Category: Internet

Tom Wheeler defeats the broadband industry: Net neutrality wins in court

Tom Wheeler defeats the broadband industry: Net neutrality wins in court

| June 14, 2016

The US broadband industry has lost its lawsuit attempting to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules and the related reclassification of Internet service providers as common carriers. Tom Wheeler tells Ars why he turned on the cable and wireless industries. “We deny the petitions for review,” said a decision released today by the […]

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AT&T Follows Comcast's Lead, Now Charging Users $30 More To Avoid Usage Caps

AT&T Follows Comcast’s Lead, Now Charging Users $30 More To Avoid Usage Caps

| March 30, 2016

Last fall, Comcast added a new wrinkle to its plan to impose arbitrary and unnecessary usage caps on the company’s broadband customers. It began charging users a $30-$35 premium if users wanted to avoid caps, effectively turning the idea of unlimited data into a luxury option many could no longer afford. Caps continue to be […]

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The US ranks 55th in terms of LTE download speeds

The US ranks 55th in terms of LTE download speeds

| February 4, 2016

The quality of a country’s mobile network is often decided by a recipe that’s two parts economics, and one part geography. While small, developed nations like South Korea and Hong Kong can easily provide complete coverage and fast speeds to their dense populations, larger, poorer countries often struggle to deliver full bars to all of […]

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Forget fast lanes. The real threat for net-neutrality is zero-rated content

Forget fast lanes. The real threat for net-neutrality is zero-rated content

| January 12, 2016

The net-neutrality provisions adopted by the European Parliament earlier this month ruled that specialized services like “fast lanes” can’t be used by telcos to the detriment of the availability or quality of internet access services. On the other side of the Atlantic, Americans are less fortunate. The FCC said this week that it would propose new […]

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Netflix blasts Comcast and Verizon on net neutrality: 'some big ISPs are extracting a toll'

Netflix blasts Comcast and Verizon on net neutrality: ‘some big ISPs are extracting a toll’

| March 21, 2014

Last month Netflix decided it would pay off huge internet service providers like Comcast to make its service better for customers, but it’s clear that the popular streaming company doesn’t want to be forced to cut similar deals in the future. In a measured and strongly worded article issued today, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says that “net neutrality must […]

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The Public-Private Surveillance Partnership

The Public-Private Surveillance Partnership

| August 13, 2013

Imagine the government passed a law requiring all citizens to carry a tracking device. Such a law would immediately be found unconstitutional. Yet we all carry mobile phones. If the National Security Agency required us to notify it whenever we made a new friend, the nation would rebel. Yet we notify Facebook Inc. (FB) If the Federal […]

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U.S. now 'totally unified' in opposition of U.N. Internet governance

U.S. now ‘totally unified’ in opposition of U.N. Internet governance

| December 6, 2012

In a historical moment of unanimous agreement — an eye-opening 397-0 vote — the U.S. House of Representatives voted today to approve a resolution pushing the U.S. government to fight the United Nations in its bid to control and change the Internet at the WCIT-12 summit, currently under way in Dubai. The unanimous vote is meant […]

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