Tag - Internet
A challenge to the sweeping "net neutrality" rules issued by the FCC in 2015 has been rejected by the Washington, DC US Circuit Court of Appeals. The court, which had previously rejected some of the FCC's earlier net neutrality proposals in a 2-1 ruling that forces AT&T and a national ISP industry group, which brought the challenge, to obey federal regulations that prevent the extortionate practice of blocking or slowing some internet traffic and prioritizing those that agree to pay the providers a fee.
You do have to pity hotels: they spent all that money fitting Ethernet to their rooms, and then nobody used it because Wi-Fi came along. Mind you, your pity may get a little tempered by how the hotel often charges you for that Wi-Fi hand over fist. We'd rather not pay excessively for Internet access, but our concern today is less about price, and more about privacy. Hotel Wi-Fi can save your bacon on a trip -- but it can also be how nefarious people in the next room get your bank details.
In the 2015 Open Internet Order (also referred to as the net neutrality order) the Commission enhanced the rule governing broadband providers' disclosure of commercial terms, network performance, and network management practices. During the debate and framing of the regulation, the US Federal Communications Commission found that consumers needed an easy way to understand specifics of broadband offerings, and required that providers convey the required information in a simple format that would enable consumers to easily compare services of different broadband providers. In a press conference earlier today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler rolled out the new labels in conjunction with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray.
Amazon customers in the United States are now able to order cable service from the retailer's online store for the first time. The Amazon Cable Store is offering a number of Comcast products and services that customers can subscribe to, including ordering an Internet connection, setting up a pay-TV package, and even ordering a "triple play" bundle combining Internet and TV with a phone line, all without leaving the Amazon marketplace.
Listen, the Living With articles have become a staple of MacNN, and in every single case they are articles about what we've learned using hardware and software over an extended period, instead of solely in the initial testing. In some cases, they are apps or products that we loved, and that instantly became part of our working life, and sometimes we didn't really appreciate them until many months down the line, when they've somehow become indispensable. This is the first and hopefully last Living With where it isn't our choice: we have been trying to get rid of Kaspersky Internet Security from the day we finished testing it.
Google is bringing its high-speed Internet service to San Francisco, but it will be taking a different strategy to create its network compared to earlier buildouts. Rather than constructing its own city-wide infrastructure, the gigabit Internet service will instead take advantage of existing fiber installations, a move which will severely limit the reach of Google Fiber to a number of areas that already have fiber running to buildings.
American Airlines has filed a lawsuit against in-flight Internet provider Gogo, attempting to get out of its contract so the airline can use a competitor. The suit, filed on Friday, claims ViaSat is offering a faster service to competing airlines, including Virgin America, Jet Blue, and United Airlines, which American Airlines believes allows it to break the contract agreement and switch providers, so it can provide in-air connections to passengers on a par with its opposition.
Maybe every app is really someone's personal preferences made flesh, or at least made pixels, and a hit is just when their needs match up with those of many customers. Internet 1.0 is its own developer's idea of the perfect web browser, and there's a chance it's going to be yours too -- but, unfortunately, not a very great chance.
An assortment of special interest groups are petitioning US Federal Communications Commission head Tom Wheeler to limit privacy protections offered to Internet users, under the guise of hampering innovation and harming consumers. Among the petitioners are cable and broadcast industry advocacy groups The American Cable Association, U.S. Telecom Association, Consumer Technology Association, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, and others.
Facebook's project to provide people in developing countries access to essential websites has come under fire in India, with the local telecommunications regulator banning free mobile data programs that appear to go against net neutrality principles. Free Basics, the Facebook-created service is no longer allowed to operate in the country, after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) instituted new regulations effectively forbidding it.