Net Neutrality Articles

FCC: Public Debate Keeps ISPs At Bay

Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps cited AT&T’s recent censorship of a Pearl Jam concert as evidence for the necessity of Network Neutrality to preserve democracy and freedom of speech.

AT&T Admits To More Censorship
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What has become the Net Neutrality proof of concept AT&T hoped wouldn’t come about – the censoring of a band with a cult following – is now no longer an isolated incident.

‘Catch-up’ Packet Takes Shape, ISPs Fire Shots

British Internet service providers are concerned with the BBC’s plans to allow viewers to freely download recent broadcasts and view them within 30 days, arguing that "catch-up" TV will eat up bandwidth if enough viewers take advantage of it.

Pearl Jam Accuses AT&T Of Censoring Webcast

When a "live" webcast of grunge band legend Pearl Jam’s Lollapalooza performance didn’t make it to the audience in tact, the band immediately pointed a finger at AT&T, who sponsored and monitored the event, accusing the telecommunications giant of censorship.

Search Neutrality Before Net Neutrality
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We have an intrinsic and well-supported mistrust of the major broadband providers in the telecom and cable industries. It has been suggested search engines need just as much scrutiny.

Well, At Least One FCC Commissioner Isn’t An Idiot

Federal Communications Commissioner Michael J. Copps isn’t happy about how the commission has handled a number of recent issues, and is speaking loudly about it. And if one is as disgruntled as much of the public is, then that might be a positive sign.

Senator Asks Web For Legislation Help

Something very cool is happening. Something historic. For the first time in American history the people are being directly consulted about legislation, and it’s being done via the Internet.

Public Speaks Out On Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission’s official Net Neutrality inquiry ended Monday, but not before a deluge of public comments in support flooded in.

Verizon Cuts Copper, Installs Incentive To Invest
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A chief argument against Net Neutrality has been that it will remove incentive to invest. Recent moves by Verizon to lock customers into fiber shows that the incentive is most certainly present, and the company will do what is necessary to muscle the future into being.

Corporate Study Shows You Should Pay More

More bandwidth, not bandwidth manipulation, has been one of the technical solutions offered as an answer to the growing capacity demands of services like VoIP and video. It’s also been used as a rebuttal to telecom industry arguments against Net Neutrality, a rebuttal, um, rebutted in a new study sponsored by…

Is Buying An iPhone A Vote Against Net Neutrality?
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One name we haven’t seen in the Net Neutrality debate is Apple, Inc. Though Jobs & Company are cozy with neutral net advocate Google, they also just launched iPhone with AT&T exclusivity. And that brings up some interesting questions, the most interesting of which: Is buying an iPhone a vote against Net Neutrality?

Google Expands On Net Neutrality Issues

Richard Whitt, Washington Telecom and Media Counsel Google has put together a three-part blog post outlining Google’s approach to Net Neutrality, what the company feels is okay for broadband providers to do, what’s not okay, and where they have misled the public.

FTC Drinks The Telco Kool-Aid
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It’s sad to think parts of our free market economy have failed, become gummed up by the sludge of its own engine. It’s supposed to work, to drive us, keep us ahead of everyone. Only, it’s not so much anymore, the engine is aging, and though we try to wish it away, reality is setting in, even as vested storytellers perpetuate the myth to keep us wishing.

FTC Cool To Net Neutrality
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The Federal Trade Commission issued its ‘Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy’ report and suggested caution on enacting net neutrality regulations.

FCC’s Adelstein Takes Up Open Spectrum Cause

One down, four to go. That’s the count supporters of open airwaves and neutral networks are holding up as Federal Communications Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein publicly voices his support for requiring winners of the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction to keep a chunk of it open to competition.

Google Files Net Neutrality Pleas With FCC

While the world seems to be waking up to a larger, more powerful Google than they anticipated, the company’s heft can work to the consumer’s advantage, especially in matters of government influence (da gov’ment does seem to prefer corporations over its citizens). On Friday, Google filed 47 pages worth of comments with the FCC about Net Neutrality.

Maine: First State to Pass Net Neutrality Resolve

Maine became the first state in the nation to formally recognize the importance of net neutrality. Fellow blogger Lance Duston tipped me off to Maine Is First State in Nation to Pass Net Neutrality Resolve:

New AT&T Same As The Old AT&T
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AT&T chief Ed Whitacre is out, retired, ready to sit back and enjoy his golden (and I mean golden) years. As of yesterday, he’s replaced by SBC front-man Randall Stephenson, a 25-year company man, and a man after Whitacre’s own heart.

Mr. Hurley Goes To Washington

Capitol Hill got a little surreal this week as YouTube CEO and founder Chad Hurley got yanked in font of the House telecommunications subcommittee to discuss the future of video.

Net Neutrality Sponsored By Verizon?
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The folks at SavetheInternet.com Coalition should be happy, as they have won two Webby Awards. One for their grassroots campaign to protect Net Neutrality and the other for a video about Net Neutrality. The Webby awards are sponsored in part by phone behemoth Verizon Communications, an irony since they are not friends of the net neutrality movement.

Sen. Dorgan Praises Net Neutrality Coalition

Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) criticized both AT&T head Ed Whitacre and Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) for their efforts against Network Neutrality protections during a conference call with reporters today, as the SaveTheInternet.com coalition celebrated its first anniversary.