Senate Republicans' refusal to even hold a hearing on the president's Supreme Court nominee has gotten a lot of headlines. But it's not the only form of dysfunction happening on Capitol Hill. Around this time every year, the appropriations committees in the House and Senate get together to work out their budgets. Show More Summary
We've noted a few times now that ever since the FCC passed net neutrality rules, loyal ISP politicians in the House and Senate have been engaged in a full-court press to punish the agency for daring to stand up to big broadband ISPs....Show More Summary
A group of companies have asked the FCC to make discussions about net neutrality violations more open to public discourse. Specifically, 59 internet companies sent a letter to the FCC and asked the agency how it is handling zero-rating services, such as T-Mobile's BingeOn and Verizon Wireless' FreeBee. Show More Summary
Strictly speaking, zero-rating services, which allow consumers to access certain online content and services without it counting against their monthly data allotments, violates the spirit of net neutrality, of that there is no doubt. By definition zero-rated data is treated differently than other data (primarily, it’s free), and there’s no question that it has been created […]
Tech companies that supported the FCC's Net neutrality rules are asking the agency to make public its review of wireless service plans that exempt certain content from data caps.
Net neutrality has long been the reason that consumers in the U.S. have such readily available access to the loads of data and information on the internet. But a new bill proposed by the Republican controlled House of Representatives would essentially gut the FCC to the point that it will have no power to enforce... Show More Summary
Net neutrality is a slippery subject. Months after the government appeared to get greedy telecom companies in check, carriers have come up with another clever trick to make more money and jeopardize the open internet. The latest trick is something called zero-rating, and your mobile carrier probably already uses—or abuses—this net neutrality loophole. Read more...
Republicans use nation's budget to launch broad attack on FCC regulations.
But Michael Powell, a one-time regulator and now chief lobbyist for the cable industry, still has a prediction on how a key court decision will go.
The D.C. Circuit is poised to issue major rulings over the next several months on net neutrality and campaign finance. Forbes and The New York Times dig into suspicions of secret funding for Hulk Hogan's suit against Gawker. Volkswagen makes progress on its deal with the feds, drivers. And an Ohio judge rules against a measure to restrict... Read the whole entry... »
We've noted how the FCC's latest net neutrality rules do a lot of things right, but they failed to seriously address zero rating or broadband usage caps, opening the door to ISPs violently abusing net neutrality -- just as long as they're relatively clever about it. Show More Summary
Venezuela is an official Socialist Utopia disaster area. (It would be nice if Team Bernie Sanders and his Democrat cohorts were paying attention – but who are we kidding.) The United States State Department issued a travel warning back on September 18 (which still appears to be in place). Show More Summary
Zero-rating expands to Sprint as FCC continues net neutrality review.
It’s Monday morning and time to do a quick wrap-up of the posts published on trak.in last week. If you were offline for any reason, this is a great way to catch up with all the tech buzz from last week. Off late, there have been talks...Show More Summary
FCC data shows 21,000 net neutrality complaints—and 78,876 about robocalls.
Given the fact that the FCC has recently bumped the standard definition of broadband to 25 Mbps to highlight competition gaps; reclassified ISPs as common carriers; passed real net neutrality rules for the first time ever; taken aimShow More Summary
For the first six months of the new Liberal government, telecom watchers were unsure about whether Navdeep Bains, the Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, would maintain the pro-consumer and competition approach that typified the previous government. Show More Summary
In February this year, TRAI had made a historical decision to protect Net Neutrality in India by banning all forms of differential pricing for data services. With this diktat, plans such as Airtel Zero and Free Basics by Facebook were stopped in India. Show More Summary
Is there a more miserable figure than the man or woman who says they will abstain from voting for either Hillary Clinton or Deranged Donnie on November 8? It's difficult...
We've noted several times how one of the sleaziest lobbying tactics in telecom is the co-opting of minority or "diversity" groups to support policies that actually hurt these groups' constituents. Such theater benefits large telecomShow More Summary