Lest there was any doubt, wireless broadband providers want to make clear that they oppose the idea that they should be subject to the same net neutrality regulations as wireline providers. "Mobile broadband providers are competing fiercely to win and retain customers, contesting on price and network performance," the industry group CTIA-The Wireless Association says in comments filed today with the Federal Communications Commission.
Most apps aren't doing a good job of explaining their privacy practices, according to a new study issued by a worldwide organization of regulators.
A trade group representing Google, Facebook, Amazon and other large Web companies is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to prohibit broadband providers from creating online fast lanes. "The Internet must be defended from interests that would seek to control speech on the Internet, censor content, or provide advantages for speakers that have the means to pay for better access," the Internet Association said in its second round of comments on proposed net neutrality regulations.
Last year, the online retailer KlearGear found itself in the news when married couple John Palmer and Jennifer Kulas came forward to say the company had tried to charge them $3,500 for posting a bad review. When Palmer and Kulas refused to pay KlearGear, the company allegedly wrecked their credit. Palmer and Kulas subsequently sued KlearGear for violating federal fair credit laws. A federal judge awarded the couple $306,750 in July. KlearGear's attempt at squelching criticism didn't just lead to a courtroom defeat. It also spurred lawmakers in California to pass a new law that protects consumers' right to post …
The Federal Communications Commission recently sought comments about a proposal to redefine broadband as Internet service of at least 10 Mbps, up from the current 4 Mbps threshold. For their part, Internet service providers disagree that higher speeds are necessary.
Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi is calling on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to scrap his controversial proposal to allow broadband providers to create paid online fast lanes.
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.
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.
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.
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.