Trump’s administration sues California over its net neutrality bill

The state of California is being sued following its decision to side with the majority of internet users and protect net neutrality.

Consumers are strongly in favour of net neutrality. In research conducted by Maryland University, 83 percent opposed repealing the rules – including 75 percent of Republicans, 89 percent of Democrats, and 86 percent of independents.

The state of California acted to...

Net Neutrality: Carriers have already begun throttling services

As forewarned by critics, the FCC’s repealing of its net neutrality rules has already led to popular services being throttled.

Net neutrality legislation, implemented under Obama’s administration, ensured a fair internet where all services must be provided with the same level of performance as others. This helped to keep the playing field level so new businesses have similar opportunities to incumbents.

The argument for repealing the rules – most advocated by large service providers –...

Senate reinstates net neutrality (for now)

In a vote today, Senators managed to narrowly overturn the FCC’s so-called ‘Restoring Internet Freedom Order’ which repealed Obama-era laws ensuring net neutrality.

Net neutrality is the idea that all internet users should be treated equally. Critics argue that heavier users, or services which use greater bandwidth, should pay more to cover infrastructure costs.

If you trust your cable company, you’re not going to like my vote today

Advocates for maintaining net neutrality rules are...

Deutsche Telekom opens IoT innovation space at IBM’s Watson IoT Center

Deutsche Telekom is further expanding its IoT portfolio with the opening of a new Telekom IoT innovation space at IBM’s Watson IoT Center in Munich, Germany.

A team of IoT experts from both the enterprises will work together to formulate solutions that draw upon Deutsche Telekom’s expertise in the field of connectivity, security and IoT solutions and IBM’s capabilities in AI, big data and IoT.

Both Deutsche Telekom and IBM will delve into solutions circled around IoT and AI based on the Low...

By Telecoms, 25 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Net Neutrality, Operators.

Net Neutrality: Fraudulent identities used “to corrupt the FCC’s notice and comment process”

A letter signed by the New York State Attorney General has accused the FCC of refusing to cooperate with an investigation into the fraudulent use of Americans’ identities to corrupt the public comment process with regards to altering net neutrality rules.

Eric T. Schneiderman claims his office has been investigating, for the past six months, who perpetrated a large scheme where ‘enormous numbers’ of identities were...

By Ryan Daws, 22 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, N America, Net Neutrality, Regulation.

Net neutrality is at threat again – and the FCC hopes your Thanksgiving turkey will distract you

Updated US regulators are expected to reverse fairness rules, implemented during Obama’s era to protect net neutrality, while many journalists are out the office.

Net neutrality is the idea that all businesses and consumers should be treated by internet providers the same — to most people, that seems fair.

Some ISPs argue that some companies put greater demand on their networks than others; such as Netflix. Without net neutrality rules, ISPs could ask for more cash from a company like Netflix so their...

By Ryan Daws, 21 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Government, Industry, N America, Net Neutrality, Operators, Regulation.

Canada aims to boost net neutrality with new framework

A newly designed framework which prevents telecom providers from engaging in ‘harmful’ zero-rating has been issued by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Zero-rating is a practice of selectively pricing certain apps and services by not counting them against a customer's data cap. The ruling strengthens Net Neutrality in the country, and will shape how Canadians use the Internet for years to come.

The digital rights group OpenMedia has welcomed the ruling, noting...

By Telecoms, 21 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, N America, Net Neutrality.

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

(Image Credit: iStockPhoto/franckreporter)

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, 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

(Image Credit: iStockPhoto/farakos)

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

(Image Credit: iStockPhoto/ZoliMajor25)

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

By Larry M. Elkin

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.

Tech giant coalition stands up to FCC for net neutrality

Some of the world’s biggest tech giants including Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Netflix, Twitter, Yahoo, and eBay, have set their differences aside to form a coalition against a proposal the Federal Communications Commission has put forward which threatens net neutrality.

Net neutrality has been called “the free speech issue of our time” due to its importance to keep a steady balance between control and freedom. In an article Tuesday,

By Ryan Daws, 08 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Government, Net Neutrality, Networks.

EU Commission’s plan pushes for net neutrality

Today, the EU Commission has adopted its ambitious "connected continent" plan putting pressure on telecoms providers to end roaming charges in 2014. As part of the plan, if approved, calls will also be capped at a sensible rate.

Carriers have been particularly vocal in their disagreement with the plan to scrap roaming charges altogether; saying it would be at a €7bn (£5.9bn) cost to their business.

However, providers will be allowed to charge more for data-heavy services at high speeds; which...

By Ryan Daws, 12 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Net Neutrality, Networks, Operators.