• Netflix Slams Muni-Broadband Restrictions
    Laws that hinder cities from building their own broadband networks "harm the entire Internet." That's according to Netflix, which has joined the roster of commenters who are urging the Federal Communications Commission to nix muni-broadband restrictions in Tennessee and North Carolina.
  • FCC Chairman Laments Lack Of Broadband Competition
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said today what many consumers already know -- the market for broadband isn't competitive. But Wheeler didn't offer much in the way of details about what the FCC will do to address the situation. He said the agency will "work to create" competition where it's not available, but did not outline any specific details.
  • Net Neutrality Advocates Organize Symbolic Slowdown To Protest FCC's Fast-Lane Proposal
    On Jan. 18, 2012, some of the largest sites on the Web -- including Wikipedia and Reddit -- went dark as part of an effort to call attention to the Stop Online Piracy Act.The campaign worked. By the end of the day, key lawmakers had withdrawn their support for the proposed anti-piracy legislation, which many digital rights advocates said posed a significant threat to the Internet as an open platform. Now, advocacy groups hope to once again enlist content companies in a policy battle -- this time over net neutrality.
  • Most FCC Commenters Favor Open Internet
    More than one million people recently submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission about net neutrality, setting a new record for the agency. Observers are still crunching the data, but one theme is emerging: Most people who sent in comments say they want an open Internet.
  • Advocacy Groups Ask FCC To Nix Laws Limiting Muni-Broadband
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has been saying all year that he wants to invalidate state restrictions on municipal broadband. Now, Wilson, N.C. and Chattanooga, Tenn. -- two cities that built their own high-speed fiber networks -- are giving Wheeler the chance to do so. Both recently filed petitions asking the FCC to vacate laws in their states that are hindering cities from building other new muni-broadband networks.
  • New York Mayor: Broadband Should Be Utility
    Last week, more than four dozen mayors, including Michael Nutter of Comcast's home base, Philadelphia, said they supported Comcast's proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable. Absent from that roster was Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, where Time Warner is headquartered. This week, de Blasio weighed in on the potential deal. De Blasio said in a letter to the FCC that he had "concerns" about the deal, and asked regulators to impose conditions on it.
  • Privacy Groups Seek To Scuttle Google's $8.5 Million Class-Action Settlement
    Five privacy organizations are asking a judge to scuttle Google's $8.5 million settlement of a class-action privacy lawsuit. "The proposed settlement is bad for consumers and does nothing to change Google's business practices," the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Watchdog, Patient Privacy Rights and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse said today in a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Edward Davila in San Jose, Calif.
  • Netflix Urges FCC To Reject Comcast's Merger With Time Warner
    Online video company Netflix is asking the Federal Communications Commission to put the kibosh on Comcast's proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable. The proposed deal "would set up an ecosystem that calls into question what we to date have taken for granted: that a customer who pays for connectivity to the Internet will be able to get the content she requests," Netflix says this week in a 256-page filing with the FCC.
  • Sen. Franken: Comcast/TWC Merger Will Compromise Free Flow Of Ideas
    Comcast's proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable "poses a substantial threat to the open Internet," Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) told the Federal Communications Commission today. "The proposed acquisition would give Comcast exclusive control over the only roads on the information superhighway that end in the living rooms and offices of tens of millions of Americans," Franken says in comments filed with regulators today.
  • Dozens Of Mayors Back Comcast's Merger With Time Warner
    Comcast's proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable got support this week from a coalition of 52 mayors, who say the deal will boost broadband. "Cities joining the Comcast service area will benefit from increased network investment, faster Internet speeds, improved video options and leading community development programs to help us tackle important community challenges like the digital divide," the mayors state in a letter.
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