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Category / Net Neutrality

Net neutrality rises from the dead, and the Trump administration isn’t happy

It’s official: we can’t call anything that happens in the fight over net neutrality “Official” anymore. Late Sunday evening, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the state of California to refute its landmark net neutrality legislation. This is just the latest of many tit for tat maneuverings in a years-long battle to legally define...CONTINUE READING
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Verizon explains why it throttled a fire department’s data during wildfire

Earlier this summer, the Santa Clara County Fire Department sent a team to fight the largest wildfire in the history of California.  The problem? During the fire, Verizon throttled the department’s “unlimited” data once it reached its limit.  As part of its emergency services, the department “relies upon Internet-based systems to provide crucial and time...CONTINUE READING
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FCC claims of DDoS net neutrality attack were ‘bogus’

Pretty much everyone saw this coming.  A forthcoming report from the FCC’s Office of Inspector General reportedly dispels earlier dubious claims from the FCC that its comment system was hit by a distributed denial of service attack in May of last year. It turns out, after all, that the commission’s site was likely brought to...CONTINUE READING
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Here’s how much money anti-net neutrality members of Congress have received from the telecom industry

The House of Representatives is sitting on its hands instead of calling a vote to protect net neutrality. But those same members of Congress have had their hands in the pot of the anti-net neutrality telecommunications industry for years. The net neutrality advocacy project BattleForTheNet.com on Monday released an updated interactive scorecard that compares where...CONTINUE READING
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A single House Republican sides with Democrats on net neutrality

There’s a Democratic bill in the House of Representatives that seeks to void the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality, restoring the Obama-era rules that once ensured a free and open internet.  But even with the support of nearly every Democrat in the House, the petition still falls far short of the 218 signatures it needs...CONTINUE READING
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Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s SCOTUS pick, could be the final nail in net neutrality’s coffin

Since President Donald Trump took office, net neutrality – the principle that internet service providers should treat all content equally and keep it accessible to all – has been under constant attack.  Brett Kavanaugh is the president’s latest blow to a future with a free and open internet. And we know this because Kavanaugh, a...CONTINUE READING
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3 ways California is leading the country in digital rights

In the past, California has exerted something like a gravitational pull on the rest of the United States; in both legislation and civil liberties, where the Golden State goes — with its 12 percent of the U.S. population and 14 percent of the country’s GDP — the U.S. has often followed. Digital rights advocates can...CONTINUE READING
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Democrat with financial ties to AT&T just gutted California’s net neutrality law

California lawmakers have the opportunity to pass a new law that would serve as the gold standard for true net neutrality protection across the country. But a Democratic assemblyman with financial ties to the telecommunications industry just gutted it. The California State Assembly Communications and Conveyance committee will likely vote on SB 822 on Wednesday,...CONTINUE READING
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What AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner means for the future of the internet

No one spends $85.4 billion to do you a favor. In its recent acquisition of Time Warner, AT&T sure as shit isn’t about to make you rethink this fundamental truth.  The telecommunications company was approved by a federal judge Tuesday for a massive takeover that has the potential to alter the media landscape in a...CONTINUE READING
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It’s official, net neutrality is dead. Here’s what that means

Net neutrality laws — or the set of regulations that required internet providers to treat all websites equally — were officially repealed today.   The rules were originally enacted by the FCC under the Obama administration in 2015, but in December, the FCC voted to repeal the measures. That vote officially goes into effect today. So...CONTINUE READING
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