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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Rep. Marcia Blackburn's Challenger Strongly Supports Net Neutrality

October 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Incumbent Republican Rep. Marcia Blackburn (pictured, left) has represented Tennessee's District 7 in the House for seven years, and she hopes to make the eighth time the charm. First she has to get by Democratic challenger Dan Cramer, a 26-year U.S. Army veteran who believes that the current Congress is unproductive and obstructive mess.

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Redbox Instant Shutting Down Oct. 7

October 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Redbox Instant will be shutting down tomorrow, according to an announcement by Redbox. Verizon's attempt to compete against Netflix and to supplement Redbox's brisk kiosk-based movie and video game rental service with an online streaming component, is being closed after two-years in existence.

"Redbox Instant by Verizon... will be shut down on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time," customers were told in a notice on the service's website.

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Report: Industry Privately Angry With Verizon Over Its Net Neutrality Win Against The FCC

October 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While they won't say it publicly, broadband and mobile service providers are kind of ticked off with Verizon for suing the FCC in federal court and winning earlier this year. Sure, Verizon got a lot of the Open Internet Order invalidated, but the Federal court actually gave the FCC guidance it needed to move forward: reclassify broadband (and maybe even mobile) as "common carriers" like the telephone under Title II of the Telecommunications Act and get the legal authority they need to enforce the rules.

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Verizon Wireless Backs Away From Throttling LTE Users With Unlimited Plans

October 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Verizon Wireless was set to start throttling LTE users on Oct. 1 as part of what it called an expanded "network optimization" program, but the company decided not to after the Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler started questioning the validity of the practice.

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FTC Commissioner Concerned About The FCC's Plan To Reclassify Broadband

September 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In an interview with CSPAN, Maureen Ohlhausen, a Republican commissioner with the Federal Trade Commission says that the FCC's plans to reclassify broadband as a "common carrier" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act (as part of a tweak to make net neutrality rules enforceable) would strip the agency of its ability to enforce consumer protection rules.

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FCC Dem Commissioners Want Net Neutrality to Address Mobile, Wi-Fi, and Reclassification of Broadband

September 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has put forth some interesting changes that he'd like to see rolled into the Open Internet Order of 2010, fellow Democratic commissioners are publicly calling for even stricter regulations on broadband and mobile providers.

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Comcast: It's Too Expensive to Compete Against Other Cable Companies

September 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Comcast has a popular argument it likes to use when discussing the proposed merger between it and Time Warner Cable with the FCC: since it doesn't compete against TWC in any city or town in the United States, there's no harm in approving the deal.

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Comcast FCC Filing Says Merger With TWC Won't Take Away Any Competition

September 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Comcast, in its ongoing quest to merge with Time Warner Cable, is trying to convince the FCC that becoming one with one of its rivals won't take away any competition from the market because there's still plenty of other competition out there. Comcast submitted the response to the FCC on September 11, but it wasn’t made public until recently by the FCC due to technical problems with the agency's web site.

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Verizon 'Committed' to an 'Open Internet'

September 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Verizon has long opposed net neutrality rules and was one of very few companies to sue the FCC in Federal court. Ultimately it prevailed, with the D.C. District court ruling that the FCC did not have the authority to enforce them because broadband and wireless service providers were not classified as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. It has also spent - according to San Francisco-based data firm Quid - $100 million to lobby Congress on net neutrality since 2009.

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Andrew EisenComic on EA and its subsidiaries: http://cheezburger.com/8456978176/funny-web-comics-rip-maxis Might be old. Don't know who drew it. Still cute.03/05/2015 - 3:10pm
WonderkarpI'm actually quite excited for rockband 4. cause I feel like theyve had enough time to learn from mistakes and make a better game with better accessories03/05/2015 - 2:22pm
Andrew EisenAnd, for those who want more detail on Rock Band 4, here's an interview with the dev: http://www.hardcoregamer.com/2015/03/05/harmonix-talks-rock-band-4-wii-u-version-missing-keytar-and-upcoming-songs/137579/03/05/2015 - 2:08pm
Wonderkarphttp://techraptor.net/content/rock-band-4-announced Rock Band 4 is coming.03/05/2015 - 12:29pm
Andrew EisenMechaTama - Again, my apologies for being unclear. The last sentence really should have started "For example, in the below link," similar to how I worded the request the last time I made it.03/05/2015 - 11:57am
Papa MidnightBecause, you know, that's worked out so well over the past 10 years that they've said the same exact thing: https://i.imgur.com/RFrFNoZ.jpg03/05/2015 - 9:25am
Papa MidnightAh, it's a new year. You know what that means: time for Microsoft to renew it's promise on PC Gaming! http://www.businessinsider.com/windows-10-games-2015-303/05/2015 - 9:24am
MechaTama31Not to belabor the point, but you did say "folks" and "any links", which doesn't sound to me like you were referring only to one particular link... </pedant> ;)03/05/2015 - 8:33am
MechaCrashIt can be made extraneous, depending on how you format the URL. For example: http://youtu.be/dQw4w9WgXcQ03/05/2015 - 6:28am
Andrew EisenMechaTama - I was referring specifically to the link below my post. I should have been more clear. My bad.03/05/2015 - 2:42am
james_fudgefair point, let's say "excluding YouTube videos"03/05/2015 - 2:25am
MechaTama31The stuff after the ? is not *always* extraneous.03/04/2015 - 11:57pm
MechaTama31AE: But that would make your link https://www.youtube.com/watch , which wouldn't work so well... ;)03/04/2015 - 11:56pm
E. Zachary KnightFor those curious, that timeline came from Destructoid: http://www.destructoid.com/tomm-hulett-s-unified-mario-timeline-theory-288472.phtml03/04/2015 - 8:11pm
WymorenceJeez, who'd have thought Yoshi doing a good deed was the reason for everything in Mushroom Kingdom being so screwed up...?03/04/2015 - 7:49pm
prh99The most popular games on Steam for 2014 http://bit.ly/1zLE0r403/04/2015 - 7:47pm
Papa MidnightWow, EZK. Oh my goodness, that timeline is huge.03/04/2015 - 6:59pm
E. Zachary KnightIt's the Super Mario timeline. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/386496/smbTimeline_huge.png03/04/2015 - 6:49pm
prh99There are the various URL shortening services.03/04/2015 - 6:45pm
WymorenceIronic that they're releasing a game about cops and robbers in essence while they don the "extortionist" mask...03/04/2015 - 6:38pm
 

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