FCC fines 'Smart City' for blocking wi-fi hotspots

August 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Communications Commission has punished another company for blocking Wi-Fi access.  The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau announced a $750,000 settlement with Smart City Holdings, LLC. The settlement is a punishment for the company blocking consumers’ Wi-Fi at various convention centers around the United States.

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Amicus briefs filed in Appeals Court net neutrality case

August 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a report in The Hill this morning, trade groups and other interested parties filed nearly a dozen amicus briefs in preparation for oral arguments in a case against the Federal Communications Commission. Oral arguments are set for Dec. 4, with a decision expected by as early as Spring 2016.

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FCC takes a closer look at pricing and data caps in preparation for annual U.S. broadband deployment report

August 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Communications Commission announced its intention to launch an inquiry on a variety of issues in preparations for its annual assessment of U.S. broadband deployment.

Under Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 the agency is required by law to assess on an annual basis if "broadband is being deployed to all Americans on a reasonable and timely basis."

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FCC has new rules for copper lines, phone battery backups and more

August 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has imposed a new set of rules on cable and phone carriers that plan on turning off old copper line-based infrastructure, but have given those same carriers a break if they want to replace them with broadband lines. As it was before today, carriers who want to shut off those old copper lines have to let the FCC know before they do it, but a change in the rules requires more notifications to customers too.

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Appeals Court schedules hearing for case against FCC's net neutrality rules

August 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Broadband and mobile providers and the trade groups who represent them will finally get a day in court to argue their case on why the new net neutrality rules should be struck down, but they'll have to wait until the end of this year. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit scheduled a hearing to hear the first oral arguments in the case on December 4, 2015.

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ISPs argue that they are 'information services,' not 'telecommunication services' in federal court

July 31, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Internet service providers and trade groups filed a 95-page brief on Thursday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia laying out their arguments why the Federal Communications Commission’s new net neutrality rules that went into effect in June should be overturned.

It seems that the core argument among ISPs is that common carrier rules cannot be applied to broadband internet providers because they provide "information services" and not "telecommunication services."

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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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