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Submission + - New FCC Chairman ends investigation into Zero-rating practices (nytimes.com)

Draconis183 writes: From the article:

The efforts portend great changes at the federal agency at the center of the convergence of media, telecommunications and the internet. The biggest target will be net neutrality, a rule created in 2015 that prevents internet service providers from blocking or discriminating against internet traffic. The rule, which was created alongside a decision to categorize broadband like a utility, was the tech centerpiece of the Obama administration.

On Friday, the F.C.C. took its first steps to pull back those rules, analysts said. Mr. Pai closed an investigation into zero-rating practices of the wireless providers T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon. Zero-rating is the offering of free streaming and other downloads that do not count against limits on the amount of data a consumer can download.

If a provider like AT&T offers free streaming of its DirecTV programs, does that violate net neutrality rules because it could put competing video services at a disadvantage?


Comment Our Court System only exists for the Lawyers (Score 0) 156

I know Spamhaus did not defend themselves initially which led to the guilty verdict for them, but after all of this they: a) Spent lots of money defending the allegations b) Got a judgement AGAINST them even though e360's case was flawed and got the smackdown by the court. c) Might/probably will have to pay e360's attorney fees. So the Lawyers win again. Everyone else loses. Rock on!

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