Iowa City's muni-broadband network ImOn Communications is being sued by incumbent provider Mediacom, which argues that the network's agreement with the city is illegal because ImOn doesn't have a traditional franchise agreement. But ImOn says that it isn't required to get a traditional franchise agreement until it offers traditional television services.
Aereo founder Chet Kanojia's Starry faces hurdles in its quest to bring use the airwaves for 1 GB WiFi service. "New technology aside, Starry is still using an underlying approach known as fixed wireless that has stumbled over time," Re/code writes.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would allow EU residents to sue U.S. authorities in federal court for privacy violations. If passed, the Judicial Redress Act could help pave the way for a new pact that would allow tech companies to transfer Europeans' data to servers in the U.S. The previous safe harbor pact was invalidated
last year, largely due to former NSA contractor Ed Snowden's revelations about mass surveillance.
T-Mobile has added Amazon Video, Fox News, Univision NOW and WWE Network to its zero-rating service Binge On. The move means that T-Mobile customers with data caps can now access videos from more than 40 companies, without having those streams count against their caps. T-Mobile says that customers on capped plans are now watching more than twice the amount of video as before.
AT&T plans to draw on DirecTV's video offerings in a new standalone service for cord-cutters. The company expects to launch the service within the next 45 days, Cnet reports.
Buzzfeed has been sued for defamation by journalist Michael Leidig and the viral news agency Central European News. The lawsuit, which seeks more than $11 million, stems from an Aug. 24 article titled, "The King of Bullsh*t News" and subtitled "How a small British news agency and its founder fill your Facebook feed with stories that are wonderful, wacky — and often wrong," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Charter's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks will result in two companies -- Charter and Comcast -- controlling 70% of the high speed broadband connections in the U.S., Ars Technica reports. The deal would leave Charter with around 23% of subscribers who receive service at speeds of at least 25 Mbps (the FCC's current definition of broadband). Comcast would remain the largest Internet service provider, with around 47.6% of U.S. broadband connections at speeds of at least 25 Mbps, Ars Technica calculates.
Microsoft says that its newest version of Skype will hide IP addresses by default, Brian Krebs reports. “Starting with this update to Skype and moving forward, your IP address will be kept hidden from Skype users,” the company wrote in a blog post. “This measure will help prevent individuals from obtaining a Skype ID and resolving to an IP address.”
Chet Kanojia, head of the defunct Aereo, is poised to launch a new company that could provide wireless Web access in major cities, Variety reports. The new company, known only as Project Decibel, has applied to trademark a service for “wireless and wired telecommunications and data networking hardware; network routers; wireless routers; wireless access points” as well as “providing access to the Internet; providing access to digital content; Internet access provider services,” among other things.
Netflix is now blocking some Australians who use virtual private networks to evade the company's geographic restrictions, The Verge reports. The Australian VPN uFlix says Netflix is sending the following message to users: "You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again." uFlix says it is "working on a solution" to Netflix's move. Another VPN, TorGuard, says it already has developed a way to fight Netflix's plans.