France takes legal action against Apple and Google for their app stores

France’s Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire criticized Apple and Google for the way they run the App Store and Play Store. According to him, Google and Apple have too much power against app developers. Le Maire will ask a court to look at it and fine tech giants if necessary. “When developers want to develop […]

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FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn reiterates need to fight for open internet

 When the FCC rolled back net neutrality protections in December, advocates for the free, open internet came out en masse. Although the decision has been made, the fight isn’t over yet, and that’s what FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn reiterated today at the fifth annual Lesbians Who Tech conference at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. “What the FCC did was to depress… Read More

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Senator Markey officially introduces legislation to reestablish net neutrality

 Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) has introduced legislation to reverse the FCC’s recently published order and reestablish 2015’s net neutrality rules. Although the bill has little chance of reaching the President’s desk, let alone being signed into law, it’s an important step in the long-term battle over how the internet is to be regulated. Read More

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Court rules against AT&T, closing FTC regulation loophole

 A federal court has ruled against AT&T in a long-running case that found itself tied up in the net neutrality debate. AT&T had argued that the 2015 FCC order classifying it as a common carrier let it off the hook in a case brought against it by the FTC — which has no authority over common carriers. The case has been heard and reheard, but hopefully this judgment is the last. Read More

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The FCC’s order gutting net neutrality is now official — but the fight is just getting started

 The FCC’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” order, which vastly curtails the agency’s 2015 net neutrality rules, has officially taken effect in the Federal Register. It may sound like the end of the line, but in fact this is the green light for everyone in the country, from citizens to attorney generals to senators, to begin the official battle against this ill-advised… Read More

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France’s telecom regulator thinks net neutrality should also apply to devices

 The ARCEP just published a thorough 65-page report (embedded below) about the devices we use every day. The report says that devices give you a portion of the internet and prevent an open internet. “With net neutrality, we spend all our time cleaning pipes, but nobody is looking at faucets,” ARCEP president Sébastien Soriano told me. “Everybody assumes that the devices that… Read More

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US representatives pile questions on the FCC regarding net neutrality comment process

 The order to roll back net neutrality may have been made (though it’s not quite in effect yet), but the fight to restore it is ongoing. Twenty-four members of Congress have asked the FCC for answers on a variety of topics relating to the huge and controversial comment docket for the “Restoring Internet Freedom” order, with a due date of March 6. Read More

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AT&T’s ‘Internet Bill of Rights’ idea is just a power play against Google and Facebook

 AT&T has placed a few full-page ads explaining that it is pro-net neutrality, it has always been pro-net neutrality and that Congress once and for all should enshrine net neutrality principles in law. No, it’s not opposite day. This is a clever play by AT&T aimed not at protecting users, but kneecapping edge providers like Facebook and Google. It’s like the fox calling for… Read More

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The GAO will investigate potential fraud in the FCC’s net neutrality comments… in 5 months

 The Government Accountability Office has accepted a Congressional request to investigate the possibility of fraud and identify theft in the comments for the FCC’s net neutrality rollback. Several Members of Congress wrote asking for this in December, and the GAO will look into it — in five months or so. Read More

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Montana governor’s executive order could force ISPs to follow net neutrality rules

 The FCC’s wildly unpopular decision to kill net neutrality has sent legislators, companies and individuals scrambling for ways to keep the Obama era regulations in place. A new bid by Montana Governor Steve Bullock would cut through much of the red tape and force internet service providers to abide by earlier net neutrality rules. Bullock, a second term Democrat, told The New York Times… Read More

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