The world is rapidly moving to mobile broadband — mobile telephony, apps that hail taxis and show movies, the burgeoning Internet of things that will one day give us self-driving cars and appliances that order groceries. It’s all about mobile broadband, which means it’s all about the electromagnetic spectrum, the real estate on which all of this activity is built. So if something’s screwy about the way we give out this incredibly valuable asset, it’s worth our attention. And something is wrong — over $3 billion worth of wrong — and it should be of concern to people who care about the future of mobile broadband.
FCC Certifies New PS4 Models Including One with 1TB HDD
God bless the fellows over at the FCC. Not only do they look out for our best interests for what we see and view on television, but now they’ve leaked what’s likely to be a big E3 announcement from Sony. The FCC has just certified a three PlayStation 4 models: CUH-1215A, CUH-1215B and DUH-T1200AA. While DUH is simply a test kit, CUH-1215B is notable because it lists an HDD capacity of 1TB.
The Federal Communications Commission Thursday passed sweeping new net neutrality rules, a government promise of unrestricted internet across America and a major milestone in the shift in American corporate power to Silicon Valley.
Today, the FCC voted 3-2 in favor of rules that reclassify broadband Internet service
as a utility, effectively stopping service providers from blocking
sites or apps, charging users extra to surf the Web at full speed or
operating paid “fast lanes” for specific services or websites like
Netflix or YouTube. And though we’re not completely out of the woods yet, this is huge news.
The FCC voted in favor of the Open Internet Order, new net neutrality rules that would prohibit paid Internet paid fast lanes, and reclassify broadband providers as telecommunication services under the Title II of the Telecommunications Act, among other regulations. The rules were passed by a 3-2 vote along party lines, with Commissioners Ajut Pai and Michael O’Rielly (Republicans) voting against the measure and Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, Jessica Rosenworcel and Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler (Democrats) voting in favor of the order.
“In an historic 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission said it would change the way the nation’s Internet service providers are regulated. For net neutrality advocates the vote is a major victory; for the nation’s Internet service providers, a rebuke.”
MORE: The FCC’s Vote to Protect Net Neutrality Is a Huge Win for the Internet
You did it, Internet lovers. Net neutrality is happening.
It’s about control. The purpose of the Obama Administration is to gain as much control over your life as possible. This is Chicago Politics. This is straight-up Communism. The State wants to control everything. Remember, the government now controls your health care, they control your education (both primary and secondary), they control your means of protection, and now they want to control how you get your information.
There is no upside to allowing the government to determine what you can and cannot do on the internet.
Verizon's response to the FCC's decision to regulate the internet using a law from 1934 is perfect
Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission decided on a 3-2 party-line vote to begin regulating the internet using a law from the 1930s. The law is the Communications Act of 1934, specifically Title II, and it gives the FCC broad power to tax, censor, and disrupt the free enterprise of the internet.
Verizon responded to the news in appropriate fashion, using morse code, the form of communication that the original 1934 law would have been regulating.
Here’s the translation:
Today (Feb. 26) the Federal Communications Commissionapproved an order urged by President Obama that imposes rules on
broadband Internet services that were written in the era of the steam
locomotive and the telegraph. The following statement should be
attributed to Michael E. Glover, Verizon senior vice president, public
policy and government affairs:
“Today’s decision by the FCC to encumber broadband Internet services
with badly antiquated regulations is a radical step that presages a time
of uncertainty for consumers, innovators and investors. Over the past two
decades a bipartisan, light- touch policy approach unleashed
unprecedented investment and enabled the broadband Internet age
consumers now enjoy.
“The FCC today chose to change the way the commercial Internet hasoperated since its creation. Changing a platform that has been so
successful should be done, if at all, only after careful policy analysis,
full transparency, and by the legislature, which is constitutionally
charged with determining policy. As a result, it is likely that history
will judge today’s actions as misguided.
The FCC’s move is especially regrettable because it is wholly
unnecessary. The FCC had targeted tools available to preserve an open
Internet, but instead chose to use this order as an excuse to adopt 300-
plus pages of broad and open- ended regulatory arcana that will have
unintended negative consequences for consumers and various parts of the
Internet ecosystem for years to come.
“What has been and will remain constant before, during and after
the existence of any regulations is Verizon’s commitment to an open
Internet that provides consumers with competitive broadband choices and
Internet access when, where, and how they want.”