Net neutrality Stories March 19, 2021

Mozilla, Reddit, Dropbox, and more call for FCC to reinstate net neutrality

Mozilla is one of a number of tech companies calling for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reinstate net neutrality, bringing back rules removed by the previous administration.

Apple has previously expressed its own support for net neutrality

Net neutrality Stories February 21, 2020

Net neutrality repeal under fire after data throttling to fire service vehicle

Attempts to fight the net neutrality repeal continue as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been ordered by a court to examine the impacts of repealing the protection.

One incident that may prove significant is when Verizon throttled data service to a fire service vehicle in a way that hampered its ability to fight wildfires…

Net neutrality Stories February 1, 2019

The battle to save net neutrality isn’t over yet. A lawsuit arguing that the Federal Communications Commission overstepped its powers when overturning net neutrality protections goes to court today.

The case is being heard by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. On one side, the FCC; on the other, 22 state attorneys general and a number of tech giants, among them Reddit, Mozilla, Vimeo and Etsy …

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Net neutrality Stories October 1, 2018

Net neutrality restored to California; Trump administration immediately files lawsuit

When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) removed net neutrality protections, the Trump administration took an unusual additional step: it made it specifically illegal for states to introduce their own net neutrality laws …

Net neutrality Stories August 21, 2018

22 states ask US appeals court to restore net neutrality, with tech company support

The battle to restore net neutrality protections continues as 22 states plus the District of Columbia have asked a US appeals court to reinstate the 2015 rules – with support from a number of tech companies …

Net neutrality Stories July 17, 2018

GOP congressman tries belt-and-braces approach to restoring net neutrality, with ACLU support [U]

The US Senate may have voted to restore net neutrality, but getting it through the House is a bigger hurdle. However, we’re now at least one step closer thanks to one Republican congressman taking a belt-and-braces approach …

Net neutrality Stories July 6, 2018

Net neutrality returning to California; new bills ‘strong and enforceable’

Net neutrality protection looks set to return to California after nationwide rules were repealed by the Trump administration in December of last year …

Net neutrality Stories May 17, 2018

The US Senate yesterday voted to retain net neutrality, over-turning the FCC’s repeal back in December.

The move had been seen as a long-shot, partly because it required at least some Republican support, but that hurdle has been passed. Three Republican senators voted with Democrats: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) …

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Net neutrality Stories May 10, 2018

Net neutrality ends on June 11, but attempt at reversing the legislation shows promise

The FCC has today announced that net neutrality protections will officially end on June 11, with ISPs able to prioritize or block Internet traffic as they wish from that date …

Net neutrality Stories May 3, 2018

Net neutrality not dead yet as Democratic senator attempts long-shot arcane procedure to save it

You might have thought net neutrality was dead – at least, outside of a few states defying the FCC to pass their own laws or rules. But one senator believes that there is still a chance to save it, using an arcane congressional procedure …

Net neutrality Stories March 6, 2018

When the Federal Communications Commission overturned net neutrality rules that ensured ISPs had to treat all websites and web services equally, it also decided that its own wishes should over-ride those of individual states. It included a provision that banned states from restoring consumer protection by passing their own net neutrality laws.

Some states – like New York – found workarounds, but Washington has decided to simply defy the FCC and pass its own law …

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Net neutrality Stories February 22, 2018

Net neutrality ends on April 23, allowing ISPs to block & throttle content from that date

Following the Trump administration’s decision to repeal net neutrality rules, the FCC has today announced that the free-for-all begins on April 23. As of that date, it will be legal for Internet Service Providers to implement a two-speed Internet, with the fastest speeds reserved for companies able to pay for the privilege …

Net neutrality Stories January 24, 2018

[Update: AT&T has released an official statement with some clarification about the open letter shared yesterday and paid prioritization. Read the full statement below.]

AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson has today shared an open letter titled Consumers Need an Internet Bill of Rights. In the letter, Stephenson shares his ideas for how to “end the debate [on net neutrality] once and for all” and states that AT&T is “committed to an open Internet.” Meanwhile, critics are voicing their opinions…

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Government watchdog to investigate fraud & identity theft in net neutrality comments

While the Trump administration saw the FCC repeal net neutrality, opponents of a two-speed Internet haven’t yet given up. After widespread allegations of fraud during the consultation process, including some particularly unpleasant allegations of identity theft, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has agreed to investigate …

Net neutrality Stories January 18, 2018

[Update: The developer now says his app has been approved after all.]

Apple has reportedly rejected an app that claims to detect net neutrality violations and study which carriers throttle major video services. Motherboard reports that researcher David Choffnes says his app Wehe was rejected by the App Store for apparently offering no benefit to the user, but the app’s promise sounds rather straightforward…

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Net neutrality Stories January 16, 2018

NY attorney general isn’t waiting on Congress, leads multi-state lawsuit to restore net neutrality

Multi-state efforts to reverse last month’s FCC decision to repeal net neutrality have been formalized today with a court filing.

Net neutrality Stories January 8, 2018

Sen. Markey follows through on commitment to force Senate vote on net neutrality

Just under a month after the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality, Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey announced today that the Senate will vote on a reversal of the decision.

Net neutrality Stories December 29, 2017

New York plans to safeguard net neutrality by withholding state contracts from violators [U]

Update: New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo has now signed an executive order implementing the plan. The Verge notes that Montana’s governor has done the same.

The repeal of net neutrality rules may allow Internet service providers and mobile carriers to block or throttle services at will, reserving the fastest bandwidth for companies who pay the toll, but the law may not be the only way to keep companies in line …

Net neutrality Stories December 15, 2017

The FCC may have voted to repeal net neutrality rules – opening the way for Internet service providers to speed up, slow down or even block services depending on who pays them to do so – but some are determined that the war isn’t over.

After a trade group representing companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google vowed to fight the decision in court, a number of states plan to join the battle …

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Net neutrality Stories December 14, 2017

The FCC has today voted to repeal net neutrality policies put in place in 2015 during the Obama administration.

While today’s outcome isn’t much of a surprise, the proposed plan drew more and more criticism and concern from individuals as well as businesses and organizations in the lead up to today’s vote.

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Net neutrality Stories December 11, 2017

Steve Wozniak one of 21 tech pioneers to blast FCC for flawed approach to net neutrality

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is one of 21 technology pioneers to sign an open letter calling for the cancellation of this week’s vote on ending net neutrality …

Net neutrality Stories November 23, 2017

Although the Trump administration is pressing ahead with plans to remove net neutrality, there’s still time for you to play your part in preventing it.

The proposal still needs to pass a vote in Congress, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation has provided a webpage allowing you to instantly lobby your representative …

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Net neutrality Stories November 21, 2017

[Update: The FCC has today released a Fact Sheet along with full Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order that will be voted on next month.]

Led by chairman Ajit Pai, the Trump administration’s Federal Communications Commission has today released its controversial plan to undo the current net neutrality regulations that were approved under the Obama administration two years ago.

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Net neutrality Stories August 31, 2017

Apple has officially broken its silence on the net neutrality debate. In with a new comment, Apple has asked the FCC (via Recode) to “retain strong, enforceable open internet protections” that advance consumer choice, no paid fast lanes, transparency, competition, and investment and innovation.

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