Earlier this week, immediately after President Barack Obama said that broadband should be regulated as a utility, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) posted a much-mocked tweet comparing Internet access to health care. "'Net Neutrality' is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government," he posted on the microblogging service.
Almost two out of three Americans think the government should limit how advertisers draw on consumers' personal information. That's according to the Pew Research Center, which earlier today released the report, "Public Perceptions of Privacy and Security in the Post-Snowden Era."
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 …
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.
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 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.
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.