All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘FCC’

Did The FCC Get Net Neutrality Right?

As you may have heard, the FCC announced that it has set rules on net neutrality and an open Internet, which it says “will protect free expression and innovation on the Internet and promote investment in the nation’s broadband networks.” Do you think they got it right or do there need to be changes? Let us know what you think. …

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FCC: Broadband Internet Must Hit 25Mbps, or ISPs Can’t Call It Broadband

If your ISP doesn’t provide download speeds of 25Mbps, it can no longer tell you you’re getting broadband internet. The Federal Communications Commission has just voted to change the definition of “broadband”, raising the minimum download speed from 4Mbps to 25Mbps and the minimum upload speed from 1Mbps to 3Mbps. “We are never satisfied with the status quo. We want …

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FCC to Businesses: Blocking Wi-Fi Is 100% Illegal

The Federal Communications Commission has stated, unequivocally, that businesses which interfere with consumers’ Wi-Fi are in direct violation of the law. “In the 21st Century, Wi-Fi, represents an essential on-ramp to the internet. Personal Wi-Fi networks, or “hot spots,” are an important way that consumers connect to the Internet. Willful or malicious interference with Wi-Fi hot spots is illegal,” says …

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Obama’s Net Neutrality Plan Criticized, Is Reportedly Being Considered By FCC

Earlier this week, President Obama urged the FCC to reclassify Internet service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. He said that ultimately, it’s their decision as they’re an independent agency, but added that four million people publicly commented, asking the agency to “make sure that consumers – not the cable company – gets to decide which sites they use.” …

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Etsy Applauds Obama’s FCC Request On Open Internet

President Obama announced on Monday that he’s asking the FCC to reclassify the Internet under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which would essentially render it a utility. “In plain English, I’m asking them to recognize that for most Americans, the Internet has become an essential part of everyday communication and everyday life,” he said, noting that the FCC is …

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Should The Internet Be Reclassified As Obama Requests?

In an effort to protect an open Internet, President Obama announced that he’s asking the FCC to reclassify Internet service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. “In plain English, I’m asking them to recognize that for most Americans, the Internet has become an essential part of everyday communication and everyday life,” he said, noting that the FCC is an …

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FCC Says Marriott Jammed Guests’ Wi-Fi, Will Pay $600K Fine

The FCC and Marriott have come to an agreement on allegations that the hotel chain puprosefully jammed its customers’ Wi-Fi. The civil penalty will amount to $600,000 for the largest hotel company in the world. The whole thing started with a complaint, which the FCC received in March of 2013. The complainant, who had recently stayed at Marriott’s Gaylord Opryland …

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NFL Blackout Rule Nixed by FCC, but Games Could Still Go Dark

The Federal Communications Commission has made a huge move, eliminating the sports blackout rules that have been in place for nearly four decades. The rules, which prohibited cable and satellite providers from airing sports events which were blacked out in local broadcast markets due to lack of stadium sellouts, will no longer be enforced by the Commission. But that doesn’t …

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Netflix to FCC: Say No to Comcast / Time Warner Cable Merger

Netflix, clearly unhappy with the proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger from the outset, has finally made their concerns official with a petition to the Federal Communications Commission. In a just-filed Petition to Deny, Netflix argues that the entity formed by the merger would “have the incentive and ability – through access fees charged at interconnection points and by other means …

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Comcast & Time Warner Cable Pass Time Awaiting Merger Approval by Helping Give Award to FCC Commissioner

Do you pay a lot for cable and internet? Neat, me too. Check this out. You’ve probably never heard of it, but The Walter Kaitz Foundation is a decades-old non-profit organization with the stated mission of promoting diversity in the cable telecommunications industry. Every September, the Walter Kaitz Foundation holds a dinner in New York City called the Kaitz Dinner. …

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Web Goes Ballistic Over FCC Net Neutrality Rules

The FCC is set to propose new rules related to net neutrality, and they’re not exactly in favor of it. In fact, according to reports, these rules would enable broadband providers to give preferential treatment to content providers who pay for access to “fast lanes”. So, you know, pretty much the opposite of net neutrality. Can any good come from …

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FCC Announces Connect2Health Initiative

For the past few years, the FCC has been trying to set up better Internet for schools and health care facilities. The Commission has already set up a fund to bring high speed Internet to schools, and now it’s going to focus on education. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced this morning that the commission has a new task force called …

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