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FCC claims that hackers, not John Oliver, crashed its Net neutrality comments page

The Internet rejoiced over the idea that comedian John Oliver’s 13-minute rant on Net neutrality inspired trolls to do something useful for once. Now, the revelry may all be dismissed as a farce. The FCC claims that it was hacked.

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Sprint is finalizing plans to buy T-Mobile for $32 billion

There has been speculation for months about a deal coming forward between T-Mobile and Sprint. That deal may be closer than ever to reality and total a whopping $32 billion to buy T-Mobile USA

Mobile

John Oliver’s rant may have crashed the FCC Net neutrality comments page

Comedian John Oliver’s Net neutrality tirade seems to have caused a disruption. Two days after he made a call to action to Internet trolls, the FCC’s comments page crashed due to “heavy traffic.”

FCC may redefine broadband as high as 25Mbps download instead of 4Mbps

Potentially moving toward a greater level of broadband regulation, the Federal Communications Commission is considering shifting the classification of broadband from a minimum of 4Mbps up to at least 10Mbps or higher.

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Republicans introduce bill to prevent the FCC from reclassifying ISPs as a utility

A House Republican has introduced a bill that seeks to prohibit the FCC from using its “nuclear option” to reclassify ISPs as a public utility. The legislation aims to strip the FCC of authority in the matter.

Court upholds FCC’s plan to fund upgrades for broadband access in rural areas

A court upheld an FCC decision to divert funds originally intended for improving land line access, towards upgrades for broadband service in rural areas. You can learn more about the case here.

Computing

Democrats and Republicans unite to grill FCC chair on net neutrality

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was the target of bipartisan condemnation in Congress over his agency’s Net neutrality rules. He was criticized for raising the possibility of an Internet divided between the haves and have-nots.

FCC defies net-neutrality advocates, votes 3-2 to move forward on proposal

Today’s FCC vote pushed forward a proposal that could reshape the Internet. The plan, which was approved along party lines, may allow ISPs to charge higher fees to websites for faster delivery of their content.

FCC’s revisions would ban throttling, but leave paid ‘fast lanes’ open

Under growing pressure from a host of major tech firms and net neutrality advocates, the FCC today announced new revisions to its new net neutrality regulations. However, pay-for-priority deals are still alive and well under the new draft.

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FCC chairman’s Net neutrality revisions may not be enough to silence dissent

Tom Wheeler has backed down from his agency’s broadband proposals, introducing a draft that promises stronger scrutiny to keep ISPs from discriminating against firms that can’t afford to pay for Internet “fast lanes.”

Web-hosting service gives the FCC a taste of the Internet slow lane (and you can too!)

Today in poetic justice, Web hosting service Neocities.org has dragged the FCC’s Internet access to the mid-‘90s, throttling the agency’s private network to dial-up speeds of 28.8 kbps in a Net neutrality protest.

Google, Facebook, more than 100 other tech companies pressure FCC on net neutrality

A coalition of more than 100 of the world’s top technology companies have come out to support net neutrality as FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler faces a revolt within his own agency's ranks.

Google, Facebook and Amazon blast the FCC’s Internet ‘fast lanes’ proposal

Definitely not interested in paying ISP's for preferential treatment, a group of nearly 150 technology companies stood together against the FCC's proposed plan to regulate deals involving paying for speed.

Computing

Net Neutrality finds new champion in Al Franken

Democratic Senator Al Franken, who is running for re-election in Minnesota, has come out as one of the leading voices condemning the FCC’s proposed rules that would allow Internet “fast lanes” for big corporations.

AT&T is mulling a $40 billion acquisition of DirecTV

Looking for a way to compete against the Comcast / Time Warner Cable merger, AT&T has approached representatives at DirecTV to discuss a potential deal that would merge the two media companies.

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