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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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NASA Briefing on New Mars Finding This Afternoon 231

ipsender writes with a NASA announcement: "NASA will host a news briefing on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) about a significant new Mars science finding. The briefing will be held at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The new finding is based on observations from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been orbiting the Red Planet since 2006." You can catch the briefing online at the NASA TV site.

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