In a move that truly rivals anything we’ve seen so far in T-Mobile’s ongoing UnCarrier revolution, Sprint has done something that totally and absolutely sets it apart from the rest of the wireless industry: it has supported Net Neutrality. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure praised the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to impose utility style regulation to [...]
Congressional Republicans, displeased with the recent re-enactment of net neutrality rules have increasingly turned to a new line of argument. Republicans promised a “major confrontation,” but now fact the fact that most Americans, including 85 percent of Republicans, oppose allowing broadband providers to charge websites for higher speeds. Show More Summary
A bombastic Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) unloaded on the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission during a congressional hearing Wednesday on net neutrality. “You’re playing God with the Internet!” Gohmert shouted during testimony by FCC chair Tom Wheeler. Wheeler, appearing...
As we just got done saying, while the new net neutrality rules are certainly a great step forward, there are probably more questions than answers in terms of just how far the FCC will be willing to go when it comes to policing anti-competitive behavior. Show More Summary
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler was once again called before Congress today. His task: to justify the commission’s vote to protect consumers from the potential, likely harms of monopoly ISPs out to make a buck in any way they can. Or, in other words, to defend the agency’s recent vote on net neutrality. Today’s hearing before the House Judiciary Committee is … [More]
It was a fairly sleepy congressional hearing, the last in a two-week marathon of appearances by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler before lawmakers to defend his agency's net neutrality rules. But then Louie Gohmert chimed in. Show More Summary
Congress members in the House of Representatives have proposed a bill that would obviate the Patriot Act and end the NSA's bulk data collection. Meanwhile, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai has asked the government to refuse to fund the FCC in order to block net neutrality.
Less than a month after the FCC commissioners voted to regulate Internet service providers as "common carriers" under the Communications Act, the telecoms have filed suit. Well, one industry trade group, USTelecom, representing some of the nation's largest Internet providers, has sued, as has one small Texas ISP, Alamo......
In January, the Fact Checker was critical of claims by opponents of a then-pending Federal Communications Commission rule change on Internet regulation. The FCC had been considering changing its regulations to “reclassify” broadband providers as a public utility, like water, telephone or electricity. Proponents of this change said doing so would give equal access to the […]
Google said earlier this year that the FCC’s net neutrality rule wouldn’t stop them from investing more in Google Fiber, and it looks like they really meant it. The service is now slated to expand to yet another location: Salt Lake City. Google posted on their Fiber blog that Salt Lake City is joining other recent Google Fiber cities “in … [More]
Even as federal officials prepare to defend their net neutrality regulation in court, attention is shifting to a part of the new FCC rules that could give Internet providers a a loophole, according to some analysts. The rules, which were adopted by the Federal Communications Commission last month, seek to prevent Internet service providers from speeding up or slowing down […]
If you look at the US Telecom preemptive lawsuit against the FCC's Net Neutrality action taken this week and then look deep enough at what is being done in Tennessee you'll likely see the same players working behind the scenes to limit muni-broadband providers expansion out of governmental footprint. Show More Summary
WASHINGTON POST. Washington, 24 March 2015. An industry trade group and a small, Texas-based Int...
Rick Boucher knows as well as anybody that net neutrality is the type of complex technology topic that Congress finds difficult to handle even when Democrats and Republicans are getting along.
Just a few weeks old and the Federal Communications Commission’s controversial Net Neutrality have now officially met its first legal challenges, as US broadband providers have filed lawsuits to overturn the open Internet regulations. The USTelecom Association, a trade firm representing some of America’s largest Internet providers, was the first to the plate on Monday, [...]
It's been a good year for the internet in America. Not only did it receive much needed federal Net Neutrality protections, the average download speed increased by a solid 10 Mbps nationwide over the previous year. As of March 2015, the average downlo...
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and commissioners Mignon Clyburn (L) and Jessica Rosenworcel Technically, it's a bit premature—new federal rules are supposed to be published in the Federal Register before they can be challenged in court—but...Show More Summary
Begun, the net neutrality legal war has.
FCC Republican asks Congress to slash his agency's budget request.