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The FCC officially votes in favor of Net Neutrality, 3 to 2

Tech EyeIn a stunning and exciting win for the open internet, the FCC has officially votes in favor of Net Neutrality, imposing restrictions on both government and corporate agencies in how they supply and run the web.

For years, the battle has raged on. ISPs such as Comcast and Verizon have gained further control in the industry, lobbying billions of dollars as they enforce shady policies and actions like throttling on consumers.

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New Net Neutrality proposal put forward by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

Tom Wheeler FCCIn what is his strongest move in favor of Net Neutrality since taking the position, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced a major plan that will hopefully take a serious strike against corporate control in the cable industry.

The basis for the proposal is what many have been pushing for all along: that the internet be officially labeled under Title II as a telecommunications service. This would put strict guidelines on what providers can and cannot do. In particular, three major changes will be made in the name of consumer interest:

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FCC voted Tom Wheeler Net Neutrality proposal

  • 15/05/2014 at 18:21 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Tom Wheeler FCCToday, the FCC voted Tom Wheeler net neutrality proposal as a 3-2 majority came put in favor of a “fast track” internet for companies paying more.

Despite public dissent that has been intense for months against the proposal, Chairman Tom Wheeler remained resolute on the issue, even as he claimed to make concessions.

Originally, the FCC appeared to cave, saying that they would “change the language of the proposal” to keep ISP’s accountable. But, as expected, it made no difference. The same law has been voted on, and is now on its way to the courts to either approve or strike down.

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Major coalition for net neutrality announced amid FCC delays

  • 08/05/2014 at 20:45 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Net NeutralityThe same day that the FCC asked for a delay on a net neutrality proposal that could potentially give ISPs a way to charge for preferential treatment, a coalition between major tech giants has been announced to battle the issue.

Amazon, Google, Microsoft,  eBay, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter and Yahoo are leading the charge with the biggest yet collaboration to fight against the FCC’s proposed net neutrality laws.

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Mozilla announces net neutrality plan with a twist

  • 06/05/2014 at 01:27 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Mozilla FirefoxMozilla is one of many companies that are staunchly on the side of Net Neutrality. But they are the ones who have come up with a rather interesting way to attempt to uphold it.

According to their official blog, Mozilla has filed an official petition with the FCC to change how the relationships between ISPs and consumers, and ISP and content providers, are classified. 

If the FCC chose to take Mozilla up on their advice, there would be two relationships cited. The first is that between the consumer and ISPs, which companies like Comcast/XFinity are currently using to dictate how they provide data. The second would create another legal requirement, however. ISPs and content providers would be in a separate relationship category, labeled under “transport”.

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FCC loses landmark anti-discrimination net neutrality case

  • 14/01/2014 at 22:59 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Tech EyeAfter years of going back and forth, the FCC has officially lost its landmark case for net neutrality. The federal court has struck down rules that restricted companies from giving preferential traffic access to certain sources in exchange for higher payments. Opening the door for businesses like Verizon, XFinity and other ISP’s to gain more control over content access on the web.

The case has been a hot button topic for a long time: how much control should service providers have over online traffic? Federal Communication Commission officials believed none, and so have championed their own regulations that restrict that control. However, those laws have now been struck down, and it is a game changer for the way the internet is run as a whole.

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IARC claims that Cell Phones might cause Brain Cancer

Mobile Phone and BrainMany years ago the word started to spread out that cell phones might cause cancer, however the heat went down and people just forgot about it. Now the World Health Organization (WHO) through its International Agency for Research on Cancer has published a report where it has included cell phones in the list of cancer causes. That list also includes gasoline engine and lead.

To this, the CTIA Wireless Association responded that it wasn’t stated that cell phone use would definitely cause cancer. John Walls who is CTIA’s current VP stated that the classifications made by IARC are sometimes biased and therefore not entirely true.

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