Internet/Broadband

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

Chairman Walden makes plea on net neutrality bill

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
1

House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) asked the White House to turn off Democrats' "shock collars" and let members negotiate a legislative deal on net neutrality.

The Process of Governance: The FCC & the Open Internet Order

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

The Federal Communications Commission’s recent adoption of new Open Internet rules has received unprecedented attention and, along with national debate about the outcomes, has generated significant interest in the process by which the FCC, like other independent regulatory agencies, creates rules.

The week ordinary users beat the Internet

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

During the week of Feb 23, the impossible happened. Then it happened a second time. Then it happened yet again. In the space of three breakneck days, the Internet saw three reforms that users had rallied for forever, but that seemed -- until the week of Feb 23 -- like remote, unlikely dreams.

Free Wi-Fi On Buses Offers A Link To Future Of 'Smart Cities'

Location:
Porto, Portugal
Recommendation:
1

Board any city bus in Portugal's second-largest municipality, Porto, and you've got free Wi-Fi. More than 600 city buses and taxis have been fitted with wireless routers, creating what's touted as the biggest Wi-Fi-in-motion network in the world.

Zuckerberg Goes on Charm Offensive for Internet.org

Location:
Barcelona, Spain
Recommendation:
1

The Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined why he thought Internet.org, a service backed by his company that is intended to provide people in emerging markets with free access to some online applications, would help telecommunications carriers persuade customers to spend more on streaming content to their cellphones.

Google has developed a technology to tell whether ‘facts’ on the Internet are true

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

A team of computer scientists at Google has proposed a way to rank search results not by how popular Web pages are, but by their factual accuracy.

Judge halts movie industry-backed probe against Google

Location:
United States District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 501 E. Court Street, Jackson, MS, 39201, United States
Recommendation:
1

US District Judge Henry T. Wingate has agreed to put the brakes on an investigation into Google by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood after the company complained that Hood’s inquiry was an illegal censorship campaign cooked up by Hollywood.

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Victory

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said it best at last week’s historic FCC meeting: “The Internet is simply too important to allow broadband providers to be the ones making the rules.” Amen. All the fog-it and smog-it rhetoric of the big Internet Service Providers since Feb 26’s vote cannot cloud the core issue. The question at the heart of this vote was simply whether the public agency charged since the 1920s with protecting consumers, competition, and innovation in telecommunications still retains these vital responsibilities in the advanced telecommunications world of the twenty-first century. Will there be some place to turn when a few too-powerful Internet gatekeepers try to short-circuit the most dynamic communications tool in all of history? When they block, throttle, or degrade online sites they might not like? Or limit our ability to get the news and information we need in order to maintain our democracy? Are we to stand helplessly by as Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T favor their friends with express lanes on the Internet autobahn while consigning the rest of us to the bumpy dirt roads of yesterday’s technology?

Comcast-Time Warner Deal Critics Ramp Up Opposition

Location:
Consumers Union (DC office), 1101 17th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
1

Critics of Comcast’s move to acquire Time Warner Cable renewed calls for federal regulators to kill the deal, saying new net neutrality rules adopted wouldn’t protect consumers from harm.

After Net Neutrality Vote, FCC Chairman Wheeler Turns to Salesmanship

Location:
Barcelona, Spain

Only days after voting to regulate broadband Internet service as a public utility, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is now trying to convince other global regulators and some of the world’s telecom operators that these so-called open Internet rules will not hinder how the web works.

After net neutrality: Could Comcast's big merger be in jeopardy?

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The tough regulations for network neutrality are a wild card when it comes to the $45 billion merger of the nation’s two biggest cable companies, industry observers say. On the one hand, some analysts argue that the new Federal Communications Commission regulations will eliminate many of the harms that might come from combining Comcast and Time Warner Cable, giving regulators reason to approve the deal. But if the new rules are a symptom of a larger trend at the FCC of cracking down on big companies, it could spell trouble going forward.

Google quietly backs away from encrypting new Lollipop devices by default

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

In 2014, Google made headlines when it revealed that its next version of Android would require full-disk encryption on all new phones. Older versions of Android had supported optional disk encryption, but Android 5.0 Lollipop would make it a standard feature. But we're starting to see new Lollipop phones from Google's partners, and they aren't encrypted by default, contradicting Google's previous statements.

Facebook CEO touts Internet.org progress, trumpets success of free tier of service

Location:
Barcelona, Spain
Recommendation:
1

A year after asking mobile operators to support Facebook's Internet.org effort, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned to the Mobile World Congress keynote stage to tout the success of the program and to reiterate his call for more operators to participate. He also made a point of praising wireless operators' work in connecting new users to the Internet, noting that "it's really important not to lose sight of the fact that it's the operators that are driving this....The real work happens here."

Broadband as an Essential Component of Sustainable Development

Location:
Alcatel-Lucent, 54 rue de la Boétie, Paris, 75008, France
Recommendation:
1

The Broadband Commission was established by the International Telecommunication Union and UNESCO in May 2010, with the aim of boosting the importance of broadband on the international policy agenda. This mission is based on a belief that broadband is an essential ingredient of economic and social well-being in every country.

Taming the Beast: The White House and FCC Throw Down the Gauntlet

Location:
Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, 2850 Telegraph Ave University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States
Recommendation:
1

The release by the White House of its long-anticipated Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act (CPBR), together with the historic decision by the Federal Communication Commission to classify Internet service providers as public utilities, are the latest attempt by the US government to tame the online beast.

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Victory

Chairman Tom Wheeler said it best at last week’s historic FCC meeting: “The Internet is simply too important to allow broadband providers to be the ones making the rules.” Amen. All the fog-it and smog-it rhetoric of the big Internet Service Providers since last Thursday’s vote cannot cloud the core issue. The question at the heart of this vote was simply whether the public agency charged since the 1920s with protecting consumers, competition, and innovation in telecommunications still retains these vital responsibilities in the advanced telecommunications world of the twenty-first century. Will there be some place to turn when a few too-powerful Internet gatekeepers try to short-circuit the most dynamic communications tool in all of history? When they block, throttle, or degrade online sites they might not like? Or limit our ability to get the news and information we need in order to maintain our democracy? Are we to stand helplessly by as Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T favor their friends with express lanes on the Internet autobahn while consigning the rest of us to the bumpy dirt roads of yesterday’s technology?

FCC probes whether Comcast restricted online video

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

Federal regulators overseeing Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable want to know if the cable giants put limits on companies' streaming video options.

Blackphone Announces New Privacy-Oriented Phone and Tablet

Recommendation:
1

The phone maker Blackphone and the security communications company Silent Circle, whose partnership created the first privacy-oriented smartphone, announced two new devices at Mobile World Congress, along with a suite of software and services intended to lock down both private and work communications.

5 reasons the FCC might be wrong about net neutrality

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

On the Structure Show podcast, Mark Cuban discussed network neutrality and why the new rules are bad for the Internet and bad for competition.

Why can’t the Internet be more like the electric company?

Location:
American Enterprise Institute, 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
1

Changing the regulatory status of broadband networks from deregulated information services to public utilities raises concerns about regulatory compliance burdens, service limitations, taxes, fees, and price controls. Despite scoring a major victory, it’s clear that the grass-roots activists and their masters aren’t done yet.

Could 'North' become the new Silicon Valley?

Location:
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 55455, United States
Recommendation:
1

Many cities across the US are trying to become the next Silicon Valley. The word "startup" is often thrown around as these towns try to compete in today's global economy. In Minneapolis (MN), there's even an effort to attract young talent by pushing for a regional name change. A group of business leaders and academics think Minnesota should break away from the Midwest and establish a new region called the "North."

Open Data: Addressing Privacy, Security, and Civil Rights Challenges

Apr 17 2015 (All day)
Location:
Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, 2850 Telegraph Ave University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States
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Today's Quote 03.02.2015

Location:
Center for Media Justice, 436 14th Street, Oakland, CA, 94612, United States
Recommendation:
1

“What happened? The people happened. Organizing happened”
- Malkia Cyril, the executive director of the Center for Media Justice, on the net neutrality decision

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What's Not To Like About Open Internet Rules?

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

In an historic decision on February 26, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission voted to adopt rules to protect the Open Internet. The FCC’s order have not been released yet, so we can’t offer you a detailed summary of the new network neutrality rules. As Andrew Jay Schwartzman noted in Benton Digital Beat, the vote marks the end of a long debate, but it is only the start of what will be a multi-pronged fight over whether the FCC could, or should, enact these new rules. Today we take a closer look at the opposition to the new rules as voiced by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly who both voted against the FCC order. Their dissents may offer a road map for parties who take their opposition to Congress and the courts.

Liberals Mugged by Obamanet

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
1

Liberals have joined the opposition to ending the Internet as we know it

What the new net neutrality rules really mean for ISPs

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

Based on what the Federal Communications Commission has said so far, it's clear that the new network neutrality rules apply only to the on-ramp people use to connect to the Internet, not the content flowing over it. They don't regulate the Internet, they regulate the companies that connect you to it.

FCC Tests Its Authority Over States

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

The Federal Communication Commission is testing how deeply its authority extends into the Internet. It is also testing how broadly it extends over the states.

This FCC Rule Will Matter More Than Net Neutrality Will

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

The Federal Communications Commission’s decision in favor of municipal broadband networks does more than “open Internet” rules ever could to increase competition in a broken market.

An Uneasy Relationship Between Telecom and Tech

Location:
Barcelona, Spain
Recommendation:
2

There is a love-hate relationship involving some of the world’s largest mobile carriers and tech giants like Facebook and Google. Both sides rely on each other to provide customers worldwide with high-speed Internet access and online services like music streaming and social networking. Yet as smartphones increasingly become the principal means by which people manage their everyday lives, the telecom and tech giants are jockeying to position themselves as consumers’ main conduit for using the Internet on mobile devices.

Telcos seek to redefine role as digital competition intensifies

Location:
Europe
Recommendation:
2

Telecommunications is fast becoming a dirty word for companies that want to become much more than providers of basic connections in a digital world in which technology is undermining traditional revenues. Companies in the sector are still at risk of being left behind or being pushed to the margins as simple providers of the pipework that technology groups use to make their fortunes. And even the latter holds dangers if the telecoms groups cannot keep up with ever increasing demands from customers for instant videos and entertainment by investing heavily in next generation networks capable of carrying vast quantities of data.

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