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Categories: Net Neutrality

Cities Consider Backing Net Neutrality

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 01

New York and San Francisco are mulling resolutions backing Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) efforts to enact tough Internet non-discrimination rules.

UPDATED:Verizon Cracks Telcos’ United Front on Net Neutrality

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on October 22

UPDATE As expected, the FCC today adopted the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that begins the process of formalizing network neutrality rules for the Internet. Here’s a link to the full…

Google vs. AT&T: Gaming the System

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on October 15

The squabble between AT&T and Google over Google Voice and call blocking is descending into a familiar Old Economy pattern: Competitors trying to game the regulatory system for their own…

Boucher’s Net Neutrality Effort Could Eclipse the Markey Bill

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on September 30

The Federal Communications Commission is moving aggressively—or as aggressively as the ponderous FCC can move—to implement Chairman Julius Genachowski’s proposals to expand and codify network neutrality rules. But the commission…

Cable: Not Impacted by Net Neutrality?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on September 30

Ever since the Federal Communications Commission ruled last year that Comcast had no right to slow down certain applications, such as file-sharing service BitTorrent, running over its network, the impact of the ruling has been subject of much debate. But has there been much of an impact?

Network Neutrality—Where’s the Beef

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on December 19

The controversy over Google’s content delivery plans and the Wall Street Journal’s description of them has convinced me that the fight over network neutrality is a very strange one indeed….

‘Net Neutrality,’ Google, and the Wall Street Journal

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on December 15

One of the reasons the debate over network neutrality is so confusing is that the term itself is so slippery. It has an engineering meaning to engineers and an ideological…

Comcast Appeals the FCC Decision

Posted by: Olga Kharif on September 04

In a long-expected move, cable services provider Comcast appealed Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision today with the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In a Sept. 4 statement explaining the brief filing, Comcast claims that “the Commission’s action was legally inappropriate and its findings were not justified by the record.”

Comcast’s Usage Cap: What Does It Mean?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on August 29

Comcast has posted a change to its broadband user policy today. It’s now limiting subscribers to 250 Gigabytes of monthly usage, which can include e-mailing friends or uploading photos. Is this a big deal? Yes.

FCC’s Comcast Ruling Opens a Can of Worms

Posted by: Olga Kharif on August 01

Today, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that Comcast was at fault for fiddling with peer-to-peer traffic such as movie downloads. This ruling is not the end — just the beginning of the raging net neutrality debate.

Why Actors Should Stick to Acting (Dept. of Bad Metaphors)

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on April 23

From the testimony of Justine Bateman, actress and sometime Internet entrepreneur, at the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the future of the Internet: “Traditional media is now like a pool…

Net Neutrality—Time for a Little Civility

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on April 16

Whether it’s because they have gotten a lot of bad PR, because they are scare of legislation or regulation, or because they have had a genuine change of heart, big…

Comcast Responds

Posted by: Peter Burrows on March 28

Before he called it quits for the week, Comcast CTO Tony Werner got on the phone with me for one more round of damage control. He’d read my previous post….

Network Management Practices — Now There’s a Cause to Make You Stand Up and Cheer

Posted by: Peter Burrows on February 25

A very strange thing happened at the closely-watched FCC hearing that was held at Harvard today to discuss Net Neutrality. The supposed bad guy got the biggest cheers. I wasn’t…

Net Neutrality and Price Discrimination

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on January 10

In the latest of a series of looks at the economics of the Internet, mathematician Andrew Odlyzko, director of the Digital Technology Center at the University of Minnesota, takes a…


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