Posts Tagged ‘FCC’

Canada Protects Net Neutrality as US Prepares to Dismantle It

Friday, April 21st, 2017

It will be interesting to see how the rest of the world reacts to this issue; will net neutrality be dismantled in most countries, or will it be protected?

While the United States is poised to gut its own net neutrality rules sometime in the next month, Canadian regulators just doubled down on protecting it — and have now created some of the toughest net neutrality rules in the world. Canadian regulators had already passed functional net neutrality rules that prohibited blocking and other blatantly anti-competitive behaviors. But the CRTC this week released its full, final guidelines that take things further, effectively prohibiting giant ISPs from using arbitrary usage caps to give their own content an unfair market advantage (aka zero rating).


FCC Fumbles on Net Neutrality

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

I’m not quite sure what I think of this one yet …

The reason why mobile broadband doesn’t need net neutrality? It’s obvious, isn’t it: because Android is open. That’s really what they said.

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which has the power to set the rules for use and, more importantly, charging for internet use in the US, has passed “limited” net neutrality rules by a 3-2 vote which split along Democratic (yes) and Republican (no) party lines.


FCC’s Baker Wonders Why Neutrality Plan isn’t Public

Friday, December 10th, 2010

This seems to be a troubling trend lately …

The FCC vote on their new neutrality rules is coming December 21, and nobody (other than we assume the wealthiest stakeholders) know what the rules contain, outside of a general understanding that they echo previous, paper thin proposals by Henry Waxman, Verizon and Google — making a point to exclude wireless. Yesterday we noted how there have been unheeded calls for the rules to be leaked. At least one FCC Commissioner agrees, Meredith Attwell Baker urging the FCC to at least unveil the rules for a brief public comment period, something that would make sense given all the FCC’s talk about transparency:


FCC Approves White Space Device Rules

Friday, September 24th, 2010

It’s hard to say if this is good news or bad; I guess we’ll have to wait and see how it works out …

White Space broadband would use unlicensed and partially vacated spectrum created by the shift to digital television to create a new broadband delivery system. As expected, the FCC today voted to approve rules governing devices that use these white spaces, issuing a press release (pdf) stating these rules would require that white space devices consult a frequently-updated geolocation database to avoid interference with nearby TV broadcasts or wireless microphone transmissions. Says the FCC:


Ripe FCC Data – Our Broadband is Still Pretty Slow

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Will the US end up with an “information superhighway” or just an “information two lane gravel road”?

As we’ve long noted, the FCC has made broadband policy decisions based on flawed and incomplete data for years. Part of the 1996 Telecom Act required that the agency release quarterly reports on the status of broadband deployment. Unfortunately for consumers, that data has always been essentially useless — with the FCC declaring any zip code that has just one served broadband customer in it to be “wired” for service. This rose-colored glasses mentality is (very) slowly changing.


M2Z Free National Wireless Broadband Plan Finally Dies – CTIA Pleased You Won’t be Getting “Slow” Free 768 Kbps Service

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

In retrospect, this did sound too good to actually come true …

You might recall that former FCC boss Kevin Martin and a company by the name of M2Z Networks had been cooking up a plan for a smut-censored free national wireless service with a free wireless component. We had predicted the plan would never actually leave the ground and that wound up being true, the project derailed by both politics and the fact that the plan itself while creative — simply wasn’t very good. After returning from the dead and being bounced around the halls of the FCC in slightly modified form, the FCC has finally dropped the effort completely. M2Z sent Broadband Reports an e-mailed statement lamenting the decision:


AT&T Forgets They Began the Network Neutrality Debate – Then Calls People “Conspiracy Theorists” for Pointing It Out

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Sounds like somebody just realized that they’re sitting on top of a public relations nightmare …

Consumer group Free Press is apparently hitting some of AT&T’s buttons this week, if this missive from AT&T lobbyist Hank Hultquist is any indication. Hultquist this week attacked the consumer group as a purveyor of “Da Vinci Code conspiracy theories” for a recent letter the group wrote to the FCC that points out how AT&T’s long-standing dream of “paid prioritization” could be bad for consumers. In it, Free Press notes they don’t oppose intelligent network management, just paid prioritization:


Net neutrality: Seven questions for the new Internet rule makers

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

The most trouble thing about net neutrality, is that the definition of “neutral” seems to be up in the air …

It probably wasn’t how Google’s CEO-founder Eric Schmidt (of “Don’t Be Evil” fame) envisioned things. Earlier this month protesters converged on the Google campus to protest the Google-Verizon joint proposal to keep the internet neutral. Called a “joint policy proposal for an open internet,” it was innocuous-sounding enough, but to many it is being seen, above all, as a sellout of the wireless internet where Google itself is keen to play. There’s some thoughtful consideration given in the proposal to treating all content equally — but only where “wireline networks” are concerned. There is also a call for “network transparency,” but since decades into internet build-out there is still little network transparency, this seems more like a wish than a policy suggestion.


Net neutrality – what does it mean?

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

This answers a lot of questions … and raises a lot of worries!

If you think net neutrality sounds boring, think again. While the debate has been bubbling along for years, it is a concept that could mean the end of open, free and equal internet of today that we take for granted.


Verizon and Google Announce Their Net Neutrality Solution – A gutted FCC overseeing weak rules that don’t apply to wireless

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

It’s way past time for the FCC to take charge of this mess … isn’t that what we pay them to do?

Last week was a messy (though entertaining) one on the network neutrality front, with the FCC canceling their largely closed-door meetings with carriers after criticism and reports that Google and Verizon were conducting private neutrality negotiations. While there was a lot of random interpretation of what the Verizon/Google talks mean, we noted on Friday that the goal of the talks were to to pre-empt tougher consumer protections with voluntary measures that likely wouldn’t do much of anything (Verizon’s usual tactic in DC).