If presidential hopeful Jeb Bush wins the White House, one of his first orders of business will be nixing the new net neutrality rules. "The Federal Communications Commission’s Net Neutrality rule classifies all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) as 'public utilities,' subjecting them to antiquated 'common carrier' regulation," his Web site states in a post about a "regulatory crisis in Washington."
A judge in Staten Island has ordered Emily Fanelli to pay $1,000 for giving a local business owner bad reviews on Yelp. Fanelli called the owner a "liar" and a "con artist" -- terms that were "personal in their invective and were designed to impugn his integrity and business practices with the intent to damage his business reputation," the judge said, according to the New York Daily News.
The makers of Dallas Buyers Club have sued 10 anonymous Comcast subscribers for allegedly infringing copyright by using Popcorn Time to stream the movie. The filmmakers are asking for a court order requiring Comcast to unmask the subscribers. The case, filed in U.S. District Court in Oregon, is similar to two other pending lawsuits against Popcorn Time users.
The Obama administration says in a new report that broadband service "has steadily shifted from an optional amenity to a core utility for households, businesses and community institutions." The report includes several recommendations aimed at improving broadband availability, including subsidies for rural markets.
Tennessee state officials argue that the Federal Communications Commission's muni-broadband order "is a manifest infringement on State sovereignty." The state is asking an appellate court to vacate an FCC order that nixes state restrictions on muni-broadband.
AT&T has sued three former call center employees in Washington State for helping consumers unlock their mobile phones, according to DSLReports. The ex-employees allegedly received money from the company Swift Unlocks to install "malware" that unlocked the devices.
Cox Communications says in a new lawsuit that the city of Tempe, Arizona violated federal law by passing new regulations aimed at letting Google build a new fiber network. Cox alleges that the city established a "discriminatory regulatory framework" by exempting Google from some of the regulations that cable companies must follow, according to Ars Technica.
Comcast is raising the price of Internet service, as well as cable video service, in some markets. The new price hikes, which were first reported by newspapers in New Mexico and Oregon, will take effect on Oct. 1.
The board of the Kilton Public Library in New Hampshire voted on Tuesday to restore its Tor relay, which enables people to surf the Web anonymously. The library suspended Tor earlier this month, after learning that the Department of Homeland Security expressed concerns about the masking service.
Fifty-nine law professors are asking lawmakers to pass a federal law aimed at protecting online bloggers from lawsuits aimed at squelching free speech. The academics say those lawsuits create a "serious dilemma" for bloggers: "They can stand by their speech and risk financially ruinous legal defense costs, or they can try to avoid litigation at any cost by shutting up, even when the demands are clearly retaliatory or improper attempts by a plaintiff to silence critics and intimidate other Internet users from speaking up."