Net Neutrality Articles

Net Neutrality is gone, but is there any life after?

Net NeutralityNow that net neutrality has is repealed, what does that mean for the internet as it is? Well, that is not an easy question to answer as there’s not much information coming from the government or the ISPs about what happens next.

There are many thoughts on what ISPs like Comcast and Verizon are going to do, such as creating fast lanes for their content and slowing down content from other sites, blocking access to websites, charging websites to be o a fast lane or to be accessed through their service. People are worried their Netflix might slow down if they are with a particular provider, that the playing field for online content will be uneven for the companies that have the money.

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EU internet users now under threat as vote for two-tier web “compromise” passes

  • 30/06/2015 at 23:56 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Net NeutralityThe European Union has announced plans for a two-tier internet that would give a fast lane to preferred corporate and governments users, after a late night “compromise” between European Commission, Council and Parliament.

It is a shocking case of double speak and shady dealings. In an announcement by reps for the EU, they spun it to sound as though they are protecting and enforcing net neutrality. Using terms like “open internet”, they say they have banned paid priority from companies and government agencies.

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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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Why President Obama wants Internet to become an utility

Tech EyePresident Barack Obama has stopped with the vague rhetoric and officially called the FCC to put strict regulations in place against ISP’s seeking to limit internet speeds as part of a tiered internet. Not surprisingly, chairman Tom Wheeler has spoken out against it.

We have talked on this website about Tom Wheeler before. The chairman in charge of coming up with a proposal for internet regulation faced harsh criticism from the public for repeatedly caving to major companies accused of violating FCC rules, such as Xfinity/Comcast. Now, he is speaking out against Obama’s call for the internet to become a protected utility, which would limit ISP control.

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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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