Network Neutrality

Taxpayers Protection Alliance Wants Clinton, Trump to Talk FCC

Location:
Taxpayers Protection Alliance, 815 King Street, Alexadria, VA, 22314, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance is calling on the presidential candidates to talk about how to "reform" the Federal Communications Commission and other federal agencies during their debate Sept 26.

Washington’s weird war on “free”

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

No good deed goes unpunished. Try giving away free stuff to consumers, and Washington gets very suspicious.

Stanford researchers invent tech workaround to net neutrality fights

Location:
Stanford University, 471 Lagunita Drive Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Engineers at Stanford University have invented a new technology that would give broadband customers more control over their pipes and, they say, possibly put an end to a stale network neutrality debate in the US.

Remarks of Commissioner O'Rielly at the International Bar Association Conference, Communication Committee Session

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

The following discussion of network neutrality, cybersecurity, privacy, encryption and the right to be forgotten boils down to an overarching, fundamental debate: how do we ensure the continued functionality and growth of the Internet.

T-Mobile Binge On May Have Found a Mobile Video Sweet Spot

Location:
T-Mobile, 12920 SE 38th St, Bellevue, WA, 98006, United States
Recommendation:
3

T-Mobile Binge On mobile streaming service is proving to be very popular with early-adopter smartphone users. Effectively all (99%) who opted in to Strategy Analytics’ AppOptix USA market research platform said they were satisfied with the quality of videos delivered.

How AT&T and Verizon Are Testing the Limits of Mobile Network Neutrality

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

Federal network neutrality rules are supposed to prevent Internet service providers from discriminating against content providers—but also from unfairly favoring their own content. The wireless industry has been testing the boundaries of the rules, an effort that’s taken off over the past few days with moves by Verizon Communications and AT&T, the two largest mobile carriers. Some critics are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to crack down on the two carriers, which have exempted some of their own video services from customers’ monthly data allowances, a practice known as zero rating.

Regressive progressives at the FCC

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

The Federal Communications Commission is the embodiment of the Progressive and New Deal era ideals from which it was born. It is surprising, then, that many of the commission’s flagship policy efforts are, in fact, regressive, benefiting those who already have ample access to telecommunications and media resources at the expense of those lacking such access.

House Oversight Ranking Member Says FCC Republicans are Obstrucinting Inquiry

Location:
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street 2157 House Rayburn Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
3

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) accused Republicans on the Federal Communications Commission of obstructing an investigation into 2015’s network neutrality debate.

Seven G-20 Commitments to Promote Innovation and the Digital Economy

Location:
Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
3

Last week’s G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China showed that US leadership has driven a growing global consensus on a number of issues central to the growth of the digital economy and the high paying jobs of the future. Due in no small part to U.S. leadership, this year the G-20 endorsed policies long advocated by the United States that will help drive innovation and entrepreneurship and make the digital economy an engine for global opportunity.

Verizon exempts its own NFL video app from mobile data caps

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
3

Verizon Wireless's "FreeBee" program that exempts online services from data caps is proving to be pretty popular, at least among services that are either owned by Verizon or affiliated with the company. Two of the first online services to "pay" Verizon for data cap exemptions were Verizon's own Go90 streaming video service and the Verizon-owned AOL. Now Verizon is also zero-rating the "NFL Mobile from Verizon" application.

Netflix Presses FCC To Condemn Data Caps

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

Netflix is calling for the government to crack down on broadband providers that impose data caps on their subscribers.

AT&T, owner of DirecTV, exempts DirecTV from mobile data caps

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
3

AT&T is now exempting DirecTV streaming video from data caps on AT&T's mobile Internet service. AT&T purchased DirecTV in July 2015 and on Sept 7 pushed an update to the DirecTV iPhone app to implement the data cap exemption.

Three key takeaways from Europe’s new net neutrality guidelines

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

On Aug 30, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communication (BEREC) released their network neutrality guidelines. To recap, the European Union's net neutrality rules came into effect April 30; BEREC’s task has been to create the guidelines for implementing these rules. While BEREC’s chairman promised that their work would stay faithful to the law, the end result indicates something different. What’s in the new updated guidelines? Here are three key takeaways.

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AT&T v. FTC Decision and Media Ownership Rules Review

On August 29, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit announced its decision in AT&T Mobility v. The Federal Trade Commission. On August 25, the Federal Communications Commission released a report and order closing its review of broadcast ownership rules which dates back to 2009.

Understanding the Ninth Circuit’s Decision in AT&T Mobility v. FTC

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

The Ninth Circuit issued a fairly important decision limiting the authority of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Unfortunately, certain articles, combined with some overwrought commentary, have generated a lot of confusion. To summarize:

ISPs that restrict adult content or block ads could be breaking European Union guidelines

Location:
European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
Recommendation:
3

Internet service providers that restrict online access to adult content or block ads could be breaking European Union guidelines on network neutrality even if customers opt in.

Court Decision Raises Edge Provider Regulation Issues

Location:
US Court of Appeals; 9th Circuit, 95 7th St, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States
Recommendation:
3

A new federal court ruling leaves some doubt as to who can enforce consumer protections on search engines and other edge providers and perhaps other parts of the economy as well.

AT&T data throttling lawsuit’s dismissal won’t affect net neutrality rules

Location:
US Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit, 95 7th St, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States
Recommendation:
3

AT&T is off the hook in a data throttling lawsuit that the Federal Trade Commission brought against the carrier. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the suit in a move that could have ramifications for both wireless and wireline data delivery.

Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications Launches Net Neutrality Guidelines

Location:
Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
Recommendation:
4

The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) has published its Guidelines to National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) on the implementation of the new network neutrality.

T-Mobile quadruples tethering speed on “unlimited” plan—to 512kbps

Location:
T-Mobile, 12920 SE 38th St, Bellevue, WA, 98006, United States
Recommendation:
3

The new $70-per-month "unlimited data" plans announced by T-Mobile USA in August came with some big limits. Mobile hotspot speeds were to be throttled to 128kbps unless customers paid more, and online video resolution reduced to 480p unless customers paid extra to unlock high-definition video. But after a wave of criticism from those who think T-Mobile is violating network neutrality and others who think the new deal just isn't that good, the carrier announced some changes.

How Hillary Clinton Adopted the Wonkiest Tech Policy Ever

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

A Q&A with Sarah Solow, Hillary Clinton's domestic policy advisor.

The Next President's Tech Legacy Has a Head Start

Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
2

Between election day and inauguration day, there are ten and a half weeks for a new President to get his or her policy agenda in order, and the next President will need to hit the ground running once in office. When it comes to internet policy, it will be necessary to build on the forward momentum that has brought this Administration closer to closing the digital divide.

EFF accuses T-Mobile of violating network neutrality with throttled video

Location:
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), 454 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110-1914, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Electronic Frontier Foundation accused T-Mobile USA of violating network neutrality principles with a new "unlimited" data plan that throttles video.

DC Circuit Sets Deadline for FCC Network Neutrality Response

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Communications Commission has until Sept. 12 to respond to petitions by broadband providers including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, CenturyLink, and others for a full federal appeals court review of a panel decision upholding the agency's network neutrality rules. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit won't accept replies from broadband providers after that. After considering any filings from the FCC and its supporters, the full court will determine whether or not to rehear the case.

Think Tank Scholar or Corporate Consultant? It Depends on the Day

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

An examination of 75 think tanks found an array of researchers who had simultaneously worked as registered lobbyists, members of corporate boards or outside consultants in litigation and regulatory disputes, with only intermittent disclosure of their dual roles. With their expertise and authority, think tank scholars offer themselves as independent arbiters, playing a vital role in Washington’s political economy. Their imprimatur helps shape government decisions that can be lucrative to corporations. But the examination identified dozens of examples of scholars conducting research at think tanks while corporations were paying them to help shape government policy.

Academics’ letter supporting net neutrality is misguided and misleading

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

On July 21, yet another interest group weighed in on the network neutrality debate: academics. In a letter organized by Stanford’s Barbara van Schewick, the 126 signatories, described by van Schewick as “leading” academics, claimed that the European Union net neutrality law, unless amended through guidelines from the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communication (BEREC), will frustrate academics’ “ability to research, collaborate, and educate.” Given the seriousness of this assertion, TechPolicyDaily.com investigated the substance behind the claims.

Democrats, Republicans and the Internet

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
4

In 2016, for the first time, Internet policy is prominent in both major-party platforms. While there are distinct disagreements and differences in approach to tech policy, there are also areas of common ground — revealing potential openings for bipartisan action.

The Limits of Net Neutrality

Location:
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States
Recommendation:
3

Network neutrality is about attempting to limit the power of Internet access network operators (like Charter or Comcast) to choose winners and losers among the services that have to use their wires — because, remember, competition is so limited — to reach consumers. But the problem is that where network operators don’t have to compete, and use their digital pipes for multiple purposes (like providing their own TV services that feel just like over-the-top video services), it’s so easy for them to act like media distribution companies, slicing and dicing and packaging, rather than transport providers.

Facebook lures Africa with free Internet - but what is the hidden cost?

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Facebook has signed up almost half the countries in Africa – a combined population of 635 million – to its free Internet service in a controversial move to corner the market in one of the world’s biggest mobile data growth regions.

Big Telecom Wants a DC Circuit Net Neutrality Review. Here’s Why That’s Unlikely

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

The nation’s largest cable and telecommunication industry trade groups on July 29 asked a federal court for a rare “en banc” review of June’s decision upholding US rules protecting network neutrality, the principle that all content on the Internet should be equally accessible to consumers. “The likelihood that the full DC Circuit would agree to rehear the case, much less reverse the panel’s decision, is extremely remote,” Andrew Schwartzman, Benton Senior Counselor at the Public Interest Communications Law Project at Georgetown University Law Center's Institute for Public Representation, wrote in a recent article.

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