Consumers complain to FCC about 'data caps'

July 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a National Journal report, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received over 2,000 complaints in the first month the new net neutrality rules went into effect. The new net neutrality rules went into effect in early June, despite a federal court challenge by trade groups and ISPs seeking an injunction while they sued the FCC over their legality. The court declined that request.

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FCC chairman will tell lawmakers net neutrality does not stymie ISP infrastructure investment plans

July 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Federal Communication Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to tell U.S. lawmakers this week that the net neutrality rules implemented in early June will not interfere with internet service providers investing in infrastructure.

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Republican FCC commissioner calls AT&T-DirecTV merger condition a form of 'rate regulation'

July 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai said that broadband rate regulations are coming, despite the fact that the FCC specifically said since before new regulations went to affect in June that it had no plans to regulate broadband.

Pai, who voted against the new rules in a February meeting that ultimately saw them approved, said that the ATT-DirecTV is a prime example of rate regulation.

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FCC approves AT&T - DirecTV merger

July 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It's official: the FCC has voted and given approval for AT&T to buy DirecTV today. The FCC did put a few conditions on AT&T, though nothing the company wasn't anticipating. Besides promising to abide by the new net neutrality rules implemented in June, AT&T promises to expand its broadband network to 12.5 million customer locations and to give discounted rates to poorer consumers.

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Tom Wheeler endorses AT&T-DirecTV merger

July 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has given his approval to a merger between AT&T and DirecTV merger. Wheeler released an order today to other commissioners within the FCC highlighting his support for the merger.

"The proposed order outlines a number of conditions that will directly benefit consumers by bringing more competition in the broadband marketplace," Wheeler wrote in the order.

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Republicans add rider to FCC appropriations bill

July 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Hill reports that Senate Republicans are pushing a rider to an appropriations bill that would bar the Federal Communications Commission from regulating broadband Internet rates under its net neutrality rules.

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has already said that the agency would not get into rate regulation, but that hasn't stopped Republicans from pushing measures that would stop them from doing... what the agency has no plans of doing in the first place.

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Netflix backs Time Warner Cable-Charter merger plans

July 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While entertainment streaming company Netflix may have opposed the Time Warner Cable - Comcast merger, it appears to support a merger between TWC and its latest suitor, Charter. Why? Well, apparently if the merger happens the new entity won't charge large content providers and network operators for direct connections to its network, according to this Ars Technica report.

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Comcast reveals Internet-based TV streaming service

July 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this week Comcast revealed a new streaming service called Comcast Stream. The service is aimed at its Internet customers and allows for streaming to laptops, phones and computers starting at $15 month. There are a few caveats to the service: first it doesn't support smart TVs or devices such as Roku or Apple TV, meaning that it is mostly meant to be used by subscribers who don't use those things now.

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Bernie Sanders urges FCC to gather information on Internet pricing from ISPs

July 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Vermont Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders (who is currently going head-to-head with Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination) and three other senators - Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), and Al Franken (D-Minn.) - have sent a letter to the Federal Communication Commission urging the agency to investigate how cable and broadband providers are charging their customers for services.

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Report: Europe's new net neutrality proposal may circumvent some existing laws

July 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While the new net neutrality rules approved by the European Commission for the entire European region may ban roaming charges for cell phones and apply some basic net neutrality tenets, the new law will also circumvent laws in countries that already exist, according to a Politico report.

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AT&T promises cheap internet for the poor if FCC approves merger with DirecTV

July 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Mobile phone and broadband provider AT&T says that it will give cheaper Internet service to the poor if the FCC approves its merger plan with satellite TV provider DirecTV. In a new filing with the FCC, AT&T says that it will offer "qualifying residents" (those who already receive government assistance of some sort - such as food stamps - and aren't already customers) in areas where AT&T's top speeds are below 5Mbps DSL service of up to 1.5Mbps for $5 a month.

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Free Press advertises in favor on Net Neutrality in Times Square

July 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Internet advocacy group Free Press now has a billboard in New York’s Times Square highlighting the virtues of things like net neutrality and the evils of mega media company mergers.

The group currently has ads appearing on a rotating digital display at the corner of 43rd St. and Broadway, according to a report in The Hill.

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SumOfUs.org takes aim at TWC at shareholders meeting

July 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

International consumer watchdog SumOfUs.org, is backing a current shareholder resolution at Time Warner’s annual general meeting of shareholders in New York City this week calling on the Internet and cable service provider to disclose all of its political spending and to end the funding of shadow organizations opposed to net neutrality.

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Europe bans roaming charges, adopts stricter net neutrality rules

June 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The European Commission announced that roaming charges for mobile phones will be banned in all European territories and that European lawmakers have adopted stricter net neutrality rules.

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FCC Republican commissioner doesn't think internet access is a 'basic human right'

June 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Federal Communications Commission member Michael O’Rielly, a Republican, said yesterday that "Internet access is not a necessity or human right" and called this one of the most important "principles for regulators to consider as it relates to the Internet and our broadband economy." O'Rielly's remarks were part of a speech delivered to the Internet Innovation Alliance yesterday.

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Sprint stops throttling unlimited data plan customers

June 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Mobile broadband provider Sprint has decided that it might be a good idea to stop throttling customers who pay for an unlimited data plan. Likely Sprint found the inspiration to change its activities on this from AT&T, who the FCC fined $100 million for doing pretty much the same thing.

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White House warns Congress about meddling with FCC appropriations

June 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The White House sent to a letter to the  House Appropriations Committee this week strongly urging lawmakers to remove language that would stop the FCC from enforcing the new neutrality rules that went in to effect this month. Congress has added language to the appropriations bill that would limit the FCC's power to enforce the new rules and cut $25 million from its annual budget.

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FCC fines AT&T $100 million for throttling 'unlimited data plan' customers

June 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

AT&T learns the new reality of violating the rules of net neutrality: there will be blood. Or rather, there will be consequences to messing with customers. The Federal Communications Commission has fined the mobile provider $100 million for slowing down or "throttling" Internet speeds of customers who signed up for unlimited data plans. The FCC found that when customers used up a certain amount of data watching video or browsing the Web, the company throttled their Internet speeds so that they were much slower than normal.

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Federal court refuses to delay implementation of new net neutrality rules

June 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday a federal court refused to delay implementation of a key part of the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality order that was approved in its late February meeting. That key part of the new rules classifies broadband and mobile broadband as common carrier under Title II of the Telecommunications Act and goes into effect today. Trade groups and telecoms filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction of the new rules while things were fought out in federal court, but the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected that request.

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PSA: net neutrality rules go into effect June 12

June 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

As this Ars Technica report points out, the Federal Communication Commission's new net neutrality rules - which it approved in a meeting in late February - take effect on June 12. Internet service providers- while suing the FCC in federal court - are still tidying things up to avoid having complaints filed against them. Some of these complaints about connection speeds could be cleared up by interconnection deals that have been signed over the last two months.

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Showtime Streaming coming to PlayStation Vue, Roku in July

June 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Showtime Networks announced today that it will bring its popular pay-TV channel to entertainment streaming devices - including game consoles - later this year. And it will also allow customers to stream live content from the network - in addition to having on-demand access to all of its shows. AND - it claims - it will be a lot cheaper than HBO's $14.99 a month price tag for HBO GO (which, for the record, does not allow for live streaming of its network content.)

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Report: FCC floats proposal to extend 'Lifeline' program to cover Internet access

May 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Politico reports that the Federal Communications Commission is drafting a proposal to extend the Lifeline mobile phone program (often referred to by some as the "Obamaphone" program, despite the fact it was around long before he took office) to cover broadband Internet for the poor.

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Charter promises no data caps for customers under new mega-cable company structure

May 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Charter Communications is getting out in front of any trouble it might have with the Federal Communications Commission on the subject of net neutrality after seeing the spectacular unraveling of the deal between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Earlier this week Charter announced its plans to acquire Time Warner Cable for around $55 billion and a side deal to buy up Bright House for $10 billion.

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Latest edition of Merriam-Webster unabridged dictionary adding 'net neutrality'

May 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The newest edition of the Merriam-Webster unabridged dictionary is adding a number of new internet-related terms including "meme," "emoji," and "net neutrality." The new edition will feature more than 1,700 new entries, according to an announcement this week by Merriam-Webster announced this week. 

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Charter seeks to buy Time Warner Cable in $55.1 billion deal

May 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Update: Charter Communications officially announced its intentions to buy Time Warner Cable and Bright House this morning. In its announcement Charter laid out how big a piece of the pie it will hold when the dust settles on the deal to merge with Time Warner Cable and acquire Bright House:

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FCC urges D.C. Appeals Court to make an expedient decision on net neutrality case

May 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) doesn't agree with much in all the lawsuits filed with the D.C. Appeals Court concerning net neutrality, it does agree with one thing: the court should make a decision as expediently as possible.

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Report: EU member states try to kill off net neutrality protections

May 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

French rights group La Quadrature du Net is claiming that it has obtained a leaked copy of a "non-paper" on net neutrality written by the presidency of the Council of the EU that basically guts net neutrality protections in the European Union. It also delays or waters down previous proposals that would have abolished mobile roaming charges in the European Union. La Quadrature du Net further claims that the "heavily edited" document removes any reference to "net neutrality," removes language about protecting against throttling, and other protective language.

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Report: French billionaire eyeing Time Warner Cable

May 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to Reuters and VentureBeat reports, a French billionaire that most in the United States have never heard of may have designs on acquiring one of the country's biggest broadband and cable providers - Time Warner Cable.

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North Carolina sues FCC over net neutrality rule changes

May 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

North Carolina has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over its new net neutrality rules set to take effect in June, Ars Technica reports. In addition to reclassifying broadband and mobile as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act and banning certain practices (throttling, blocking certain types of traffic), the FCC preempted state laws that allow them to block municipal broadband operations.

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D.C. Appeals court seeks answers from FCC on net neutrality injunction motion

May 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Hill reports that the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other parties interested in seeing the new net neutrality rules implemented in early June to explain why the court should allow them to go forward.

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InfophileAnd here's why you never judge an article by its title: "Microsoft Gives All Windows 10 Users the Finger" - http://www.themarysue.com/microsoft-windows-10-middle-finger/ (I'm looking at you, people still mad about "Gamers are Dead")07/31/2015 - 5:09am
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2015-07-31/khan-academy-s-sal-khan-studio-1-0-full-show-7-30- not game related, but this is a good interview.07/30/2015 - 8:52pm
Goth_SkunkFinally, I never misspelled Chipman's name. So, feel free to try your luck again, but pick an opponent you can beat.07/30/2015 - 8:32pm
Goth_Skunk@Technogeek: I paid for the experience of the seat, and upon completion of the movie determined that the extra for the seat wasn't worth it. Additionally, your opinion is not law. You thinking the movie is crap does not make it so.07/30/2015 - 8:31pm
Craig R.1st I heard of Pixels was seeing trailer in theater. Was interested until Sandler appeared, then it became an instant 'Nope'.07/30/2015 - 4:52pm
james_fudgesick burns are not always allowed in the shoutbox.07/30/2015 - 4:28pm
MechaCrashIt's especially funny because I said "you'd have to be a moron to enjoy it," and Goth boasted about enjoying it, as if that does anything to change my opinion of the movie or of him.07/30/2015 - 4:19pm
TechnogeekMatthew: Back when that law was first implemented, I kept trying to come up with a scenario where it would be anything other than an unmitigatedd sisaster. Nothing ever came to mind.07/30/2015 - 4:16pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/07/new-study-shows-spains-google-tax-has-been-a-disaster-for-publishers/ no duh Sherlock!07/30/2015 - 4:10pm
TechnogeekI can't even make a joke about that. It's like poking fun at Donald Trump's hair.07/30/2015 - 4:01pm
TechnogeekSo you willingly paid more money than you needed to in order to watch a crappy Adam Sandler movie (but I repeat myself), just to spite a reviewer that you can't even spell the name of properly.07/30/2015 - 4:01pm
Goth_SkunkMy one regret was paying extra for a DVX seat, which jostles and vibrates in relation to the action on screen. What a waste of money.07/30/2015 - 3:55pm
Goth_SkunkYes, I did watch Pixels just to spite Chipman. I was originally going to see Minions, but moved it down the list. AND I ENJOYED IT. So nuts to you, MechaCrash.07/30/2015 - 3:44pm
Matthew Wilson@phx works fine for me, but I did it the long way. I upgraded, made a recovery drive, than did a full install.07/30/2015 - 3:24pm
Andrew EisenReally liking Child of Light so far (I play on console so UPlay isn't a concern). Gorgeous aesthetic with a fun presentation and battle system. So far, so good!07/30/2015 - 1:36pm
PHX CorpWell I'm offically on Windows 10 Laptop Wise(I had to download the Windows 10 Media tool from Microsoft to get it now rather than waiting for the update through windows update)07/30/2015 - 12:16pm
ZippyDSMleeI dunno I'd go to see it, seems liek dumb fun, better than half assed serious stuff that has so many holes large enough to drive mac trucks through(coughinterstellercouch).07/30/2015 - 10:58am
Andrew EisenGoth - Wait, you went to see Pixels just to spite Chipman?07/30/2015 - 10:49am
MechaCrashYou can see Pixels, which requires you to be a moron to enjoy it, or you can actually spend that time and money watching something actually good. Gosh, what a choice.07/30/2015 - 10:49am
benohawkHot damn, I'm sold. Why see something you can enjoy on multiple levels when you can nap through half the film and still get it all?07/30/2015 - 10:17am
 

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