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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Why Google Fiber Doesn't Charge for 'Fast Lanes'

May 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday in a blog post, Google Fiber's director of network engineering, Jeffrey Burgan, explained why Google's Internet service provider doesn't charge Netflix and other content companies for direct connections to its network. Obviously this makes Comcast, who is charging Netflix and other content providers for direct access to its customers, look bad.

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Report: Customers Hate TWC, Comcast The Most

May 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) report being released today, Comcast and Time Warner Cable are the most hated companies by customers in the three "triple play" markets they operate in. The two cable companies, which are attempting to convince federal regulators that their merger plan is a good thing, ranked second-to-last and last in the Internet service, subscription TV and fixed-line telephone service markets, according to the report.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 99

May 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss whether the unbundling of the Kinect will help Xbox One sales, the NPD Group's latest report on core gamer trends, and ISPs threatening to take their ball and go home if net neutrality passes. Download Episode 99 now: SuperPAC Episode 99 (1 hour, 5 minutes) 75 MB.

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AT&T Promises to Follow 2010 Open Internet Order if DirecTV Merger is Approved

May 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

AT&T said yesterday that it would follow the FCC's old net neutrality rules for three years if the government approves its acquisition of DirecTV. It's a miracle. This is despite the fact that the D.C. circuit of the federal Appeals court basically put those rules out to dry, noting that the FCC didn't have the authority to regulate broadband service providers because they are not "common carrier" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act (Verizon v. FCC).

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FCC Approves Chairman Wheeler's Preliminary Proposal to Change Net Neutrality Rules

May 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Despite being inundated with phone calls, emails, tweets, and posts on social media, the Federal Communications Commission has voted in favor of a preliminary proposal to allow broadband providers to charge content providers like Netflix an extra fee to prioritize traffic - a fast lane. Commissioners voted along party lines, with Republican commissioners voting against the proposal put forth by Democratic FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. Two fellow Democratic Commissioners voted with Wheeler in a 3 for and 2 against final vote.

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Report: Cord Cutters Come Close to Hitting Data Caps Every Month

May 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report from Sandvine (by way of Ars Technica reveals that that the average cord cutter is almost always near going over ISP imposed data caps. According to the firm's latest Global Internet Phenomena report released today (based on measurements in March), Internet users in the U.S.

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ISPs Threaten to Stop Building Infrastructure if New Net Neutrality Proposal Passes

May 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The top Internet service providers in the United States have told the Federal Communications Commission that if new revisions to the Open Internet Order are passed by the FCC commissioners on Thursday, they will stop building out infrastructure and give up on innovation.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 98

May 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the latest GamePolitics Poll results (should Kickstarter adopt an equity-based investment model?), the web-hosting service that dared to throttle the FCC, the national Reason-Rupe poll about gaming, and the Tomodachi Life controversy. Download Episode 98 now: SuperPAC Episode 98 (1 hour, 8 minutes) 78 MB.

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FCC Chairman Revises Net Neutrality Proposal as Commission Vote Looms

May 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Politico report, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is "scrambling" to save his controversial net neutrality plan as the commission heads towards a vote on Thursday. According to FCC officials, Wheeler has circulated a new series of revisions to the plan revealed last week - which would allow ISPs to charge content providers for "faster lanes" to customers.

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Ten U.S. Senators Voice Opposition to Net Neutrality Changes

May 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Ten U.S. Senators have signed on to a letter that was sent to the Federal Communications Commission to express their opposition to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to change the Open Internet Order (also known as net neutrality) to allow ISPs to charge content providers fees for faster lanes to their customers.

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Web Hosting Service NeoCities Throttles FCC Over 'Net Neutrality' Proposal

May 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal allowing for ISPs to charge for an Internet "fast lane" that would let Internet service providers charge Web services for priority access to consumers is ticking consumers off, but some folks who have to do business on the Internet are not pleased about it either - and one company is doing something about it: Neocities web hosting service.

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FCC Chairman Vows Diligence in Protecting New Technologies Under Net Neutrality Rules

April 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has decided not to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service, which would open Internet service providers up to common carrier regulations under Title II of the Communications Act. Ignoring an important part of the Appeals court ruling (Verizon v. FCC) in the case it lost earlier this year (the court said the agency did not have jurisdiction under Title II to enforce the Open Internet Order), he decided to push ahead with a plan allowing service providers to charge content providers for faster lanes to the customer.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 96

April 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the latest poll on GamePolitics (how do you divvy up your Humble Bundle payments), FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and net neutrality, the 'New Essential Facts on Video Game Industry' report from the ESA, China's restrictions on game content released in the country, and the horrible story of a Call of Duty player who called a SWAT team on an opponent. Download Episode 96 now: SuperPAC Episode 96 (1 hour, 14 minutes) 85 MB.

Netflix Inks Deal With Verizon

April 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Netflix has signed a deal with Verizon to increase its level of access to the ISP's network just like the deal it signed with Comcast earlier this year. The new deal with Verizon gives the streaming entertainment service more of a direct connection between its servers and Verizon's network for improved delivery of content.

Netflix said it agreed to the deal reluctantly but felt it was needed to keep subscribers satisfied. Nearly one-third of downstream traffic in North America comes from Netflix, according to tech company Sandvine.

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ECA Action Alert: Let The FCC Know That The New 'Open Internet Rules' Are A Bad Idea

April 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this year the highest appeals court in the land ruled in favor of Verizon and against the FCC (Verizon v. FCC), ultimately concluding that the agency did not have the jurisdiction to enforce its Open Internet Order under the Telecommunications Act.

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Former FCC Commissioners, Lawmakers Weigh in on Proposed Open Internet Order Changes

April 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An interesting story from the New York Times points out that the level of lobbying has increased dramatically since FCC Chairman vowed to "write new rules to secure an open Internet." According to NYT, in the nine weeks since the FCC lost its case against Verizon in the federal courts, at least 69 companies, interest groups and trade associations have met with FCC commissioners and officials about rule changes related to net neutrality and those

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MechaTama31Haven't been to GOG in a while. Their website reminds me of the old Zune software now...08/27/2014 - 6:01pm
Andrew EisenAlso, I know it's nitpicking but only ONE of the 21 movies on offer goes for $15. Four more are $10 and the rest are $6. But right now, all of them are $6 (except for two that are free).08/27/2014 - 3:22pm
E. Zachary KnightMasked, What are you talking about? I guess you never buy DVDs either?08/27/2014 - 3:21pm
Andrew EisenNot if they've hired more people.08/27/2014 - 3:13pm
MaskedPixelantePlus, now that they're negotiating movies, that's LESS manpower to negotiate true, pre-2000, non-console-port classics.08/27/2014 - 3:08pm
MaskedPixelanteNo rewatch value, once you've seen it there's no reason to rewatch it, and it's 15 bucks down the drain.08/27/2014 - 3:06pm
E. Zachary KnightIndie movies are a great start. They need a great distribution system too.08/27/2014 - 3:04pm
Andrew EisenEven if that were true, so what?08/27/2014 - 3:01pm
MaskedPixelanteYou do realize that there are going to be NO Hollywood movies on this service, right? It's all going to be indie documentaries and stuff like that.08/27/2014 - 2:56pm
Andrew EisenI think it's an awesome next step for GOG and completely fail to see why anyone finds it problematic or improper.08/27/2014 - 2:51pm
MaskedPixelantehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4ZGKI8vpcg My feelings on the latest GOG news.08/27/2014 - 12:47pm
Andrew EisenFalcon SNUB!!!08/27/2014 - 11:28am
E. Zachary KnightAh. Didn't realize Captain Falcon was from F-Zero. Perhaps they didn't want too much SSB cross over characters.08/27/2014 - 10:30am
ZenEZK they could easily just put Captain Falcon in (they are using his car anyways) and he would be the most recognizable character from the series for the anime, games, and Smash Bros.08/27/2014 - 9:42am
ZenMasked there are also the two from Animal Crossing that are going to be in it. I am wondering what they will do for the Excitebike level they gave a peek at.08/27/2014 - 9:41am
E. Zachary KnightDoes F-Zero really have a character that is recognizable that could be used? I would think the cars and tracks would be more recognizable.08/27/2014 - 8:55am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/08/27/rockstar-lohans-gta-5-lawsuit-just-jonas-ing-for-publicity/ Rockstar releases the biggest "no duh" statement in the universe.08/27/2014 - 8:07am
MaskedPixelanteI'm just saying, they're giving us an F-Zero kart and an F-Zero track, but their crossover representative is Link?08/27/2014 - 8:00am
ZenMasked, not really sure what your are talking about lol. They will be giving a total of 6 characters, 8 vehicles, and 16 tracks...plus the Yoshi and Shy Guy sets if you get both packs. Not bad for about the price of a single CoD map pack lol.08/27/2014 - 7:02am
MaskedPixelanteSee the flaw here. Blue Falcon car, F-Zero themed track, and Link as a playable character.08/27/2014 - 6:46am
 

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