Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler's plan to allow Internet fast lanes is continuing to draw opposition from a broad array of Web companies, investors and net neutrality proponents.
Not everyone at the Federal Communications Commission is on board with Chairman Tom Wheeler's controversial effort to allow broadband providers to charge companies higher fees to deliver their content faster. When Wheeler unveiled the pay-for-play proposal, he said the FCC would vote on May 15 about whether to move forward. He said his goal was to enact rules by the end of the year. But Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said today that she wants to put the brakes on Wheeler's proposal for new rules.
Weighing in on the debate about net neutrality, the browser developer Mozilla is urging the Federal Communications Commission to pave the way for imposing common carrier rules on Internet service providers. Like many advocacy groups, Mozilla says that the FCC should reclassify broadband as a "telecommunications" service. But Mozilla is proposing a new wrinkle on reclassification. The company says the FCC should conceptualize broadband as two separate services. One is "local delivery," or the connections between ISPs and the consumers who subscribe to them. The second, which Mozilla calls a "remote delivery" service, refers to the connections between ISPs and …
The digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation this week released a new tool aimed at helping consumers avoid online data collection and behaviorally targeted ads. Privacy Badger -- an add-on for Chrome and Firefox -- says it "blocks spying ads and invisible trackers."
The Obama Administration's "Big Data" report, released this afternoon, offers at least one suggestion that privacy advocates and marketers can agree on: The report urges lawmakers to revamp the 28-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act, so that it beefs up privacy protections for emails, documents, photos and other material that people keep in the cloud.