Why Net Neutrality Demands Total Transparency

The net neutrality fight is moving in new directions, and quickly. Today FCC Chair Tom Wheeler announced that the FCC would press forward with new "Open Internet" rules, undeterred by last month's court decision striking down most of the old ones. Last week, Comcast and Time Warner Cable announced plans to merge. The… » 2/20/14 4:20am 2/20/14 4:20am

Why the FCC Can Save Net Neutrality

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's recent post on Net Neutrality started off well. It rightly noted that "[v]iolations of network neutrality are a real and serious problem: in recent years we have seen dozens of ISPs in the U.S. and around the world interfere with and discriminate against traffic on their networks." » 2/01/14 11:00am 2/01/14 11:00am

Why the FCC Can't Actually Save Net Neutrality

Network neutrality—the idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data that travels over their networks equally—is a principle that EFF strongly supports. However, the power to enforce equal treatment on the Internet can easily become the power to control the Internet in less beneficent ways. Some… » 1/27/14 12:00pm 1/27/14 12:00pm

What Happens To Music After Net Neutrality?

Years ago, I believed experts who said Net Neutrality wasn't a big deal for two reasons. First, It never really existed in the first place (because many ISPs prioritize traffic in some way, say, for or against online gaming). Second, the free market would solve the problem, because ISPs that threw up bad content… » 1/19/14 2:00pm 1/19/14 2:00pm

The Grim Future of a World Without Net Neutrality

A federal court dealt a deadly blow to net neutrality on Tuesday by striking down the FCC's open Internet rules and practically inviting broadband providers to offer preferential treatment to companies willing to pay for it. It was a deadly blow, but did it really kill net neutrality dead? » 1/14/14 2:25pm 1/14/14 2:25pm

Should People Be Allowed to Make Phone Calls on Planes?

There's been debate for years about whether people should be allowed to use their cellphones on planes. And with safety concerns diminishing, we've collectively moved on to other grievances: namely how annoying it will be to listen to five different phone conversations at once while trapped in a small, airborne pod. » 12/15/13 1:44pm 12/15/13 1:44pm

FCC Chairman Himself Thinks In-Flight Phone Calls Are a Bad Idea

After yesterday's very promising news that the FCC is (finally) considering allowing passengers to use their smartphones in the air, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants folks to know that he personally doesn't love the idea of sitting amid constant phone chatter on a long flight. You and the rest of us, Mr. Wheeler. » 11/23/13 6:20pm 11/23/13 6:20pm

This Might Be the Nexus 5 Because It Looks Like That Leaked Nexus 5

This involves a meticulous combination of dots plus a mini-leap of faith but a LG phone with the name D820 just cleared the ranks of the FCC. Usually this wouldn't mean much to us but it does sort of, kind of look like the mysterious Nexus phone that popped up in the Android Kit Kat statue video that was pulled by… » 9/05/13 10:07pm 9/05/13 10:07pm

The FCC Chairman That Killed the AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Resigns

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has resigned his post at the top of the agency. He'll formally leave within a few weeks. That leaves two of the top five spots open at the agency that regulates telecoms, carriers and cable operators. As with lots of top political figures, Genachowski's tenure was marked by both… » 3/22/13 10:37am 3/22/13 10:37am