The Week: Most Recent The Digital Age:Net Neutrality recent posts.en-usWed, 19 Jan 2011 12:40:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent The Digital Age:Net Neutrality from THE WEEKWed, 19 Jan 2011 12:40:00 -0500The Comcast-NBC deal: Winners and losers<img src="" /></P><p>Federal regulators have given the thumbs up to Comcast's $30 billion merger with NBC Universal, allowing a cable company to buy a major network for the first time. (Watch an NBC report about the merger.) The Federal Communications Commission gave its blessing to the deal on Tuesday, but imposed a swath of temporary conditions to ensure the new company's vast reach does not harm consumers. Here, a look at the winners and losers from the merger:<br /><br /><strong>WINNERS</strong><br /><br /><strong>Hulu</strong><br />Although many feared that the future of Hulu, the online video streaming service partly owned by NBC Universal, would be threatened by the merger...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 19 Jan 2011 12:40:00 -0500The FCC's 'meaningless' net neutrality rules<img src="" /></P><p>The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday approved new regulations for internet traffic, a move that could have profound consequences for the future of online access. In a partisan vote, the 3-2 Democratic majority on the FCC's board, led by Chairman Julius Genachowski, enacted the Open Internet Order promoting "network neutrality," the idea that broadband providers should treat large and small sites the same. But the new regulations provoked immediate criticism from all sides, with Republicans calling it harmful government meddling and liberals saying the rules are "meaningless" and, in...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 22 Dec 2010 15:00:00 -0500How Google turned evil<img src="" /></P><p>So much for Google's "Don't Be Evil" mantra, says Ryan Singel in <em>Wired</em>. Once upon a time, the search giant was a staunch advocate of "mobile net neutrality" &mdash; that is, free and open access for cell phones to a variety of wireless carriers. But recently Google has given up that fight, recently signing a pact with Verizon that threatens to further empower the telecom behemoths and undermine the interests of average citizens. Google could have pressured "the FCC to push through new wireless rules," and freed us all from the hell of two-year contracts. It could have put real corporate muscle...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 11 Aug 2010 13:15:00 -0400'The end of the internet as we know it'?<img src="" /></P><p>Google and Verizon are reportedly on the cusp of an agreement that would, according to some commentators, do away with the long-held principle that all online content has equal priority. According to <em>The New York Times</em>, Google would agree not to launch a challenge were Verizon to institute a system offering preferential &mdash; that is, speedier &mdash; delivery "if the content's creators are willing to pay for the privilege." With Google and Verizon both denying that a deal is in the works, are "net neutrality" advocates overreacting? (Watch an MSNBC report about the reported deal)<br /><br /><strong>R.I.P., internet...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 06 Aug 2010 18:25:00 -0400What is net neutrality?<img src="" /></P><p>Comcast, the biggest cable provider in the U.S.,&nbsp;won a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission that could have serious repercussions on how the internet is regulated. At stake is the principle of "net neutrality." But what does that mean, how does this decision affect it, and what will it mean to you? (Watch an overview of net neutrality.) A brief guide:</p><p><strong>What is net neutrality?</strong><br />In basic terms, it's the idea that all internet users should have unrestricted access to all legal content, services, and sites on the web. In practice, this means that Comcast and other internet providers...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 07 Apr 2010 11:16:00 -0400Net neutrality explained in two minutes</P><div ><div ><iframe rel="" src="" width="420" height="451" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe></div></div> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 07 Apr 2010 06:18:00 -0400