Saturday, October 27, 2018

Would 5G really be as good as fiber-optic in hard-to-serve areas? Telecom wants you to think so

Ernesto Falcon of Electronic Frontier Foundation has an article critical of the behavior of telecom companies in pressing 5G as a solution for rural areas – it is supposed to be as good as normal cable Internet – so that it doesn’t have to invest more in fiber optic-to-home service.  

Does this affect network neutrality?  Maybe.  If the services they finally supply are not as good as they could have been, they could have more incentive for throttling in the future.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Vermont passes net neutrality law for state contractors, and they sue back!

Now big telecom is suing the state of Vermont over a new net neutrality law that applies only to companies trying to get state contracts.  Jon Brodkin reports

It does sound like Vermont will stand its ground legally.  And the state keeps looking for workers.

Sorry, the picture is Mount Washington, NH, July 2011. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Comcast complains about California's net neutrality law, and it may really have a valid point

Jon Brodkin writes for Ars Technica that Comcast complains that its revenue will go down under California’s net neutrality law, due to go into effect Jan. 1 unless stopped.
Comcast (and ATT) want the ability to charge very large intermediaries like Cogent more to make efficient connections.  But Comcast’s complaint would not affect “ordinary” websites.  But transit companies like Cogent claim they are actually carrying traffic for free. 

The New York State attorney general is looking for evidence of fraud in more than 22 million comments supposedly submitted to the FCC in 2017, New York Times story by Nicholas Confessore. 

Monday, October 01, 2018

DOJ announces suit against California over state net neutrality law

Here’s a one-two punch.

First, California finally passes and Gov. Jerry Brown signs the nation’s toughest network neutrality law, as Heather Kelly reports on CNN.  

The bill seems particularly strict on ideas like zero-rated data usage for services owned by the telecom.

But telecom providers want uniform federal law, they say.

So, as The Switch Blog on the Washington Post, in a story by Brian Fung and Tony Romm report, the "Trumpist" United States Department of Justice announced late Sunday night that it would sue the state of California, claiming that Congress had given only the FCC the authority to hold a lever on net neutrality laws.

Electronic Frontier Foundation has some detailed analysis by Ernesto Falcon on how the DC Circuit will play a critical role, here
I expect I’ll see emails from FTFF on this one.