Posts about Net Neutrality

The internet: an open and immersive platform where you can find everything and anything, at any time. Well, that's the premise, but some countries, in fact, inhibit selected media and content - you know, for political gain or just nothing more than sheer bullying - that dictatorship thing; however, generally, it's open to all! Naturally, with impressionable children and whatnot, we need to have the ability to restrict access to certain content, which seems to be a more moderate and reasonable sense of "censorship," if you like ...

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As we start 2018, we see various states joining businesses and other stakeholders in looking to push back on the decision of the FCC's Ajit Pai to kill net neutrality. There have been countless studies showing that internet access, especially high-speed internet access, helps drive GDP growth and that the internet, by its nature, should be something that is consistent and treats all users the same without preferential treatment based on what traffic they are running or whether they pay more for that traffic ...

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The single day in 2017 that will resonate into the future for the broadband industry is December 14. On that day, the US's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to gut net neutrality. It did this by recategorizing broadband internet as an information service. In 2015, Barack Obama's FCC had classified it as a telecommunication service under Title I of the Telecommunications Act. This is a huge change that will upend how ISPs are regulated. It is unclear, of course, how this all will hash out. But here are some possible impacts ...

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted yesterday to support a series of rules that we more commonly reference as “Net Neutrality.” These rules will reclassify broadband Internet access as a Title II telecommunications service, subjecting them to regulation similar to that of a utility or common carrier. The concern driving Net Neutrality has focused on consumer broadband access and networks, highlighting such notions as blocking of internet sites and throttling of traffic such as BitTorrent. However, some of the associated headlines really have nothing to do with the access part of the network. Instead, they are related to network interconnects, which are the lurking issue under much of what we call Net Neutrality...


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After a quiet period both in Europe and in North America, the Net Neutrality debate has flared up again at the same time in both regions. The reasons are different, and the outcomes look to be different too, but the confusion around the topic and the way it's covered by the mainstream press is unfortunately all too familiar. In this article, I will try to expose the situation as clearly as possible and highlight how Europe and the US are taking different paths to tackle it.
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