Europe reverses course on net neutrality legislation


Less than a year after the European Parliament voted to enshrine net neutrality in law, the principle has come under attack by the European Commission. A package of reforms put together by former Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes was voted through parliament in March 2014. It included strong safeguards for net neutrality, banning service providers from blocking or slowing Internet services provided by competitors. But a majority of the 28 EU member states in the European council have now Read more [...]

Republicans strike back: FCC member invokes Star Wars in net neutrality fight


Republican Ajit Pai quotes Emperor Palpatine, of Star Wars’s evil galactic empire, in attack on new broadband rules regulating the internetRepublicans invoked Star Wars’s evil galactic emperor in their attacks on new broadband regulations on Friday, warning that the public and Silicon Valley were in for an unpleasant surprise.Quoting Emperor Palpatine, Republican Ajit Pai, a member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), said: “Young fool … Only now, at the end, do you understand.” Read more [...]

T-Mobile: FCC’s net neutrality rules won’t hurt our business


Like Sprint before it, T-Mobile US has said it's not that concerned about the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality plan. “There is nothing in there that gives us deep concern about our ability to continue executing our strategy,” T-Mobile COO Mike Sievert said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal yesterday. "Still, he said the reclassification isn’t the most desirable approach," the Journal wrote. Read 4 remaining paragraphs | Comments Ars Technica » Ministry of Read more [...]

Net neutrality advocates identify holes in FCC’s net neutrality plan


Net neutrality advocates are generally pleased by the Federal Communications Commission's latest plan to regulate Internet service providers, but some are pointing out potential problems. Attorney Matt Wood, the policy director for advocacy group Free Press, told the FCC last week that it faces "legal obstacles" in how it intends to regulate Internet service providers. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposes to reclassify Internet service providers as common carriers in two parts. ISPs will be common Read more [...]

ISPs “secretly furious” at Verizon, scared of stronger net neutrality rules


Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam. Verizon Verizon seemingly won a huge victory in January when a federal appeals court struck down network neutrality restrictions on blocking and discriminating against Internet content over fixed broadband connections. But Verizon's lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission could backfire, with the commission now considering even stronger rules on both fixed and wireless networks. That's why fellow Internet service providers Read more [...]

Big tech companies plan “Internet Slowdown” to fight for net neutrality


Fight for the Future Next week, some of the biggest tech companies will lead a symbolic “Internet Slowdown” to protest the Federal Communications Commission’s network neutrality proposal. “Several top websites—including Etsy, Kickstarter, Foursquare, WordPress, Vimeo, reddit, Mozilla, Imgur, Meetup, Cheezburger, Namecheap, Bittorrent, Gandi.net, StartPage, BoingBoing, and Dwolla—announced that they will be joining more than 35 advocacy organizations Read more [...]