Tracks what is developing about net neutrality, the right to access the internet and information, and other multi-media news, mail, print, technological, radio, wifi, trends and any communication system.A watchful eye on communication policy is kept to report new developments and organized citizen efforts to push back and protect citizens' communication systems from government and corporate over reaching.
Who is listening in on your phone calls? On a landline, it could be anyone, says privacy activist Christopher Soghoian, because surveillance backdoors are built into the phone system by default, to allow governments to listen in.
For possibly the first time since the FCC adopted Net Neutrality last year, an ISP has been caught red-handed breaking the law.1
T-Mobile is throttling video content from select websites as part of their new "Binge On" feature, and when confronted about it, T-Mobile's CEO lashed out at internet freedom activists, asking "Who the f*ck are you?" and "Who pays you?"2 It's clear T-Mobile has no shame about violating Net Neutrality. And if the FCC doesn't crack down, other companies are sure to follow their lead.
Here's what’s happening: Late last year, T-Mobile automatically enrolled all their users in a service they're calling Binge On, which allows users to watch video from certain select websites, like Netflix, without counting against their data cap.
The problem is that sites not enrolled in Binge On, like YouTube and Vimeo, not only count against the data cap but are being pushed onto a data slow lane, causing buffering and poor playback.3
This is a clear, systematic violation of the Net Neutrality rules we fought so hard for. And it's one of the first big tests of whether Net Neutrality will actually be enforced—or will exist only on paper.
We're launching an urgent push to demand the FCC take swift action to crack down on T-Mobile. Will you donate?
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Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:
T-Mobile demanded to know who pays these people that challenge them to hold true to net neutrality...I do and other ISP customersthat do not want our ISP ruling our content and choices! The irony is I signed with T-Mobile mainly because they were less abusive to net neutrality at the time even though their coverage was worse at the time... I was also among those that fought to not allow a ATT buy out of T-Mobile that would have weakened competition...the other reason I wanted to support the development of T-Mobile in America
News: For years we've noted that while ISPs want to bill like utilities (impose broadband usage caps and overage fees), they refuse to be regulated as such, meaning regulators haven't bothered to make sure those meters actually work.
Following Universities UK’s (UUK) recent open data mashup day in partnership with Jisc and the Open Data Institute, Ian Morton of UUK reflects on how smarter use of data by universities could play a significant part in answering the objectives of the government’s green paper on higher education – and also much more.
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