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.
Microsoft Brings Cortana Assistant to Skype for Android and iOS
Microsoft today ported its Cortana personal assistant to its Skype chatting application, providing people with access to information without forcing them to leave Skype. Microsoft says Cortana in Skype can suggest useful information based on chat contents, suggest smart replies, manage schedules and/or reminders, and more.
Microsoft Releases Edge Browser for Android and iOS, Launcher for Android
Microsoft today made a beta version of its Edge browser available to Android and iOS devices. The beta, available to registered Windows Insiders, requires users to initiate the signup process through a Windows 10 PC.
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 to Vote On Net Neutrality in February
The FCC plans to vote on rules regarding net neutrality in February. The FCC expects to circulate a final proposal of the rules in the early part of the month and vote on them during its scheduled February 26 open meeting.
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