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  • ISPs Say Reclassifying Broadband Would Put 'Investment And Innovation At Risk' in Daily Online Examiner on 10/24/2014

    Advocacy groups, Democratic lawmakers and many Web content companies have spent much of this year urging the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service. Those in favor of reclassification argue that the FCC must take that step in order to impose legally enforceable net neutrality regulations that would require broadband companies to treat all traffic equally. Broadband providers don't like this idea. Today, the U.S. Telecom Association -- a trade group for Internet service providers -- argued in a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that treating broadband like a utility "will necessarily put investment and innovation at risk, to the detriment of consumers, businesses and U.S. leadership."

  • Record Labels Ask Appeals Court To Rule Against Vimeo in Online Media Daily on 10/24/2014

    Web services providers like Vimeo aren't protected from copyright liability when users upload music that was recorded before 1972, a coalition of record labels argue in new papers filed with a federal appellate court. U.S. District Court Judge Ronnie Abrams in New York ruled that Vimeo was ineligible for the Digital Millennium Copyright Harbor Act's safe harbor protections.

  • Judge Won't Let Aereo Stream In Real Time, But Allows Remote DVR in Daily Online Examiner on 10/23/2014

    A federal judge barred online video distributor Aereo from streaming over-the-air TV shows in real time to subscribers' smartphones and tablets, but cleared the way for the company to resume offering its remote DVR service. The order, issued today by U.S. District Court Judge Alison Nathan in New York, marks the latest turn in a two-year battle over the online service.

  • Sen. Rockefeller Questions Whisper's Privacy Practices in Online Media Daily on 10/23/2014

    The anonymous social networking app Whisper, which touts itself as the "safest place on the Internet," is facing questions from Capitol Hill about the company's privacy practices.

  • Lawmaker Urges FCC To Treat Broadband As Utility, But Take 'Light Touch' With Regs in Daily Online Examiner on 10/22/2014

    Longtime net neutrality supporter Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) is adding her voice to calls for the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify broadband as a public utility. The lawmaker says the FCC should prohibit broadband providers from blocking or throttling traffic, and from creating paid fast lanes. "Reclassifying broadband providers as 'telecommunications service' providers is the best and surest way to accomplish these objectives," she writes today in a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

  • FCC Suspends Review Of Comcast-Time Warner Merger in Online Media Daily on 10/22/2014

    The Federal Communications Commission has delayed its review of Comcast's proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable -- which, if approved, would greatly increase Comcast's broadband footprint. The FCC is also suspending its review of AT&T's proposed merger with DirecTV.

  • FTC Taps Privacy Researcher Soltani For Chief Technologist Role in Daily Online Examiner on 10/21/2014

    The Federal Trade Commission has tapped privacy researcher Ashkan Soltani to serve as its new chief technologist. Soltani's appointment is seen as signaling the FTC's continued interest in online companies' privacy and data practices. The high-profile Soltani recently contributed to the Washington Post's prize-winning articles about former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's surveillance revelations. Soltani also consulted with The Wall Street Journal for a series of pieces about tracking by online ad companies. In addition, he has consulted with state regulators engaged in privacy investigations.

  • Frontier Sued For Leaving Broadband Users In 'Digital Dark Age' in Online Media Daily on 10/21/2014

    Three West Virginia residents have sued broadband provider Frontier for allegedly delivering far slower speeds than it advertises. The consumers say that Frontier advertises speeds of up to 12 Mbps for $40 a month, but most people who purchase that tier of service receive far slower connections.

  • Google Outlines New Anti-Piracy Plan in Daily Online Examiner on 10/20/2014

    Last year, copyright holders sent Google more than 224 million requests to remove search results that linked to allegedly pirated content. The company granted 99% of those requests, with an average turnaround time of less than six hours. That's according to Google's latest report on piracy, released late last week.

  • Sen. Leahy Asks Comcast For Net-Neutrality Promise in Online Media Daily on 10/20/2014

    Comcast should vow to refrain from charging content companies higher fees in exchange for speedier delivery of their material, the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee said on Monday. The lawmaker is asking Comcast to promise to avoid paid prioritization arrangements -- regardless of whether its pending $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable is approved.

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