Jon Brodkin

FCC bid to boost broadband competition faces attack over “constitutionality”

The Federal Communications Commission will face a lawsuit if it tries to invalidate state laws that restrict the ability of cities and towns to offer Internet service, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) wrote to FCC Chairman Tom

Deaf advocacy groups to Verizon: Don’t kill net neutrality on our behalf

The absence of network neutrality rules isn't just good for Verizon -- it's also good for the blind, deaf, and disabled, Verizon claims.

AT&T supports a “fast lane” ban as long as it contains a giant loophole

The common wisdom is that the Federal Communications Commission can't issue stronger open Internet rules unless it re-classifies broadband as a telecommunications service, which would open ISPs up to utility-style, common carrier regulations under

Verizon claims common carrier rules would require Web services to pay ISPs

Verizon is making an alarmist argument in its response to the Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality proposal.

How Comcast became a powerful -- and controversial -- part of the Internet backbone

There’s no bigger Internet service provider in the United States than Comcast, and perhaps none is more controversial. Comcast has built a network that is a huge part of the Internet backbone in the United States.

Federal Communications Commission too poor to build a good website

The Federal Communications Commission had a $450 million budget in fiscal 2014, which ends September 30. Among other things, the FCC's 2015 budget request includes $9.2 million for "modernization of aging IT systems."

Rep Blackburn defends “states’ rights” to protect ISPs from muni competition

Rep Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) wants to make sure the Federal Communications Commission never interferes with "states' rights" to protect private Internet service providers from having to compete against municipal broadband networks.

Netflix performance on Verizon FiOS dropped another 17 percent in June

Verizon Internet customers who want to watch Netflix at high quality and without interruption just can't catch a break.

Verizon’s “deteriorated” phone lines cited in demand for investigation

Dozens of lawmakers, municipal officials, and consumer advocacy groups want a thorough investigation of New York's phone system, accusing Verizon of raising prices substantially while allowing landline service to deteriorate throughout the state.

Time Warner Cable customers beg regulators to block sale to Comcast

New York is shaping up as a major battleground for Comcast's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

While the $45.2 billion merger will be scrutinized by federal officials, it also needs approval at the state level.