Poll: Will the FCC Preempt State Laws That Limit Municipal Broadband Services?

July 31, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

I use Time Warner Cable for my broadband internet service.  Why?  Because I have no choice.  TWC is the only provider available in my area.  It's either TWC or no wired internet.

You may have noticed that when it comes to broadband internet service in America, you almost certainly have only one option for a service provider - if you have an option at all, that is.  There are plenty of rural areas that have no service, period.

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Virgin Mobile's New Custom Plans and Net Neutrality

July 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Virgin Mobile's new build-your-own smartphone plans (see the announcement from Sprint here) seems like a convenient way for consumers to customize their bills based on the types of services they use and the media they consume, but as The Verge points out, it's a slippery slope and goes agai

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FCC Questions Verizon's Plan to Throttle Unlimited Mobile Data Customers on 4G Network

July 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Communications Commission has sent a letter to Verizon asking the company a series of pointed questions concerning its plan to throttle unlimited data plan customers on its 4G LTE networks. The company announced earlier this month that it planned to start prioritizing customers who were not unlimited data plan customers over those who are - all in the name of network management.

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AARP Slams FCC's 'Fast Lane' Proposal

July 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

AARP said in a press release today targeting New York's elderly population that "Internet fast lanes" for a fee being considered by the Federal Communications Commission would leave "older New Yorkers in the dust online."

More than one million Americans left comments for the FCC on a proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that would allow service providers to charge content providers a reasonable fee for better access to its customers.

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Verizon Plans to Throttle 'Unlimited' 4G Networks Customers This Fall

July 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Verizon’s 4G networks soon will start feeling a little less unlimited for customers who don't pay for data by the gigabyte. According to GIGA OM, Verizon will start prioritizing traffic so that customers who pay for mobile data by the gigabyte get access over customers who use  Verizon’s unlimited plans. The new policies will only apply when the network gets crowded, according to Verizon.

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ISPs Say 'They Are Afraid' Netflix Will Start Charging Them For Access

July 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a recent filing with the FCC by The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (which represents Time Warner Cable, Comcast, and other broadband providers throughout the U.S.) the trade groups claims that ISPs are worried that Netflix will start charging them for access. Ironically Comcast and Verizon are currently in deals with Netflix to provider faster access to their customers.

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Poll: Who's Responsible For Crappy Netflix Performance On Verizon?

July 23, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

He said, she said.

If you're a Verizon customer, you might have experienced less than optimal performance when trying to stream movies from Netflix.  If you're not a Verizon customer, well, word on the street is that Netflix doesn't perform so hot for Verizon customers.

Netflix says it's Verizon's fault.  Verizon says it's Netflix's fault?

Who do you think is to blame?  Netflix?  Verizon?  One of those intermediaries like Level 3 or Cogent?  Gremlins?  The Illuminati perhaps?

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FiOS Customer Declares Verizon His 'Enemy' After Netflix VPN Test

July 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Colin Nederkoorn, co-founder and CEO of e-mail software maker Customer.io, has declared that Verizon has made an enemy of him. Why? Because Nederkoorn found after running a test that his Netflix ran a whole lot better on VPN than on his regular connection. Nederkoorn is a FiOS customer who pays for 75Mbps download speeds. He feels that Netflix is not the problem despite what Verizon has said about the video streaming service in the past.

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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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AT&T Supports Fast Lane Bans With Loopholes

July 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In its filing with the FCC about Chairman Wheeler's proposal to allow ISPs to charge content providers for faster direct access to customers, AT&T said it supports the ban of fast lanes... as long as there are some major loopholes. Naturally these loopholes would benefit AT&T's broadband and wireless businesses.

AT&T, like Comcast, is taking an amicable position because it wants the FCC and other government regulatory agencies to approve its merger with DirecTV (in Comcast's case it is seeking approval for a merger with Time Warner Cable).

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Verizon Warns FCC About Reclassifying Broadband Providers as 'Common Carriers'

July 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a new filing with the FCC, Verizon claims that if broadband providers are classified as common carrier under Title II of the Communications Act, they will be forced to charge web services and web sites. It is quite a claim, and one that has been debunked by experts, but that isn't stopping Verizon from pushing the issue.

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Congresswoman Proposes Amendment to Stop FCC From Meddling With 'State Issues'

July 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has always been opposed to the FCC regulating anything, but she has been particularly outspoken about the FCC's Open Internet Order since it was introduced in 2010. To that point, Rep. Blackburn recently said that she wants to make sure the FCC never interferes with "states' rights" to protect private Internet service providers from having to compete against municipal broadband networks.

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Comcast Seems to Support Most Net Neutrality Rules

July 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a lengthy public comment to the FCC on net neutrality, Comcast said that it "would not be opposed" to a new standard (proposed by chairman Tom Wheeler and tentatively approved by an FCC vote) in which paid prioritization arrangements are considered commercially unreasonable unless proven otherwise. Comcast wrote:

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FCC Extends Comment Period on 'Fast Lanes,' Net Neutrality

July 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Communications Commission was forced to extend the deadline for comments today after the public, interest groups, and others flooded the agency websites with comments today and caused it to crash. Now the public will have until midnight on Friday to comment on the agency’s controversial fast-lane net neutrality proposal. Those who haven't already can file a comment by sending an email to openinternet@fcc.gov to weigh in on the proposal. Anyone who wants to respond to initial comments filed with the FCC has until September to file additional comments.

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The Internet Association Asks The FCC For 'Strong' and 'Enforceable' Net Neutrality Rules

July 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A group of more than two dozen companies doing business in the tech and Internet space have asked the Federal Communications Commission to create strong and enforceable net neutrality rules.

The companies, who are members of The Internet Association, include Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Netflix. The groups say that they want to prevent the segregation of the Internet into fast lanes and slow lanes because it would distort the market, discourage innovation and harm Internet users.

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Netflix Performance on Verizon Continues to Decline in June

July 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

One would expect that - after signing a deal to get direct access to its customers - Netflix performance on various Verizon broadband Internet offerings would improve dramatically. That is not the case. According to Netflix's ISP speed rankings for the month of June, performance of its video streaming service on Verizon has seen a 17 percent decline in quality.

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FCC Puts Together Committees to Scrutinize TWC-Comcast and AT&T-DirecTV Mergers

July 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Anyone against the proposed mergers between Time Warner Cable and Comcast and AT&T and DirecTV should take some solace in the fact that some of the members of several review committees the Federal Communications Commission has put together will not be giving either merger a rubber stamp approval.

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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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Ofcom Makes Switching Broadband Fiber Providers in the UK Cheaper and Easier

June 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

New guidelines from Ofcom (the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries) will make switching from one superfast broadband supplier to another less expensive. Prior to changes in the rules, when a consumer switched from BT's Openreach (the company that controls BT's phone and broadband infrastructure) the new ISP would be hit with a £50 connection fee. This fee was typically passed on to the consumer.

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Oddworld Founder Says Biggest Problem for the Industry is Net Neutrality

June 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Oddworld Inhabitants founder Lorne Lanning says that the biggest problem facing the video games industry is Net Neutrality. Speaking to GII, Lanning said that all of the progress made in the industry over the last few years could be undone by its own apathy towards preserving a free and open internet.

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ACA Opposes AT&T Buyout of DirecTV

June 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The American Cable Association (ACA) is publicly opposing AT&T's purchase of DirecTV. The trade group, which represents 850 small cable companies and Internet service providers, says that this and other mergers will make the cost of purchasing programming skyrocket.

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Lawmakers Propose Banning 'Paid Prioritization'

June 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Lawmakers are not happy with the FCC's proposal to allow broadband providers to charge content providers extra money for faster access to their customers. This supposed fast lane approach has rubbed lawmakers the wrong way, according to The Wrap, prompting them to push legislation that bans "paid prioritization."

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EFF Launches 'Dear FCC' Site

June 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched dearfcc.org, a web site that gives the Internet community at large a simple way to give the FCC a piece of their mind concerning net neutrality (or the Open Internet Order). You may have heard that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has put forth a proposal that would allow broadband providers like Comcast and Time Warner Cable to charge content providers for faster access to their customers (commonly referred to as selling them on "faster lanes" for internet traffic).

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FCC Considers Preempting or Banning State Laws That Restrict Community Broadband Initiatives

June 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says that state laws seeking to stop community-run broadband initiatives have to be dealt with, but he has not said how the agency plans to take on the thorny issue. In at least 20 states there are already legal restriction in place to thwart municipal broadband networks. Many of these laws or regulations were put in place with the help of campaign cash from ISPs, telecom companies (both regional and national) and trade groups representing these industries.

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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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Verizon Warns Netflix to Stop Talking About Its Internet Services

June 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier in the week it was revealed that Netflix has been telling Verizon customers that the reason the streaming video experience is so poor is because Verizon's network performance isn't very good. This has made Verizon very angry. In a letter to Netflix, the company said that Netflix should stop defaming them to their customers or it would be forced to take legal action against it.

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Public Responds Negatively to FCC's Net Neutrality Proposal

June 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The battle for net neutrality is heating up, as the Federal Communications Commission finds that the public's opinion seems to be strongly against the agency's plans to allow ISPs to charge online content providers for faster access to its customers.

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John Oliver Explains Net Neutrality

June 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While the clip is only 42 seconds long, John Oliver's Last Week Tonight show on HBO explains net neutrality better than anyone has at the FCC. The clip is a response to news that the FCC has approved a draft change to net neutrality that would allow ISPs to charge content providers for faster and better access to their customers.

Along with the FCC proposal, the agency also put the bill out for public comment about finding a way to classify broadband under Title II of the Telecommunications act - or through some other means within the confines of current regulations.

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Congressman Funded by Telecommunications Campaign Cash Proposes Bill to Stop FCC's Net Neutrality Plans

May 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this week Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) filed legislation that would prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from attempting to regulate broadband Internet service as a public utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. While the legislation is more of a dramatic public show of support for the idea that the FCC should not have the power to regulate anything, it's also interesting because the Congressman is "bankrolled" by lobbyists for the telecommunications industry.

PCCC Video Compares Net Neutrality Proposal to 'Laggy Video Games'

May 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee has released a new video comparing the Federal Communications Commission’s new plans for Internet "fast lanes" to "the laggiest game you’ve ever played." The video, made by animation firm Pixel Valley Studio, delivers the liberal group's call for members (and the Internet community at large) to sign a petition urging the FCC to reclassify the Internet as a public utility like telephone service.

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PHX CorpI'm going to do a test stream later today, if anyone is intrested07/31/2014 - 2:40pm
Andrew EisenYes, I'm such a big Nintendo dork that I read Nintendo's quarterly financial reports.07/31/2014 - 2:09pm
Andrew EisenCool tidbit - Mario Kart 8 sales account for more than half of total Wii U software sales for the last quarter even though it was only available for the last third.07/31/2014 - 2:09pm
Andrew EisenStill a pretty cool promotion. Unfortunately for me, I'm not interested in purchasing Mario Kart 8 and I already owned or didn't want any of the free games on offer.07/31/2014 - 1:43pm
Andrew EisenInteresting that EU had 10 games to choose from while North America only had four.07/31/2014 - 1:41pm
MaskedPixelanteIt certainly worked, I probably would never have bought Mario Kart 8 if it didn't come with a free copy of Wind Waker HD.07/31/2014 - 1:14pm
Andrew EisenI imagine will see similar promotions like "Buy Mario Kart 8 get a download code for one of these specific games" but almost certainly not for all of its (however you would define) biggest releases.07/31/2014 - 11:24am
MaskedPixelanteI wonder if Nintendo is going to be doing "buy one get one free" promos for all their biggest releases going forward.07/31/2014 - 10:48am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/special-report-retail-revolt-over-pc-code-strippers/013614007/31/2014 - 8:27am
ZippyDSMleeWouldn't they be able to afford and get done in a timely manner a general gba emluator for the 3DS? It seems to me if they want to make money off sales they need to do it.07/31/2014 - 7:25am
Sora-ChanAmbassador program, that's what I was looking for. Anyway the other games that have been made no longer exclusive to the early adopters got updates in their software. It'll only be a matter of time more than likely for the GBA to get the same treatment.07/31/2014 - 5:35am
Sora-ChanI might be naming it incorrectly when I say "founder" i mean the program for earlier adopters.07/31/2014 - 5:34am
Sora-Chanthe 3DS's GBA emulator was a rush job due to the founder program. No other GBA titles have been released on the 3DS yet. If/When they do get around to it, they'll more than likely update the emulation software.07/31/2014 - 5:32am
Zenemulator...it's not just a slap job that makes "some" work..they do it for each which is why they work so well. I would rather have the quality over just a slap job.07/30/2014 - 5:48pm
ZenMatthew there is a difference between "worked" and "accurate". You play the Nintendo VC titles they play as damn close to the original as possible. The PSP would just run them as best they could, issues and all. And Masked...EACH VC title has their own07/30/2014 - 5:48pm
MaskedPixelanteOnce again, the 3DS already HAS a GBA emulator, it just can't run at the same time as the 3DS OS.07/30/2014 - 4:54pm
Matthew Wilsonyou cant street pass in ds mode ether, and if moders can make a gba emulator that runs very well on the psp as I understand it. you are telling me that Nintendo devs are not as good as moders?07/30/2014 - 4:49pm
Zenperformance. Halo 1 and 2 worked great because they actually did custom work on each of them...just like Nintendo does now lol07/30/2014 - 4:08pm
Zenexisting hardware while the GBA has to be emulated completely. Same reason the 360 couldn't run most Original Xbox games correctly, or had issues because they just did "blanket approach" for their emulation which led to game killing bugs or horrible07/30/2014 - 4:07pm
ZenSora/Matthew: It's not just Miiverse, but the whole idea of streetpass and things like that would be affected if the OS is not running. And just because a 3DS game can be downloaded and run does not mean that GBA can as easily. Those 3DS games use the07/30/2014 - 4:06pm
 

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