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The FCC changed course on network neutrality. Here is why you should care.

Wednesday's press reports of the new network neutrality rules proposed by FCC Chairman Wheeler have been met with anger and confusion. According to the Wall Street Journal, "[r]egulators are proposing new rules on Internet traffic that would allow broadband providers to charge companies a premium for access to their fastest lanes. […] [T]he proposal would […] allow providers to give preferential treatment to traffic from some content providers, as long as such arrangements are available on 'commercially reasonable' terms for all interested content companies. Whether the terms are commercially reasonable would be decided by the FCC on a case-by-case basis." Read more » about The FCC changed course on network neutrality. Here is why you should care.

Paperback and Kindle Versions of Internet Architecture and Innovation Now Available

The paperback and Kindle versions of Internet Architecture and Innovation have been released. More information about the book can be found at netarchitecture.org. There's a page of reviews, including reviews from Lawrence Lessig, Marvin Ammori, and Brad Burnham. The book is available on Amazon.com and on Amazon's international websites. Read more » about Paperback and Kindle Versions of Internet Architecture and Innovation Now Available

Network Non-Discrimination and Quality of Service

Cross posted from Netarchitecture.org.

Over the past ten years, the debate over “network neutrality” has remained one of the central debates in Internet policy. Governments all over the world have been investigating whether legislative or regulatory action is needed to limit the ability of providers of Internet access services to interfere with the applications, content and services on their networks. Read more » about Network Non-Discrimination and Quality of Service

Is Verizon Wireless illegally blocking Google Wallet? It’s time for the FCC to investigate

The original post can be found on the netarchitecture.org website.

Two weeks ago, various news outlets reported that Verizon Wireless’s new Galaxy Nexus phone, an Android device that went on sale last Thursday, will not support Google Wallet, Google’s mobile payment application. Based on what we know from press reports, it seems that Verizon Wireless is violating the open-devices and open-applications conditions in its legal licenses for part of the 700 MHz spectrum (the so-called “C-Block”) over which the company’s LTE network operates. There is, however, great uncertainty about what exactly is going on. Read more » about Is Verizon Wireless illegally blocking Google Wallet? It’s time for the FCC to investigate

Public Interest Requires Public Input: Verizon/Android Tethering

Cross-posted from Barbara van Schewick's blog.

According to recent news reports, Verizon Wireless has asked Google to disable tethering applications in Google’s mobile application store, the Android Market. Tethering applications allow users to use laptops or other devices over their mobile Internet connection by attaching them to their smart phones.

In early June, Free Press filed a complaint with the FCC alleging that this behavior violates the openness conditions that govern the use of the part of the 700 MHz spectrum over which Verizon Wireless’s LTE network operates. The FCC seems to have designated the proceeding as a restricted proceeding under its ex parte rules, which means that the public will not be invited to comment on the issues raised by Free Press’s complaint.

Today, I asked the FCC to open up the proceeding for public comment. (The full text of the letter is here (pdf) and copied below.) Read more » about Public Interest Requires Public Input: Verizon/Android Tethering

Start-Up Video Company Asks FCC to Improve Open Internet Proposal

On December 1, the chairman of the FCC proposed a set of rules designed to protect the open Internet. He would like the commission to adopt this proposal at its open meeting on December 21. Since then, many have posted their evaluations of the proposal. Some unequivocally support the proposal. Read more » about Start-Up Video Company Asks FCC to Improve Open Internet Proposal

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