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2008-07-12 09:00:22

By Wailin Wong, Chicago Tribune Jul. 12--For as long as consumers have had high-speed Internet at home, they have surfed the Web as much as they wanted, downloading any content while paying their service provider a flat monthly fee. Those days may be ending. Internet service providers, especially cable companies, are eyeing new pricing models to address the rapidly growing popularity of such applications as streaming online video and the sharing of large files. These programs can eat...

2008-07-11 18:00:14

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today expressed its opposition to news that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering levying sanctions against the Comcast Corporation for blocking some Internet traffic. "While some companies may choose to offer unfettered Internet access to attract consumers, it should never be forced upon by the government," said CAGW President Tom Schatz. "What the FCC is contemplating amounts to imposing network neutrality." "Net neutrality"...

2008-07-07 18:00:00

By Michael Rau, Daily Press, Newport News, Va. Jul. 7--I suppose that anyone who writes a regular column on specific subject matter is going to find themselves occasionally revisiting topics. Such is the case this week. Almost a year ago, I wrote a column (http://dailypress.asoundidea.com/Columns/073007.html) comparing the cost and speed of broadband Internet service in the United States with that in other developed countries. I had hoped to spark a discussion as to why the U.S. lagged...

2008-07-02 06:00:25

By Goldsborough, Reid Change inevitably brings conflict. As such, the biggest Internet controversy these days is over "Net neutrality," also referred to by the more technical term of "packet prioritization," though the meanings are opposite. With Net neutrality, all packets of data are treated equally, none given priority over another, regardless of whether the originator is Disney putting out trailers for its latest blockbuster or your dizzy neighbor putting out homespun footage of his...

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2008-05-16 03:55:00

Cable operator Cox Communications may be blocking the file-sharing traffic of its Internet subscribers, according to research by the Max Planck Institute. The research suggests Cox may be interfering in the same way in which Comcast Corp. has come under recent regulatory scrutiny. A study based of 8,175 Internet users around the world found conclusive signs of blocked file-sharing connections at just three Internet service providers: Comcast and Cox in the U.S., and Singapore's StarHub....

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2008-04-23 13:35:00

An investigation of how Comcast Corp manages its network has raised further concerns about tactics the company used to restrict Internet users who share movies and other material, according to U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin.The top U.S. communications regulator testified before Senate lawmakers on Tuesday and said Comcast had used a "blunt" technique to impose broad restrictions on peer-to-peer file-sharing."Contrary to some claims, it does not appear that this...

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2008-04-23 00:20:00

U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin said Tuesday his agency has sufficient authority to prevent discrimination by Internet service providers."I do not believe any additional regulations are needed at this time," Martin said, during testimony at a hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee. The Commission had previously conducted two hearings on the issue of "network management", following admissions by Comcast Corp that it had delayed file-sharing traffic for...

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2008-04-18 10:53:01

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to scrutinize whether broadband Internet providers were open with customers about how they are managing their networks and make good on the speeds they promise, according to FCC chairman Kevin Martin.Martin said at an agency hearing on broadband services that the commission should look closely at the two factors as it grapples with what constitutes "reasonable" management of broadband networks by providers such as Comcast Corp.Consumer groups...

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2008-02-26 13:20:00

Federal regulators announced on Monday that they will be cracking down on traffic discrimination of Internet Service Providers.The statement came at a hearing regarding alleged traffic discrimination by Comcast Corp. "The commission is ready, willing and able to step in if necessary to correct any practices that are ongoing today," FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said at the hearing, which was held at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.Consumer groups and an online video...

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2008-01-09 14:25:00

Comcast Corp. will be investigated by the FCC as complaints surfaced that they actively interfere with Internet traffic as its subscribers try to share files online, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said on Tuesday.A board of consumer groups and legal scholars requested in November that the agency stop Comcast from discriminating against certain kinds of data. Two groups also asked the FCC to fine the Internet provider $195,000 for every affected subscriber. Martin remarked that the agency would...