Internet/Broadband

Coverage of how Internet service is deployed, used and regulated.

Cozy With Comcast: Fred Upton, Greg Walden, Architects Of GOP Net Neutrality Plan, Receive Big Cable Cash

Location:
House Commerce Committee, 45 Independence Ave SW 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Two of the architects of the Republican network neutrality plan -- House Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) -- received more money from cable-industry interests than almost any other members of Congress, campaign finance records show.

GOP lawmakers demand FCC make proposed Internet regulations public

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

GOP lawmakers in Congress want the public to see new network neutrality regulations before they become law.

FCC Commissioner Pai Supports Publicizing Open Internet Order Draft

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

Federal Communications Commission member Ajit Pai supports making FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's draft Open Internet order available to the public on the same day that it is circulated to the commissioners for their input and edits. Commissioner Pai also told C-SPAN that he would prefer the FCC hold off on the vote and allow a legislative effort, spearheaded by Republicans, time to play out, since its purpose is to give the FCC direction on its authority over Internet access.

Media Shouldn't Be Fooled By Fake Neutrality Bill Backed By Broadband Industry

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
1

Media reports on the GOP's latest broadband industry-backed bill should take note that the legislation is network neutrality in name only. In reality, the bill would undermine the Federal Communications Commission's ability to enact net neutrality regulations and adequately protect broadband users and providers from data blocking, or slowing down or speeding up individual websites, and access fees.

Cable Pushes to Exclude Netflix Deals in FCC Net Neutrality Rule

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

Internet service providers led by Comcast are pushing to protect from federal regulations their ability to demand fees from high-volume data users such as Netflix.

BlackBerry wants Internet rules to touch Netflix, Apple policies

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
1

BlackBerry is looking to expand the definition of network neutrality to force companies like Apple and Netflix to allow their applications to run on BlackBerry devices.

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Better Communities through Better Broadband

Location:
Coalition for Local Internet Choice, 2014 P Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

In ways that we have not seen in the past, policy makers in Washington now seem to understand that we live in the age of the gigabit. And it increasingly appears that those policy makers understand that the engagement of local communities in our collective broadband future is essential in this gigabit era. Local leaders recognize, too, that there are no simple off-the-shelf solutions that will work everywhere -- that every community has its own particular resources, needs, and priorities, and that aggressive, proactive leadership is essential to getting the best solution for their constituents. In some communities, collaborating with willing incumbents may work well. In other communities, a public-private partnership with a new entrant may be preferable. In still others, the community may find that it has to develop a network of its own. Buoyed by the efforts of Google and approximately 100 rural towns and cities that have deployed gigabit networks, local governments -- particularly in rural areas -- are concluding that they must take charge of their own futures, and that with so much at stake, they can no longer wait for unwilling or incapable incumbents to get around to them. As we look toward the states’ legislative sessions, we are hopeful that our elected officials will recognize the value of enabling, rather than impairing, their localities -- and that local Internet choice can serve as the key to innovation and next-generation networking.

Why President Obama Took the Lead on High-Speed Internet Access Policy

Location:
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 55 5th Ave New York, New York, NY, 10003, United States
Recommendation:
2

President Barack Obama has always talked the talk on network neutrality and broadband access. But now he’s walking the walk. What happened?

President Obama Wants You to Have Cheap, Fast Internet, But Many Cities Aren’t Allowed to Provide It

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
1

Here's what you need to know about the President Barack Obama's municipal broadband proposal and what it might mean for consumers ...

NCTA to FCC: 25 Mbps Shouldn't Be Measure of Deployment

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association told the Federal Communications Commission that the commission should not up its Section 706 report definition of broadband to 25 Mbps downstream/3 Mbps upstream. And that if it does, the FCC should make it clear that it has no regulatory "significance" outside that report.

Verizon nears “the end” of FiOS builds

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
1

Verizon is nearing "the end" of its fiber construction and is reducing wireline capital expenditures while spending more on wireless.

Google's Eric Schmidt Predicts the Disappearance of the Internet

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
1

Google may have played a significant role in establishing the Internet as we know it, but according to its Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, the future of the world’s most advanced information network is for it to disappear.

AT&T Weighing A DirecTV Rebrand, Future of OTT Transition

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
1

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said the company has placed DirecTV's name under review. "We haven't decided yet how we are going to brand it," he said.

Testing, testing: A review session on COPPA and schools

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
1

We often get questions about how the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act applies in the school setting.

Email privacy blitz unites Amazon, Grover Norquist

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
1

Major technology companies and advocacy groups are rushing to urge “speedy consideration” of legislation to add new legal protections to people’s e-mails.

China blocks VPN services that skirt online censorship

Location:
China, China
Recommendation:
1

China is blocking virtual private network (VPN) services that let users skirt online censorship of popular websites such as Google and Facebook amid a wider crackdown on online information.

Better broadband for us all

Location:
Common Cause, 1133 19th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
1

There is a simple, vital step the Federal Communications Commission can take now to make affordable, dependable, high-speed Internet available to millions more Americans. A petition filed by local governments in Wilson (NC) and Chattanooga (TN) invites the FCC to set aside state laws that prevent municipally-owned broadband networks from expanding to serve willing customers in neighboring areas. By granting the localities’ request, the commission would introduce competition -- along with pressure to lower rates and improve services – into markets now controlled by a single Internet Service Provider.

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Better Communities through Better Broadband: A Coalition of Public and Private Interests Affirms the Need for Local Internet Choice

For true believers in the power of broadband, it has been quite a week in Washington. Consider that the President came out in favor of local decision-making on broadband. Or that Sen. Cory Booker and some of his Senate colleagues have just introduced a strong bill (the Community Broadband Act) affirming the right of local governments to undertake broadband projects. Or that the FCC has the issue of local Internet choice on its agenda—and is poised to take a significant stand in February.

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What We Learned About Network Neutrality This Week

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

“I intend to protect a free and open Internet,” President Barack Obama announced in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20. For many that was a clear, albeit truncated, reiteration of his statement in November 2014 calling on the Federal Communications Commission to “create a new set of rules protecting net neutrality and ensuring that neither the cable company nor the phone company will be able to act as a gatekeeper, restricting what you can do or see online.” In November, the President asked the FCC to “reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act — while at the same time forbearing from rate regulation and other provisions less relevant to broadband services.” The broadband access industry believes Title II would saddle them with a litany of regulations on matters such as pricing and how they manage their networks. Seemingly to slow the momentum of the President’s proposal and the call of millions of commenters at the FCC, Republicans in Congress late last week started circulating a discussion draft of legislation that would carve out new authority for the FCC to enforce net neutrality. The Republican legislation is aimed at avoiding common-carrier regulation but would prevent broadband providers from blocking, slowing down or accepting money to speed up delivery of certain websites.

Comcast’s Lobbying Machine Faces Test in Washington

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
2

When Comcast heard rumors that President Barack Obama was preparing to call for tough new Internet regulations, the cable giant’s influence machine swung into action ...

Google’s Internet Access Efforts Are Led by a Geek’s Geek

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
1

Craig Barratt is Google’s senior vice president, Access and Energy, and is helping the company its planned move into cellphone service. Barratt is leading Google’s effort to extend Internet access, via fiber-optic lines, drones and satellites.

FCC Releases Agenda for Open Meeting Thursday, January 29, 2015

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission will hold an Open Meeting on Thursday, January 29, 2015. The FCC will consider ...

Europe Pulls Welcome Mat for US Tech Companies

Location:
Davos, Switzerland
Recommendation:
1

One message so far from the corridors around the World Economic Forum in Davos: US technology companies are very worried about the backlash they are now facing in Europe.

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What We Learned About Network Neutrality This Week

“I intend to protect a free and open Internet,” President Barack Obama announced in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20. For many that was a clear, albeit truncated, reiteration of his statement in November 2014 calling on the Federal Communications Commission to “create a new set of rules protecting net neutrality and ensuring that neither the cable company nor the phone company will be able to act as a gatekeeper, restricting what you can do or see online.” In November, the President asked the FCC to “reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act — while at the same time forbearing from rate regulation and other provisions less relevant to broadband services.”

Schools can require students to hand over their social media passwords under Illinois law

Location:
IL, United States
Recommendation:
1

An Illinois bill allowing schools to ask for social media passwords from students has led to at least one district notifying parents of the policy.

Social networks must help stamp out promotion of violence: France

Location:
Paris, France
Recommendation:
1

France appealed for United Nations member states to work together on an international legal framework that would make social network providers share responsibility for the use of their platforms to spread messages promoting violence.

EU unlikely to support ban on free unlimited Facebook, Spotify

Location:
Council of the European Union, Rue de la Loi 175, Brussels, B-1048, Belgium
Recommendation:
1

European Union member states are unlikely to support an EU-wide ban on telecommunications companies offering online services such as Facebook and Spotify for free, according to a proposal by EU presidency Latvia.

The World Is Watching Our Net Neutrality Debate, So Let’s Get It Right

Location:
Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC, 20520, United States
Recommendation:
2

When it comes to the debate on network neutrality, the world watches what we do at home.

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo reiterates the dangers of Title II for jobs and investment

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
1

Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo, speaking about the impact that Title II regulation would have if applied to broadband service, said, "First of all, this is not an issue about Internet rules. It's about an issue of Federal Communications Commission reclassifying broadband as a Title II service, and this will absolutely affect us and the industry on long-term investment in our networks."

Verizon says allegations calling company two-faced are “frivolous… histrionics”

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

Verizon is urging the Federal Communications Commission to reject a call for an investigation into statements it has made on utility rules, network neutrality, and its fiber network.

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