Broadband Internet access will be reclassified as a telecom service under a modified set of rules. Court battles and more Congressional hearings to follow
The FCC will soon vote on the spread of high-speed municipal broadband services and ISPs’ rights to discriminate against certain Web traffic
President Obama announced his support Monday for net neutrality. And Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz let loose one of his biggest howls, tweeting: “Net Neutrality” is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government.
As readers of this blog know, since 2005 I’ve been teaching at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. One of the best parts of being an academic is hanging out with cool (compared to me), young (compared to me), up-and-coming scholars, some of whom know far more about the history of science and [...]
A brief history of the war for Net neutrality
And one step that could change it
The Web is critical not merely to the digital revolution but to our continued prosperity—and even our liberty. Like democracy itself, it needs defending
International governments and ISPs gather at Columbia University to discuss speeds and limits of data networks
The controversial measure will let broadband providers prioritize Internet content, but detractors say the government is fixing something that is not broken
Source: League of Women Voters The chances that government policy about the internet is going to decide who will win the U.S. presidential election are pretty slim.
The government's net neutrality compromise fell flat. Here's a simple fix
To keep the Web from collapsing under the weight of ever more data, the network needs to radically change the way it handles information, says the head of Bell Labs Research
A global computer-based communication network has fundamentally changed our social, cultural, and political landscape over the past 20 years. As an evolutionary anthropologist, I have to point out that there has been no previous communication revolution of this speed or intensity. Consequently, this communication tool gives us the power to completely restructure our entire existence, [...]
As a new Congress takes office, Washington will face urgent issues in science, health and the environment. Here are a few good places to start
Distribution companies’ digital locks are like roach motels: Copyrighted works check in but they don’t check out
The head of Bell Labs Research says the Internet should deal in information rather than simply bits and bytes
Changing the Internet's focus from data location to the nature of the information itself should improve network efficiency and security
Content providers and users are still far apart on proposed Internet piracy-protection legislation as alternative bill is offered
A consortium of more than 30 universities plans to invest in the infrastructure to improve Internet speeds 1,000-fold
Get ready for IPv6: The explosive global growth of connected devices has nearly depleted the 4.3 billion addresses of Internet protocol version 4
SAN DIEGO—“We know even now that we are at some fundamental limits of what the Internet can handle,” warned University of California, San Diego processor kc claffy [ sic capitalization ] at the beginning of her talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in San Diego.
Domain name registries and marketers can rejoice now that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has given its blessing to a plan encouraging the use of much more creative Web addresses.
The middle-aged Internet (ARPANET first went live more than 40 years ago) could easily slide into complacency, but the National Science Foundation (NSF) might be staving this off with four multimillion-dollar grants that the agency has recently awarded.
The FCC has asked for comment on whether the Internet should be reclassified as a public utility to preserve net neutrality—but the motion faces political and legal hurdles
Who gets to control what's passing through those pipes?
The ruling in favor of corporate broadband providers may not only up consumer costs but also cripple start-ups, which may stifle the kind of innovative content that has made the Web an essential service
Future of the Internet: Net Neutrality, the Semantic Web, plus some comments on science by the mayor of New York.
In this episode, Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, talks about legislation that will decide the future of "network neutrality." Net neutrality means that transmission rates to and from all websites are the same, rather than some websites being able to steer traffic their way through faster rates. Also, Tim Berners-Lee spoke at the 15th International World Wide Web Conference, which took place last week in Scotland. The inventor of the web talked about net neutrality and the semantic web, whereby computers will sync their info about us seamlessly, saving us the work. Plus, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg made a strong, pro-science speech last week, and we'll hear a highlight. Finally, we'll test your knowledge about some other recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this podcast include Center for Digital Democracy www.democraticmedia.org, Pro-net neutrality www.savetheinternet.com, Anti-net neutrality www.handsoff.org, World Wide Web conference www.www2006.org, Berners-Lee Scientific American article on the Semantic Web http://tinyurl.com/9w34, Mayor Bloomberg's pro-science speech http://tinyurl.com/lrvof, Scientific American http://blog.sciam.com, Scientific American website www.sciam.com.
What is net neutrality and why is it making news lately? Tech Talker explains.