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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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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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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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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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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Verizon Investors Want Answers On Net Neutrality

January 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A group of Verizon investors are publicly criticizing the mobile and broadband provider for its position on net neutrality, according to this Ars Technica report. They say that the company's position on the issue could ultimately harm its reputation and future commercial success.

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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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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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Koch-Backed Group Dominates Second Round of Comments on Net Neutrality, Says Sunlight Foundation

December 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report by the non-profit watchdog group the Sunlight Foundation (as reported on by Ars Technica) shows that a "shadowy organization with ties to the Koch Brothers" convinced 772,000 people to oppose "Internet regulation" and send comments to the Federal Communications Commission during the second public comment phase relat

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ISPs Admit They Can 'Live With' Net Neutrality Rule Changes

December 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week, contrary to what it has been saying elsewhere about the chilling affect proposed FCC net neutrality rule changes would have on the company's ability to build outs infrastructure, etc., Verizon told investors that it would be business as usual no matter what the FCC does.

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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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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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Verizon to FCC: We Won't Sue If You Don't Reclassify Broadband

November 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Verizon claims it won't sue the FCC over new net neutrality rules if the agency doesn't reclassify broadband as a common carrier under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. At least that is what the broadband and mobile broadband service provider is claiming in a new bog post (as reported on by Ars Technica).

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T-Mobile Adds More Music Services to 'Music Freedom' Program

November 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

U.S.-based mobile phone provider T-Mobile US announced that it has exempted 14 streaming music services from its data caps. Those services that are now getting an exemption include such notables as Google Play Music, Xbox Music, SoundCloud, RadioTunes, Digitally Imported, Fit Radio, Fresca Radio, JazzRadio, Live365, Mad Genius Radio, radioPup, radio.com, RockRadio, and Saavn. T-Mobile does not charge these services to avoid being part of its data caps unlike other mobile providers like AT&T.

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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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Senator Ted Cruz Calls Net Neutrality 'Obama Care For the Internet'

November 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

"The biggest regulatory threat to the Internet is 'net neutrality.'" That's what Texas Senator Ted Cruz said today on Facebook. The Libertarian Republican Senator (and a strong voice for the Team Party in the Senate) compared net neutrality rules to Obama Care in a brief statement today.

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President Obama Offers Full-Throated Endorsement of Net Neutrality Rules and Enforcement

November 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

President Barack Obama has come out with a strong statement explaining why his administration supports the proposed Federal Communication Commission's proposal to reclassify broadband (and possibly mobile) service providers as "common carriers" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. You may recall that Verizon successfully sued the FCC after it enacted the Open Internet Order of 2010, claiming that the agency had no legal authority under Title II. A D.C.

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New York City Public Advocate Wants Conditions on Comcast-TWC Merger

October 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a letter (PDF) to the state Public Service Commission, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James and 21 other state and city officials asked that the approval of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger be contingent on the new company providing free Internet to the poor, along with a number of other demands - including a commitment to offer at least gigabit speeds to paying customers.

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Verizon-Backed Tech Site Forbidden From Writing About 'Spying' and 'Net Neutrality'

October 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Verizon's wireless subsidiary is funding a tech site called SugarString but writers who sign up to work for the web site have to agree not to write about two subjects: net neutrality and surveillance or spying activities. While there are lots of stories about technology and culture on the site, the two aforementioned subjects can never be written about on Sugarstring.

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FCC Hits Pause Button on AT&T-DirecTV and Comcast-TWC Merger Reviews

October 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officially hit the pause buttons on its review of both the Comcast/Time Warner Cable and AT&T/DirecTV mergers. Normally the FCC operates its review under a "180-day informal time clock," but requests for an extensions from multiple companies has forced the agency to extend the normal approval process period.

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Internet Broadcasters Weigh In On Net Neutrality

October 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Radio Survivor blog has some anecdotal evidence that Internet radio/podcast hosts from around the country commented during the FCC's public comment period to voice their support for strong open internet rules.

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EFF Calls on Californians to Speak Up About Net Neutrality

October 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

California often marches to the beat of its own drum when it comes to national issues still being debated in the public forum and it often wields the power of influence on important issues. One of the issues that state regulators will be focusing on tomorrow is net neutrality, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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City of Worcester Doesn't Want Anything to Do With Comcast

October 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The critics of Worcester, Massachusetts give ISP Comcast two thumbs way, way down; the city council in Worcester, MA does not want Comcast coming anywhere near its residents and is being very vocal about it. The town is currently serviced by Time Warner Cable, but if the proposed merger between the two ISPs gets approval from the Justice Department and the FCC, it could end up taking over that cable system.

The city of Worcester is not interested in that happening.

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Comcast Files Response to FCC Questions About Merger With Time Warner Cable

October 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a blurb in Politico's Morning Tech, cable operator Comcast has filed a response to dozens of pages of detailed questions the FCC asked it back in August related to its merger with Time Warner Cable.

A filing by Comcast SVP Kathryn Zachem attempts to answer some of those burning questions which includes information on its subscriber base and regional sports networks it owns.

An earlier response sent in by the company was deemed "insufficient" by the FCC.

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Life in the 'Fast Lane': Netflix Performance Improves on Verizon FiOS in September

October 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Netflix has released its Speed Index for September, showing that a paid prioritization deal with Verizon is finally paying off for customers. In September, Verizon FiOS topped all other major ISPs in Netflix performance with an average stream rate of 3.17Mbps. In August, Netflix streamed at an average of 2.41Mbps on Verizon FiOS;in July it was at 1.61Mbps; and in June, 1.58Mbps.

Netflix performance on Verizon DSL has improved slightly, hitting an average speed of 1.68Mbps in September.

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President Obama Urges FCC To Ban 'Fast Lanes'

October 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

President Barack Obama said yesterday that he is still “unequivocally committed to net neutrality” and said that he would like the Federal Communications Commission to ban paid Internet fast lanes. The President made his comments about net neutrality yesterday in response to a question at an event hosted by Cross Campus in Santa Monica, CA.

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Matthew WilsonI hope some company buys sega's ips. creative assembly, and Atlas. the rest of sega can bugger off.01/31/2015 - 4:03pm
WonderkarpTropes VS Women Refund : An Open Letter to Feminist Frequency https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoucuL1jazI Guy trying to get refund from the kickstarter01/31/2015 - 3:50pm
Goth_SkunkPrototype was all right. I had way more fun running around in the open world, scaling buildings, gliding in the air, and pulling off insane helicopter-capturing maneuvers than I did with the actual story, though. Eventually the novelty wore off.01/31/2015 - 3:31pm
Andrew EisenI don't know about Joystiq, we may mention it but I don't know that there's that much to really discuss but yeah, Nintendo's YouTube Creator's Program is on the agenda.01/31/2015 - 2:45pm
MonteMatt: they have articles on both Joystiq and nintendo's youtube BS.01/31/2015 - 2:30pm
prh99http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/12/31/playstation-plus-januarys-free-games/01/31/2015 - 1:56pm
Matthew Wilsonyou guys going to talk about the Joystiq closing, and Nintendo losing its mind?01/31/2015 - 1:11pm
Andrew EisenNeo - Do you have any evidence of that? Please link.01/31/2015 - 11:43am
Papa MidnightI enjoyed the first Prototype... even if the PC Port was horribly done. Prototype 2, however, far exceeds it. It's actually a decent game in my opinion.01/31/2015 - 11:24am
Wonderkarpreally? I didnt play it because the first one sucked. I didnt even know the main characters black01/31/2015 - 10:38am
Neo_DrKefkaFor those who don't know Prototype 2 is free for the PS3 on PS PLUS! It's a great game that failed due to collusion with activist bloggers before the game was released that people would hate it because the main characters black.01/31/2015 - 9:53am
Wonderkarpalso heard Techraptor is working on a big news piece on indiecade01/31/2015 - 9:47am
WonderkarpAndrew : All I know is he was critical of the block list and said the coding was bad.01/31/2015 - 9:42am
prh99Devolvers response to Nintendo's creator program https://mobile.twitter.com/devolverdigital/status/56082061398444851301/31/2015 - 3:24am
Andrew EisenI only know of him being annoyed that IGDA mistakenly hosted on its anti-harassment tools page a blocklist he was on. What else was he critical of?01/31/2015 - 2:19am
Goth_Skunk@WonderKarp: Given Rosario's outspoken criticisms of the conduct of the IGDA, I would not be one bit surprised if he's being strong-armed into silence in closed-door meetings. He's not towing the party line, after all.01/30/2015 - 11:38pm
MechaTama31EZK: Thank you! (And I was able to see that you did it, only because you did it. How appropriate! :)01/30/2015 - 11:37pm
Matthew Wilson@Monte Nintendo is a Japanese company though. consoles are dead in japan. ps sony is a international company, so they do not much care about Japanese sales much.01/30/2015 - 10:11pm
MonteOnly one generation ago nintnedo had the best selling console. They know their games are still popular and can move their hardware. They just need to focus on better gaming hardware and advertising (their youtube policy not helping)01/30/2015 - 9:58pm
MonteI'd expect Nintendo to keep making consoles, much like the gamecube i doubt nintendo will see the Wii U as a sign of the end for consoles. There are multiple reason why the Wii U failed a big one being marketting.01/30/2015 - 9:55pm
 

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