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Report: AT&T will accept net neutrality if it gets DirecTV

AT&T previously called the FCC's new net neutrality rules "a tragic step in the wrong direction" and even filed a lawsuit to block them. However, it would obey at least some of the new stipulations if its $49 billion purchase of DirecTV is approved by regulators, according to the Washington Post. Show More Summary

Why AT&T Appears Ready to Agree to a Plan It Has Called ‘a Tragic Step in the Wrong Direction’

AT&T is determined to obtain approval for its acquisition of DirecTV — so much so that it is prepared to go along with the FCC’s proposed Net neutrality rules, The Washington Post reports. Approval of the $49 billion purchase by...

AT&T will welcome the net neutrality rules it hates so much… if it’s allowed to acquire Dish

You know those pesky new net neutrality rules? They’re not perfect, but they are shockingly consumer-friendly considering they were spearheaded by the FCC’s former cable lobbyist boss. There’s no question that they will help ensure that the Internet is a level playing field by preventing carriers from prioritizing traffic and throttling bandwidth. Show More Summary

AT&T is prepared to abide by the new net neutrality rules under the DirecTV deal

In a few weeks, federal regulators are likely to approve AT&T's $49 billion purchase of DirecTV. To seal the deal, AT&T is expected to make several promises to soothe concerns that the acquisition could hurt consumers.  Among the deal's so-called conditions is expected to be something fairly simple. AT&T is prepared to accept aspects of the net neutrality rules adopted by […]

How To Make The Internet Free In Developing Countries

When most Americans hear the term “net neutrality” their eyes begin to glaze over, confusion sets in, and an almost instant-boredom takes over them. But in an emerging market like India, net neutrality means everything. Read More

AT&T: Broadband Usage Caps Are Awesome, And Preventing Us From Abusing Them Is A Horrible Injustice

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

While AT&T is now a part of two lawsuits to try and overturn the FCC's new net neutrality rules, there's probably no company singularly more responsible for the rules being necessary in the first place. It was AT&T that really got the...Show More Summary

The FCC's War On The Internet Targets Facebook

Net neutrality absolutists are wasting no time expanding their war on Internet innovation. Now in the crosshairs: charitable programs, including Facebook's Internet.org, aimed at providing free access to the two-thirds of the world's population who are currently offline.

DoT Panel Says Zero Rating Does Not Violate Net Neutrality, But Urges Them To Adopt Global NN Norms

It seems that Department of Telecom (DoT) officials are confused about the impact of Net Neutrality and Zero Rating Plans introduced by telecom players. Reports are emerging that DoT committee believes that Zero Rating Plans doesn’tShow More Summary

FCC head unveils proposal to narrow 'digital divide'

With the net neutrality rules released earlier this year, the agency redefined broadband as a public utility, like the telephone, giving it stricter oversight on how online content gets to consumers. According to a Pew Research Center report from 2013, 70 percent of U.S. Show More Summary

Second Estimate of GDP for the First Quarter of 2015

Today’s downward revision to GDP growth was entirely accounted for by revisions to inventory investment and net exports, with other changes being small and neutral on balance. The first-quarter slowdown was the result of harsh winter weather, tepid foreign demand, and consumers saving the windfall from lower oil prices. Show More Summary

FCC wants to expand internet fight with Republicans with broadband subsidies for the poor

They have the power. The Federal Communications Commission got such a thrill out of passing strong net neutrality rules that it's now flexing some more muscle to do a really good thing. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is set to propose subsidized...Show More Summary

AT&T Wants To Be Able To Charge Video Streaming Services For Exemption From Customers’ Data Caps

Data caps on home broadband stink, but they’re also a reality for millions of internet users (and probably soon for all of us). And as the FCC’s new open internet rules go into effect in the coming days to protect net neutrality, they’re also becoming one of the main ways in which ISPs can soak up extra cash from consumers … [More]

Internet.org App Launches in Pakistan

Despite being forced to defend itself against net neutrality complaints in India, Internet.org launched its application in neighboring Pakistan. The app launched in Pakistan in partnership with mobile operator Telenor Pakistan, and the...Show More Summary

Net Neutrality On The Ropes In Europe As Some EU Members Wimp Out On Real Rules

6 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

While net neutrality may have recently found its way into the Merriam Webster dictionary, it still hasn't managed to find its way to Europe. Most assumed that the EU would have passed net neutrality protections long before the States, so the FCC beating the EU to the punch surprised more than a few people. Show More Summary

Facebook’s Internet.org stirs up net neutrality fears in India

This article was authored by John C. Tanner, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net. Mark Zuckerberg’s bid to connect the unconnected via Internet.org is already facing its first major roadblock – not from cellcos, but from internet companies and activist groups who claim Internet.org’s business model violates net neutrality principles and... [visit site to read […]

Charter Promises Its Time Warner Cable Acquisition Won't Hurt Net Neutrality

Charter is trying to acquire Time Warner Cable, but the company wants everyone to know it isn't like that other merger attempt. This one is wholesome, customer-centric, and respectful of net neutrality. At least that's what Charter's...Show More Summary

Comcast’s plan for revenge starts to take shape

The past year has been a very bad one for Comcast. It’s been regularly humiliated by stories about its atrocious customer service, it’s lost a high-profile net neutrality fight with the Federal Communications Commission and it’s seen its proposed megamerger with Time Warner Cable essentially blocked. Show More Summary

WTF are the new entries in Merriam-Webster's unabridged dictionary?

last weekHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Yes, WTF is one of them, as are emoji, NSFW, net neutrality, click bait, crema, chilaquiles, colony collapse disorder, and more. (more…)

AT&T Argues Net Neutrality Violates Its First Amendment Rights

last weekIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Back when Verizon sued to overturn the FCC's 2010 net neutrality rules, the telco argued that the FCC was aggressively and capriciously violating the company's First and Fifth Amendment rights. According to Verizon's argument at theShow More Summary

FCC fights AT&T, CenturyLink and others over net neutrality rules

The FCC has filed its opposition to requests made by USTelecom, AT&T and CenturyLink to stay the implementation of its net neutrality rules, showing that it is not going to give into the telecom industry's pressure to revise its ord...

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