FCC Releases 400-Page Net Neutrality Document

March 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Those complaining about the Federal Communications Commission's changes to net neutrality rules in its late February meeting now have the opportunity to look at all of the details. Today the FCC released a 400 page document, which you can find here.

It includes all the rule changes to the Open Internet Order, the opinions of the commission's Democratic and Republican members, and other issues that were voted on during the February meeting.

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Twenty-Nine Sponsors Of 'The Internet Freedom Act' Took Money From Telecom Industry in 2014

March 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Daily Beast report, 29 of the Republican lawmakers who signed on to The Internet Freedom Act put forth by Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) -- including Blackburn -- received a total of $800,000 from major telecoms and related lobbyists in 2014.

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Jeb Bush Not A Fan of Net Neutrality

March 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Republican 2016 presidential hopeful and former Florida governor Jeb Bush thinks that net neutrality is "crazy." Speaking at the Cedar Rapids Pizza Ranch in Iowa over the weekend, Jeb Bush criticized President Obama's net neutrality policies, saying what most Republicans say about it: that it would "stifle competition, stifle innovation."

"The idea of regulating access to the internet with a 1934 law is one of the craziest ideas I’ve ever heard," he said.

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Republican Bill Seeks to Take Power From FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality

March 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Republicans are preparing a bill that will make impudent the Federal Communications Commission as it relates to net neutrality rules. Led by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn. - pictured, left) and co-sponsored by 31 other Republican lawmakers, the legislation "will put the brakes on this FCC overreach and protect our innovators from these job-killing regulations," Blackburn said in a statement.

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Comcast Blocks HBO Go on PlayStation Devices

March 6, 2015 - James Fudge

On Tuesday Sony officially released the HBO Go app for PlayStation 4 owners. There was much rejoicing, unless you were a Comcast customer; for those poor souls there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. Apparently Comcast is one of the few broadband providers in the United States that currently does not support HBO Go on PS4.

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Top Republican Lawmaker Takes Aim at FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

March 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), the chair of the communications subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, recently promised at an industry summit hosted by the American Cable Association that he would take the bite out of the FCC's new net neutrality rules.

"I think it’s illogical and illegal. It didn’t have to be this way," said Walden on the FCC's vote to approve stronger net neutrality protections in late February. "We intend to do our due diligence."

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Is Netflix Being Hypocritical About Net Neutrality in Australia?

March 4, 2015 - James Fudge

In the United States one of the strongest corporate proponents of the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules is video content streaming company Netflix, but a new deal in Australia is raising the eyebrows of some rights groups who say the deal is hypocritical.

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President Obama Thanks Americans For Supporting Net Neutrality

February 26, 2015 - James Fudge

President Barack Obama issued a statement today following the FCC's decision to reclassify broadband and mobile providers as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

While avoiding the specific details and ramifications of the FCC's reclassification rules to make the Open Internet Order enforceable and legal, the president heaped praise on American citizens who went out of their way to strongly support these and other changes.

His statement to the American public can be read below in its entirety.

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Reactions To FCC's Net Neutrality Rule Changes

February 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Update: The Entertainment Software Association - the trade group representing the video game industry - praised the FCC's decision today concerning net neutrality rules changes (thanks GamesBeat):

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FCC Reclassifies Broadband and Mobile Providers as Common Carriers Under Title II

February 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

After lengthy orations from the two Democratic and two Republican FCC commissioners at a hearing today, the full commission voted in favor of reclassifying mobile and broadband as "common carriers" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Republican commissioners voted against the rule changes, while Democratic Commissioners and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler voted in favor of the measure. The net neutrality rule changes also ban the practice of paid prioritization, or "fast lanes" (whereby content providers pay ISPs for direct access to its customers).

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PSA: Watch The FCC's Hearing and Vote on Net Neutrality Rule Changes Live

February 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you are interested in seeing the full commission arguing about net neutrality rule changes and in taking a closer look at state laws that pot up barriers to municipal broadband offerings, then you can watch it live on The Verge.

They are also live-tweeting the event as it happens. Right now Republican commissioners are explaining why pre-empting state laws is unconstitutional and amount to meddling with the free market.

A vote on this particular issue is eminent.

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PSA: FCC Voting on Net Neutrality Rule Changes Tomorrow

February 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to vote on whether it will reclassify mobile and broadband as common carrier under Title II of the Telecommunications Act (thus giving the agency regulatory authority over telecom companies) and to ban or put more scrutiny on the practice of "Fast Lanes" (paid prioritization).

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Billionaire Mark Cuban Says The FCC's Net Neutrality Plans Will 'F*ck Everything Up'

February 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week at the Code/Media conference at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, California billionaire and ABC Shark Tank star Mark Cuban said that the Federal Communication Commission's plan to reclassify broadband and mobile at common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act will "f*ck everything up."

"That will f*ck everything up," said Cuban last Wednesday at the Code/Media conference.

"Net neutrality is just a demonization of big companies," he added.

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T-Mobile Unconcerned About Reclassification

February 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While some mobile carriers are proclaiming that the sky will fall if the FCC approves measures to reclassify broadband and mobile as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act (in effect giving it the legal authority to regulate both industries) at the end of the month, mobile phone service provider T-Mobile seems to be taking all of it in stride.

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'Data Caps Are The Law,' Comcast CS Rep. Tells One Customer

February 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A mildly amusing thread on Reddit captures an exchange between a customer and a Comcast customer service rep. complaining about data caps on his broadband connection and an ever increasing bill. As he decides to cancel his Comcast account, the company rep. tells him that data caps are used by all ISPs these days because, "they are mandated by law."

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UK's House of Lords Calls For Reclassification Of Internet Access As A 'Public Utility'

February 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The House of Lords (the upper house of UK parliament) released a report this week that calls for Internet access to be classified as a public utility. If that sounds at all familiar it's because the Federal Communications Commission will vote on this very issue later this month.

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California Public Utilities Commission Gives Approval With Conditions To Comcast-TWC Merger

February 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

California has given tentative approval to Comcast's proposed $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, but there are some strings attached, which the company quickly said were too difficult to adhere to. Generally when California's regulatory approves a major merger, the FCC usually follows in the same path.

The approval with conditions came yesterday from Public Utilities Commission Administrative Law Judge Karl Bemesderfer but Comcast Executive VP David Cohen was quick to criticizing the conditions.

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Republicans Mount Multi-Pronged Attack on Net Neutrality Rule Changes As FCC Vote Looms

February 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In less than two weeks the Federal Communications Commission will vote whether to reclassify broadband and mobile service providers as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, but Republican lawmakers and their allies staunchly opposed to net neutrality (or as they are fond of calling it "Internet regulations") are pulling out all the stops to slow things down.

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Poll: Should the FCC Exempt Municipal Broadband Providers From Common Carrier Status?

February 11, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

The FCC seems gung ho about reclassifying broadband and mobile internet providers as common carriers in order to enforce net neutrality rules but it seems municipal broadband providers want none of that.

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Forty-Three Municipal Broadband Providers Ask The FCC For A Reclassification Exemption

February 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Around 43 municipal broadband providers have sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission asking the agency to give them a special exemption from being included with major broadband and mobile service providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. The FCC is set to vote on this at the end of this month, but municipal providers say they shouldn't be lumped in with the rest of the rabble because they have no "incentive to harm the openness of the Internet."

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Poll: What Do You Think of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler?

February 6, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Net neutrality, the idea that internet service providers should treat all legal internet traffic equally (no blocking, throttling or paid prioritization), is an important topic 'round these parts.  People who use the internet for work, leisure or both tend to strongly support it.  ISPs like Verizon and Comcast?  Not so much.  And that's understandable.  I mean, why wouldn't you want to, for example, throttle Netflix to encourage people to use your own video service?

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TracFone Pays $40 Million Settlement to FTC For Throttling 'Unlimited' Customers

February 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Law firm Kelley Drye & Warren LLP sent out a note detailing the settlement between the Federal Trade Commission and TracFone Wireless, a budget-priced mobile phone carrier that does a good percentage of its business in convenience stores and retailers like Walmart.

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FCC Previews 'New Rules for Protecting the Open Internet'

February 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a four-page fact sheet on the new rules facing broadband and mobile service providers if it successfully reclassifies both as "common carriers" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

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FCC Chairman Wants To Reclassify Broadband And Mobile Under Title II

February 4, 2015 - James Fudge

The FCC will vote in its late February meeting to reclassify broadband under Title II of the Telecommunications Act and will seek to ban supposed "fast lane" deals as well. The announcement was made today in an editorial written by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler published on Wired.

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Report: FCC Drafting Plan To Stop State-Level Anti-Broadband Laws

February 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Washington Post is reporting that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to move forward with a plan to create a draft decision that would intervene on behalf of municipalities in Tennessee and North Carolina that have had their broadband network building efforts stymied by state laws. These laws, mostly backed by lobbyists in the telecoms industry, limit Internet access operated and sold by cities.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 129

February 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 129), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, watch the video to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E.

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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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benohawkThat still isn't Steam pay royalties. At best it is Bethesda not being willing to relicense the music,07/27/2015 - 12:51pm
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