• IAB To FTC: Stop Focusing On Advertisers' Use Of Consumer Data
    The Federal Trade Commission should stop focusing on how advertisers use data about consumers, the industry trade group Interactive Advertising Bureau says. "It is where there are actual harms -- not theoretical or speculative harms -- that the Commission can be the most effective in carrying out its mandate of protecting the American consumer," IAB General Counsel Mike Zaneis says in comments submitted after the FTC's recent "big data" workshop. "To that end, the Commission's continued focus on advertising -- a topic explored once again in the Workshop -- does the Commission (and by extension the public) a disservice," he ...
  • Obama's Net Neutrality Stance 'Baffles' Internet Service Providers
    Democratic lawmakers, consumer rights groups and other net neutrality advocates are cheering the news that President Barack Obama publicly called on the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify broadband service as a utility. Digital rights organizations including Free Press, Public Knowledge, and the Center for Democracy & Technology likewise praised the president for explicitly urging the FCC to reclassify broadband.
  • Aereo Sheds Staff, Closes Boston Office
    It looks like online video distributor Aereo has decided it can no longer afford to continue burning $1 million a month. This week the company told employees that it would shutter the Boston office and lay off 43 people. Aereo will continue to operate a small New York office, but with a skeletal crew.
  • Verizon Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise
    Verizon today floated a new compromise over Net neutrality. The telecom suggests in a new blog post that it won't sue over any net neutrality rules that ban "harmful paid prioritization," provided the Federal Communications Commission doesn't reclassify broadband service as a utility.
  • Copyright Office Urged To Okay DVD Copying By Consumers
    People should be able to copy the DVDs they've purchased in order to watch them on tablets, advocacy group Public Knowledge argues today in a filing with the U.S. Copyright Office.
  • ISPs Say No Plans For Paid Fast Lanes
    Last week, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and other large Internet service providers to promise to refrain from offering paid fast lanes on the Web. ISPs' responses are now beginning to trickle out, and so far they say they have no plans to enter into paid prioritization deals.
  • Verizon Hints It Will Sue If FCC Treats Broadband As Utility
    Web companies like Netflix, Democratic politicians, consumer groups and other net neutrality advocates have spent much of this year urging the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify broadband service as a public utility. Not surprisingly, broadband carriers say oppose this idea. On Wednesday, Verizon went one step further than merely voicing criticism: The company submitted a white paper arguing that reclassification "would be unlikely to survive appeal."
  • Verizon's Tech News Site Faces Censorship Accusations
    Verizon's move to get into the tech news business doesn't appear to be off to a great start. This week, the Daily Dot reported that the telecom's news site, SugarString, is banning stories relating to two of the most significant tech policy issues of the year -- net neutrality and surveillance by the U.S. government.
  • FCC To Consider Rule Change That Could Help Restart Aereo
    Online video provider Aereo got a big boost today from the Federal Communications Commission, which said it will consider new rules that could help the company restart its service. "I am asking the Commission to start a rule-making proceeding in which we would modernize our interpretation of the term 'multichannel video programming distributor' (MVPD) so that it is technology-neutral," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a blog post. "The result of this technical adjustment will be to give MVPDs that use the Internet (or any other method of transmission) the same access to programming owned by cable operators and the ...
  • FilmOn Joins Rival Aereo, Asks FCC For Help Getting Cable License
    Online video distributor FilmOn is joining its rival, Aereo, in asking the Federal Communications Commission for help in obtaining a cable license. FilmOn revealed in an FCC filing that company executives recently met with regulators, in hopes of convincing them to redefine "multichannel video programming distributor" to include online services like itself and Aereo.
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