How to Explain Net Neutrality to Your Relatives: A Thanksgiving Guide

Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means turkey, mashed potatoes, and getting peppered with questions about tech-related news stories because hey, you read a bunch of blogs and you even know what a yik-yak is! It's only a matter of time before they ask you "So what's up with that thing on the internets?" » 11/26/14 12:25pm Yesterday 12:25pm

Report: Corporate Giants Like Visa and Ford Support Net Neutrality

While all the major online companies you'd expect to be in favour of net neutrality have indeed been fighting the good fight since the beginning, America's other big companies have (mostly) been sitting on the sidelines trying not to piss anyone off. However, behind the scenes, it turns out that a surprising group of… » 11/15/14 9:01am 11/15/14 9:01am

How Much Money Big Cable Gave the Politicians Who Oversee the Internet

Minutes after President Obama unveiled his plan for net neutrality yesterday, Republicans leaders like Ted Cruz came out swinging. You can chalk up the backlash to more than just partisan spite; Cruz has taken his share of campaign money from telecom giants. And he's far from the exception. » 11/11/14 1:55pm 11/11/14 1:55pm

Ted Cruz's Net Neutrality Take Isn't Just Dumb, It's Dangerous

Today, President Obama came out in support of net neutrality, asking the FCC to reclassify broadband as a public utility. This would help stop ISPs from creating "internet slow lanes" and throttling customers. Senator Ted Cruz—who accepted campaign funds from telcom giant Comcast—immediately fired back with this… » 11/10/14 11:48am 11/10/14 11:48am

How to Make Sure Your Net Neutrality Comment Matters

If you're in favor of a neutral internet—one that's doled out equally to everyone, not preferentially to whomever pays the toll—you've got a few more hours to do something about it. At least, to do something about it the official way, by submitting a comment to the FCC urging the agency not to overturn net neutrality.… » 9/15/14 2:00pm 9/15/14 2:00pm

The Internet Threw a Protest and No One Came

Remember when the internet rallied to defeat SOPA/PIPA? That was fun. Today, a coalition of websites are trying to create the same digital fervor to protect another looming threat to the free web: net neutrality. Unfortunately, this most recent campaign hasn't impassioned the masses so much as briefly inspired a… » 9/10/14 3:58pm 9/10/14 3:58pm

How to Yell at the FCC About How Much You Hate Its Net Neutrality Rules

Though it's been a few months since the FCC voted to move forward with its horrible net neutrality rules, we're now getting close to the finish line. The (extended) public comment period ends September 10, and the future of the internet is at stake. In fact, it's up to you. "But how do I comment?" you ask, "How do I… » 9/08/14 8:34am 9/08/14 8:34am

The Weirdest, Angriest, and Most Heartfelt Comments on Net Neutrality

The FCC currently has over a million comments on net neutrality. They range from touching, to weird, to apocalyptically angry. We've plucked out a few superlative comments to highlight here, but the FCC extended deadline to September 15th so there's still time for you to send a profanity-laced response. » 8/30/14 12:54pm 8/30/14 12:54pm

Comcast Spends $110K on FCC Dinner That Was Totally Not Merger-Related

On the eve of the FCC's pending ruling on the Comcast/Time Warner merger, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has taken some time to graciously accept an award at an annual industry dinner. A dinner that Comcast donated $110,000 to. And a dinner that they were definitely not using to sway the FCC's vote at all no sir not in… » 8/13/14 11:36am 8/13/14 11:36am

Sprint's New Facebook-Only Data Plan Is a Sad Internet Future

Do you love experiencing the internet only through the foggy, noisy lens of Facebook? How about only reading things on Twitter or peeping links on Pinterest or stalking friends on Instagram? Then you're going to love Sprint's new hyper-focused data plans. For $12 a month, you can use one of the services as much as you… » 7/30/14 10:30am 7/30/14 10:30am

One Website Wants to Track Every Search Result Google Erases by Request

Europe recently decided that folks have a "right to be forgotten" on the internet, giving people the opportunity to get results they don't like erased from Google and other search sites. But the internet never really forgets, and here's proof: Hidden From Google, a new website that documents the things people ask… » 7/17/14 11:32am 7/17/14 11:32am

Who's Really to Blame When Netflix Slows Down?

If you're a Netflix customer on Verizon, there's a good chance you've spending a lot more time with that bright red buffering screen than you'd like. That's why, over the past few weeks, Netflix and Verizon have been displacing blame by taking pot shots at each other. But while they're busy bickering, we're the ones… » 7/16/14 10:00am 7/16/14 10:00am