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FCC redefines advanced broadband as 25Mbps, but GOP members balk

The FCC has redefined advanced broadband as having 25Mbps download speeds, up from 4Mbps, allowing the agency to pass rules that would encourage deployment in the U.S.


Google Fiber expanding to Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham

Google Fiber is coming to the metro areas of Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

States threaten lawsuit over Obama's municipal broadband plan

If the FCC moves to preempt state laws limiting municipal broadband projects, something President Barack Obama wants the agency to do, it will likely end up in court.

Two N.C. cities could be next in Google Fiber roll-out

Two cities in North Carolina could be the first to benefit from a planned expansion of Google's fiber-optic Internet service. The company is holding events in Raleigh and Durham on Wednesday and Thursday next week, apparently...

Republicans want FCC to release net neutrality proposal before vote

Three top Republican lawmakers called on the chairman of the FCC to release his proposed net neutrality rules publicly before the commission votes late next Friday

GOP net neutrality proposal falls short, critics say

A Republican net neutrality proposal in Congress would not fully protect broadband customers, critics said Wednesday.

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Don't blame sharks for Asian Internet problems

Internet connections in Vietnam have been affected by problems with the Asia America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable system for the fourth time in a year. Sharks are being blamed.


Obama promises to promote net neutrality, broadband

President Barack Obama promised to push for net neutrality rules and for more transparency in the government's surveillance programs during his State of the Union address late Tuesday.

Sprint is now OK with broadband reclassification

Sprint wouldn't object if the FCC reclassified broadband as a regulated public utility.

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Cities cheer Obama's push for municipal broadband

Dozens of U.S. cities are cheering President Obama's proposal this week for the Federal Communications Commission to allow municipalities to provide their own Internet broadband services even in states that have banned such services.

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Obama outlines broadband boost via executive action

President Obama plans to take executive action to boost broadband speeds and connections at lower prices, a move likely to stir up a fight with the GOP-controlled Congress.

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Republican bill: Net neutrality protections without reclassifying broadband

Top Republicans in Congress plan to introduce legislation that they say will ensure net neutrality protections for Internet users and will spur U.S. economic growth.

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Obama opposes state limits on municipal broadband

President Obama opposes measures in 19 states that limit cities from rolling out their own broadband networks, and he will urge the Federal Communications Commission to take action to allow municipal broadband projects, the White...


Obama to unveil new cybersecurity initiatives this week

President Barack Obama is set to unveil a series of initiatives to tackle identity theft and privacy issues, cybersecurity and Internet access.

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FCC chair calls for ‘just and reasonable’ rules for broadband

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday called for an open Internet that protects innovators and consumers while also making sure Internet service providers have incentives to continue building better networks.

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Netflix denies it's using Internet fast lanes

Netflix, accused of taking advantage of Internet fast lanes while calling on the FCC to prohibit them, has defended the practice of signing traffic peering agreements with large broadband providers.

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FCC to vote on net neutrality rules in February

The Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on new net neutrality rules at its February meeting.

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Obama pushes for net neutrality, opposes data localization in trade pact

President Barack Obama's administration is pushing two potentially controversial Internet policies in a secretive trade pact, with negotiators calling for other countries to adopt net neutrality provisions while rejecting policies...

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FCC to require faster speeds for broadband subsidies

The FCC will require broadband providers getting new federal subsidies to build networks in rural areas that deliver download speeds of at least 10Mbps.

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