FCC looks to understand telco strategy on free data and net neutrality

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has called on AT&T, Comcast and T-Mobile US to provide details on the approach of these players in offering customers free data for viewing Web videos, a development that raises concerns on net neutrality. However, the FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler, added that the move of the regulator to solicit details was not an investigation but a...

By Telecoms Tech, 18 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Net Neutrality, Operators, Regulation.

Net Neutrality: Telcos opt-out of Facebook's Internet.org initiative

Facebook's Internet.org initiative, in principle, sounds like a fantastic idea. It would provide mobile users in developing countries with free access to certain online content which can help them to stay-in-touch, conduct business, and receive alerts for things such as natural disasters.

Indian Web and media companies CleartripNDTVNewshunt, and the Times Group have announced they are pulling out...

By Ryan Daws, 16 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Developing Countries, India, Industry, Net Neutrality.

Net Neutrality: Opponents to FCC's guidelines can now take action

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Last month, the FCC published its "Net Neutrality" guidelines to ensure the internet remains fair and free of discrimination. Part of the legislation will mean that service providers cannot implement things such as so-called "fast lanes" whereby certain services can be offered preferential treatment over others. 

The argument from ISPs in support of implementing such controversial discrimination is that some...

By Ryan Daws, 14 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Industry, Net Neutrality, Regulation.

FCC protects a free internet in landmark decision

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Whilst most internet-related headlines overnight surrounded two escaped llamas and a dress, the biggest news came from the FCC who approved the long-awaited decision to classify broadband as a Title II public utility.

The new rules provide the FCC with more powers to protect a free and open internet which offers fair access to all through banning things like the...

By Ryan Daws, 27 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, N America, Net Neutrality, Regulation.

Net neutrality could be expensive - or not

One of the biggest debates in telecoms this year has been around net neutrality, and with still no clear decisions made, it looks set to go on well into 2015. Influential figures and biased parties on either side have given their take on the issue, but the most-recent debate is in regards to how much maintaining net neutrality is going to cost...

Reclassifying internet providers as public utilities would require new regulations from the FCC, but the US regulator has the power to excuse companies

It is in...

By Ryan Daws, 10 December 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Net Neutrality, Operators, Regulation.

Draft bill to bring OTT apps under government control

OTT apps are a threat to telecoms providers worldwide as most will offer equivalent or better services for free from which telcos have traditionally generated revenue. This turns the operators into "dumb pipes" as they are often referred – leaving them to deal with increasing amounts of data being passed through their networks by these services. 

In Vietnam, the telecommunication ministry is drafting a bill which would bring foreign messaging apps under government control...

By Ryan Daws, 05 December 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Disruption, Government, Net Neutrality, OTT Services, Regulation.

EU Commission clears ISPs in "Net Neutrality" anti-trust probe

Net neutrality has become one of the biggest and most important topics in the telecoms industry as it could change the shape of the internet as we know it. An anti-trust probe was launched by the European Commission into whether quality-dependant OTT players such as Netflix were being "slowed down" in favour of the ISPs own services.

The inspections were launched to investigate whether the ISPs were taking advantage of their market position to control and cause an unfair playing-field on the internet;...

By Ryan Daws, 03 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Net Neutrality, Networks.

Let’s take things slow, for Net Neutrality's sake

Net Neutrality is in danger, we’ve covered the topic many-a-time here at TelecomsTech. The internet, most would agree, should be treated fairly and promote opportunities for all. There are many ISPs who would like to compromise this by creating “fast lanes” so certain services can get faster access for their customers over others – particularly those who can pay for the privilege which pushes smaller competitors out.

Companies have been taking a stand against this, whether big or small. In a protest...

By Ryan Daws, 10 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Government, Industry, Net Neutrality, Networks.

Why net neutrality does not equal net utility

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The most strident proponents of "net neutrality" want the Federal Communications Commission to declare broadband a utility, so the government can ensure that everyone gets equal access to the best Internet service that today's providers can offer.

Had they gotten this wish back in 1999, there is a good chance we would all get online today using state-of-the-art dial-up modems.

The FCC is trying to walk a fine line in its regulation of broadband....

By BroadbandNation, 04 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Net Neutrality, Networks, Operators.