It’s a big old crazy world we live in. First they say yes, then they say no — what’s a web user supposed to do. Well, we’ve got the June Federal Court of Appeals ruling for’ya, along with a bunch of other good and bad news about Net Neutrality. And we’ll just have to see what Donald and Hillary are going to do about it — but it doesn’t look good! Here’s the InfoManager’s take on the latest Net Neutrality developments :
- Europe’s Flimsy Net Neutrality Rules Go Live, Are Actually Worse Than No Rules At All
- After criticism, Netflix allows users to pick streaming quality on mobile
- Court Finds Network Neutrality Rules Both Legal And Bad Policy
- EU rights groups call for more time on net neutrality rules
- June 14, 2016 — United States Court of Appeals
- Net Neutrality: Comcast, Verizon Violations?
- Letter: Checking up on GOP votes
- Netflix And Net Neutrality
- Faulty powers
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June 14, 2016 — United States Court of Appeals
The 184-page ruling marks the third time that the agency faced court scrutiny for pushing so-called network neutrality rules because Congress has never explicitly given the FCC such a mandate. The network neutrality rules would implement the following
Court Finds Network Neutrality Rules Both Legal And Bad Policy
In a much-awaited decision, the DC Circuit Court upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) onerous reclassification of Internet service providers (ISPs) to be common carrier services.
The decision is a major victory for the Obama Administration, the FCC, and advocates supporting the net neutrality regulations. Even though the court found the FCC’s actions legal, it admitted that the FCC’s policy is paradoxical, lacks economic and analytical rigor, and is likely to hurt innovation. For consumers, and for future dynamism in the industry, the ruling signals a rocky road ahead.
Will Rinehart — americanactionforum.org
Net Neutrality: Comcast, Verizon Violations?
Comcast and Verizon are violating Net Neutrality – interesting thing we just got in the inbox – the claim is that many large tech companies are using loopholes to get around new FCC net neutrality rules using something called “zero ratings”.
The “zero-rating” threat to Net Neutrality and the Open Internet is still very real. I’m writing today because there’s one thing we need everyone to do: file a complaint to the FCC, and demand that they do not make a decision on zero-rating behind closed doors.
By Scottrade – www.valuewalk.com
Letter: Checking up on GOP votes
Once again the news of how our representatives voted is in small print on the next to last page of the Sunday sports section. Once again let us review the acts of the GOP, which dominates Congress.
The GOP, ever against “net neutrality,” voted (241-173) to permanently bar regulation of Internet service rates by the Federal Communications Commission. Why? Some Internet companies want to give their high-paying customers high speed internet and leave the rest of us with bogged-down slow connections.
EU rights groups call for more time on net neutrality rules
Over 30 digital rights groups from around the EU have called for more time to develop guidelines for the new net neutrality legislation in the EU, which took effect at the end of April.
Berec, the assembly of national telecom regulators in the EU, is in the process of forming guidelines on how to enforce the legislation. It aims to make a draft proposal in June and finalise the guidelines by the end of August.
Netflix And Net Neutrality
For years, Netflix has been claiming that its videos have been deliberately slowed down by carriers so that they could protect their own TV services.
But, guess what? It all turns out, things were the other way around. Netflix has finally admitted that for the past five years the company has been slowing down videos for AT&T and Verizon wireless users. And they claimed to do it because they didn’t want their users to face overage penalties.
After criticism, Netflix allows users to pick streaming quality on mobile
Netflix is now allowing users to increase the picture quality of its streaming video on smartphones and tablets — a reaction to recent criticism that the company has been throttling video streaming speeds over mobile networks.
The company’s mobile app will now allow people to choose how much data they want to use to stream video when on a mobile network — low, medium, high or unlimited — affecting the video’s quality.
Mario Trujillo ~ thehill.com
Europe’s Flimsy Net Neutrality Rules Go Live, Are Actually Worse Than No Rules At All
While the date didn’t receive much fanfare in the media, net neutrality rules formally took effect in the European Union as of April 30. The full rules were approved after a vote last October (pdf), though as we noted at the time, the rules don’t actually do much of anything.
That’s quite by design; European ISP lobbyists spent years ensuring that while the rules sound great in a press release, they’re so filled with loopholes as to be largely useless. In that sense they’re much like the awful rules the U.S. (with help from AT&T, Verizon and Google) crafted in 2010, ultimately forcing the States to revisit the ugly political skirmish down the line.
TO RESIDENTS of Lagarto, a town of 100,000 in north-eastern Brazil, Judge Marcel Montalvão is a hero for his pursuit of drug traffickers, a local scourge. The 100m Brazilians who use WhatsApp joke that he must be smoking something himself. On May 2nd Mr Montalvão ordered mobile-phone companies to suspend the internet messaging service for 72 hours. Its alleged offence: it failed to provide information that police had requested in an investigation into narcotics trafficking.
The judge’s order threatened to disrupt not just social life but commerce as well. What started a few years ago as merely a cheap and convenient way for Brazilians to text their friends is now a crucial consumer-to-business communications platform, observes Juliano Spyer, an anthropologist who studies Brazilians’ social-media habits. From hipsterish food-trucks to hawkers in favelas (shantytowns), businesses use it to plug their wares and take orders. “The first thing that ran through my mind when I learned of the block was: bookings!” exclaimed Paula Costa, who runs a bed-and-breakfast near São Paulo. Four in five reservations now come via the app, she says.