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Brazil’s Lower House Passes “Internet Bill of Rights”
By Ken Winterbottom – Edited by Husam El-Qoulaq

Last week, the lower house of Brazil’s Congress passed the landmark Marco Civil da Internet, which is being called an “Internet Bill of Rights.” The bill enshrines net neutrality and rights to privacy and freedom of expression online, and also shields Internet service providers from liability for content uploaded by third parties. The final version of the bill dropped a provision designed to limit data collection in response to extensive lobbying by Google and Facebook.

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Posted On Apr - 6 - 2014 2 Comments READ FULL POST

Apple-Comcast Talks over “Special Treatment” for Set-Top Streaming Raise Net Neutrality Concerns
By Kim Meyer – Edited by Andrew Spore

Apple and Comcast are discussing a deal that would let Apple’s set-top television streaming boxes bypass congestion on the Internet, separating traffic to the boxes from public Internet traffic on those cables that connect to customers’ homes. The agreement would classify Apple’s streams as an exempt “managed” service to avoid a net neutrality violation, a move critics believe to be exploitation of a loophole.

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Posted On Apr - 2 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

San Antonio Approves Leases for Google Fiber Huts
By Zoe Bedell – Edited by Gea Kang

On March 13, 2014, the San Antonio City Council pre-approved a long-term lease that would allow Google to begin construction to bring Google Fiber to the city. While Google has not yet chosen San Antonio as a destination for its fiber network, the city’s leaders hope that the lease will encourage Google to do so.

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Posted On Mar - 25 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Proposed Tennessee Legislation Could Ease Restrictions On Municipal Broadband
By Gea Kang – Edited by Emma Winer

Tennessee currently limits the ability of its municipalities to create broadband networks.  Four bills introduced in the Tennessee legislature seek to ease the restrictions.  Although the bills have bipartisan backing in the legislature, private Internet service providers have expressed concern.  Broadband alternatives have generated interest and controversy due in part to initiatives including Google Fiber and the municipal fiber-optic network in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Posted On Mar - 17 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Susan Crawford Explains the Significance of the Comcast–Time Warner Cable Merger
By Gizem Orbey

“Internet access feels like clean water and energy, but it is treated like a luxury, and the whole country is forced towards a giant buffet,” explained Susan Crawford, a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, at a JOLT event last week. Professor Crawford, who is also a former White House Special Assistant, spoke about the significance of Comcast’s recent bid to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion. The proposed merger would consolidate a third of the nation’s cable marketplace into Comcast’s hands.

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Posted On Mar - 11 - 2014 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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