All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Net Neutrality’

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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Netflix CEO Talks Net Neutrality And Why It’s Paying Comcast

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings wrote a rare post on the company blog to address concerns regarding net neutrality and its recently announced deal with Comcast. He writes: The essence of net neutrality is that ISPs such as AT&T and Comcast don’t restrict, influence or otherwise meddle with the choices consumers make. The traditional form of net neutrality which was recently …

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Netflix Makes Deal With Comcast To Ensure High-Quality Streaming

Comcast and Netflix announced on Sunday that they’ve entered into a multi-year agreement to provide U.S. Comcast customers with a “high-quality Netflix video experience for years to come.” What it reportedly comes down to is that Netflix is paying some amount of money for access to Comcast’s network, and it represents a strategy that Netflix could pursue with other providers. …

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Will The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Rules Protect Consumers And Small Businesses?

In January, the open Web took a major hit when a court sided with Verizon over the FCC’s net neutrality rules. The defeat meant that Verizon or any other ISP could throttle certain types of traffic in favor of others. While the FCC could appeal the ruling, the Commission is apparently not going that route. Reuters is reporting that the …

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FCC: Any New Net Neutrality Rules Must Be ‘Dynamic’

Earlier this month, the Washington D.C. Court of Appeals struck down the FCC’s net neutrality rules. In short, the court said that FCC didn’t have the authority to regulate ISPs in the same way they regulate common carriers (i.e. phone service providers). Now everybody wants to know where the FCC will go from here, but the Commission is still being …

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Netflix Says It Will ‘Vigorously Protest’ ISP Abuse If It Has To

Netflix just released its earnings report for the fourth quarter along with an accompanying letter to shareholders. In the letter, CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells talk a little bit about the recent Verizon net neutrality ruling and how it may affect business. They call the ruling “unfortunate,” noting that “in principle, a domestic ISP now can legally impede …

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Will Net Neutrality’s Death Hurt The Small Online Business?

On Tuesday, the D.C. District Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Verizon in its fight against the FCC’s Open Internet Order. In other words, net neutrality was killed. It certainly was a blow to Internet freedom activists, but it may be even worse for small online businesses. So, what is net neutrality? Columbia Law School professor Tim Wu originally …

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Obama Administration Still Supports Net Neutrality

Open Internet advocates all over the nation today were saddened to learn that D.C. District Court of Appeals sided with Verizon in its fight with the FCC over the Commission’s net neutrality rules. While the FCC can still appeal to the Supreme Court, many are concerned that the Commission won’t even bother. The Obama administration is now strongly hinting that …

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Appeals Court Strikes Down FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

For the past few years, Verizon has been in a bitter battle with the FCC over the Commission’s enforcement of net neutrality rules. The case made its way all the way to the Washington D.C. Court of Appeals where both sides argued for whether or not the Commission could enforce the rules. The Washington D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued …

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AT&T’s Sponsored Data Raises Big Concerns For Consumers and Content Providers

Though it was easy to miss among the flood of CES coverage this week, AT&T has announced a plan to capture new revenue from its data network. Called “Sponsored Data,” the plan would see AT&T charging mobile content providers for AT&T subscribers’ data usage. In other words, Netflix or Facebook could pay AT&T for its customers to access their mobile …

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AT&T’s Sponsored Data Criticized by Congresswoman

Yesterday AT&T announced its “Sponsored Data” initiative, which would allow companies to pay AT&T subscribers’ data costs for accessing their content. The plan immediately raised red flags for net neutrality activists, who saw the plan as the very thing they had been fighting to prevent. Though AT&T attempted to promote Sponsored Data as a good thing for consumers who might …

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CES 2014: AT&T Announces New “Sponsored Data” Offering

AT&T today unveiled a new plan to allow content providers to subsidize data costs for AT&T mobile subscribers. The plan, called “Sponsored Data” would allow companies to pay for any data charges that AT&T mobile customers would ordinarily incur accessing those companies’ content. Sponsored Data content will be marked with a special icon denoting that certain apps, videos, and services …

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