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News Roundup for April 21, 2017

Friday news is the best news. 1. Canada ruled to uphold net neutrality. This is very good news and will protect the internet as know it… at least in Canada. More here. 2. Indiana University is banning students with a criminal history of sexual or domestic assault from participating in sports. Show More Summary

Canada upholds net neutrality, bans zero-rating

3 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

In Canada's hyper-concentrated and vertically integrated telcoms sector, data caps are a normal part of life; and where there are data-caps, there is cable company fuckery in the form of ""zero rating" -- when your telcom sells you to online service providers, taking bribes not to count their service against your cap. (more…)

F.C.C. Leader Seeks Tech Companies’ Views on Net Neutrality

The chairman, Ajit Pai, met with companies like Facebook and Oracle about his plans to roll back rules that require broadband providers to make all internet content equally accessible.

Net Neutrality Alive and Well in Canada: CRTC Crafts Full Code With Zero Rating Decision

The CRTC today released the final chapter (for now) in its net neutrality governance framework, creating policy framework that establishes strong policy safeguards against net neutrality violations and severely restricts the ability for providers to engage in zero rating practices. Show More Summary

Enjoy this IRL Rickroll as the FCC votes for another corporation friendly change

For dorks like myself, watching the Federal Communications Commission doesn't get much better than this. Let's start with the fun stuff. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is reportedly starting his promised assault on net neutrality rules. The move...Show More Summary

FCC chairman pitched net neutrality reform to Silicon Valley - CNET

Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC said he's looking for common ground between Silicon Valley and broadband providers to 'fix' controversial net neutrality rules.

Roku Hires DC Lobbyists For First Time To Fight For Net Neutrality

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

With broadband privacy rules dead, ISP lobbyists and their loyal lawmakers have begun quickly shifting their attention to killing FCC oversight of broadband providers and net neutrality. We've pointed out how folks concerned about this shouldn't expect a lot of help from the likes of Facebook, Netflix and Google this go round. Show More Summary

The relentless fighting over net neutrality rules needs to end, but how can it?

Under its last chairman, Democrat Tom Wheeler, the Federal Communications Commission dramatically ramped up its regulation of telecommunications companies, especially those that provide broadband Internet access to the home. The commission adopted rules to preserve net neutrality, limit the collection...

The problem with internet in America is a lack of competition — but a radical idea could solve it

When the net-neutrality debate hit its peak in the fall of 2014, Ted Cruz wrote a bad tweet: "Net Neutrality" is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government. — Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) November 10, 2014 The Republican senator was torched for this, for many justified reasons. Show More Summary

Salesforce Goes Net Zero Decades Early, Strives for 100% Renewable Energy

In 2015, Salesforce made a commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions across its global footprint by 2050. Last week, the software company hit that target 33 years early. What’s more, Salesforce can now boast a “carbon neutral cloud.”...Show More Summary

Support Startups for Net Neutrality

The new leader of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Chairman Ajit Pai, has said he wants to roll back existing net neutrality rules that prevent big cable companies from discriminating against online companies and services. Show More Summary

If You Want To Save Net Neutrality, Don't Bother Waiting For Google, Netflix Or Facebook's Help

As the gutting of neutrality and killing off of privacy protections continues to proceed, companies like Netflix, Google, and Facebook, although making something of show of lobbying against such things, appear to be doing little actual good in their opposition efforts. _________________________________ Guest post by Karl Bode of Techdirt So...

Want Real Choice in Broadband? Make These Three Things Happen

In a truly competitive market, you could pick an ISP with the privacy and net neutrality policies you like. But most Americans don't have a real choice. The post Want Real Choice in Broadband? Make These Three Things Happen appeared first on WIRED.

FCC Chief Faces Balancing Act in Net Neutrality Rollback

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai faces a tough challenge in rolling back net-neutrality rules that he regards as an overreach, without reaching too far himself.

The Republican Plan to Kill the Open Internet 

New FCC chair Ajit Pai has been clear that he intends to take a “weed whacker” to net neutrality regulations, but he’s been very reluctant to open up about how exactly he’s going to go about slicing them to bits. Last week, several outlets reported that Pai is finally gearing up for the fight, but no matter how badly… Read more...

Don't Wait For Google, Netflix Or Facebook's Help If You Want To Save Net Neutrality

last weekIndustries / Law : Techdirt

So if you've not been paying attention, broadband ISPs (with help from new FCC boss Ajit Pai) are slowly but surely working to eliminate oversight of one of the least-competitive sectors in American industry. It began with Pai killing...Show More Summary

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