• Nov 1, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Net Neutrality, News,

It’s not just online privacy, Verizon also wants FCC to ban states from protecting your net neutrality

Verizon does not want states or localities to have the ability to enact their own net neutrality rules should the FCC vote to destroy net neutrality under the guise of “Restoring Internet Freedom” later this year. A recent Verizon whitepaper¬†(pdf), which was mailed to the FCC last week, reveals the company’s incessant pushing. And the … Continue reading “It’s not just online privacy, Verizon also wants FCC to ban states from protecting your net neutrality”

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  • Oct 25, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Net Neutrality, News,

Call your representatives today and tell them to stop Ajit Pai from dismantling net neutrality

With net neutrality’s repeal looming over our heads – now is the time to push your politicians to care about this issue. Today, the Senate Committee on Energy and Technology, the committee that oversees the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will meet regarding oversight of the FCC and their coming net neutrality plans. The FCC chairman, … Continue reading “Call your representatives today and tell them to stop Ajit Pai from dismantling net neutrality”

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  • Oct 6, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Net Neutrality, News,

Skype is officially blocked in Qatar – WhatsApp, Viber, Duo, and Facetime are also inaccessible

Qatar is still blocking popular Voice over IP (VoIP) apps such as Skype, Facetime, Duo, Viber, and WhatsApp. In September, Saudi Arabia lifted its ban on Skype and WhatsApp. The VoIP issues were first reported on WhatsApp, Viber, Duo, Facetime, and Skype months ago by Qatari internet users. Qatar only has two internet service providers … Continue reading “Skype is officially blocked in Qatar – WhatsApp, Viber, Duo, and Facetime are also inaccessible”

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The entire net neutrality debate is because the old telco monopolies think they still run the world

The Net Neutrality debate, hot as it is, would not exist if the old telco monopolies were behaving like ordinary companies who had to compete for customers. Most of their attitude can be traced back to when they were national monopolies who didn’t have to compete, and the fact that in several areas of the … Continue reading “The entire net neutrality debate is because the old telco monopolies think they still run the world”

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  • Aug 23, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Net Neutrality, News,

VPN, the mobile 4K ban, and video throttling

Verizon’s 4K ban is now network-wide. Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) can be used to bypass video throttling by your internet service provider (ISP) or telecommunication provider. Since August 23rd, Verizon now throttles all mobile video to 720p and all tablet video to 1080p. Verizon additionally stated that any provider deemed to be a video service … Continue reading “VPN, the mobile 4K ban, and video throttling”

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  • Aug 7, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Net Neutrality, News,

These are the 11 Representatives and 21 Senators that have stood up to the FCC regarding net neutrality

Last week, the FCC received two letters – one signed by 11 members of Congress and another signed by 21 members of Senate. The first letter was titled simply: “In the Matter of Restoring Internet Freedom” and reminds the FCC what Congress’s thoughts on net neutrality are. The second letter calls for a longer comment … Continue reading “These are the 11 Representatives and 21 Senators that have stood up to the FCC regarding net neutrality”

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  • Jul 25, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Net Neutrality, Networking, News,

Canada’s Freedom Mobile throttles video streaming, accused of violating net neutrality

Freedom Mobile, Canada’s 4th largest mobile service provider with over 1 million subscribers, is throttling video playback on YouTube, Netflix and other video streaming sites using deep packet inspection (DPI). One user on the Freedom Mobile subreddit showed through speedtests that their YouTube video streaming was being limited to under 800 Kbps even when their … Continue reading “Canada’s Freedom Mobile throttles video streaming, accused of violating net neutrality”

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  • Jul 20, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Net Neutrality, News,

Verizon Wireless is apparently now throttling Netflix and Youtube to 10Mbps

Verizon Wireless users on the¬†Verizon subreddit and Howard Forums have reported that YouTube and Netflix are being throttled to 10Mbps regardless of the speed you have paid for. If it sounds like a step towards a world without net neutrality, that’s because it is. The reported speed cap, 10 Mbps, allows for 1080p streaming video, … Continue reading “Verizon Wireless is apparently now throttling Netflix and Youtube to 10Mbps”

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  • Jul 19, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Net Neutrality, News,

Trump Administration officially announces support for FCC net neutrality rollback

The Trump Administration has officially thrown its support behind the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) net neutrality rolback – the quest to destroy net neutrality rules in America. Even up until earlier this week, Press Secretary Sean Spicer had been declining to comment on the President’s stance on net neutrality – as is appropriate given the … Continue reading “Trump Administration officially announces support for FCC net neutrality rollback”

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The mere existence of the Net Neutrality debate is a symptom of a much, much deeper rabbit hole

The Internet had a Day of Action this past week in pointing out the necessity of Net Neutrality to governmental regulators. And yet, in arguing for governmental intervention, the bigger picture is often lost: that the mere existence of the debate is actually a symptom of a much, much deeper problem of telco/cable corruption, lobbying, … Continue reading “The mere existence of the Net Neutrality debate is a symptom of a much, much deeper rabbit hole”

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