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# net-neutrality - Sunday 14 May, 2017

A US regulator's website crashed after John Oliver posted a video about it

John Oliver’s show Last Week Tonight goes on air after a week of controversy – good controversy, though.

# net-neutrality - Friday 17 June, 2016

One phone company is letting you access social media free - and that could be a problem

Meteor won’t be counting Facebook, Twitter or Instagram towards users’ monthly data usage.

# net-neutrality - Monday 8 February, 2016

Facebook's plan to connect the world has been dealt a major blow in India

India’s telecoms regulator has outlawed differential pricing for data packages, meaning Facebook’s ‘Free Basics’ plan won’t be allowed in the country.

# net-neutrality - Wednesday 28 October, 2015

The EU voted on rules that will shape the internet here, but how will it affect you?

The new legislation surrounding net neutrality has left many concerned, but there is still hope.

# net-neutrality - Monday 26 October, 2015

The EU is voting on net neutrality tomorrow, and it could have serious repercussions

Different groups and companies have expressed concerns over the proposed legislation, which will be voted on tomorrow.

# net-neutrality - Saturday 11 July, 2015

The EU has plans for an open internet, but what does it mean?

The new plans will come into effect next year, but there are a number of concerns surrounding it.

# net-neutrality - Tuesday 30 June, 2015

The EU decides on net neutrality rules, but not everyone is happy with it

Critics have said the introduction of ‘specialised services’ could end up creating a fast-lane for internet traffic.

# net-neutrality - Saturday 15 November, 2014

The five things you should know about net neutrality

The first thing is what it is.

# net-neutrality - Saturday 26 April, 2014

Could the EU set the standard for digital rights worldwide?

After passing new legislation concerning data retention and net neutrality, the next five years will see the EU become a major influence in how digital laws and regulations are shaped.

# net-neutrality - Thursday 3 April, 2014

EP votes in favour of net neutrality laws and to end roaming charges

The new legislation prevents internet service providers (ISPs) from giving preferential treatment to its own services and from blocking other services that may compete against their own offerings.

# net-neutrality - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

US court strikes down 'Net Neutrality' rule Web

US court strikes down 'Net Neutrality' rule

Supporters of Net Neutrality say the decision could give major telecom operators the power to block or degrade services, while promoting their own.

# net-neutrality - Tuesday 4 June, 2013

EU wants to ban mobile networks from blocking Skype over 3G

The European Commission wants to guarantee net neutrality by stopping carriers from selectively blocking services.

# net-neutrality - Friday 5 October, 2012

Philippines: President defends new laws clamping down on online libel

The new Filipino laws mean those who libel others online face greater punishment than those who do so in print.

# net-neutrality - Tuesday 17 January, 2012

Greens urge government to abandon plans for filesharing laws

The Green Party wants the government to abandon plans which would force ISPs to block access for illegal downloaders.

# net-neutrality - Friday 6 January, 2012

Iran reportedly preparing to launch new 'domestic' internet

New clampdowns on online expression are thought to be preparing citizens for a sanitised national intranet, launched within weeks.

# net-neutrality - Friday 18 November, 2011

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The Daily Fix: Friday

Catch up on the day’s main stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed…

# net-neutrality - Thursday 19 August, 2010

AMERICAN TELEVISION HOST Jon Stewart is the latest in a line of critics to blast the proposals made by Google and Verizon, a US Internet Service Provider, regarding internet traffic.

The companies have joined up to deal with what they call the “thorny issue of network neutrality”, which would consist of a tiered system of information access for users.

The proposals have worried and enraged internet users who believe that compromising net neutrality will destroy the internet as we know it, which is currently a level playing field that allows all users to access information they want.

Speaking on his programme, The Daily Show, Stewart accused Google of “flip flopping” on the issue. He said that while “Google doesn’t get to write laws”, the company does operate beyond the confines of a simple internet search engine:

They just photograph and post where everybody lives and republish every book ever written and negotiate with the Chinese government while building floating data centres in the ocean…

Last week a  group of protesters gathered outside Google’s headquarters in California to protest against the proposals. Protesters were especially angry about the agreement that wireless networks shouldn’t be subject to the same net neutrality restrictions as wired networks.

Calling on Google to live up to its informal motto of “Don’t be evil“, the protesters brought 300,000 signed petitions from users all over the world who disagree with the proposed plans.

Google have said that they support the principle of net neutrality and that the idea of a tiered system is simply a proposal.

Read the Google-Verizon agreement here.

Users can let their feelings on the matter be known at

# net-neutrality - Tuesday 10 August, 2010

IN A MOVE that has caused panic to ripple through websites, newspapers and broadcast bulletins across the world, Google and leading US Internet Service Provider (ISP) Verizon have made a deal about what they call the “thorny issue of network neutrality”.

The proposed deal has alarmed many who believe that is will be the precursor to the end of the internet as we know it. The “thorny issue” of net neutrality that Google refers to on its blog could be described, in other words, as the current system of non-discrimination in relation to the kinds of online content accessible for users.

“Net neutrality” is what many see as the gem of the internet; it is the great equaliser that puts your uncle’s blog about gardening shoulder to shoulder with giants like Amazon or Facebook.

The controversy surrounding the proposals by Google and Veziron centre on the fear that the companies would introduce a tiered system of website access – ultimately meaning that users would pay for the privilege of accessing their favourite sites quickly. By favouring some sites over others, online innovation and natural growth would be impeded – and that’s before accusations of censorship begin to crop up.

Both Google and Verizon deny that the proposal is meant to endanger net neutrality.

Read the Google-Verizon proposal here.

Regardless of the intentions of the two companies, the proposal is  subject to approval by the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – the States’ communications watchdog – and also the US Congress.

The FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, who it would seem is not enamoured by the companies’ proposal, has issued the following statement concerning the matter:

Some will claim this announcement moves the discussion forward. That’s one of its many problems. It is time to move a decision forward—a decision to reassert FCC authority over broadband telecommunications, to guarantee an open Internet now and forever, and to put the interests of consumers in front of the interests of giant corporations.

# net-neutrality - Friday 6 August, 2010

A REPORTED DEAL between Google and US telecommunications company Verizon has led to fears that the internet, as we know it, may soon become a thing of the past.

The partnership have been accused of being involved in talks about a new system for how internet traffic is carried over networks.

Fears have been raised that the plans, if true, could introduce a tiered system of bandwith access -  meaning the end of a level playing field for internet users.

On Thursday, the New York Times said that the two companies “are nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege”.

It added that this could  “overthrow a once-sacred tenet of Internet policy known as net neutrality, in which no form of content is favoured over another”.

The news of such a deal has sparked worry across the web, prompting to launch a petition beseeching “Google: Don’t be Evil“.

Blog Skeptisys has this disquieting vision of a post-neutral internet age.

Google denied the accusations outright on Friday, saying to The Guardian: “The New York Times is quite simply wrong. We have not had any conversations with Verizon about paying for carriage of Google traffic. We remain as committed as we always have been to an open internet.”

Verizon said: “Our goal is an internet policy framework that ensures openness and accountability, and incorporates specific FCC (the US Federal Communications Commission) authority, while maintaining investment and innovation. To suggest this is a business arrangement between our companies is entirely incorrect.”