How Telecoms Are Killing Off Community Broadband Efforts in the U.S.

February 23, 2012 -

If you are a municipality and you want to offer your citizens broadband, you'll have to fight against the lobbyist representing the major service providers in your state. That's the reality laid out in this SavetheInternet.com article detailing what happened in North Carolina recently.

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Anti-Net Neutrality Language Removed from Payroll Tax Holiday Bill

February 17, 2012 -

An amendment that was added to the payroll tax holiday legislation was removed today, much to the delight of net neutrality principle supporters. The amendment was adopted during the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee markup session in December. The amendment was put forth by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and would have stopped the FCC from forcing net neutrality requirements when issuing new licenses to wireless carriers who won incentive auctions authorized by the spectrum bill.

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Geist: CRTC Deserves Credit for Work on Canadian Traffic Throttling Issue

February 14, 2012 -

While criticizing the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) seems to be a frequent activity for many Canadians unhappy with the way it deals with problems related to broadcast media and the Internet, Canada Research Chair in Internet and e-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa Michael Geist recently penned an editorial praising the commission.

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AT&T Begins Selectively Throttling Smartphone Customers with Unlimited Data Plans

February 10, 2012 -

In 2011 AT&T warned its heavy data using mobile customers that it would reduce their connection speed if said usage inched in to the "top five percent." AT&T is defining that metric as anyone who uses more that 2.1 GB of data a month. As chronicled in this NYT blog post, one of AT&T's customers hit the 2.1 GB mark and had his connection throttled. The problem, that customer says, is that he has a data limit of 3GB a month because a legacy unlimited plan.

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Rogers Promises to Stop Throttling Canadian Internet Customers

February 3, 2012 -

Canadian Internet Service Provider Rogers has agreed to stop throttling its customers' connections, after pro-Internet group OpenMedia.ca and the Canadian Gamers Organization filed multiple complaints with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

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Judge Grants Delay for Antitrust Trial for AT&T T-Mobile Merger

December 12, 2011 -

It's a time-out for everyone when it comes to the drama over the AT&T and T-Mobile merger, as AT&T and the Justice Department have agreed that they will delay indefinitely the antitrust trial over the company’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA while the wireless carriers involved determine if it will ever even happen.

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Is Usage-Based Billing Inevitable in the U.S.?

December 1, 2011 -

Are usage based billing and data caps going to become the standard for cable and broadband operators in the United States as a way to combat services such as Netflix, Hulu and Roku? One analyst familiar with the sector says that it is inevitable, though who is going to jump in first remains a mystery. Craig Moffett, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. in New York predicts that at least one service provider will make a move towards this in 2012.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2011 -

GamePolitics is going dark today in observance of Thanksgiving and boy howdy do gamers like us have oodles to be thankful for this year.  Fall 2011 is jam-packed with more awesome video games than most will ever have the time (or money) to play.  See the bottom of Leland Yee’s recent “Don’t buy these video games” press release to parents for a few good suggestions.

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FCC's Net Neutrality Rules Officially in Effect

November 22, 2011 -

The Federal Communication Commission’s Net Neutrality rules are officially in effect. The new rules for ISP's in the United States became official on Sunday - nearly 11 months after the Federal Communications Commission voted to adopt them in December of last year. The Open Internet Order requires wireless and landline broadband providers to make certain disclosures to consumers about the way they manage traffic on the Internet from customers and comply with a number of other rules that are intended to preserve the openness of the Internet.

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P2P Mobile Traffic Gets Throttled in Sweden, Claims Report

November 22, 2011 -

According to a new report on Net Neutrality from Sweden users of mobile broadband services will be sad to hear that not all of their traffic is being treated fairly. While most internet traffic is left unhindered, a report from the organization responsible for Sweden’s .SE national domain reveals that some operators have been systematically slowing down BitTorrent transfers, while others are blocking them altogether.

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Republican Senate Resolution to Kill FCC Net Neutrality Rules Fails

November 11, 2011 -

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's (R-Texas) effort in the Senate to kill the FCC's net neutrality rules has failed. The Senate voted, 46-52, against moving forward with a resolution that would have overturned federal regulations enacted in 2010 that govern anti-competitive behavior online.

"It's time to push back" against federal agencies that are overreaching their authority and enacting burdensome regulations, she argued before the Senate voted on a motion to proceed.

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Lone Senator Promises to Fight Against PROTECT IP Act

November 10, 2011 -

While he seems to be all alone in Washington, Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) says that he will fight to the bitter end against the PROTECT IP Act, a controversial online copyright bill backed by Hollywood movie studios, the Chamber of Commerce, pharmaceutical makers and a group of 40 senators. Wyden feels so strongly that the bill is bad news for Americans that he has promised to filibuster the PROTECT IP Act if it reaches the Senate floor without serious changes by the end of the year.

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Sen. Al Franken Slams GOP Over Net Neutrality Repeal Attempts

November 10, 2011 -

Minnesota Senator Al Franken is leading the charge in defending the FCC's Net Neutrality rules against a Republican-led attempt to repeal the law passed by in late 2010. In the video lashing out against the repeal attempt, Franken called it a "partisan resolution" that needs to be stopped in its tracks.

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FCC's Connect to Compete Brings Low-Cost Broadband, Computers to Families

November 10, 2011 -

The Federal Communications Commission revealed that - as part of its Connect to Compete initiative - it will bring low-cost broadband Internet and computers to any family that has at least one child in school that qualifies for the national school lunch program. The federal agency has teamed up with cable operators around the country as well as Redemtech Inc. and Microsoft for low-cost laptops. The broadband side of the program aims to serve around 25 million Americans at a cost of around $4 billion annually. Families can enjoy the discounted rate of $9.95 per month for two years.

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Longmont, Colorado Wins Right To Use Its Own Broadband

November 4, 2011 -

Comcast and CenturyLink have failed to create a repeat of their 2009 victory in the city of Longmont, Colorado. The city wanted to use its own broadband infrastructure instead of relying on ISP's like Comcast and CenturyLink, but state law required that a referendum be passed by the town's citizens in order to use it. In 2009 broadband providers Comcast and CenturyLink spent an obscene amount of money to convince residents of the town that it was a bad idea. The plan worked and citizens rejected it by 56 percent of the vote.

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CGO Files Final Response in Rogers Game Traffic Mismanagement Fight

October 17, 2011 -

The Canadian Gamers Organization (CGO), a group dedicated to fighting for Internet openness in Canada, announced today that it has submitted its final response to the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission's (CRTC) request for information. The CGO has waged war against ISP Rogers for "discriminating against online applications—namely World of Warcraft and Call of Duty Black Ops—using illegitimate Internet traffic management practices."

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FCC, Wireless Carriers Agree to New Overage Alert System

October 17, 2011 -

The Federal Communications Commission and the nation's wireless carriers have hammered out an agreement that will have wireless operators notifying customers when they are nearing their monthly limits on usage for voice, text, or data services. The FCC estimates that tens of millions of wireless phone subscribers are hit with overage charges each year; their data is based on their own studies on the issue, as well as data from the Government Accountability Office and private research firms.

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FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Remarks on 'Connect to Compete'

October 13, 2011 -

This week Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced Connect to Compete, a new initiative that aims to increase broadband adoption and digital literacy training in disadvantaged communities throughout the United States. The initiative taps into existing FCC programs, and partnerships with nonprofits and the private sector. A complete overview, as detailed by the FCC, can be found here.

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FCC Wants to use Universal Service Fund for Broadband Expansion in America

October 7, 2011 -

The Federal Communications Commission has been eyeballing a fund traditionally earmarked for rural phone service as a way to fund rural broadband. Most Americans that have a phone pay to fund this rural telephone program through the Universal Service Fund, or USF. When you pay your bill you pay a small stipend into this fund, which the government then uses (or is at least supposed to) towards building phone systems in wildly rural areas.

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WSJ: Sprint Bets $20 Billion on New iPhone

October 3, 2011 -

The third largest wireless carrier in the United States is betting on the iPhone 5 in a big way. Sprint Nextel Corp. will pay Apple a whopping $20 billion dollars to give its customers access to iPhone 5, according to the Wall Street Journal. The company's top executive told Sprint's board that he expects to lose money on the deal until sometime in 2014.

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Verizon Files Lawsuit against New Net Neutrality Rules

October 3, 2011 -

Last week advocacy group Free Press filed a lawsuit in federal court to block the recently ratified Net Neutrality rules approved by the FCC late last year. On Friday afternoon Verizon joined the fray. While both groups are on opposite ends of the spectrum (Verizon doesn't want any rules, while Free Press and groups like them think the rules aren't tough enough) when it comes to their reason for going to court, they share an interest in seeing the law struck down by the courts.

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Cablevision Adds Arbitration Clause to Terms of Service

September 29, 2011 -

Cable operator Cablevision is the latest company to add a mandatory arbitration clause to the fine print of their terms of service. Broadband Reports confirmed with Cablevision that the new TOS includes arbitration language, which the publication describes as "cookie cutter" because it prohibits users from having a jury trial or participating in a class action lawsuit against the company.

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How UK's TalkTalk is Ruining OnLive for its Customers

September 29, 2011 -

Last week OnLive launched in the United Kingdom, and though it may have had a hiccup here and there when it launched, the service mostly went off without a hitch. But customers of ISP TalkTalk noticed that they were having a lot of trouble connecting with the service during peak evening hours - according to a TorrentFreak report. At first customers thought this was on OnLive's end, but a little bit of digging found that TalkTalk had been throttling connections because the OnLive data traffic was being misread as P2P file-sharing traffic.

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Free Press Files Lawsuit Against New Net Neutrality Rules

September 28, 2011 -

Here's a news story we saw coming. It seems that some of the biggest net neutrality advocates in the country have decided to file a lawsuit against the rules ratified by the Federal Communications Commission. When the FCC finally issued the finished version of it network neutrality rules and announced they would go into effect at the end of November, lawsuits against the policy where waiting in the wings such as those that were thrown out earlier in the year by Verizon and Metro PCS.

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Italy Proposes One Strike Infringement Law

September 26, 2011 -

A new law being introduced by Italian politicians wants to crack down on citizens who are even accused of copyright infringement. The draft of the law would require ISPs to "blacklist" any citizens suspected of copyright, patent or trademark infringement. If ISPs are not compliant with the law, they could be held liable under civil law. Everybody gets a spanking equally under the law apparently.

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Sen. Jay Rockefeller Defends FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

September 26, 2011 -

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller is taking aim at critics of the Federal Communications Commission's net-neutrality rules that were published on Friday afternoon in the Federal Register.

"Americans want the Internet to stay free and open," Rockefeller said. "After a long, deliberative process, the FCC came up with balanced rules that promote transparency and prohibit discrimination. I am disappointed that my colleagues want to use a legislative short cut to unravel these rules."

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Verizon Intervenes in Apple v. Samsung Patent Case

September 26, 2011 -

Service provider Verizon has asked the U.S. courts to toss out Apple's patent lawsuit against Samsung, saying that it would not be in the best interest of the public to continue the case. Apple is suing Samsung for four phone models that it claims infringe on its patents: the Galaxy S 4G, Infuse 4G, and Droid Charge smartphones, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.

Verizon has filed an amicus curiae brief (or "friend of the court"), which allows third parties to weigh in on cases. It's commonly used is Supreme Court cases - see Brown v. EMA.

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FCC Finalizes Net Neutrality Rules, in effect Nov. 20

September 22, 2011 -

The Federal Communications Commission has filed its finalized the open Internet (net neutrality) rules it voted on late last year. The rules now go to the Federal Register, who will publish them tomorrow and make them official. The rules go into effect on November 20, but chances are they will be put on hold as two lawsuits by prominent service providers will be relaunched. Both Verizon and MetroPCS had taken their lawsuits to the federal courts earlier this year but both were tossed out because the rules hadn't been finalized.

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Canada to Rogers: Come up With Plan to Stop Throttling game Traffic

September 19, 2011 -

The Canadian government’s telecommunications regulator has had enough of Internet service provider Rogers Communications throttling online game connections. The ISP tried to provide a reason but the government seems unsatisfied with the answer. The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission has given the company until September 27 to put together a plan to deal with the problem of game throttling.

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Congressmen to FCC: Wait on AT&T T-Mobile Merger Review

September 12, 2011 -

According to The Hill U.S. House Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) is urging the FCC to cool its jets. The congressman wrote to Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski, asking his agency to hold off on completing their review of AT&T's proposed T-Mobile acquisition until a federal court rules on the Justice Department's lawsuit to block the deal.

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MaskedPixelanteAnother round of Night Dive teasing and promising turns out to be stupid edutainment games. Thanks for wasting all our time, guys. See you never.04/17/2014 - 3:44pm
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