WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are getting their chance this week to weigh in on the “net neutrality” debate that has pitted Internet activists against big cable companies and prompted a record number of public comments filed to U.S. regulators. Continue reading
In our news wrap Thursday, communications regulators approved new net neutrality rules, meaning Internet service providers must act in the “public interest” and can’t slow or block online traffic. Also, National Intelligence Director James Clapper announced that Russia has become the leading cyber-threat to U.S. national security, displacing China. Continue reading
The Federal Communications Commission unrolled a plan to preserve equal access to the Internet for all users, treating broadband in a way that’s similar to a public utility. Leading up to the announcement, more than 4 million commenters weighed in on the net neutrality debate at the FCC in the past year. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the decision. Continue reading
In an exclusive interview with Gwen Ifill on the PBS NewsHour, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said his new proposal would stop companies from blocking content or creating fast lanes on the Internet through paid priority. While “we don’t know what the Internet will look like in five years,” Wheeler told Gwen on Wednesday, his new proposal for the FCC would essentially create “a yardstick to measure what’s fair for consumers.” Continue reading
Internet service providers, including those selling wireless connections, would be prohibited from slowing down or speeding up web traffic, under rules proposed Wednesday by a top U.S. regulator that would subject the broadband industry to unprecedented regulation.
More than 3 million commenters crashed the Federal Communications Commission website in July to weigh in on the issue of net neutrality. Now President Obama has added his strong support, directing the FCC to protect equal access to all web content. Judy Woodruff speaks with U.S. chief technology officer Megan Smith about the president’s move. Continue reading
In a statement released by the White House Monday, the president called for an “explicit ban” on such deals. Obama also said that federal regulators should reclassify the Internet as a public utility under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act. Continue reading
In a move that adds to the mounting protests that the ‘Redskins’ team name is disparaging to Native Americans, the Federal Communications Commission announced Tuesday that the communications agency will consider banning the Washington NFL team name from on-air broadcasts.