FCC: Net Neutrality to end on June 11th

The FCC revealed today that net neutrality will end on June 11th. As we told you yesterday, there is a longshot attempt in Congress to save the regulation, which forces all carriers to treat online content the same. The Senate has fast-tracked a resolution to overturn the falsely named “Restoring Internet Freedom Order” that will be voted on next week. While there is a chance that the Senate could pass it, the resolution has no shot to get out of the House. In addition to the resolution, 22 states have sued to block the repeal.

Originally passed by the Obama-era FCC in 2015 by a …


Last chance to save net neutrality has long odds to succeed

Net Neutrality is technically dead. The regulation that forced carriers to treat all content the same was killed by the Trump-era FCC led by its president Ajit Pai. And while a vote by the Office of Management and Budget is all that is needed before your carrier can start discriminating how it disseminates content, there is a last chance movement brewing in Washington that could save Net Neutrality. Still, it is a longshot.

Under the Congressional Review Act, a regulation approved by a governmental agency can be overruled by Congress. A resolution to override the regulation must make it …

FCC order revoking net neutrality takes effect today, but repeal still isn't official

Depending on where you stand on net neutrality, today is either a great day, or a day that will live in infamy. Back in December, the Trump-era FCC voted to repeal the rules that prevented your wireless provider and ISP to give preferential treatment to some content over others. In theory, without net neutrality protection, a carrier could have a video or audio streamer pay it a fee to guarantee that it will stream its content over the operator’s fastest pipeline. Other streamers who refuse to pay for this could have its content slowed down to a crawl. Think of the OG Apple iPhone on EDGE.

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AT&T and Verizon lobbyist could sue states that pass net neutrality laws

In less than one month, the repeal of net neutrality that was voted on by the FCC will take effect. The narrow 3-2 victory for Trump’s hand-picked FCC chairman Ajit Pai, means that carriers like Verizon and AT&T can throttle or block content from certain providers. As it turns out, some individual states are defying the FCC vote by enacting their own laws that will keep net neutrality in effect. Washington and Oregon are in the process of passing such laws, and both states say that the FCC lacks the authority to stop them. In fact, half of the 50 states have legislation pending that would put …

Washington state first with a law protecting net neutrality against the FCC repeal

Back in December, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the net neutrality laws enacted by the previous administrations, and to give carriers or other internet service the freedom to prioritize traffic from this or that source, including their own services. The repeal was further greased by a court decision last week that allowed the Federal Trade Commission to regulate carriers just like regular ISPs.

All of this didn’t go well with proponents of net neutrality who argue that the repeal with open the floodgates for throttling competing services, prioritize pay-for-play …

NRA gives FCC chief Ajit Pai a rifle for repealing net neutrality

On Friday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was given a rifle by the NRA during the Republican love fest known as the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland. So just what did the Trump-installed FCC chief do to receive such a gift? Pai was given the Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award for repealing the net neutrality rules put in place by President Barack Obama back in 2015. Now deceased, Heston was a past president of the NRA. The award given to Pai is a Kentucky long rifle that will stay at the NRA’s museum in Fairfax, Virginia. The weapon was not allowed on stage during the …

Net neutrality repeal takes effect April 23

Back in December, net neutrality was repealed by the Trump-era FCC. That means that in theory, Netflix can pay carrier X for access to a faster pipeline than the one used by competitors like Hulu. Consumers could see the price of their monthly Netflix bill rise even more to cover this additional cost. Again, this is in theory. But time is ticking forward. Now that the order to repeal net neutrality has been published in the Federal Register, “The Restoring Internet Freedom Order,” as it is misleadingly named, will go into effect on April 23rd.

There are several challenges to the repeal and …

Corning sold more in 2017, but reports net loss

Corning, the company that gave life to the Gorilla Glass technology and brought it to our smartphones, has reported its 2017 Q4 and full-year financial results, indicating net loss.

On a yearly basis the company indicates an increase in income, from $9.39 billion in 2016 to $10.11 billion in 2017. Despite that, Corning still finds itself at a net loss of $497 million – way worse than 2016, when the company had a net profit of $3,695 billion. The financial deficit can be easily explained with the fact that the company has recently invested in 23 projects, including the construction …

AT&T's CEO says the company is committed to an open internet following FCC repeal of net neutrality

Last month, the Trump FCC repealed net neutrality. Why? Well, the president seems to favor big business and what could help the carriers/ISPs more than giving them the ability to charge more for certain online content. Or it just could be Trump’s obsession with reversing every regulation put in place by his predecessor, Barack Obama. It was the Obama FCC that put net neutrality in place.

While the Senate is just one vote away from passing a resolution to restore net neutrality, the Congressional Review Act gives the Senate only 60 days to vote on reversing a decision made by an independent …

Verizon crushes analysts' expections with 1.17 million net retail postpaid additions during Q4 2017

This morning, Verizon released its quarterly earnings report for the last three months of 2017. Analysts expected the nation’s largest carrier to report 685,000 net new postpaid subscribers. Big Red blew right past that forecast by adding 1.17 million net new postpaid customers for the period that covered October through December. This nearly doubled last year’s number, and was the most net new postpaid customers added by Verizon since the first quarter of 2016. The number of postpaid net new smartphone additions was 647,000, up 42% year-over-year.

For all of 2017, net new prepaid additions …