutrality

This week Representative Marsha Blackburn introduced a the "Open Internet Preservation Act" in an effort to lock Trump/Pai repeal of Net Neutrality into law. Several major news outlets have taken Blackburn's bait in suggesting this new OIP Act would bring Net Neutrality back after the FCC removed it. Said the Washington Post: "Days after the FCC repealed its net neutrality rules, the GOP has a bill to replace them." Instead, this act would enshrine what the FCC did earlier this month.

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