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'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

Facebook and Google Are Buying Up the Cables That Carry the Internet

It can get a little bit annoying when people ramble on about how Facebook and Google are taking over the world. They're just websites! But when those websites start to buy up other things, say, the very cables that connect the people of the world—well that's actually pretty alarming. » 12/17/13 12:07pm 12/17/13 12:07pm

Google's Sordid History of Net Neutrality Hypocrisy

Google is a company that's long stood up for the principles of net neutrality, the idea that all packets of information on the internet should be treated equally. But now that it's an internet service provider, the company's changing its tune. It's not the first time. » 7/31/13 2:28pm 7/31/13 2:28pm

That Six-Strikes Anti-Piracy Plan Could Be Rolling Out Tomorrow

A tougher stance on piracy from all your friendly neighborhood ISPs has been a long time coming. Wisps and shadows of a policy involving throttled Internet speed and blocked pages have been around for over a year, and have gradually solidified into a six-strikes plan aimed to make a pirate's life a hassle. And » 2/24/13 11:00am 2/24/13 11:00am

Here's How Verizon's About To Start Dealing With Pirates

Rumors have been swirling about a "six strikes and your kinda-sorta out, or at least slowed down some" plan coming from your favorite ISPs for a while now. There's been documentation to back it up. Now, TorrentFreak has gotten its hands on the first offense-by-offense breakdown hosted on Verizon's servers, and everyone… » 1/11/13 11:48am 1/11/13 11:48am

Are People "Cutting the Cord" Just People Who Can't Afford Cable?

193,000 people quit their paid television plans last quarter. Sounds like a lot, and it is! But as any horse-breeder will tell you (I would guess?): it's about quality, not quantity. And the people leaving cable behind, GigaOm reports, aren't the ones the cable companies care about. While high-value consumers—the folks … » 8/10/11 11:02am 8/10/11 11:02am

Comcast Is Offering Broadband to Low-Income Families for $10

In an effort to help get everybody online, Comcast has elected to offer discounted broadband access and even affordable computers to low-income household across the US. Nice job, because it shouldn't be just higher-ups enjoying Caturday. » 8/08/11 12:40pm 8/08/11 12:40pm

The ISPs Are About to Take a Harder Stance Against Piracy

According to Cnet's Greg Sandoval, internet service providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon are working with media groups such as the RIAA and MPAA to adopt stricter anti-piracy policies which gradually increase the consequences for illegally downloading and distributing copyrighted material. » 6/23/11 10:59am 6/23/11 10:59am

This Map Shows You Just How Good (Or Bad) Your Area's Internet Is

An important first step in the FCC's National Broadband Plan has been taken. After lots of testing and research, they've released a map that shows you just how connected the internet is in your zip code, city, county—even your own personal address. Go see just how pokey your browsing is here: [National Broadband Map] » 2/17/11 3:00pm 2/17/11 3:00pm

Comcast Is Bullying Netflix Partners Into Paying a Toll to Deliver…

Level 3 Communications, the networking company that delivers streaming video to Netflix users, says that Comcast is demanding a "recurring fee" for the transmission of such videos to its subscribers. This, it goes without saying, is very shitty news. Updated. » 11/29/10 6:45pm 11/29/10 6:45pm

NYT: Google Just Killed Net Neutrality (UPDATING: Google and Verizon…

In 2006, Google co-founder Sergey Brin traveled to DC, urging Congress to support net neutrality. The New York Times reported this morning that Google and Verizon are conspiring to create tiered internet service. (UPDATING: Google denies, WSJ affirms NYT.) » 8/05/10 11:27am 8/05/10 11:27am

Hurt Locker Lawsuit IP Addresses Revealed

The first 5,000 Hurt Locker lawsuits were filed two weeks ago, and now the IP addresses of those charged with illegally downloading the film have started trickling out. The first batch—about 700 IPs—are listed here: » 6/09/10 12:32pm 6/09/10 12:32pm