Internet/Broadband

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

FTC Approves Final Orders In US-EU Safe Harbor Cases

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

After a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved final orders resolving the Commission’s complaints against TES Franchising, LLC and American International Mailing, Inc., for deceiving consumers about their participation in international privacy frameworks.

Public Knowledge's Kimmelman: Charter/TWC Lacks Same Problems of Comcast/TWC

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
1

Gene Kimmelman, president of Public Knowledge, says he does not think the proposed Charter/Time Warner Cable merger has "the same problems" that the Comcast/Time Warner Cable proposed merger had in terms of competition issues, but says it has some that will need inspecting.

Here’s how presidential campaigns track who you are and what you do

Location:
USA, United States
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1

We visited the Web sites for current 2016 Presidential hopefuls using the Lightbeam extension on Firefox. The extension gathers and visualizes connections made by websites as you visit, including cookies that are stored and read.

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FCC Moves to Make Broadband More Affordable

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

Cost. Literacy. Relevance. Time and again research identifies these three barriers to broadband adoption. On May 28, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed to modernize the FCC’s Lifeline program to address the first great barrier: cost.

5 Things Everyone Should Know About Broadband Access in Rural America.

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
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2

Broadband deployment to all corners of America is essential to building our digital economy. Here are five things you should know about broadband in rural America -- with five reminders of how outdated rural broadband laws are.

Some Votes Against Media Merger Mania

Location:
Charter Communications, 12405 Powerscourt Dr, St. Louis, MO, 63131, United States
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1

Mergers are top of mind in the TV business today, but completing potential deals will not be easy. Analyst Rich Greenfield of BTIG Research doesn't think the big cable merger now on the table will pass muster with government regulators.

AT&T wants to choose which online video services count against data caps

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
2

AT&T doesn't want any rules preventing it from choosing which online video services count against its customers' data caps.

Better broadband at better prices? Welcome to Charter CEO's fantasy

Location:
Charter Communications, 12405 Powerscourt Dr, St. Louis, MO, 63131, United States
Recommendation:
1

To hear the chief executive of Charter Communications tell it, his company's acquisition of Time Warner Cable will mean a better broadband experience for all.

FTC Approves Final Order Settling Charges Against Epic Marketplace, Inc.

Location:
Epic Marketplace, Inc., 2141 Rosecrans Avenue, El Segundo, CA, 90245, United States
Recommendation:
1

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Epic Marketplace, Inc. used "history sniffing" to secretly and illegally determine whether millions of consumers had visited any of more than 54,000 domains.

New FTC Graphic Highlights Key Information About Mobile Apps for Kids

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

A new informational graphic produced by the staff of the Federal Trade Commission helps with a useful visual tool for parents and other consumers making decisions about what kids’ apps to download to their mobile devices.

Reality Checks in Debate Over Surveillance Laws

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

As the Senate moves closer to a weekend showdown over whether it will let Patriot Act surveillance powers expire on June 1, supporters and critics of how the government has used those authorities have been using increasingly alarming language. But there is little evidence in the history of the expiring laws — including the one that the government uses to justify the once-secret National Security Agency program that vacuums up Americans’ phone records in bulk — to support the arguments that either side is making.

If NSA surveillance program ends, phone record trove will endure

Location:
National Security Agency (NSA), MD, 20755-6000, United States
Recommendation:
2

The National Security Agency will mothball its mammoth archive of Americans' telephone records, isolating the computer servers where they are stored and blocking investigators' access, but will not destroy the database if its legal authority to collect the material expires on schedule. The NSA's determination to keep billions of domestic toll records for counter-terrorism and espionage investigations adds another note of uncertainty to a debate that pits the Obama administration's national security team against opponents who argue the government data trove violates Americans' privacy and civil liberties.

Let Patriot Act Provisions Expire

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States
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2

Barring a last-minute compromise, congressional authorization for the program the government uses to sweep up Americans’ phone records in bulk will lapse on June 1. That would be perfectly fine.

China’s Publishers Court America as Its Authors Scorn Censorship

Location:
New York City Library, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10018, United States
Recommendation:
2

A handful of writers gathered on the steps of the New York Public Library to protest the limits on free speech and expression in China. The gathering, organized by the PEN American Center, was prompted by the presence of a large delegation of Chinese publishers at BookExpo America, a major publishing trade event taking place in Manhattan.

How Netflix Keeps Finding Itself on the Same Side as Regulators

Location:
Netflix, 100 Winchester Cir., Los Gatos, CA, 95032, United States
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2

The Federal Communications Commission is being referred to by some media executives — half-jokingly and half-enviously — as the “NCC.”

How the FCC Will Wreck the Internet

Location:
Progressive Policy Institute, 1101 14th St. NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Communications Commission injected a considerable amount of uncertainty into the high-tech sector in February when it reclassified Internet service providers (ISPs) as public utilities. If it is upheld by the courts, the Open Internet Order—which inserts the government directly into private dealings between ISPs and firms that generate or aggregate Internet content—will drag down investments in new networks and infrastructure and slow down innovation.

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FCC Moves to Make Broadband More Affordable

Cost. Literacy. Relevance. Time and again research identifies these three barriers to broadband adoption. On May 28, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed to modernize the FCC’s Lifeline program to address the first great barrier: cost. Here’s what the proposal looks like.

ISPs Say Title II Decision Is Ripe for Stay

Location:
USTelecom, 607 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
1

Cable and telecommunication company Internet service providers have outlined the ABC's (and D's and E's) of why a federal court should uphold their requests and stay the June 12 enforcement date of the Federal Communications Commission's Title II reclassification of Internet access service.

Universal Service in an All-IP World

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

This article examines the basic question of what the “basic service” is in today’s world.

Here’s what the $56 billion Charter and Time Warner Cable merger is really about

Location:
Charter Communications, 12405 Powerscourt Dr, St. Louis, MO, 63131, United States
Recommendation:
1

The proposed $56.7 billion marriage of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable is all about broadband.

What a Combined Charter, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Footprint Would Look Like

Location:
Charter Communications, 12405 Powerscourt Dr, St. Louis, MO, 63131, United States
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1

The Charter-Time Warner Cable-Bright House Networks deal would create a company second in size to only Comcast among cable operators.

5 reasons your Internet bill keeps climbing

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Charter Communications' $55 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) would give the merged company roughly a quarter of the burgeoning broadband market. But removing one more major competitor from the scene may do less for consumers, who have seen their bills for Internet service keep climbing in recent years.

Google Offers Users More Control Over Sharing Data with Android Apps

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

Google unveiled a new way for users of Android mobile devices to select what information they want to share with apps, in an effort to be more transparent about the user data being collected.

All the personal data that Verizon FiOS uses to keep you from canceling

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

When you call Verizon FiOS, the customer service representative on the other end of the line already knows quite a lot about you. The American television and Internet provider is now closely tracking exactly what you watch, what devices you use, and how much data you consume.

Today’s Internet users are still being hurt by ’90s-era US encryption policies

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Another week, another dire warning about the technology used to secure online communications. Internet security researchers are warning about a previously undisclosed vulnerability that affected all modern Web browsers -- a weakness that could allow an attacker to snoop or even change communications thought to be secure.

Charter, Netflix, and the new TV bundle

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Charter buying Time Warner Cable looks like a done deal. But what about the other main opponent to Comcast buying out TWC? Netflix has nothing to say about America's latest big cable merger.

Netflix now accounts for almost 37 percent of our Internet traffic

Location:
Netflix, 100 Winchester Cir., Los Gatos, CA, 95032, United States
Recommendation:
1

Netflix's share of Internet traffic is exploding. The streaming service now accounts for 36.5 percent of all bandwidth consumed by North American Web users during primetime, according to the Canada-based network firm Sandvine.

Charter-Time Warner Cable deal: We'll get the Dodgers, but what else?

Location:
Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

The real winner of the failed Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal became abundantly clear: It was Time Warner Cable. Whether this is a good thing for anyone else, however, is an open question.

Silicon Valley Races to Make TV the Next Frontier for Apps

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

After many misfires, Silicon Valley is once again betting it can transform television—this time by letting TVs run apps as diverse as those on smartphones.

Google Wages Free-Speech Fight in Mexico

Location:
United Mexican States, Mexico
Recommendation:
2

Free-speech advocates are challenging a ruling against Google Mexico that they say would allow politicians and business moguls to abuse the so-called right to be forgotten by wiping out Internet links that cast them in a negative light.

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