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Republicans looking to introduce net neutrality bill that avoids Title II

'Title X' would restrict internet fast lanes without reclassifying the internet as a utility<p>2014 has seen a widescale battle for net neutrality, with the government and massive corporations clashing over just what a free and open internet will look like in the years to come. Much of that …

What the FCC’s chairman told Verizon is a huge deal for net neutrality

For weeks, Internet providers have been warning regulators they'll stop growing their networks if they have to abide by strict net neutrality rules. But President Obama's top industry watchdog isn't buying that line.<p>The rules, which are currently being crafted at the Federal Communications …

BitTorrent brings file-sharing protocol to Web browsing

Could BitTorrent turn out to be an Internet service provider's best friend?<p>Half a dozen years ago, the popular file-sharing protocol was nothing but a headache for ISPs as broadband users filled their connections with torrent files (most often, movies and songs that were being shared illegally). …

Verizon: Actually, strong net neutrality rules won’t affect our network investment

One of the key arguments put forward by the broadband industry in opposing federal regulation is that it would cause an enormous economic fallout. Aggressive oversight, Internet service providers argue, would raise costs for consumers and force telecom companies to stop investing in their networks. …

Everything You Need to Know About the Net Neutrality Ruling

A federal appeals court opened the way for broadband providers to charge content companies for faster speeds, striking down federal rules that had required equal treatment of Internet traffic. Here is a PDF of the ruling, and what some of the key passages mean. The ruling also raises questions for …

Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality Report

Here are some of the broader questions the analysis raises:<p>• What is public sentiment related to net neutrality?<p>• How has net neutrality been covered …

Five Ways Net Neutrality Supporters are Winning the Debate

Proponents of net neutrality are winning the public debate, although that doesn’t mean they’ll win the policy fight.<p>A new report (PDF) released today …

AT&T launches fiber network, claims again that Obama will kill fiber

AT&T turns on fiber service in N.C., issues another rant on net neutrality.<p>AT&T, the company that claims network neutrality rules are going to kill …

German Chancellor voices support for fast lane internet, opposing net neutrality

German leader Angela Merkel made comments earlier in the week on the topic of net neutrality, an important issue being discussed by a number of …

When It Comes To Net Neutrality, The President Should Not Take Minority Communities For Granted. Here's Why.

When President Obama’s pollsters urged him to pick a fight with Internet service providers (ISPs) last month—by advocating for the reclassification of broadband service as a public utility—they took the support of the Democratic base, including communities of color, for granted. The pollsters may …

Does Verizon realize it made a huge net neutrality mistake?

Both AT&T and Comcast — two companies that are not exactly fond of net neutrality regulations — reportedly tried to warn Verizon against suing the …

How Netflix Poisoned The Net Neutrality Debate

Just when it seemed things couldn’t get any worse for President Obama’s recently-appointed FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the fight over “net neutrality” and the fate of the private Internet has now become a political football in gridlocked Washington.<p>Days after the mid-term elections, the President …

Mark Cuban made billions from an open internet. Now he wants to kill it

After making his fortune thanks to net neutrality, Cuban is pushing to allow internet "fast lanes"<p>Over the last few weeks, billionaire and former tech executive Mark Cuban has become increasingly vocal on the subject of net neutrality. In an interview with <i>The Washington Post</i> yesterday, Cuban said …

The FCC is taking its time with net neutrality because "the big dogs are going to sue"

Commission wants to get the rules right so they hold up<p>Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler is getting blunt about why we don't have net neutrality rules yet: "The big dogs are going to sue regardless of what comes out," he said today, according to Reuters. Internet providers are …

Why Free Marketeers Want To Regulate the Internet

<i>[If you are more technical-minded, you may prefer my recent presentation to a group of local Catholic I.T. professionals, Net Neutrality: A</i> …

If state barriers to broadband drop, what happens next?

About twenty states have legal barriers to public-owned broadband networks. But with nearly 400 community-wide and partial-reach public networks …

Regulations force Bitcoin ATM Robocoin to ban anonymous transactions

As Bitcoin businesses become compliant with financial regulation, they’re eschewing anonymity — and the Bitcoin community is not happy.<p>Bitcoin ATM Robocoin stated yesterday that all of its ATM operators would have to enable Know Your Customer/Anti-Money Laundering (KYC/AML) software and hardware as …