The FCC (Still) Stinks at Defending the Internet

The FCC's soon-to-be-proposed rules on net neutrality reportedly won't stop broadband providers from giving better service to people that pay for it. That stinks. This was the agency's big chance to lock down a set of regulations that will keep the internet free and open, and it's letting America down. » 4/23/14 6:41pm Yesterday 6:41pm

WSJ: The FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules Will OK Pay-to-Play

Initial reports about the FCC's hotly anticipated net neutrality rules are out, and they are foreboding. While they'll prevent broadband providers from blocking legal content on the internet, it does not explicitly ban companies from paying for better service. While that's bad for net neutrality, it's not entirely a… » 4/23/14 4:15pm Yesterday 4:15pm

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has come out with an open letter extolling the virtues of net neutrality because, well duh. Also mentioned is how much Netflix really didn't want to sign a deal with the devil Comcast, but if everyone's favorite merger in process goes through, there might not be much of a choice going forward. … » 3/20/14 5:42pm 3/20/14 5:42pm

Happy 25th Birthday to the Embattled World Wide Web

How do you sing happy birthday to a computer? Or, more specifically, how do you sing happy birthday to a system of hyperlinked files accessible, by the internet, that live inside your computer (and phone, and tablet, and so on)? It is, after all, the World Wide Web's 25th birthday. » 3/12/14 5:40pm 3/12/14 5:40pm

How Comcast's Netflix Bullying Could Cost Us All

Earlier today, Comcast and Netflix announced that they'd reached an agreement to help end stuttery Netflix performance to Comcast subscribers. It's actually not a breech of net neutrality; it's a different flavor of trouble and it's going cost all of us. » 2/23/14 6:04pm 2/23/14 6:04pm

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

The FCC Is Going to Write All New Net Neutrality Rules

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It's official: The FCC isn't going to appeal the net neutrality ruling. Instead, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is just going to be writing a whole new set of rules. Supposedly, the new regulations would still ensure that that Internet service providers wouldn't be able to charge companies an additional fee to reach… » 2/19/14 11:23am 2/19/14 11:23am

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

Federal Court Strikes Down Net Neutrality Rules, Sides with Big Telecom

A U.S. Appeals Court just invalidated the FCC's net neutrality rules that would've made it illegal for telecom companies to favor certain types of traffic over others. The court ruled that the commission lacked the authority to implement and enforce such rules which were embedded in a complicated legal framework. » 1/14/14 10:32am 1/14/14 10:32am

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

Net Neutrality Groups Warn AT&T They'll Fight for FaceTime Freedom

Today three net neutrality groups—Free Press, Public Knowledge and the New American Foundation's Open Technology Institute—together released a written statement to AT&T (see below), alerting the iPhone carrier of their intentions to file a formal complaint with the FCC. » 9/18/12 11:00pm 9/18/12 11:00pm

Netflix CEO Lashes Out at Comcast Over Net Neutrality

Last month, Comcast made a controversial decision to exclude their TV-on-demand service for Xbox 360 from data caps. That's sparked many complaints from users of other TV services over the implications for net neutrality—and now the CEO of Netflix is wading in. » 4/16/12 5:01am 4/16/12 5:01am

Shed a Tear: The Age of Broadband Caps Begins Monday

Come Monday, AT&T will begin restricting more than 16 million broadband users based on the amount of data they use in a month. The No. 2 carrier's entry into the broadband-cap club means that a majority of U.S. broadband users will now be subject to limits on how much they can do online or risk extra charges as ugly as… » 4/29/11 11:00pm 4/29/11 11:00pm