HBO and Friends Want Their Own Pipes for Internet TV

Just when you thought the net neutrality debate had died down, a band of content providers now want special treatment. The Wall Street Journal reports that HBO, Sony, and Showtime are asking internet service providers to be treated as "managed" services. In other words, they want dedicated bandwidth for their video… » 3/19/15 5:28pm 3/19/15 5:28pm

Today’s Net Neutrality Order is a Win, With a Few Blemishes

Today, the FCC published its new order [PDF] on net neutrality. As promised, the rules start by putting net neutrality on the right legal footing, which means they have a much stronger chance of surviving the inevitable legal challenge. This is the culmination of years of work by public interest advocates and a… » 3/13/15 1:00am 3/13/15 1:00am

Thanks For the Net Neutrality, Oligarchs

"Net neutrality" will be the law of the land following the Federal Communications Commission's vote to reclassify broadband Internet services as public utilities. Please take some time this week to thank the outspoken citizens who made this possible. These heroes of the open Internet are regular folk, just like you… » 2/28/15 10:58am 2/28/15 10:58am

The Lamest Official Reactions Against Net Neutrality

Let's all agree on one thing: The Federal Communications Commission passing the strongest net neutrality rules in America's history is a step in the right direction. But that didn't stop an army of naysayers from crowing about an imaginary government takeover of the internet or how the new plan would slash their… » 2/27/15 10:00am 2/27/15 10:00am

A Look Back at the Long Road to Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on a proposal today that effectively bars internet companies from prioritizing some internet traffic over others. As John Oliver famously explained "ending net neutrality would allow big companies to buy their way into the fast lane, leaving everyone else in… » 2/26/15 7:00am 2/26/15 7:00am

Don't Celebrate Yet, But the Net Neutrality Vote Looks Good

Things are looking good for net neutrality. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether to treat the internet more like a public utility. This vote comes after a lengthy political battle over the best course of action, but it looks like that fight is winding down. The New York Times reports… » 2/24/15 6:30pm 2/24/15 6:30pm

Carriers Now Have to Agree to Unlock Your Phone Once the Contract's Paid

In the past, one of the most obnoxious things about buying a phone on contract was how carriers could allow or deny requests to unlock it, even after you paid it off. But starting today, once you've paid off your contract or owned a pre-paid phone for a year, all major US carriers have to unlock your phone for you if… » 2/11/15 12:53pm 2/11/15 12:53pm

Republicans Call Foul Play Over New Net Neutrality Proposal

The biggest news on the internet last week was about the internet itself, specifically FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's announcement that he will be proposing that broadband be reclassified under Title II, allowing everyone equal, unbiased access to the internet. In November, President Obama called on the FCC to support net… » 2/08/15 5:00pm 2/08/15 5:00pm

Here's What That Dumb Porn Parody Gets Wrong on Net Neutrality

Net neutrality propaganda is starting to get weird. A brand new interest group showed up this week with a confusing porn parody that seems to equate Title II reclassification of the internet with dragnet surveillance, among other fallacies. It's a good chance to talk about what the Federal Communications… » 2/06/15 12:20pm 2/06/15 12:20pm

Did the Internet Win Yet? No. But Here's What We Got.

It's a good day for the internet: Wired just published an op-ed by FCC chairman Tom Wheeler detailing his new proposal for strict net neutrality rules, rules that largely resemble the terrific plan President Obama outlined a few months ago. Great! But let's be real: An opinion piece is not a new policy. » 2/04/15 3:09pm 2/04/15 3:09pm

Today's Net Neutrality Proposal Would Help Fix Phone Throttling Bullshit

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler just dropped some serious net neutrality knowledge on the US. In short: he will be proposing that the internet be reclassified under an updated Title II, allowing the government agency to regulate against any unfair priority access to the internet. This is a good… » 2/04/15 1:10pm 2/04/15 1:10pm

FCC Chief: Yes, Let's Reclassify the Internet and Save Net Neutrality

It's game time for net neutrality. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing new rules to protect the internet, recommending that telecom companies be treated like a public utility and thus overseen by the government. This is a blow to big cable and the push to create a tiered system of… » 2/04/15 11:18am 2/04/15 11:18am

It's Finally Game Time for Net Neutrality

On Thursday, the government is expected to propose new net neutrality rules that would treat the internet more like a public utility. According to several reports, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal will reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. This is great… » 2/02/15 12:50pm 2/02/15 12:50pm