Analysts concerned about 'specialized service' loophole in net neutrality rules

March 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Some analysts are expressing concerns that a loophole left in the new net neutrality rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in late February will be used by telecoms, broadband providers and mobile phone service providers to circumvent banned practices such as throttling and blocking traffic.

The loophole involves an exemption for "specialized services" - web applications related to services such as VoIP phone service, smart thermostats, and real-time health monitoring.

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Republican FCC commissioner urges lawmakers to put conditions on agency's budget

March 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you can't beat 'em, defund them. That seems to be the undercurrent at a House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government hearing today featuring testimony from FCC Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai. On the other side of that contentious proposal is FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, who offered a counter argument at the budget hearing earlier in the day.

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FCC faces first legal challenges to Open Internet Order changes

March 24, 2015 - James Fudge

It was inevitable that telecoms would sue the Federal Communications Commission in federal court over the reclassification of mobile and broadband service providers as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, but two entities have decided to get a head start on it this week. In separate filings in different District courts USTelecom and Texas-based service provider Alamo Broadband have asked that the new net neutrality rules be put aside.

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FCC Inspector General launches investigation into agency's rulemaking practices

March 17, 2015 - James Fudge

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah) told Washington Post that the Federal Communications Commission's inspector general has opened up an investigation "in the last couple of days" to examine the agency's move to draw up new rules for Internet providers. Chaffetz is the chairman of the House Oversight Committee and a staunch opponent of the new rules put on mobile and broadband carriers by the FCC.

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Facing Congressional Scrutiny Over Net Neutrality This Week

March 16, 2015 - James Fudge

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler is going into the lion's den over the next two weeks as he defends the agency's late February vote to reclassify broadband and mobile providers as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act to lawmakers in D.C. Wheeler is expected to attend five meetings before committees in both the House of Representatives and the U.S.

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AT&T Continues To Throttle Mobile Unlimited Data Customers

March 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Here's a disconcerting report from Ars Technica about how AT&T is still throttling mobile unlimited data plan customers and the FCC probably won't do much to stop them - at least for now. And all of this is after the fact that the FCC put tighter restrictions on throttling in its late February meeting. It did not however specifically use the term "ban."

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FCC Releases 400-Page Net Neutrality Document

March 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Those complaining about the Federal Communications Commission's changes to net neutrality rules in its late February meeting now have the opportunity to look at all of the details. Today the FCC released a 400 page document, which you can find here.

It includes all the rule changes to the Open Internet Order, the opinions of the commission's Democratic and Republican members, and other issues that were voted on during the February meeting.

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Top Republican Lawmaker Takes Aim at FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

March 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), the chair of the communications subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, recently promised at an industry summit hosted by the American Cable Association that he would take the bite out of the FCC's new net neutrality rules.

"I think it’s illogical and illegal. It didn’t have to be this way," said Walden on the FCC's vote to approve stronger net neutrality protections in late February. "We intend to do our due diligence."

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Reactions To FCC's Net Neutrality Rule Changes

February 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Update: The Entertainment Software Association - the trade group representing the video game industry - praised the FCC's decision today concerning net neutrality rules changes (thanks GamesBeat):

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FCC Reclassifies Broadband and Mobile Providers as Common Carriers Under Title II

February 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

After lengthy orations from the two Democratic and two Republican FCC commissioners at a hearing today, the full commission voted in favor of reclassifying mobile and broadband as "common carriers" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Republican commissioners voted against the rule changes, while Democratic Commissioners and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler voted in favor of the measure. The net neutrality rule changes also ban the practice of paid prioritization, or "fast lanes" (whereby content providers pay ISPs for direct access to its customers).

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PSA: Watch The FCC's Hearing and Vote on Net Neutrality Rule Changes Live

February 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you are interested in seeing the full commission arguing about net neutrality rule changes and in taking a closer look at state laws that pot up barriers to municipal broadband offerings, then you can watch it live on The Verge.

They are also live-tweeting the event as it happens. Right now Republican commissioners are explaining why pre-empting state laws is unconstitutional and amount to meddling with the free market.

A vote on this particular issue is eminent.

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PSA: FCC Voting on Net Neutrality Rule Changes Tomorrow

February 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to vote on whether it will reclassify mobile and broadband as common carrier under Title II of the Telecommunications Act (thus giving the agency regulatory authority over telecom companies) and to ban or put more scrutiny on the practice of "Fast Lanes" (paid prioritization).

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Billionaire Mark Cuban Says The FCC's Net Neutrality Plans Will 'F*ck Everything Up'

February 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week at the Code/Media conference at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, California billionaire and ABC Shark Tank star Mark Cuban said that the Federal Communication Commission's plan to reclassify broadband and mobile at common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act will "f*ck everything up."

"That will f*ck everything up," said Cuban last Wednesday at the Code/Media conference.

"Net neutrality is just a demonization of big companies," he added.

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Republicans Mount Multi-Pronged Attack on Net Neutrality Rule Changes As FCC Vote Looms

February 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In less than two weeks the Federal Communications Commission will vote whether to reclassify broadband and mobile service providers as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, but Republican lawmakers and their allies staunchly opposed to net neutrality (or as they are fond of calling it "Internet regulations") are pulling out all the stops to slow things down.

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Forty-Three Municipal Broadband Providers Ask The FCC For A Reclassification Exemption

February 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Around 43 municipal broadband providers have sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission asking the agency to give them a special exemption from being included with major broadband and mobile service providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. The FCC is set to vote on this at the end of this month, but municipal providers say they shouldn't be lumped in with the rest of the rabble because they have no "incentive to harm the openness of the Internet."

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Poll: What Do You Think of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler?

February 6, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Net neutrality, the idea that internet service providers should treat all legal internet traffic equally (no blocking, throttling or paid prioritization), is an important topic 'round these parts.  People who use the internet for work, leisure or both tend to strongly support it.  ISPs like Verizon and Comcast?  Not so much.  And that's understandable.  I mean, why wouldn't you want to, for example, throttle Netflix to encourage people to use your own video service?

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FCC Previews 'New Rules for Protecting the Open Internet'

February 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a four-page fact sheet on the new rules facing broadband and mobile service providers if it successfully reclassifies both as "common carriers" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

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FCC Chairman Wants To Reclassify Broadband And Mobile Under Title II

February 4, 2015 - James Fudge

The FCC will vote in its late February meeting to reclassify broadband under Title II of the Telecommunications Act and will seek to ban supposed "fast lane" deals as well. The announcement was made today in an editorial written by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler published on Wired.

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Report: FCC Drafting Plan To Stop State-Level Anti-Broadband Laws

February 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Washington Post is reporting that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to move forward with a plan to create a draft decision that would intervene on behalf of municipalities in Tennessee and North Carolina that have had their broadband network building efforts stymied by state laws. These laws, mostly backed by lobbyists in the telecoms industry, limit Internet access operated and sold by cities.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 129

February 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 129), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, watch the video to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E.

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Report: FCC Considering 'Review Process' For Paid Peering Agreements

January 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a Bloomberg report, the Federal Communications Commission will setup a review process for those who are in peering agreements with ISPs (like Netflix) to complain about it. The FCC will still consider banning the practice of fast lanes, which is a different animal altogether.

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FCC Raises Minimum Broadband Standards Substantially

January 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

As part of its 2015 Broadband Progress Report, the Federal Communications Commission has decided to change its definition of what constitutes a broadband speed, much to the chagrin of both DSL and cable network owners. The minimum download speed considered "broadband" is now 25Mbps (way up from 4Mbps) and the new minimum upload speed is 3Mbps (up from 1Mbps). What this means is that the number of US households who don't have access to broadband has just tripled and DSL networks will no longer be able to claim broadband status.

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FCC Prohibits American Businesses From Blocking Wi-Fi Signals

January 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Today the FCC issued an enforcement advisory warning companies that blocking wi-fi signals in hotels and motels is officially prohibited.

"Persons or businesses causing intentional interference to Wi-Fi hotspots are subject to enforcement action," the FCC bluntly stated, referencing a dispute between Marriott and its customers who said the hotel chain had blocked their personal hotspots to force them to pay for Marriott’s Wi-Fi services.

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Republican Lawmaker Puts Forward His Own 'Net Neutrality' Bill

January 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

This week Republican lawmakers put forth a bill that enforces net neutrality rules but takes away power from the Federal Communications Commission when it comes to enforcing them. The new bill put forth by US Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) also forbids the FCC from reclassifying broadband companies as "common carriers" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

The bill enforces net neutrality rules such as banning on blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization, but leaves an exception for undefined "specialized services." Can you say "loophole?"

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White House To Congress: Let The FCC Does Its Job

January 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The White House has a simple message for lawmakers looking to strip power away from the FCC in regulating broadband and mobile service providers under upcoming net neutrality rules: let the FCC do its job.

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Marriott Will No Longer Block Outside Wi-Fi Signals At Its Hotels

January 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Hotel chain Marriott International has apparently seen the error of its ways and has announced it will stop blocking hotel guests from using personal wi-fi kits. Of course, the company was likely compelled to repentance due to $600,000 last year by FCC after complaint were filed with the agency that the hotel had blocked access to mobile hotspots at one of its hotels in Nashville.

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Broadband Providers, FCC Commissioners Criticize President Obama's New Broadband Initiatives

January 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

President Obama didn't make any new friends working for broadband service providers or on the Republican-leaning side of the FCC this week when he gave a full-throated endorsement of broadband networks run by cities and towns in the United States. Besides heaping praise on successful broadband networks being run in major cities throughout the U.S., the president said that he would encourage the FCC to fight against state laws in 19 states that practically ban cities and towns from creating and operating broadband public utilities of their own.

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FCC To Vote On Changes To Net Neutrality Rules In February

January 7, 2015 - James Fudge

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced in a public interview at the Consumer Electronics Show today that the agency will vote on an official proposal that could dramatically change the Open Internet Order of 2010 (net neutrality) next month.

"We're going to circulate it to the commissioners on February 5th and vote on it February 26th," Wheeler told CEA president Gary Shapiro, who conducted the public interview.

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Complaining Just Got Easier At The FCC Consumer Complaints Web Site

January 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a revamped site that makes complaining about your cable, telephone, or internet provider a lot less of a headache. According to an announcement detailing the revamped consumer complaints site, the FCC said that it has been streamlined to be more user-friendly, offers a plethora of information that will "empower" consumers, offers better communication between consumers and FCC representatives, and promises a faster delivery of complaints to service providers.

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Smaller Telecoms Weigh in on Net Neutrality

December 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Computer & Communications Industry Association (a trade group representing smaller stakeholders in the telecom industry) and other groups representing smaller telecoms in the United States sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging the agency to swiftly adopt strong net neutrality rules.

The letter calls for the FCC to adopt "open internet rules," which includes reclassifying broadband and mobile service providers as common carriers (like the telephone industry) under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

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Matthew WilsonI know most of my friends first saw robotech when it was on Toonami in the mid 90s, but it is possible that a fan who watched it in the 80s are in a position to do it.03/27/2015 - 1:04pm
Andrew EisenRobotech was mid 80s. Fans of the show (who were kids when it aired) are my age and older.03/27/2015 - 1:01pm
Matthew Wilsontiming. anime only really became widely known in the US in the mid 90s. if we assume it was mostly kids watching it, they still wouldnt be high enough in managment to be given full creative control yet. it would still be another 5 to 10 years for that.03/27/2015 - 12:59pm
Andrew EisenI agree. Now what makes you think that there is no one in power who cares about (or has the ability to) make a good adaptation?03/27/2015 - 12:47pm
Matthew Wilsonits not about pratice, it is about people who understand it getting in to positions of power.03/27/2015 - 12:34pm
Matthew Wilsonallot of the comic book characters that have been turned in to good movies started in the 70s or earlier.03/27/2015 - 12:32pm
Andrew EisenWell, if it really does take two generations of practice to get it right, we'll never get good live action adaptations of anime if no one starts making them.03/27/2015 - 12:31pm
Andrew EisenWhat have you seen that would make you say that?03/27/2015 - 12:30pm
Matthew WilsonIt took 2 genarations of comic book reader before we got good comic book movies. I imagine that will be the case for anime as well.03/27/2015 - 12:28pm
Matthew Wilson@AE yes if they have people that understand the content give it a shot, but as far as I can tell that does not look like it is happening in this case.03/27/2015 - 12:26pm
Andrew EisenI understand the skepticism but I don't think "this will never work" and "no one should even bother" are very healthy attitudes.03/27/2015 - 12:11pm
Andrew EisenWhy would you doubt that? A lot of writers are my age and older, the perfect age to be fans of the content. All I'm saying is it's not impossible to get a good Robotech movie. In fact, it's more likely today than any other time.03/27/2015 - 12:11pm
Matthew Wilson@AE the difference is in the case of marvel the writers and directors clearly understand the source content. I doubt many of any of them are that way with robotech, or any anime for that matter.03/27/2015 - 11:10am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.playstationtrophies.org/news/news-15838-Sony-Cuts-the-Price-of-PlayStation-TV-Today.html Sony cuts the price of the Vita TV in the UK, still wont force developers to make their stuff compatible with it.03/27/2015 - 10:49am
Andrew EisenMechaCrash - It's true, there are a lot of examples of crap adaptations. But there are increasing numbers of great adaptations such as the Marvel movies. That said, it's certainly going to be an uphill battle at Sony, especially with Tom Rothman around.03/27/2015 - 10:45am
ZippyDSMleeOh live action crap...I dunno with hollywood being stuck in the 90s grimdarkblack mode I can not see how anything would work well other than SNK or Akira.. then again Akira is a bit of head trip...03/27/2015 - 10:11am
MechaCrashI meant Hollywood in general. If they did a Robotech movie, it'd just be a slightly tweaked Macross, because usually when people talk about Robotech, they just mean the first third. Nobody cares about the Masters/Southern Cross or Invid/MOSPAEDA stuff.03/27/2015 - 9:36am
ZippyDSMleeYes Macross is good..... robotech....not so much..... Now Pizza Cats that's the definitive TV dub, if not best dub ever I'd put it up there with COwboy Bebop just becuse the Pizza Cats dub is fun as heck and crazy,Medabots and Fighting Foodons are decent.03/27/2015 - 9:20am
InfophileAged well plot-wise, I mean. The animation is showing its age, but if you don't mind that, the plot holds up quite well03/27/2015 - 6:52am
InfophileRobotech may be 30 years old, but it's actually aged pretty well. Plus, one of the three Japanese franchises that went into making it, Macross, is coming out with a new series soon. So it's far from forgotten or out-of-date03/27/2015 - 6:50am
 

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