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  • May 15, 2014  

    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

  • May 15, 2014   BY  

    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

  • February 13, 2014  

    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

  • January 15, 2014  

    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

  • January 14, 2014  

    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

  • March 22, 2013  

    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

  • June 21, 2012  

    The Supreme Court dismissed fines against broadcasters who violated FCC indecency policies but did not address whether the government has the authority to regulate indecency on broadcast TV. The justices also said unions must let nonmembers object to unexpected fee increases that all workers are required to pay in a closed-shop. Continue reading

  • April 27, 2012  

    In other news Friday, an apparent suicide attack rocked the Syrian capital of Damascus. State TV reported at least 10 people were killed and nearly 30 were wounded in a bomb attack targeted at riot police and troops. In Afghanistan, a NATO servicemember was killed by insurgents in the South. Continue reading

  • April 16, 2012  

    When Google launched its ambitious Street View project in 2007, its vehicles wound up capturing more than images. They also collected personal information from some Wi-Fi networks. Ray Suarez, George Washington University’s Jeffrey Rosen and Punch Media’s David Bennahum discuss the FCC’s case, Google’s response and data privacy. Continue reading

  • January 10, 2012  

    The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case involving freedom of speech on broadcast television and the constitutional debate over federal regulation of indecency. Jeffrey Brown discusses the arguments and the potential effects for the FCC with Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal. Continue reading

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