Wheeler unveils new proposed rules for network neutrality, will try to stop “improper blocking” The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, laid out new several new proposals for network neutrality rules in a statement on Tuesday, also saying that the agency won’t appeal a court decision that struck down the FCC’s previous attempt at rule-making. The statement, which comes amid reports that internet providers are slowing sites like Netflix, also said the FCC would explore ways to stop improper “blocking” and “discrimination.” The decision to forgo an appeal is not surprising since the appeals court ruling was considered to be legally sound; in the decision, the DC Appeals Court pointed that the FCC had failed to invoke the proper legal authority when it applied the so-called “Open Internet Authority” to broadband providers.
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For years, the key rationale given by broadband providers for implementing data caps was that it was the only way they could deal with "congestion." Of course, for years, independent researchers showed that this was bogus, and there was no data crunch coming. Cable Industry Finally Admits That Data Caps Have Nothing To Do With Congestion
It's Clear Verizon Is Blocking Google Wallet Anti-Competitively - Google Wallet Delayed to Give Isis Development Time Verizon has been trying to justify their blocking of Google Wallet on Verizon phones, insisting the app is blocked because Google Wallet uses the "secure element" on devices to store a user's Google ID.
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Report: data caps just a “cash cow” for Internet providers Why do so many Americans now live with Internet data caps—and what are these caps doing to the future of broadband?
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AT&T will cap DSL and U-Verse internet, impose overage fees (update)
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