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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.

Advocacy groups hit for obscuring corporate ties in net neutrality debate

A wide variety of lobby groups have financial ties to broadband carriers and trade associations, leading to accusation that they've been faking grassroots opposition to strong net neutrality rules.

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Secretive funding fuels debate about net neutrality astroturfing

The contentious debate about net neutrality in the U.S. has sparked controversy over a lack of funding transparency for advocacy groups and think tanks, which critics say subverts the political process.

Cities hope to boost broadband with new coalition

Leaders from 32 cities in 19 states this week launched the Next Century Cities coalition to promote next-generation broadband Internet to attract businesses and jobs and to help reduce the digital divide among their residents.

Lawmakers want FCC to reclassify broadband for net neutrality

The FCC should reclassify broadband as a regulated public utility to achieve net neutrality, but take a "light touch" doing so, a U.S. lawmaker said Wednesday.

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Is your Ethernet fast enough? 4 new speeds are in the works

Ethernet's future is about much more than the next top speed: The engineers charting a path for the ubiquitous networking protocol are looking at several new versions to serve a variety of applications.

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Mobile device and data use skyrockets, US says

U.S. mobile phone users are "rapidly embracing" smartphones and tablets, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

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Startup builds on Wi-Fi chips for cheaper 'last mile' to home broadband

Areas starved for high-speed broadband may get a new option thanks to a Wi-Fi-based system that could deliver half a gigabit per second to each home.

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Google partners up for $60M undersea fiber link between Florida and Brazil

Move shows company hopes to gain greater control over Internet access

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Gigabit Internet could deliver 'vivid' telepresence

Holograms, immersive gaming and new collaboration services could be the next big thing as gigabit-per-second broadband service spreads across the U.S.

FCC accused of helping net neutrality advocates file comments

The FCC says it communicated with groups submitting large numbers of comments in an effort to keep its system from crashing

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Group's numbers opposed to net neutrality smaller than suggested

A conservative group that sent 2.4 million letters to Congress opposed to net neutrality regulations didn't actually collect signatures from 2.4 million people, although the group's news release says the letters added millions of new...

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FCC questions how to enforce net neutrality rules

Groups disagree on how the agency should apply any regulations it might pass

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AT&T to put service setup in enterprise customers' hands

AT&T said enterprises are about to reap the benefits of the software-defined transformation of its network with faster service setup through an online portal.

Senate committee steps into net neutrality debate

The FCC should abandon efforts to pass net neutrality rules because new regulations would hurt investment and the deployment of broadband, a parade of Republican senators and advocates said Wednesday.

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FCC gets a record number of net neutrality comments. Now what?

The FCC's deadline for public comments on its proposed net neutrality rules passed Monday with more than 3 million comments filed, by far a record number for an FCC proceeding.

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Net neutrality's hollow promise to startups

Conventional wisdom holds that Net neutrality is essential to ensure that startups have a fair shot at success. The opposite is actually true.

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CTIA chief lashes back at FCC chair on net neutrality

Mobile has to have different Open Internet rules from fixed broadband, Meredith Attwell Baker says

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Internet Slowdown Day becomes an online picket protest

Today is Internet Slowdown Day and web sites, including Netflix, Etsy and others, were drawing attention to the debate over net neutrality and efforts to ensure that Internet service providers and governments treat all data crossing...

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Net neutrality backers plan slow-lane protest

Several high-profile websites -- including Kickstarter, Etsy, Reddit, Mozilla and Meetup -- will display spinning-wheel icons on Wednesday to show visitors what Internet slow lanes would be like.

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