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

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

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

Republican Bills Would Strip the FCC of Its Power to Regulate the Web

        Republicans in the House and Senate have introduced net neutrality bills that would strip the Federal Communications Commission of its ability to effectively regulate the internet. » 1/16/15 6:16pm 1/16/15 6:16pm

        FCC Launches Slick New Public Complaint Site

        Last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) famously botched the record-breaking public comment period on net neutrality thanks to its crappy technology. Now, the agency has launched a slick new system that suggests this won't happen again. Too bad they're about eight months late to updating the technology. » 1/05/15 2:35pm 1/05/15 2:35pm

        Hackers Can Read Your Texts Thanks to Huge Security Flaw

        The global telecom network Signal System 7 helps phone carriers across the world, including AT&T and Verizon, route calls and texts. It's also apparently perforated with security holes that lets hackers and spies listen to your calls and read your texts. It's so bad the ACLU's chief technologist told me that people… » 12/18/14 3:55pm 12/18/14 3:55pm

        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

        Comcast Wants To Turn Home Routers Into Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

        In the coming weeks, Comcast is rolling out a new feature that turns residential customers' new Xfinity Wi-Fi routers into public hotspots. The rollout starts in Houston on Tuesday, and the company says it'll be in millions of homes across the country by the end of the year. That's a big hotspot! » 6/10/14 2:40pm 6/10/14 2:40pm

        FCC Incest: Meet the Cable Cronies Who Control Net Neutrality's Future

        The fate of net neutrality has never looked bleaker, with the FCC's proposed rules basically dismantling the free and open internet that we know today. You can thank the agency's notorious revolving door for that; for years, FCC officials and the people they're supposed to be regulating have been playing a horrible… » 5/22/14 2:02pm 5/22/14 2:02pm

        The FCC Won't Delay Its Net Neutrality Vote After All

        Despite a plea from one of its commissioners and much of the public to delay the decision, the FCC will forge ahead with its widely criticized plan for net neutrality—though the plan hardly seems neutral. Chairman Tom Wheeler explained the logic in a letter to over 150 tech companies, begging them to trust the agency… » 5/09/14 6:20pm 5/09/14 6:20pm

        Rumor: AT&T Wants to Buy DirecTV

        The Wall Street Journal and LA Times are reporting that AT&T is in talks with DirecTV about a possible acquisition of the satellite business and—its 20 million customers. » 5/01/14 3:51am 5/01/14 3:51am

        FCC: We'll Treat Internet Like Telephones if That's What It Takes

        FCC chairman and former big telecom lobbyist Tom Wheeler just said in a blog post that he's won't hesitate to use Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 if he has to. This is the authority the FCC uses to regulate telephone companies. It's also a move that's sure to please net neutrality advocates. » 4/29/14 6:06pm 4/29/14 6:06pm

        The Promising (But Problematic) Future of Ultra-Fast Internet

        While you weren't looking, the internet got super fast. I'm not talking Google Fiber fast. I'm talking Star Trek fast. Today, it's not just possible to download a movie in seconds. New technology makes it easy to download dozens of movies in fractions of a second. Fast is almost too slow a word to describe such speed. » 2/28/14 10:00am 2/28/14 10:00am

        This Map Shows How the Internet Travels Across the World's Oceans

        You may reach the internet via newfangled wireless connection most of the time, but all those ones and zeros cross the oceans the same way old-fashioned telephone connections did: by undersea cables. The map masters at TeleGeography have charted the course the internet takes to cross the seas in 2014, and the result… » 2/01/14 7:00pm 2/01/14 7:00pm

        The Next Generation of DSL Can Pump 1Gbps Through Copper Phone Lines

        The last mile issue has plagued ISPs since the advent of the Internet. While projects like Google Fiber can deliver massive bandwidth to your door, they require the installation of an entirely new network infrastructure. Not so with the new G.fast standard. It delivers fiber optic speeds over existing telephone lines. » 12/18/13 11:40am 12/18/13 11:40am

        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

        Accused of Spying, Huawei CEO Says Company Is "Exiting the US Market"

        It looks like China's Huawei, the world's largest telecommunications equipment maker, is sick and tired of the United States accusing it of cyberspying. In an interview with the French press, the company's founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said they're throwing in the towel stateside. » 12/03/13 12:17pm 12/03/13 12:17pm

        These Are All the Cables That Carry the Internet Under the Sea

        The Internet connects us all, but it's easy to take for granted what a crazy accomplishment that is. After all, plenty of us live on different land-masses. We've got to get that sweet, sweet Internet across the deep blue sea somehow, and these are the underwater 'net pipes that get the job done. » 2/01/13 3:40pm 2/01/13 3:40pm

        Should the World Be Scared of Huawei?

        China's Huawei is growing fast, quickly rising to a strong position in the mobile market. But as it pushes abroad, it's facing a lot of skepticism from other governments and from direct competitors, in part because of its ties to its the country's People's Liberation Army. But are those legitimate fears, or are… » 8/06/12 2:40pm 8/06/12 2:40pm

        AT&T Tells the FCC It Wants T-Mobile Because It Can't Handle All the…

        AT&T submitted its public filing to the FCC, stating why they want to takeover T-Mobile. AT&T says their network, in its current form, is overwhelmed by the influx of smartphones and tablets. » 4/21/11 5:24pm 4/21/11 5:24pm