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Telephone tax increase part of FCC chairman's plan for Internet fund

A proposed 16-cent fee increase on your telephone bill would go toward improving Internet access for kids in school and libraries.

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Net neutrality proposal could lead to broadband taxes, opponents say

President Obama's call for the Federal Communications Commission to pass net neutrality rules by reclassifying broadband as a regulated public utility is a bad idea that could raise broadband prices by 16 percent or more, a parade of...

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FCC seeks fiber-optic delay data from AT&T

The Federal Communications Commission on Friday formally requested that AT&T provide all documents and data related to its planned fiber-optic cable buildouts nationwide.

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Online video moguls team up to set standards, meet growing demand

Some of the most powerful companies in video networks and delivery plan to define an open architecture for streaming video as part of a new alliance that includes Cisco Systems, Comcast, Ustream and Yahoo, but not Netflix or YouTube.

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AT&T sees delays on fiber rollouts of 'two to three years'

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson today implied it could be two or three years before AT&T starts investing again in fiber optic network rollouts while it waits for net neutrality rules to be settled.

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Cisco joins chorus against Obama's net neutrality plan

Add Cisco Systems to the list of companies saying that regulating ISPs to insure net neutrality would hurt business.

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Google Fiber opens to small businesses in Kansas City area


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AT&T delays fiber optic plans pending net neutrality debate

AT&T plans to delay its ambitious fiber optic cable investments in 100 cities until U.S. regulators define the rules for net neutrality.

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Obama misses the elephant in the net-neutrality room

President Barack Hussein Obama II wants FCC to do Title II. But, as ever, it doesn't address the real issue with the USA's broadband. In IT Blogwatch, bipartisan bloggers bury Barry.

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No bandwidth broad enough

Our ability to communicate across distance continues to improve, but will being online ever be equivalent to being there? Should it be?

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FCC to take more time on net neutrality following Obama's position

Following President Obama's statement today backing net neutrality rules, the Federal Communications Commission said it won't consider the issue at its December meeting and will put off rules changes until 2015.

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Obama move gives FCC political cover to regulate broadband

President Barack Obama has effectively given the FCC the political cover it needs to move ahead with new rules by reclassifying broadband as a regulated utility.

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Obama backs net neutrality, wants broadband regulated as a utility

President Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify broadband as a regulated utility.

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Net neutrality advocates say hybrid approach won't work

A net neutrality proposal favored by a top U.S. regulator is drawing fire from groups on both sides of the contentious issue.

Broadband group wants reform of 'Obamaphone' subsidy program

A controversial FCC program that subsidizes telephone or mobile service for poor people needs to also cover broadband, a broadband advocacy group argued.

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FCC's Wheeler mulls hybrid approach to net neutrality

The FCC appears set to reclassify broadband so that it comes under the agency's authority, but without explicitly prohibiting special access deals between broadband and content companies.

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Backbone business deals blamed for broadband congestion

M-Lab found frequent traffic congestion problems when specific broadband providers were connected with specific backbone providers.

The ratings: Most net neutrality groups get poor grades on transparency

The IDG News Service looked into the funding transparency of several think tanks and advocacy groups involved in the net neutrality debate. Several disclose limited or no information about their funding.

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