As Edward Wyatt wrote on Wednesday, a federal court ruled that the F.C.C. overstepped by telling Comcast it could not limit the amount of broadband available to certain heavy users.
The decision will allow Internet service companies to block or slow specific sites and charge video sites like YouTube to deliver their content faster to users.The court decision was a setback to efforts by the Federal Communications Commission to require companies to give Web users equal access to all content, even if some of that content is clogging the network.
The Federal Communications Commission chairman, Julius Genachowski, signaled his approval of Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal on Thursday, but that approval will come with conditions.
Among the anticipated stipulations is that Comcast not withhold NBC programming from its competitors in the online video market and that it allow rival distributors to have reasonable access to NBC Universal programming.
How on earth the FCC thinks it’s going to be able to regulate the entire library of NBC content and separate that from the Comcast pipeline, esepcially when they’re already collaborating on content production, baffles me. Good luck, and thanks for approving the creation of the largest media organization ever!
The Federal Communications Commission has voted to approve the use of “white space” – the broadcast frequencies opened up by switching analog TV signals to digital last summer – for wireless data and Internet services.
As we wrote earlier this week, the move was expected and will open up a number of avenues for “connected devices, or the Internet of Things, which are now coming online faster than new human subscribers to leading mobile phone networks.”
I love it when the mainstream media gets whiff of closed-door meetings, creates a story out of their worst fears, then finds out the meeting was convened to discuss the exact opposite of the reported story. I love it, except when I believe the “Rumor News” and start to distrust Google.
Sorry Google; don’t be evil to me!
While politicians, pundits, military, and journalists assess and debate the fallout from Wikileaks’ release of the “Afghan War Diary” – the legality and ethics of Wikileaks, its impact on the war efforts, the rise of the “world’s first stateless news organization” – a number of developers are diving right into the 91,000 some odd classified documents and seeing what they can do with the data.
Update to my previous WikiLeaks post: information is, in fact, still able to permeate even the strictest legal strangleholds. I applaud these lunies who risk life and limb to develop the code that empowers us to understand the data we pay for yet are systematically denied access to by the people we’ve put in power. Take it back!
“Any outcome, any deal that doesn’t preserve the freedom and openness of the Internet for consumers and entrepreneurs will be unacceptable,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski told reporters earlier today.
Finally, the FCC is no longer 1) toothless and 2) crusading for the rights of corporations.