Internet Corps Push FCC to Keep the Internet Open
A collective of 150 technology companies, including Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo, today sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission pleading with the agency to reconsider its current net neutrality proposal. As proposed, the agency would permit what amounts to fast lanes for companies that pay broadband companies extra fees. In their letter to the FCC, the signees call this idea a "grave threat" to the internet. "Instead of permitting individualized bargaining and discrimination, the Commission rules should protect users and internet companies on both fixed and mobile platforms against blocking, discrimination, and paid prioritization. Such rules are essential for the future of the Internet. This Commission should take the necessary steps to ensure that the internet remains an open platform for speech and commerce." Earlier today, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel voiced her own concerns about the proposal, and asked the FCC to delay its vote on the rules. The FCC is scheduled to vote at its next meeting on May 15.
Cortana for Android Now Works On the Lock Screen
Microsoft today made it possible for Android device owners to access and use Cortana above the lock screen on their smartphones. Microsoft has been testing the feature since earlier this year and is now rolling it out to all users.
FCC Chairman to Reword Net Neutrality Proposal
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is prepared to alter the language in his proposed rules regarding net neutrality. As written, the rules would allow broadband providers to collect tolls for internet fast lanes.
FCC Chief Says Title II Is the Way Forward for Net Neutrality
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler believes both mobile and wired networks need to be regulated as utilities. In an opinion piece published by Wired, Wheeler outlined the broad strokes of his plan, which he believes will protect consumers and still promote investment in broadband.
FCC's Rosenworcel Wants to Delay Net Neutrality Vote
Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, of the Federal Communications Commission, today said she believes it would be best to delay the vote on Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed rules regarding net neutrality. Rosenworcel made her views public while speaking at the Chief Officers of State Libraries meeting in Washington, D.C.
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