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[TheVerge] FCC chairman says net neutrality was a mistake

[TheVerge] FCC chairman says net neutrality was a mistake

FCC chairman Ajit Pai said today that net neutrality was “a mistake” and that the commission is now “on track” to return to a much lighter style of regulation.

Our new approach injected tremendous uncertainty into the broadband market,” Pai said during a speech at Mobile World Congress this afternoon. “And uncertainty is the enemy of growth.”

[Wired] This Is the Year Donald Trump Kills Net Neutrality

[Wired] This Is the Year Donald Trump Kills Net Neutrality

2015 was the year the Federal Communications Commission grew a spine. And 2017 could be the year that spine gets ripped out.

[WashintonPost] It’s begun: Internet providers are pushing to repeal Obama-era privacy rules

It’s begun: Internet providers are pushing to repeal Obama-era privacy rules

Some of the nation's biggest Internet providers are asking the government to roll back a landmark set of privacy regulations it approved last fall — kicking off an effort by the industry and its allies to dismantle key Internet policies of the Obama years.

[ArsTechnica] Big telcos promise awesome 5G—in exchange for weak net neutrality

A coalition of nearly 20 telcos including BT, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Hutchison, Nokia, Orange, Telefonica, Telenor, and Vodafone have drawn up what they call their "5G Manifesto"—outlining what they want from governments in order to deliver 5G coverage across Europe. [...]

[ETtech] Net Neutrality is complicated: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales

[ETtech] Net Neutrality is complicated: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has backed the principle of net neutrality, even as he admitted it was a complicated topic and that getting access to knowledge for poor people is equally important. [...]

In an exclusive interview to ET NOW from London, Wales also defended Wikipedia Zero, a project to provide internet free of cost on mobile phones in developing markets.

[ArsTechnica] Crunch time for net neutrality rules, says EU digital rights warrior

The next few months will be a critical time for net neutrality in the EU, according to the chief of Europe's digital rights' lobby group.

Joe McNamee, executive director of EDRi, told Ars that it was crucial to engage people about the issue over the course of the next few months. Draft net neutrality guidelines are due to be presented by the European Commission on June 6, followed by a consultation for 20 working days on those proposed rules. [...]

[NYtimes] FCC Advances Privacy Proposal for U.S. Internet Users

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday advanced a proposal to ensure the privacy of broadband Internet users by barring providers from collecting user data without consent. [...]

Broadband providers currently collect consumer data without consent and some use that data for targeted advertising, which has drawn criticism from privacy advocates. [...]

[WashingtonPost] These 3 judges hold the fate of the Internet in their hands

Next week, a federal appeals court in Washington will hear one of its biggest cases of the year, one whose outcome will directly affect how Internet providers can alter your experience online.

[TheGuardian] EU net neutrality laws fatally undermined by loopholes, critics say

New rules requiring internet traffic to be treated equally are voted through by MEPs but amendments aimed at closing a series of exemptions are defeated [...]

Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers should treat all online content equally without blocking or slowing down specific websites on purpose or allowing companies to pay for preferential treatment.

[Arstechnica] Net neutrality: EU votes in favour of Internet fast lanes and slow lanes

MEPs confused by false claims, tired of the arguments, keen to conclude the case. [...]

[TheVerge] European Parliament rejects amendments protecting net neutrality

New legislation offers some good news, but stronger amendments similar to those in the US were rejected by the EU. [...]

[EconomicTimes] A lucky accident: Net neutrality changed the world for the better, let's keep it that way


The concept of network neutrality was unplanned, an accident even, but a lucky one that did more to encourage internet innovation. [...]

Net neutrality was born not through any conscious design, but because the internet was incapable of being anything but neutral. This best-effort nature of the early internet's design, however, did have a profound effect on competition and innovation within the internet. [...]

[EuObserver] Loose words sink EU net neutrality bill

EU officials jubilantly announced a deal on setting internet rules and ending roaming surcharges early Tuesday morning but the details of the deal contain several loose ends. [...]

While the agreement promises that it will “safeguard equal and non-discriminatory treatment of traffic in the provision of internet access services”, several critics are not so sure that the text is legally sound. [...]