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.
Visit Tumblr, Netflix or Etsy today and you’ll find a spinning wheel at the top of your computer screen. These Web sites, among others, are participating in “Internet Slowdown Day” in an effort to raise awareness of net neutrality as the Federal Communications Commission considers changing Internet practices. Continue reading
After a 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Committee has moved to require all of the U.S.’s cell phone carriers and popular messaging applications to allow users to text 911 for emergencies. Continue reading
Telecommunications company Sprint will pay $7.5 million in a record settlement after the Federal Communication Commission said the company failed to honor consumer requests to be spared from unwanted telemarketing calls. Continue reading
Putting the widely cherished principle of net neutrality at stake, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 to allow broadband providers to charge for faster access in how online content is prioritized and delivered. Gwen Ifill talks to Cecilia Kang of The Washington Post about the debate and protest swirling around the decision. Continue reading
Should all legal information on the internet be treated equally? Or is there room for broadband providers to charge clients such as Netflix and YouTube for faster service?
The Federal Communications Commission has been grappling with these questions and, in a 3-to-2 vote, the FCC has promised to maintain an open Internet by prohibiting any blocking or discrimination of legal content from Internet service providers, ISPs, but also allow content providers to pay for a guaranteed “fast lane,” or prioritized access, through ISPs. Continue reading
Comcast is making a bid to buy Time Warner for $45 billion. If approved, Comcast will extend its geographic reach and control nearly 30 percent of all paid cable subscribers in the United States. Gwen Ifill learns more about the motivation behind the deal and possible changes for consumers from Edmund Lee of Bloomberg News. Continue reading
The FCC’s net neutrality rules were adopted to guarantee equal access to all sites on the Internet. But an appeals court ruling releases broadband providers from those guidelines, allowing them to prioritize certain traffic. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Craig Aaron of Free Press and former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell. Continue reading
In our news wrap Tuesday, a federal appeals court set aside the FCC’s net neutrality rules. Now, major Internet providers can decide what can be accessed through their networks and at what cost. Also, the tap water ban has been lifted for 35 percent of the 300,000 West Virginians who were affected by a chemical spill. Continue reading
Internet use is now so ubiquitous in the U.S. that not having access or online literacy can create major hurdles. As part of the NewsHour’s series on broadband technology and its effect on society, Hari Sreenivasan explores the so-called digital divide with Vicky Rideout of VJR Consulting and former FCC official Karen Kornbluh. Continue reading