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FCC Poised to Pass Net Neutrality Rules

'Fake' neutrality plan doesn't go far enough, critics say

(Newser) - New rules aimed at prohibiting broadband providers from becoming gatekeepers of Internet traffic now have just enough votes to pass the Federal Communications Commission today. The new "net neutrality" rules would prohibit phone and cable companies from abusing their control over broadband connections to discriminate against rival content or...

FCC Chair Pushes to Regulate ISPs
 FCC Chair 
 Pushes to 
 Regulate ISPs 


FCC Chair Pushes to Regulate ISPs

Proposal might amount to net neutrality order

(Newser) - FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is making yet another valiant stab at introducing net neutrality or something like it today. In a speech today, Genachowski will propose a new regulatory framework that would forbid Internet broadband providers from blocking lawful content, the New York Times reports. The rules would also allow...

Google, Verizon Proposal Shrinks Net Neutrality

Mobile phone service would be exempt from equal treatment for all traffic

(Newser) - Google and Verizon have unveiled the results of their talks on Internet regulation and supporters of net neutrality aren't happy. The firms' proposals champion the idea of requiring Internet providers to give equal priority to all traffic, but only through regular broadband lines, the AP reports. Wireless phone services and...

Google, Verizon Deal May Kill Net Neutrality

Agreement could pave the way for priority internet packages

(Newser) - Google and Verizon are nearing a deal that could spell the end of one-speed-fits-all for Internet service. The firms are said to be on the brink of an agreement under which Verizon could give priority to traffic from content providers who paid for premium treatment. The deal would do away...

Obama Moves to Boost FBI Access to Internet Records

Critics say move is fed power grab

(Newser) - The Obama administration is trying to make it easier for the FBI to obtain records of people's Internet usage without a court order. Adding "electronic communication transactional records" to the list of items the FBI can demand without court approval would allow the bureau to access the email addresses...

5K Hurt Locker Downloaders Sued

Company vows to find out their real names

(Newser) - If you illegally downloaded The Hurt Locker, now might be the time to delete. The Oscar-winning film's production company Monday filed suit against 5,000 John Does who illegally shared the movie, and is now trying to get the sharers' Internet service providers to reveal their names, CNN reports.

Bloggers Like Google's Speedy Web Plan
 Bloggers Like Google's 
 Speedy Web Plan 
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Bloggers Like Google's Speedy Web Plan

If nothing else, it could ramp up pressure on big ISP's

(Newser) - Google's plan to test ultra-fast Internet speeds via fiber optic networks is going over well with tech bloggers:
  • Mark Sullivan, PC World : "Google hopes that the new model will fire up the business of being a small, local ISP. That can only be good. ... Google has a rare opportunity

Google Will Test Hyper-Fast Internet in Some Markets
Google Will Test Hyper-Fast Internet in Some Markets

Google Will Test Hyper-Fast Internet in Some Markets

Speeds of 1 gig per second are 100 times what consumers normally get

(Newser) - Google plans to offer select cities broadband Internet access at 1 gigabit per second—100 times faster than usual consumer access—to demonstrate what ultra-high speed connections can do. The service will be available to between 50,000 and 500,000 people through a variety of providers at a “...

Swine Flu-Wary Telecommuters Could Floor Internet

Report finds surge in demand might make telecommuting unfeasible

(Newser) - Telecommuters hunkering down at home because of swine flu could overwhelm Internet networks in the coming weeks, a federal watchdog reports. The report earlier this week found that no guidelines are in place to deal with any surge in demand caused by a spike in workers telecommuting and students going...

On Net Neutrality, Feds Go With Google, Against ISPs

Proposed new rules wouldn't allow bandwidth-hogging services to be blocked

(Newser) - Consumers stand to benefit under a proposal, coming Monday, from the Federal Communications Commission that would mandate so-called net neutrality, forcing Internet service providers to treat all Web content equally and not restrict access to sites and services that take up more bandwidth. The Obama administration is siding with the...

FTC Shuts Down ISP Linked to Child Porn

(Newser) - The FTC has taken the rare step of shutting down an Internet Service Provider that it says was a haven for child pornography and malware run by Eastern European criminals, MSNBC reports. The case gives "a rare glimpse into the seediest parts of the web," writes Bob Sullivan....

Minn. Asks ISPs to Block Gambling Sites

(Newser) - Minnesota wants Internet providers who serve customers in the state to block access to Internet gambling sites, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Officials say the practice is illegal in the state, but how prevalent it is is unclear. “It's hard to know that," a gambling regulator said. “...

After Backlash, Time Warner Shelves Pricing Change

(Newser) - Time Warner is scrapping plans to test a new way of billing for Internet access in the wake of a furious backlash from consumers and politicians, BusinessWeek reports. The No. 2 cable provider had planned to bill people in a handful of test markets based on how much bandwidth they...

Assembly Votes Surprise Non on French Web Piracy Law

(Newser) - The French legislature has put a stop—for now—to an anti-piracy law that would deny Internet access to repeat offenders, AFP reports. The law, a pet of President Nicolas Sarkozy, would deal the ultimate blow to illegal downloaders after three strikes, and replace the current regime of fines and...

Supreme Court Strikes Down Web Porn Law

Overturns Child Online Protection Act on 1st Amendment grounds

(Newser) - The US Supreme Court closed the door today on legislation designed to protect children from Internet pornography, the New York Times reports. The legislation, which was signed into law in 1998 but never took effect, was repeatedly struck down on First Amendment grounds. It set strict fines and jail time...

Music Industry to Dump Download Lawsuits

RIAA takes new tack in battling online file sharing

(Newser) - After five years of suing everyone from single mothers to teenage girls for illegally sharing music files, the recording industry is dropping the legal campaign that has ensnared 35,000 individuals, the Wall Street Journal reports. Instead, an industry group is making deals with Internet-service providers to warn those sharing...

Comcast Web Caps May Signal End of an Era
Comcast Web Caps May Signal End of an Era

Comcast Web Caps May Signal End of an Era

Though limits affect only 1% now, high-def video will change that

(Newser) - With Comcast setting a limit on Internet usage beginning next month, the end of the Internet as we know it may be at hand, as ISPs move toward usage-based models like public utilities. Comcast, the second-largest US Internet provider, was careful to say that the bandwidth limit is so high—...

Comcast to Put Brakes on Bandwidth Hogs

ISP decides to slow down users rather than P2P programs after FCC scolding

(Newser) - Comcast plans to reduce Internet connection speeds for heavy users, Bloomberg reports. The company's "FairShare" system will slow users down for 10 to 20 minutes during peak periods. Comcast was recently scolded by the FCC for improperly blocking file-sharing programs like BitTorrent in an effort to manage Web traffic.

ISPs Should Stay With Flat-Rate Pricing
 ISPs Should Stay
 With Flat-Rate Pricing 

ISPs Should Stay With Flat-Rate Pricing

Analyst argues metered service will halt innovation and stunt growth

(Newser) - Cable companies are wooing Wall Street by saying they’ll offset expensive implementation of a new, high-speed software protocol by metering broadband Internet access. Bad move, Om Malik writes on GigaOm. Flat-rate high-speed access has enabled recent revolutionary innovation in the telecom business, which led to almost 70 million broadband...

Virgin May Try '3 Strikes' for File Sharers

Copyright holders pressure British ISPs to unplug users

(Newser) - Virgin Media may become the second ISP to unplug users who share files illegally, the Register reports. The company is in talks with a UK record industry association over a  "three strikes" system, which would disconnect users who share copyright-infringing files after two warnings. "We are taking this...

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