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Net neutrality

Feb 1, 2019

Net neutrality advocates prepare to face FCC in court over what ‘internet was meant to be’

The fate of the internet will once again rest in the hands of three federal judges when they hear oral arguments Friday in a pivotal challenge to the Federal Communications Commission. From a sixth-floor courtroom in downtown Washington, FCC lawyers will argue that the agency acted correctly last year when it officially took its net […]

Nov 6, 2018

US Supreme Court rejects net neutrality appeals after year delay

The U.S. Supreme Court turned away a group of long-pending appeals from the broadband industry over the Obama-era “net neutrality” rule, which barred internet service providers from giving preferential treatment to some web traffic. The appeals, filed more than a year ago, lost most of their practical significance in June, when a new Federal Communications […]

Oct 2, 2018

DOJ’s lawsuit may delay California’s new net neutrality law

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit could delay the rollout of California’s toughest-in-the country net neutrality law, which is set to take effect Jan. 1. Advocates hope California’s new law to stop internet providers from favoring certain content or websites will push Congress to enact national rules or encourage other states […]

Jan 23, 2018

NY lawmakers to introduce net neutrality bill

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state could adopt its own version of net neutrality under legislation being announced by state lawmakers. Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy of Albany and Sen. David Carlucci of Clarkstown are scheduled to detail their proposal on Tuesday. The Democrats’ proposal would prohibit companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with […]

Jan 17, 2018

Wave of lawsuits filed to block net-neutrality repeal

NEW YORK (AP) — The expected wave of litigation against the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net-neutrality rules has begun. A group of attorneys general for 21 states and the District of Columbia sued Tuesday to block the rules. So did Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox browser, public-interest group Free Press and New America’s […]

Jan 16, 2018

50 senators endorse resolution to restore FCC net neutrality regulations

WASHINGTON – Fifty Senate lawmakers have endorsed a legislative measure to override the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to deregulate the broadband industry, top Democrats said Monday. The tally leaves supporters just one vote shy of the 51 required to pass a Senate resolution of disapproval, in a legislative gambit aimed at restoring the agency’s […]

Jun 14, 2016

Court upholds ‘net neutrality’ rules on equal internet access

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the government’s “net neutrality” rules, preserving regulations that force internet providers such as Comcast and AT&T to treat all online traffic — everything from Netflix and cat videos to games and downloads — equally. The 2-1 ruling is a sweeping victory for the Obama administration and the consumer […]

Jun 12, 2015

Net neutrality rules go into effect

NEW YORK — New rules that treat the Internet like a public utility and prevent companies from blocking or slowing down some online traffic took effect Friday. Cable and telecom industry groups have sued to have the Federal Communications Commission’s rules over what’s known as net neutrality thrown out, arguing they are too onerous. But […]

Mar 17, 2015

GOP: Obama aides meddled in ‘net neutrality’

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans on Tuesday accused independent regulators of bowing to White House pressure on “net neutrality,” citing thousands of emails and other documents that show close coordination between the Federal Communications Commission and senior aides to President Barack Obama. The political sparring on Capitol Hill was unlikely to affect a decision by the [&he[...]

Feb 26, 2015

FCC OKs tougher rules for Internet providers

WASHINGTON — Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking Web traffic. The 3-2 vote ushered in a new era […]

Feb 4, 2015

FCC chairman proposes regulating Internet like phone service

WASHINGTON — Declaring that the Internet must not be taken over by big business interests, a top U.S. regulator on Wednesday proposed dramatically expanding the government’s power to oversee Internet service providers and establishing new rules that would prohibit companies from blocking or slowing data. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal was a victory [...]

Feb 2, 2015

A look at ‘net neutrality’ and what will happen

WASHINGTON — Whose Internet is it anyway? Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he’s keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the “information superhighway” as a fun way to buy books or […]

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