September 27, 2006 |
Craig Newmark's twisted sense of "Internet fairness" in his Sept. 12 commentary on Net neutrality ("Heed the threat to Internet fairness") cannot go unchallenged. Newmark's claim that Net neutrality is about "fairness" is bogus. Is it fair to assume people are guilty until proven innocent, as the proposed legislation does in punishing all broadband providers, not based on any proof, only on hypothetical allegations? Is it fair to take from consumers the wonderful diversity of competitive choice, customization and personalization they enjoy today, and replace it with one regulated "neutral" choice for all?
June 19, 2006 |
Technology's titans have lined up against each other in a fierce battle over control of the Internet. All the sides say they are fighting on behalf of consumers, innovation and free speech. Groups led by Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. are facing off against others led by Google and eBay in congressional hearing rooms and in Web campaigns. These companies, which have billions at stake in the outcome, are waging war over proposed federal legislation that goes by the otherwise snooze-inducing name of "net neutrality.
April 19, 2010 |
WHEN FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski took office last summer, he was probably hoping to have fun with things like broadband plans, spectrum reform and other stuff that excites telecom geeks. But last week, the D.C. Court of Appeals declared that, due to Bush-era rulemaking, the Federal Communications Commission lacked many of the powers Genachowski needs to do his job. But the ruling doesn't mean the death of net neutrality, the National Broadband Plan, spectrum reform, or the FCC itself.
March 14, 2015 |
The Federal Communications Commission released on Thursday the 400-page text of its open Internet order that passed 3-2 in a partisan vote on Feb. 26. Senior FCC officials reiterated in a conference call with reporters that the agency did not intend to regulate Internet rates with the just-released order, which reclassified the Internet as a "telecommunications service. " But industry officials say provisions in the order could allow consumers to complain to the agency about rates, leading to potential FCC investigation and action.
February 27, 2015 |
Michael Copps objected strongly a dozen years ago when then-Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell took what he considered a big wrong turn: classifying cable companies' broadband Internet business as a lightly regulated "information service. " Copps will be back Thursday, watching from the audience as the FCC comes full circle and embraces the logic of his 2002 dissent. If Powell's successor, Tom Wheeler, draws the expected votes of his two fellow Democrats, the agency will reclassify all types of broadband as "Title II" telecommunications services - a move Wheeler and Copps both call necessary to keep the Internet functioning as it mostly does today and, more important, as nearly everybody says it should.
February 5, 2016 |
NEW YORK - It's 2016, and comedian John Oliver is ready to talk about the U.S. presidential elections. He's just not sure yet what to say. The host of HBO's Last Week Tonight has held out against saturation coverage of a race that, from the perspective of someone raised in Britain, goes on too long, but "it's finally appropriate," he acknowledged Wednesday during a breakfast session with reporters at the network's offices. The Peabody-winning comedy won't return for its third season until Feb. 14, but Oliver said he has no regrets about missing Iowa.
December 24, 2010
Even though consumers won't know for some time whether Internet rules adopted Tuesday will assure them continued open access to all that's on the Web, they're better off now that federal regulators have acted. The Federal Communications Commission rules designed to give regulators limited powers to prevent Internet providers like Verizon and Comcast from blocking Web traffic were called "a vital first step" by a prominent Internet-freedom group, the Center for Democracy & Technology.
February 5, 2015 |
NEW YORK - John Oliver began his HBO show last spring without much of a plan. And as "Last Week Tonight" returns at 11 p.m. Sunday, he's sticking with it. "I wouldn't really credit us with much thought or strategy," Oliver said of his satirical news show, which quickly won attention for its deep dives into topics as diverse - and unexpectedly entertaining - as net neutrality, the Miss America pageant and FIFA, the governing body for...
November 12, 2014 |
Restoring "value and credibility" to American Realty Capital Properties Inc. , landlord to a big slice of corporate America, "will require the company to separate completely from founder, former CEO, and executive chair Nick Schorsch ," analyst Chris Lucas told clients of CapitalOne Securities Inc. in a report Monday. Manhattan-based American Realty Capital, whose back offices are in the Schorsch family's native Jenkintown area, has lost a third of its stock-market value since the company retracted its 2014 financial reports last month.
December 1, 2010 |
Netflix stirred buzz last week by offering its customers a chance to bypass both its traditional DVD-rental business and its cable-TV channels: For $7.99 a month, subscribers could use a broadband Internet connection and stream movies or TV shows directly to their home computers or televisions. Now, Netflix's new business model has erupted into a very public fight pitting Comcast Corp., the nation's largest broadband company, against a little-known but leading provider of so-called Internet backbone services, Level 3 Communications, which handles Netflix content.