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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Point of Order: IGDA's Position on Net Neutrality, CISPA

January 23, 2015 - James Fudge

In a story published earlier this week we reported that the Entertainment Software Association heaped praise on the White House for the portion of President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union Address dealing with cyber-security issues. Basically the trade group endorsed the President's proposals (to U.S. lawmakers) on cyber-security - which even rights group the EFF says are an "awful lot like CISPA."

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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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White House Details Community Broadband Initiatives

January 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The White House today issued a "fact sheet" on Net Neutrality, with a focus on broadband competition and neutralizing state laws sponsored by the telecoms industry to stifle said competition. Currently there are laws in 19 states that either make it difficult for municipalities to build out and operate their own networks or outright forbid it. The Obama Administration is filing a letter with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this week urging it to address "barriers inhibiting local communities from responding to the broadband needs of their citizens."

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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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Congress Likely To Revisit 'The Marketplace Fairness Act' in 2015

January 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In this interesting article on 2015 tax policy plans for lawmakers, Politico highlights one tax issue that all of us should pay attention to: Internet sales tax. The bill that passed the Senate last year (The Marketplace Fairness Act) but floundered in the House because some lawmakers didn't like many of its provisions, may get a resurrection of sorts this year.

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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Report: Republicans May Pass New Laws To Thwart FCC Net Neutrality Changes

December 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Politico is reporting that Republicans - who will have control of both houses of Congress in January - have plans to stop whatever new net neutrality rules the Federal Communications Commission might implement in the early part of the year.

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Comcast Customers Can Now Use HBO Go and Showtime Apps on Roku

December 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

From the "Oh, isn't that precious? department" comes this wonderful story from Ars Technica about how Comcast has stopped blocking HBO Go and Showtime on Roku streaming devices. You didn't know Comcast was doing that? Well anyone who is a Comcast customer and owns a Roku device certainly knew all about it.

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World Wide Web Foundation: It's Time The Internet Became a Basic Human Right

December 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest report from the World Wide Web Foundation concludes that the Internet is becoming less free and under the watchful eye of governments around the world, according to this BBC story.

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Lawsuit Alleges Comcast Using Customer Routers to Create Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

December 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A federal class action accuses cable provider Comcast of making its residential customers bear the cost of a secondary wi-fi network using the wireless routers of its customers. Lead plaintiff Toyer Grear sued Comcast on Dec. 4 and seeks to certification of a class of Xfinity Internet Service customers and a subclass of all California households that have subscribed to the service.

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Editorial: Why Milo Yiannopoulos is Wrong About Net Neutrality

November 21, 2014 - James Fudge

Last week Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos penned an article on the Open Internet Order of 2010 (net neutrality) entitled, "Here's What 'Net Neutrality' Is... and What to Think About It."

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EFF Announces 'Let's Encrypt'

November 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced this week that it is helping to launch a new non-profit organization dedicated to dramatically increasing secure Internet browsing. The new non-profit is called Let's Encrypt and it will eventually offer free server certificates beginning in the summer of 2015.

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Senate Fails to Pass 'USA Freedom Act'

November 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The US Senate fell short of enacting the USA Freedom Act, the first bill in 30 years that attempted to seriously curtail the spying activities of the National Security Agency. The bill had the support of both privacy advocacy groups like the EFF and lawmakers. The bill needed 60 votes to pass and came just two votes shy of hitting that milestone: the final vote was 58 yeah, 42 nay - with a majority of Republicans (41 of the 42 votes) voting against the bill.

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Hungarian Citizens Protest Proposed Internet Tax

October 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this BBC report, "tens of thousands" of Hungarian citizens have taken to the streets of Budapest to protest a proposed tax aimed at consumers who use the Internet. The BBC is calling it the "biggest anti-government demonstration" in years. Smaller rallies were held in other Hungarian cities as well.

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Highlights From Sen. Ron Wyden's Roundtable on 'The Impact of Mass Surveillance on the Digital Economy'

October 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this month we reported that Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) would be hosting a roundtable on government spying this week called "The Impact of Mass Surveillance on the Digital Economy," with leading executives from the tech sector.

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Sen. Ron Wyden to Host 'The Impact of Mass Surveillance on the Digital Economy' Roundtable Next Week

October 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) will host a "Chairman's Roundtable" on Oct. 8 to discuss the impact of mass surveillance by the government (through agencies like the NSA) on the digital economy.

Joining Sen. Wyden will be the Executive Chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt; Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Microsoft, Brad Smith; Facebook General Counsel, Colin Stretch ; Dropbox General Counsel, Ramsey Homsany; and Lead Partner at Greylock Partners, John Lilly.

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CISA Unlikely to Get Voted on This Year

September 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to FierceGovernmentIT, the chances of a cybersecurity bill being passed by lawmakers this year are somewhere between slim and none. This is according to what Former National Security Agency Director and retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden -- now a principal at Chertoff Group -- said while addressing a gathering at the Billington Cybersecurity Summit on Sept 16.

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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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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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Senate Majority Leader Pits One Internet Tax Against Another

July 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new Senate bill may force lawmakers to agree to expand the reach of sales taxes on out-of-state retailers, or see the end of a law that forbids states and cities from imposing a tax on internet access. As the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, this choice for lawmakers is due to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s handling of a bill called the Internet Tax Freedom Act.

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Former State Department Official Asks What Data The NSA is Collecting on Americans

July 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

John Napier Tye, a former State Department section chief for Internet freedom, is calling on the government to answer questions related to a recent op-ed published by the Washington Post.

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Over One Million Americans Submit Comments to FCC About Net Neutrality Changes

July 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While it will come as no surprise to anyone paying attention to proposed changes to the 2010 Open Internet Order (Net Neutrality rules) put forth by chairman Tom Wheeler, the FCC has confirmed that over one million people submitted comments during the public comment period so far.

The deadline to submit comments ends tonight at Midnight.

According to a tweet from Gigi Sohn, Special Counsel for External Affairs, Office of the Chairman, more than 1 million people have now submitted comments on net neutrality.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy: The Internet Needs its Own 'Bill of Rights'

July 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In an editorial published in The Huffington Post today, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) put pressure on the FCC to keep Internet service providers from blocking or slowing access to certain websites. In his editorial Leahy said that the Internet needs its own rules to protect liberties much like the Bill of Rights.

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'The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz' in Theaters, Available On-Demand

June 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

FilmBuff and Participant Media announced that the new documentary, "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz," is in select theaters throughout the U.S. and available via on-demand video rental through iTunes, Vimeo, Amazon Instant Video, Comcast, DirecTV, Xbox Video, Sony Entertainment Network, Vudu, and Google Play. You can also find out what theaters are carrying the film today via Fandango.

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Aaron Swartz Documentary Hits Theaters June 27

June 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

"The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz" will open in select theaters throughout the United States June 27, and will be released online through iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Comcast and DirecTV. The film will be offered exclusively to own through Vimeo On Demand for the first month of release.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 101

June 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about who the GamePolitics community thinks will make the biggest E3 gaffe this year, President Obama name-dropping The Witcher, the new GOG.com DRM-free and platform-agnostic multiplayer client (Galaxy) and Verizon threatening to sue Netflix for talking about its service performance (This show was recorded prior to all of this week's E3 press conferences and announcements).

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EFF Asks The Internet to Join Them for 'Reset The Net'

May 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is hosting a special event on June 5 called Reset The Net. The Internet rights group is urging the community to join it for a special event to combat the NSA's continued intrusion into our private lives online through its vast surveillance and data collection programs.

June 5 is an important date, because it represents the one-year anniversary of the first documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 99

May 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss whether the unbundling of the Kinect will help Xbox One sales, the NPD Group's latest report on core gamer trends, and ISPs threatening to take their ball and go home if net neutrality passes. Download Episode 99 now: SuperPAC Episode 99 (1 hour, 5 minutes) 75 MB.

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California Congressional Candidates Slug it Out Over NSA and CISPA

May 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

East Bay Express has an interesting article on a California Congressional race where votes for the National Security Agency's budget and the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) are taking center stage. Eric Swalwell (pictured, left), the current U.S. Representative of California's 15th District (D), is taking heat from his opponent Democratic State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett.

 
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Goth_Skunk@WonderKarp: And that's why I don't read or watch mainstream news.01/29/2015 - 5:06pm
Matthew Wilsonzip is it KB or kb? if its KB its MB, if its kb is mb. ether way where do you live that you are getting ripped off that badly?01/29/2015 - 4:41pm
ZippyDSMleeI has a whole 1MB(mb mabye, 1000KBPS) for a whole...100$ a month ;_;01/29/2015 - 4:24pm
WonderkarpFCC appears to be kicking ass today01/29/2015 - 4:11pm
WonderkarpI found this neat. Shows the different ways different websites tell the same story. Not VG Related, but its neat https://i.imgur.com/3m6xOfE.jpg01/29/2015 - 2:12pm
Matthew Wilsonnp I am still suprised that the fcc did it, but I still do not trust the chairman yet.01/29/2015 - 2:11pm
Andrew EisenYeah, what I mean is I'm fortunate enough to live in an area where I have the option of up to 50Mbps if I want to pay for it. Meant that as an anecdote; didn't mean it to come across as a "you're wrong!" Sorry 'bout that!01/29/2015 - 2:06pm
Matthew WilsonThat is why I said "every market". for example totalbescuit has TWC, and the best he can get atm is 10/10.01/29/2015 - 1:58pm
Andrew EisenTWC offers speeds that high, at least in my area. (Standard is 15Mpbs)01/29/2015 - 1:54pm
Matthew Wilson@prh I still have my doubts. if anything the big winner is Comcast. they are the only isp in the us that can provide that speed in every market they serve. att, verizon, and twc cant or at least dont.01/29/2015 - 1:50pm
Andrew EisenTrailer for Ted 2 and it looks like it won't simply be a rehash of the first. That's encouraging! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3AVcCggRnU01/29/2015 - 1:49pm
prh99It's nice to see an FCC chair who isn't just there to facilitate monopoly building for cable and telecom. Basically not a dingo.01/29/2015 - 1:46pm
Wonderkarpmine was grandia 201/29/2015 - 1:39pm
Matthew Wilsonoh btw only about 5.6 percent of the us has broadband now.01/29/2015 - 1:21pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.theverge.com/2015/1/29/7932653/fcc-changed-definition-broadband-25mbps did not think the fcc would go through with it.01/29/2015 - 1:16pm
Andrew EisenI know, right? Don't you dare think the fact that I buy all your games makes this sort of behavior okay, TT Games!01/29/2015 - 12:57pm
IanCHow dare thy release games that do well both commercially and critically. How dare they. (refer to the Lego games)01/29/2015 - 12:55pm
Infophile@Wonderkarp: Tales of Innocence. Was in the final dungeon, when I accidentally left my 3DS on an airplane and couldn't get it back. Lost both the game and the system. Got a new system, but not the game (not fun enough to be worth replaying)01/29/2015 - 12:10pm
Andrew EisenOh, thank goodness. There will be at least two console LEGO games this year. For a moment I was worried there! (LEGO Jurassic World, LEGO Marvel's Avengers plus LEGO Ninjago for handheld.)01/29/2015 - 12:08pm
prh99Cminer: It's the only way to monetize Nintendo game videos. Otherwise Nintendo content IDs them and take all the AD revenue. Also it's only covers a small portion of their catalog.01/29/2015 - 12:06pm
 

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