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Netflix Has Kept a Mobile Video Secret for 5 Years

It's been throttling video for AT&T and Verizon customers

(Newser) - Notice Netflix isn't as pretty on your smartphone as on your TV? Don't blame your wireless carrier. Netflix says it caps its video streams at 600 kilobits per second—meaning videos are shown at a lower quality—on many carrier networks, including AT&T and Verizon, to prevent... More »

Facebook Strikes Out in India

Regulator prohibits the company's 'Free Basics' service

(Newser) - Facebook failed Monday in its attempt to provide millions in India with a free but limited mobile Internet service called "Free Basics," the Washington Post reports. After nearly a year of debate between Mark Zuckerberg, Internet activists, and software developers, India's telecom regulator ruled that no data... More »

Major ISPs Cheating Us on Internet Speeds We Pay For

Nation's largest ISPs slowing down networks affecting 75% of wireline households

(Newser) - Thanks to new FCC rules put out this year to ensure net neutrality and keep all online data equal, major Internet service providers (think Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner) aren't supposed to hold our Internet speeds hostage. But that's exactly what's happening, per a study by an... More »

Only 'Radical' Fixes Can Save Our Crappy Internet

Gizmodo's Adam Clark Estes sees hope in startup ISPs, city-run networks

(Newser) - America's Internet isn't just slow, it's "slow and expensive," writes Adam Clark Estes at Gizmodo . In a post that unpacks how the Internet operates—from its physical infrastructure, to the financial deals that direct traffic, to the technically antiquated "last mile" that brings service... More »

FCC: Internet Is a Public Utility

Agency approves 'net neutrality' rules

(Newser) - Net neutrality wins, for now: The FCC today decided to regulate the Internet as if it were a public utility, reports CNET . The rules mean that Internet service providers must treat content on their networks equally—they can't, for example, speed up some traffic in "fast lanes" because... More »

A Guide to Today's FCC Vote on Net Neutrality

FCC decision will almost certainly head to the courts

(Newser) - The Federal Communications Commission will vote on net neutrality today, after lengthy debate. Though the topic seems destined for the courts, the FCC's decision "is going to be a benchmark," a researcher tells USA Today . The board is expected to approve chairman Tom Wheeler's guidelines to... More »

Obama to FCC: Keep the Internet Fair

Backs net neutrality, wants FCC to reclassify Internet as a utility

(Newser) - President Obama today waded into the politically charged debate over net neutrality , arguing that Internet service providers shouldn't be allowed to offer "fast lanes" to certain websites. Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to "reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act."... More »

Today Is 'Internet Slowdown Day'

Those spinning wheels you might be seeing are a protest

(Newser) - Net neutrality supporters get their day of protest, and online businesses like Netflix hope that that spinning wheel of frustration—ahem, we mean loading—puts pressure on lawmakers. Today is Internet Slowdown Day, and while your Internet connection won't actually be slower, the guttural response to those endlessly... More »

FCC OKs Plan That Could End Net Neutrality

Proposal advances on 3-2 vote, but 'do not freak'

(Newser) - The FCC today voted to move forward with a controversial proposal that could allow Internet service providers to create "fast lanes," in a 3-2 vote along party lines. The proposal rolled out today could allow Internet companies to strike deals to speed delivery of their content, though those... More »

Why You Should Care About Today's FCC Hearing

The next big step in the net neutrality wars comes today

(Newser) - The FCC is unveiling its proposal for new rules to govern Internet traffic today, in a heated hearing that promises to be the next big battle in the war over net neutrali- Wait, come back! As Mashable sagely notes, the words "net neutrality" scare a lot of people, so... More »

100+ Tech Titans to FCC: Your Plan Sucks

One commissioner also has concerns about anti-net neutrality rule

(Newser) - The FCC's plan to torpedo net neutrality got a truly impressive burst of backlash today, as a huge coalition of some of the biggest names in tech sent an open letter decrying it as "a grave threat to the Internet," the Verge reports. Well over a hundred... More »

Report: FCC to Allow Internet 'Fast Lanes'

Critics fear move means net neutrality is dead

(Newser) - Is the Federal Communications Commission preparing to kill off the concept of "net neutrality" by allowing Internet providers to offer a "fast lane" for preferred customers? New rules being proposed by the commission would allow major content providers like Netflix or Disney to pay a premium to deliver... More »

FCC Will Try to Save Net Neutrality

Feds unveil rough guidelines, will hear from the public

(Newser) - When a federal court struck down rules governing how the FCC regulates web traffic last month, critics mourned the death of net neutrality and worried that providers would be able to slow or block traffic at will. Today, the FCC promised to rewrite its Open Internet rules to make sure... More »

Obama, Make These 5 Tweaks to SOTU

Ian Bassin lists 5 'bold' moves president could make at State of the Union

(Newser) - President Obama will announce a number of executive actions at tonight's State of the Union Address—but though the writing and planning of the speech likely started months ago, there are probably a number of aides considering last-minute additions even now. Ian Bassin should know: He used to be... More »

Relax, Internet Will Survive This Net Neutrality Ruling

FCC still has the ability to keep checks on ISPs, say analysts

(Newser) - Much of the reaction to a federal court's decision to gut net neutrality has been of the we're-doomed variety, with critics worried that Internet service providers such as Verizon will be free to mess up our ability to stream movies and surf the web the way we want.... More »

How Yesterday's Ruling Could Alter the Web Forever

Users could see higher costs for services—or lose access to sites

(Newser) - Yesterday was the day net neutrality died , with a court ruling that Internet service providers aren't bound by FCC non-discrimination rules—so they can prioritize some traffic over others. The decision may mean major changes for the everyday user, and today, media sites are offering the details. Among their... More »

Court Strikes Big Blow to Net Neutrality

Says ISPs can discriminate against traffic

(Newser) - A federal court has rejected FCC Open Internet regulations to ensure Internet service providers can’t discriminate when it comes to web traffic. In Verizon v. FCC, the Washington, DC, court found that ISPs can legally prioritize or block some traffic, the Washington Post reports. The court did, however, rule... More »

Your Internet Freedoms Are About to Die

Court could soon rule against net neutrality: Marvin Ammori

(Newser) - A pending court decision could change the way the Internet works—and end the freedom now enjoyed by those who build it. The country's second-highest federal court is considering a case on net neutrality, the principle that says service providers like AT&T and Verizon can't discriminate against... More »

Verizon Challenges New Network Neutrality Rules

Company thinks FCC overstepped its authority

(Newser) - Verizon has filed a court challenge to new federal regulations that prohibit broadband providers from interfering with Internet traffic flowing over their networks. In a filing in federal appeals court in the District of Columbia, Verizon argues that the FCC overstepped its authority in adopting the "network neutrality" rules... More »

Get Ready for the Two-Speed Internet

Dan Lyons: Thanks to net neutrality, we'll probably have fast and slow lanes

(Newser) - So what can we expect from the new FCC rules to create the abstract-sounding concept of net neutrality? For one thing, we'll eventually have "two Internets—the fast one, with great content, that costs more (maybe a lot more) to use, and then the MuggleNet, which is free but... More »

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