Items tagged with Net Neutraility

The broadband situation in America right now isn't ideal, and in fact, some might call it appalling. While it doesn't take much effort to find people with high-speed connections, there remain many out there who don't have one. And even worse, in some cases they might only have access to one ISP. Well, with even president Obama urging for net neutrality to pass, as well as to see our Internet become a title II class utility, the broadband situation has got to change. And now, with the FFC's reclassifying of what broadband actually is... I guess we're on our way. Previously, the FCC denoted a broadband connection as one that delivered speeds of at least 4 Mbps down, and 1 Mbps up, whereas... Read more...
The Google - Verizon net neutrality policy proposal that was unveiled on Monday has been the subject of much criticism. As a follow-up, a number of groups have planned a protest at Google's Mountain View HQ tomorrow at 12 noon, PDT. Although it is true that even the EFF found a few good points in the proposal, it found many negative and troubling aspects. Those include such items as the exclusion of wireless services, the mention of the ability to define the vague "additional online services" that could include prioritization, and the use of the term "reasonable network management," one might think could include throttling. Of course, some all calling all this "fear-mongering." Perhaps it is,... Read more...
Both Google and Verizon have stepped up to deny a New York Times story that reported the two were close to a deal that would effectively end the concept of net neutrality. The NYT report said the deal could be completed as soon as next week. The New York Times report said that Google and Verizon were "nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to internet users more quickly if the content's creators are willing to pay for the privilege." That, in effect, would be contrary to the concept of net neutrality, in which all traffic is treated the same regardless of its origination. Verizon issued a statement on the matter. The company stated the following,... Read more...