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Is the FCC neutering Net Neutrality?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-24 07:24

The Federal Communication Commission is expected to introduce new rules today that will allow broadband providers to charge companies for faster internet service.

Net neutrality proponents see this as a blow to the principle that broadband providers can’t give preferential treatment to websites or Internet companies. Broadband providers welcome the proposed rules saying it’ll allow them to deliver better services to consumers, said John Butler, an analyst at Bloomberg Industries. He says, think of your Internet connection as a big highway.  

“And to the extent that you get certain clients that are using too much of the highway if you will and really affecting the quality of service for others on the network, in their view that’s not fair game,” Butler said.

Providers say streaming video companies like Netflix, which use a lot of lanes on the road, should pay more. They say the proposed rules will simply allow them open faster Internet lanes and charge companies for them.

Todd O’Boyle with Common Cause, which advocates for Net Neutrality, says, the new rules allow for paid discrimination. He adds, it will also handicap smaller tech companies.

“By slowing down its rivals its harmful to innovation it’s harmful to end consumers,” O’Boyle said. He says that’s because consumers will end up paying for it in the end.

 

Firefighters to stage fresh strikes

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 07:24
Firefighters in England and Wales are to stage strikes on 2, 3 and 4 May over a long-running pensions row, the Fire Brigades Union says.

VIDEO: Pilot on swimmers' SOS rescue

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 07:22
An Australian helicopter pilot describes the moment he rescued five people stranded off the coast of Queensland who had scrawled a giant SOS message in the sand.

Tweet Suits: Social Media And The Law

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 07:13

In this age of social media, is every negative experience a possible class action?

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Lawyers Use High Court Petition To Highlight Prosecutorial Misconduct

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 07:05

A computer support technician convicted of possessing ricin to use as a weapon wants the Supreme Court to hear his appeal. He says prosecutors denied him due process by failing to disclose evidence.

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Home nations in Euro 2020 scrap - SFA

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 07:02
Scotland will need to beat their closest neighbours if Glasgow is to be a Euro 2020 host city, says SFA chief Stewart Regan.

Woods hopeful of summer return

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 06:57
Tiger Woods hopes to return to competition this summer but is more concerned with his long-term fitness, his agent says.

Seven injured in silo explosion

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 06:57
Seven people - including firefighters - are injured after a fire and explosion at an industrial estate in Moray.

Obama: Japan's Administration Of Disputed Islands Shouldn't Change

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 06:50

A standoff over sovereignty of an island chain that Japan calls Senkaku and China calls Diaoyu has been a source of deep tension between the two countries in recent years.

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Israel to suspend Palestinian talks

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 06:48
Israel has suspended peace talks with the Palestinians in response to a unity deal between the rival Hamas and Fatah factions.

Astrotourism skyrockets in Chile

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 06:46
Why tourists are flocking to Chile's observatories

Snoopy, Garfield And Friends Go Bald For Kids With Cancer

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 06:31

Kids don't want to look different, especially if the reason they look different is because they've lost their hair to chemotherapy. If Hello Kitty's gone bald, too, maybe it won't feel so bad.

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Saddened Students Return To Ferry Disaster Victims' School

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 06:11

More bodies were recovered Thursday from the ship, which sank last week. So far, at least 171 deaths have been confirmed. Another 131 people, many of them students from one school, remain missing.

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Kellogg's job losses almost halved

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 06:09
Job cuts at cereal maker Kellogg's Wrexham factory have been almost halved after a consultation, says the union Usdaw.

Buddha tattoo woman offered holiday

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 06:09
A British tourist arrested in Sri Lanka because she had a Buddha tattoo says she has been given a free holiday as "an apology".

Police make Syria plea to UK women

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 06:08
British counter-terrorism police chiefs make an unprecedented appeal to Muslim women to persuade their relatives against travelling to Syria to fight in the civil war.

Blood 'is not from headless king'

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 06:07
An elaborately decorated gourd thought to contain the blood of French King Louis XVI may not be authentic, scientists say.

In pictures: Assault on Sloviansk

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 06:07
Operation against pro-Russian separatists

Cyber gang leader jailed for scam

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 06:04
The leader of a gang which stole £1.25m from two of Britain's major banks in a "sophisticated and organised" cyber attack, is jailed for five-and-a-half years.

Thursday's gossip column

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 06:04
Olic rejects Stoke, Man Utd want Shaw and Cavani, Moyes in shock Spurs link, Barcelona revive Luiz interest, and Wenger to sign new deal.
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