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Google Will Explore Bringing Fiber to 34 New Cities Including Portland and Atlanta

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 20:34
The Verge

Google just announced that it's invited cities in nine metro areas across the U.S. to explore "what it would take" to bring its Google Fiber gigabit Internet service to more locations.

Why Comcast Always Wins: Money, Friends and Influence

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 20:32
The Wrap

It didn’t take long after Comcast announced its intention to buy Time Warner Cable for media pundits to declare a winner. Yes, Comcast will face intense regulatory scrutiny over the planned $45.2 billion deal, which will reward the communications giant with more than 70 percent of the cable market. Yet it took less than 24 hours for some media pundits to declare approval a foregone conclusion. Why? Comcast has key political connections, formidable lobbyists and cash — but most importantly, it’s been here before.

71 Percent of U.S. Households Would Switch from Providers That Attempt to Interfere with Internet

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 20:29
ConsumerReports.org

Seventy-one percent of respondents to a survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center said they would attempt to switch to a competing Internet service provider if their provider were to try to block, slow down, or charge more for bandwidth-heavy services such as Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Pandora and Skype.

How the U.S. Could Block the Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 20:26
Ars Technica

Comcast's $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable is expected to be thoroughly scrutinized by the Department of Justice and FCC, and it could be blocked if the agencies decide the merger would significantly reduce competition and harm consumers.

Former FCC Commissioner Blames Himself for Approving Mergers That Ruined Journalism

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 20:25
GigaOM

Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps says that a decade of mega-merger deals approved by the communications regulator helped destroy independent journalism and local media, and he is sorry for the role he played in making that happen.

FCC Moves to Revive Net Neutrality Rules

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 20:24
National Journal

The FCC announced a plan to enact new Net Neutrality regulations aimed at ensuring that Internet service providers can't choke off access to websites like Netflix, Google and Skype.

FCC to Try Again on Net Neutrality

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 20:21
New York Times

The chairman of the FCC will propose new rules to encourage an open Internet, including prohibiting companies that provide broadband service to consumers from blocking any sites or services.

FCC Action Will Not Protect Free Speech Online

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 20:20
Free Press

In the wake of a Jan. 14 court ruling that struck down the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules, we’ve pushed the FCC to reclassify broadband — a simple fix that would allow it to craft new rules that would stand up to judicial scrutiny. But the agency took a much more timid path, saying it would simply gather input on whether it has the authority to prevent phone and cable companies from blocking or otherwise discriminating against content online.

FCC Won’t Appeal Verizon Ruling, Will Regulate Internet on 'Case-by-Case Basis'

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 19:32
Ars Technica

The FCC will not appeal a court ruling that overturned the FCC's anti-blocking and anti-discrimination rules, Chairman Tom Wheeler announced. Instead of trying to reinstate rules that prevented Internet service providers from blocking or disfavoring Web services such as Netflix and YouTube, the Commission will try to regulate anti-competitive behavior on a "case-by-case basis."

Comcast's Costly Package

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:58
Al Jazeera America

The proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable is misguided, monopolistic and bad for the U.S. economy.

Americans Say They'd Dump a Carrier That Slowed Their Web Traffic. But Many Can't

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:55
Washington Post

Americans overwhelmingly dislike the idea of having their traffic throttled or blocked. And they're threatening to vote with their feet if Internet providers don't play along. But in many places of the country, it's rare to have more than one broadband provider available.

Verizon Seeks Payment for Carrying Netflix Traffic

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:51
Ars Technica

Long-running disputes involving Verizon, Netflix, and Internet bandwidth providers are flaring up, causing recent slowdowns in Netflix speed.

Tony Blair Advised Rebekah Brooks on Phone-Hacking Scandal, Court Hears

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:47
The Guardian

Tony Blair advised Rebekah Brooks to launch a "Hutton style" inquiry into phone hacking at the News of the World at the height of the scandal over the issue, according to an email that has emerged at the Old Bailey trial.

Here's Why Your Netflix Is Slowing Down

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:43
Time

An escalating battle between Netflix and the largest Internet service providers is degrading service for the streaming video company’s customers, according to multiple reports. The dispute, which involves secret negotiations about how Internet traffic is routed, has spilled into public view as the relationship between giant broadband providers like Verizon and online content companies like Netflix continues to deteriorate.

Six Standout Moments from the Day We Fight Back

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 21:01
Free Press

On Feb. 11, activists, celebrities, policymakers, journalists, businesses and organizations lit up the Internet to protest the NSA’s mass surveillance programs. We pushed our members of Congress to support the USA Freedom Act, which would curb some of the NSA’s worst abuses. By day’s end, 89,000 people had called their members of Congress and 550,000 people had sent emails to their elected officials.

How Big Was the Day We Fight Back?

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 20:59
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Imagine two Michigan Stadiums, filled to capacity, with 219,802 people. Imagine that all those people are doing the same thing at the same time—contacting Congress and demanding an end to mass surveillance. You'd still fall short of the nearly 250,000 people inside the US that called or emailed their legislators yesterday for The Day We Fight Back. And that's not even touching the more than 200,000 people around the world that organized actions and signed on to the Necessary and Proportionate principles.

Why You Should Be Scared of Comcast and Time Warner Cable Merging

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 20:41
The Verge

The prospect of a combined Comcast and Time Warner on the horizon, the question turns to what a merger would actually mean — both for consumers and the industry at large. If the move is approved by federal regulators, it could cement the kind of monolithic monopolies that have plagued cable subscribers all along, raising concerns over net neutrality and competition in the marketplace. Despite the very real potential for a media dystopia, however, there could be a silver lining: the chance that the deal could help break down a wall that’s kept innovation out of the living room for years.

Five Ways in Which Low Power FM Will Fire Up Public Radio

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 20:39
Free Press

Today is World Radio Day. It’s the perfect time to talk about how Low Power FM stations will change the radio landscape in the United States.

Throwing a Wrench in the Engine of Innovation

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 18:59
Free Press

My parents are both small business owners, so I often look at current events through the lens of local economies and entrepreneurs. When a federal appeals court recently struck down the Net Neutrality rules, I was immediately concerned about the impact on businesses around the country.

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