FCC Hits Pause Button on AT&T-DirecTV and Comcast-TWC Merger Reviews

October 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officially hit the pause buttons on its review of both the Comcast/Time Warner Cable and AT&T/DirecTV mergers. Normally the FCC operates its review under a "180-day informal time clock," but requests for an extensions from multiple companies has forced the agency to extend the normal approval process period.

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Internet Broadcasters Weigh In On Net Neutrality

October 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Radio Survivor blog has some anecdotal evidence that Internet radio/podcast hosts from around the country commented during the FCC's public comment period to voice their support for strong open internet rules.

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Comcast Files Response to FCC Questions About Merger With Time Warner Cable

October 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a blurb in Politico's Morning Tech, cable operator Comcast has filed a response to dozens of pages of detailed questions the FCC asked it back in August related to its merger with Time Warner Cable.

A filing by Comcast SVP Kathryn Zachem attempts to answer some of those burning questions which includes information on its subscriber base and regional sports networks it owns.

An earlier response sent in by the company was deemed "insufficient" by the FCC.

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Life in the 'Fast Lane': Netflix Performance Improves on Verizon FiOS in September

October 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Netflix has released its Speed Index for September, showing that a paid prioritization deal with Verizon is finally paying off for customers. In September, Verizon FiOS topped all other major ISPs in Netflix performance with an average stream rate of 3.17Mbps. In August, Netflix streamed at an average of 2.41Mbps on Verizon FiOS;in July it was at 1.61Mbps; and in June, 1.58Mbps.

Netflix performance on Verizon DSL has improved slightly, hitting an average speed of 1.68Mbps in September.

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President Obama Urges FCC To Ban 'Fast Lanes'

October 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

President Barack Obama said yesterday that he is still “unequivocally committed to net neutrality” and said that he would like the Federal Communications Commission to ban paid Internet fast lanes. The President made his comments about net neutrality yesterday in response to a question at an event hosted by Cross Campus in Santa Monica, CA.

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Report: Industry Privately Angry With Verizon Over Its Net Neutrality Win Against The FCC

October 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While they won't say it publicly, broadband and mobile service providers are kind of ticked off with Verizon for suing the FCC in federal court and winning earlier this year. Sure, Verizon got a lot of the Open Internet Order invalidated, but the Federal court actually gave the FCC guidance it needed to move forward: reclassify broadband (and maybe even mobile) as "common carriers" like the telephone under Title II of the Telecommunications Act and get the legal authority they need to enforce the rules.

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Verizon Wireless Backs Away From Throttling LTE Users With Unlimited Plans

October 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Verizon Wireless was set to start throttling LTE users on Oct. 1 as part of what it called an expanded "network optimization" program, but the company decided not to after the Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler started questioning the validity of the practice.

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FTC Commissioner Concerned About The FCC's Plan To Reclassify Broadband

September 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In an interview with CSPAN, Maureen Ohlhausen, a Republican commissioner with the Federal Trade Commission says that the FCC's plans to reclassify broadband as a "common carrier" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act (as part of a tweak to make net neutrality rules enforceable) would strip the agency of its ability to enforce consumer protection rules.

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FCC Dem Commissioners Want Net Neutrality to Address Mobile, Wi-Fi, and Reclassification of Broadband

September 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has put forth some interesting changes that he'd like to see rolled into the Open Internet Order of 2010, fellow Democratic commissioners are publicly calling for even stricter regulations on broadband and mobile providers.

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Comcast: It's Too Expensive to Compete Against Other Cable Companies

September 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Comcast has a popular argument it likes to use when discussing the proposed merger between it and Time Warner Cable with the FCC: since it doesn't compete against TWC in any city or town in the United States, there's no harm in approving the deal.

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Comcast FCC Filing Says Merger With TWC Won't Take Away Any Competition

September 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Comcast, in its ongoing quest to merge with Time Warner Cable, is trying to convince the FCC that becoming one with one of its rivals won't take away any competition from the market because there's still plenty of other competition out there. Comcast submitted the response to the FCC on September 11, but it wasn’t made public until recently by the FCC due to technical problems with the agency's web site.

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Verizon 'Committed' to an 'Open Internet'

September 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Verizon has long opposed net neutrality rules and was one of very few companies to sue the FCC in Federal court. Ultimately it prevailed, with the D.C. District court ruling that the FCC did not have the authority to enforce them because broadband and wireless service providers were not classified as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. It has also spent - according to San Francisco-based data firm Quid - $100 million to lobby Congress on net neutrality since 2009.

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American Commitment Petition Urges FCC 'Not To Regulate The Internet'

September 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Republican advocacy group American Commitment announced that it has gathered 772,000 American signatures on a petition asking the Federal Communications Commission to avoid "regulating the Internet" ala net neutrality.

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PSA: Fight for the Future's 'Internet Slowdown' Protest Takes Place Today

September 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Today is the day that Fight for the Future's "Internet Slowdown" initiative to protest the FCC's proposed changes to the Open Internet Order (also known as net neutrality) goes into full effect.

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Netflix Performance Finally Improves on AT&T and Verizon

September 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like the paid peering agreements video streaming service Netflix signed with AT&T and Verizon earlier this year are finally paying off. According to Netflix's Monthly Speed Index for August, the average Netflix stream on Verizon FiOS was 2.41Mbps during the month, up dramatically from 1.61Mbps in July. AT&T's U-verse service offered average Netflix performance of 2.61Mbps in August, up from 1.44Mbps in July.

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Nancy Pelosi to FCC: Yes to Reclassifying Broadband, No to Fast Lanes

September 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler (PDF) Monday calling for a ban on "fast lanes" and urging the commission to regulate broadband companies like traditional phone companies (categorize them as "common carriers" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act).

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Netflix Joins Fight for the Future's Net Neutrality Protest Sept. 10

September 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In case you missed it, video streaming service Netflix will be taking part in Fight for the Future's "Internet Slowdown" initiative to protest the FCC's proposed changes to the Open Internet Order (also known as net neutrality).

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Fight for the Future Plans Sept. 10 Online Net Neutrality Protest

September 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On September 10 rights group Fight for the Future and several prominent technology companies will show the Internet what it might be like if the FCC makes the changes it wants to make to net neutrality.

Earlier this year FCC chairman Tom Wheeler proposed changes to the Open Internet Order (also known as net neutrality) that would make it okay for service providers to charge content providers for faster and better access to their customers. This change, commonly referred to as "fast lanes," has been largely rejected by consumers and embraced by some service providers.

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Report: FCC Considering Reclassifying Broadband Providers as 'Common Carriers'

August 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this U.S. News report, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is seriously considering reclassifying broadband internet services in the United States as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

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Top Democrat on House Technology Subcommittee Turns to Reddit to Rebrand Net Neutrality

August 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House technology subcommittee, is asking Reddit to "rebrand" net neutrality. The contest, found here, seeks to repackage and rename the concept of equal treatment for online content and to "bring some clarity to an otherwise muddy legal debate before the FCC finalizes its proposed open Internet rules."

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Comcast and TWC Pull Donations From Dinner Honoring Current FCC Commissioner

August 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Comcast and Time Warner Cable have pulled $132,000 in donations from an event honoring a current FCC commissioner, according to Ars Technica. Earlier this week the news that the donation was being given to the dinner honoring FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn set off a firestorm of accusations that the companies who would like to become one giant ISP were trying to buy Clyburn's vote on the proposed merger.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy Urges FCC to Host Net Neutrality Roundtables Outside of D.C.

August 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is urging the FCC to host a series of planned hearings on "net neutrality" rules outside of Washington.

The FCC is seeking further input on several changes to net neutrality including allowing ISPs to charge content providers for faster access to customers (commonly referred to as "fast lanes"). During its public comment period for these changes, more than 1 million comments were submitted, with the majority of them opposing the changes.

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FCC To Host Four Net Neutrality Round Tables in Sept. and Oct.

August 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

TechCrunch reports that the Federal Communications Commission will host four Open Internet Round Tables related to net neutrality in Sept. and Oct. The four roundtables will be broken up into six sessions:

-September 16 (morning): Policy Approaches to Ensure an Open Internet

-September 16 (afternoon): Mobile Broadband and the Open Internet

-September 19 (morning): Effective Enforcement of Open Internet Requirements

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FCC Chairman Lines Up With President Obama on Fast Lanes

August 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler downplayed differences between President Obama and the FCC's stances on net neutrality. President Barack Obama said last week that he does not support allowing service providers to charge content providers for faster access to customers.

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President Obama Does Not Support Internet 'Fast Lanes'

August 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that he does not support the FCC proposal for fast lanes - allowing service providers to charge content providers for faster access to customers. The last time the President spoke about net neutrality directly was in 2008 during the presidential campaign against Mitt Romney.

President Obama said that making the Internet more accessible to some at the expense of others was against his administration's policy on net neutrality rules:

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FCC Seeks Public Comment on Changing Broadband Definitions

August 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Communications Commission this week issued a notice of inquiry seeking public comment on a proposed change to how it measures high-speed Internet and to ask if the agency should change the low end threshold. Currently the FCC defines broadband as 4 Mbps download speed and 1 Mbps upload speed. Under the new proposal it wants to up that number to 10 Mbps or higher for a service to qualify as broadband.

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Verizon to FCC: We Throttle Unlimited Data Users to Incentivize Using Less Data

August 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week FCC chairman Tom Wheeler sent a letter to Verizon CEO Daniel Mead asking him to explain why he thought his company could throttle unlimited customers in the name of network management. This week Verizon responded by saying that its policy of throttling unlimited data users on congested cell sites is perfectly legal and is a way to give heavy data users an "incentive" to stop using so much data.

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Super Podcast Action Committee Episode 108 - Less Buggy Than LEGO Games

August 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed last week's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 108), you can watch the video replay on YouTube,  download it below (in audio format), or find it on iTunes. In episode 108 hosts Andrew Eisen and E.

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Report: FCC Asks Six More ISPs and Content Providers About Paid Peering Deals

August 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Communications Commission is advancing an investigation (that it formally announced back in June) into how network interconnection problems affect the quality of Internet service. At that time the FCC said that it had obtained the paid peering deals Netflix signed with Comcast and Verizon.

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MLB Comes Out Against FCC's 'Fast Lanes' Plan

August 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a recent filing with the FCC, Major League Baseball comes out strongly against allowing for Internet fast lanes. In its statement MLB (through its BAM division) says that fast lanes only serve on singular purpose: to give ISPs a "windfall."

"Fast lanes would serve only one purpose: for Broadband ISPs to receive an economic windfall. American consumers would be worse off as the costs of fast lanes are passed along to them in new fees or charges where there were none, or higher fees or charges where they existed," MLB said.

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quiknkoldMarvel just made my nips hard10/22/2014 - 9:50pm
Andrew EisenMarvel also shows it understands that once it leaks, it's out there and went ahead and officially released the trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmeOjFno6Do10/22/2014 - 9:36pm
E. Zachary KnightMarvel's response is the best.10/22/2014 - 9:31pm
Andrew EisenI'll be streaming some games tonight at 8p PST in preparation for Saturday's marathon. twitch.tv/andreweisen10/22/2014 - 9:30pm
Adam802http://www.cbsnews.com/news/3d-video-games-surprising-concern/10/22/2014 - 9:16pm
MaskedPixelanteI'm not sure how to feel about Ultron's mouth. I'm sure he has one in the comics, but this is getting dangerously close to Transformers "Optimus has a defined mouth and it looks super weird" territory for me.10/22/2014 - 8:49pm
Andrew EisenMarvel on the leaked Avengers 2 trailer: https://twitter.com/Marvel/status/52507165630662656010/22/2014 - 8:09pm
E. Zachary KnightI squeed like a little girl when I watched the leaked Avengers Age of Ultron trailer. So much awesome.10/22/2014 - 6:47pm
quiknkoldI have a problem with games that use a digit for sequals when clearly they can be called something else. Five Nights at Freddy's 2? Nonono. Its "Another Five Nights at Freddy's" or "Five Nights Week 2"10/22/2014 - 5:30pm
E. Zachary KnightExtra Credits has come out against GamerGate. https://www.facebook.com/ExtraCredits/posts/86104175727438610/22/2014 - 5:28pm
E. Zachary Knightis it really that hard to answer a question, that to me seems fairly straight forward? I ask, because I have asked a specific question now 3 times without an actual answer in the wastebook thread.10/22/2014 - 5:20pm
Andrew EisenFive Nights at Freddy's 2! Yay! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVPONdZBh6s10/22/2014 - 5:07pm
Matthew Wilsonyou guys know he doesnt work for ea anymore?10/22/2014 - 5:02pm
WymorenceYou forgot having to open Unity through Origin too. :p10/22/2014 - 4:37pm
MaskedPixelanteUnity will now be licensed out half finished, with remaining tools to be sold back to you for 10-15 dollars a piece.10/22/2014 - 3:23pm
E. Zachary KnightNot a big fan of this news, but Unity3D's CEO is stepping down and John Riccitiello steps up. http://gamasutra.com/view/news/228384/Helgason_steps_down_as_Unity_CEO_and_John_Riccitiello_steps_up.php10/22/2014 - 3:06pm
MaskedPixelanteIt's probably extremism.10/22/2014 - 12:07pm
Matthew Wilsonthat being said, they are more likely to blame religious extremists than games.10/22/2014 - 12:01pm
Matthew Wilsonlets just hope they dont try to blame video games.10/22/2014 - 12:00pm
MaskedPixelanteOh joy, Ottawa's on lockdown, this is going to be a fun couple of days...10/22/2014 - 11:56am
 

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