Items tagged with Net Neutrality

Net neutrality continues to be a hot topic of debate and pundits are queuing up to guess whether President-elect Barack Obama will eventually advocate such legislation. Google has long-held the stance that net neutrality is a good thing and has been frequently outspoken on the issue. But an article in today's Wall Street Journal titled "Google Wants Its Own Fast Track on the Web," indicates that Google is in fact seeking preferential treatment for its traffic, which goes against the very principles of net neutrality: "Google Inc. has approached major cable and phone companies that carry Internet traffic with a proposal to create a fast lane for its own content, according to documents reviewed... Read more...
The days of "unlimited" broadband Internet access are gone. Many major Internet Service Providers (ISP) claim that providing unfettered access will saturate the available bandwidth and slow down or even halt access for everyone--sort of tantamount to the urban myth that if everyone flushed their toilets at the same time the sewage system would overload. The answer to this ISP-claimed conundrum is to set up speed/pricing tiers and to cap bandwidth usage. While Comcast is not the only ISP to announce tiered service and bandwidth caps, it has received the most attention--perhaps in part because of the company's aggressive tactics. Comcast has received criticism for imposing a 250GB per month bandwidth... Read more...
You didn't seriously think Comcast would roll over without a fight, did you? It was only a matter of time after FCC's decision in early August, before Comcast took some legal action. And here we are. Last month, the FCC voted 3-2 to declare that Comcast's throttling of BitTorrent P2P traffic last year was illegal. At that time the FCC ordered Comcast to not just stop blocking P2P traffic, but also to provide more details of its network management policies within 30 days. According to the Wall Street Journal (paid subscription required), Comcast on Thursday filed suit to overturn the ruling. At the same time, despite this, Comcast indicated it will continue to abide by the earlier FCC order, including... Read more...
Net Neutrality is a hot topic as of late.  It seems that not a week goes by without news breaking regarding a certain politician's stance on net neutrality, or a tech company introducing a new technology designed to inspect, detect, or shape net traffic is some way, shape or form.  Considering the importance of the topic, we thought it was a good time to get all of your opinions on the matter.  With that in mind, we have just posted a new poll that we'd like you all to participate in.What's Your Stance on Net Neutrality?  Let us know by voting in the poll, and then come back in here and give your innermost thoughts on the topic.  Do you even care that your ISP may be... Read more...
The ISP network throttling debate continues on Capital Hill: News.com reports that two Democratic Congressmen, John Conyers from Michigan and Zoe Lofgren from California, have introduced new legislation designed to prevent network providers from prioritizing Internet traffic and content.Just like last time, the bill would rewrite U.S. antitrust law to prohibit network operators like AT&T and Comcast from blocking, impairing, or discriminating against "lawful" Internet content, applications, and services or charging extra fees for "prioritization or enhanced quality of service.""The Internet was designed without centralized control, without gatekeepers for content and services," Conyers said... Read more...
What is Net Neutrality and why should everyone care?  It's the basic concept that data should get from where it starts to where it's going without any discrimination based on the type of data or its content.  But how does a non-neutral 'net impact you?In short, it limits your options to potentially be 'wowed' by new technologies and services before they can even get a foothold.  For instance, Comcast has set up throttles for BitTorrent traffic that more or less kill BT traffic except in a few cases such as World Of Warcraft patchers.  So companies that rely on BT to distribute legitimate video content might never make it to a consumer's PC, if they use Comcast.  Of course... Read more...
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