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Verizon refuses to repair copper infrastructure, still set on forcing fiber conversion

Verizon refuses to repair copper infrastructure, still set on forcing fiber conversion Here’s how the Inquirer describes the situation: The customer is told that a technician truck will roll for repairs.If a flagged copper customer needing repairs ultimately declines fiber upgrade, the Verizon document commands: “Do not fix trouble” with the copper line.

Comcast, Netflix will make nice over set-top boxes, allow streaming to Comcast’s X1 platform

Comcast, Netflix will make nice over set-top boxes, allow streaming to Comcast’s X1 platform The company has recently announced that it has reached an agreement with Netflix to allow Netflix access over its own X1 platform.Prior to this, Comcast blocked Netflix from its hardware.

Comcast thinks it should be able to charge more to preserve your privacy

Comcast thinks it should be able to charge more to preserve your privacy People get up in arms when it comes to privacy on services like Google and Facebook, but your ISP could gather much, much more information about you if it wanted.The cable giant thinks your privacy should come with an added fee.

The FCC may investigate the $200 Wi-Fi at the first presidential debate

The FCC may investigate the $200 Wi-Fi at the first presidential debate In the lead-up to the first presidential debate on Monday, Hofstra University dropped a bombshell on journalists attending the event to cover it for various publications.Instead of providing free Wi-Fi or offering the service for a nominal fee, attendees were expected to pony up $200 per person.

Will Zuckerberg’s third-world internet come to North America?

Will Zuckerberg’s third-world internet come to North America? The crux of the problem many people have with Mark Zuckerberg’s Free Basics is the effect it could have on the poor.Sure, it seems nice to create limited Internet access where none existed before.

Comcast rolls out 1TB cap to more markets, hit with $2.3 million FCC fine for unauthorized equipment charges

Comcast rolls out 1TB cap to more markets, hit with $2.3 million FCC fine for unauthorized equipment charges If you’re a Comcast customer, chances are you’re now operating under an effective 1TB data cap.We have learned that our customers want the peace of mind to stream, surf, game, download, or do whatever they want online.

FCC Republicans confirm they'll act to topple net neutrality as quickly as possible

FCC Republicans confirm they'll act to topple net neutrality as quickly as possible Incoming President-elect Donald Trump has stated that he opposes net neutrality, as have Pai and O’Rielly, and the regulatory scheme that implements it is not long expected to survive Trump’s taking office.Under Tom Wheeler, the FCC generally defended the principle of an open Internet, as opposed to a tiered version.

Meet the new FCC chariman, harbinger of doom for net neutrality

Meet the new FCC chariman, harbinger of doom for net neutrality The government's primary media regulator has a new leader—and he's among the most outspoken critics of the net neutrality regulations put in place during the Barack Obama administration.He could, for example, end the inquiries into the zero-rating programs of AT&T and Verizon, which some say violate net neutrality principles.

Trump's FCC Chair

Trump's FCC Chair He is vehemently opposed to net neutrality.So what is net neutrality?

The FCC is already declining to enforce net neutrality

The FCC is already declining to enforce net neutrality The easiest way to let major internet providers violate net neutrality principles is not to repeal the work done under President Barack Obama.It's to just not enforce the rules at all.

FCC halts investigations into zero-rating data programs like T-Mobile’s Binge On

FCC halts investigations into zero-rating data programs like T-Mobile’s Binge On The Federal Communications Commission recently gained a new head in Ajit Pai, and the agency is already showing signs of a policy shift on key issues like net neutrality.An instance of this is T-Mobile’s Binge-On program, which was being investigated for unfairly favoring some services over others.

Digital divide widens as FCC rolls back broadband subsidies for poorer households

Digital divide widens as FCC rolls back broadband subsidies for poorer households The FCC’s Lifeline Support for Affordable Communications was designed to bridge the digital divide, but under this new order, nine ISPs will not be able to take part in the program.Through Lifeline, an ISP can apply to the program in order to offer subsidies to poorer customers that are eligible.

Google Fiber is slashing employees, preparing to deploy wireless access points instead of fiber optics

Google Fiber is slashing employees, preparing to deploy wireless access points instead of fiber optics Over the past year, it’s become increasingly clear that Alphabet, Google’s new parent company that runs the Access division responsible for deploying Google Fiber, hasn’t been thrilled with that segment’s performance or cost structure.Now, word is that Access employees are being reassigned or terminated, while plans to expand Google Fiber beyond its current markets are being substantially overhauled.

FCC commits $2 billion to expanding internet access in rural America

FCC commits $2 billion to expanding internet access in rural America The FCC on Thursday morning approved a plan to provide $2 billion for a program to encourage the development of broadband internet access to rural parts of the United States.The $2 billion commitment is part of the FCC's Connect America Fund.

The FCC just rolled back some of its privacy rules, reversing previous positions

The FCC just rolled back some of its privacy rules, reversing previous positions The FCC is under new leadership, and it’s looking to scale back some of the privacy regulations of the previous administration.On Friday, the newly appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission asked the organization to delay a set of the privacy rules that was initially slated to take effect next week.