Posts Tagged: Internet

The Fight for Net Neutrality Battles On

Senator Angus King

A Time Line of the Struggle for Open Internet In December of 2017, the FCC repealed the Net Neutrality regulations passed in 2015. These regulations ensured an open Internet, where everyone has equal access to the web, and ISPs were required to be transparent with consumers. Since its repeal, many Net Neutrality proponents have promised to fight for its reinstatement. One of the strongest Net Neutrality champions has been Maine Independent Senator Angus King. Senator… Read more »

FCC and Consumer Internet Privacy II: What the Order Doesn’t Mandate

Last week we tackled the first part of the FCC Order regarding  Internet consumer privacy.  We’ve been through all of the ISP ‘Musts’, today we’ll review the ‘Shoulds’ and what the order does not cover.  No Pay to Play for Internet Privacy ISPs should not force subscribers to pay inflated prices in order to maintain their privacy.  The Commission will conduct a case-by-case review, as providers are required under the order to disclose plans for… Read more »

Internet Consumer Privacy, the Most Recent FCC Order

Peter Wheeler FCC Internet Privacy

This past spring we discussed net neutrality and dissected the FCC notice of proposed rule-making regarding net neutrality and consumer privacy. On October 27th the FCC voted to approve an order enacting significant rules to protect Internet consumer privacy. A fact sheet provided by the FCC states, “…..give consumers the tools they need to choose how their Internet service providers (ISPs) use and share their personal data.” Why This Order: The FCC, ordered by Congress,… Read more »

Net Neutrality and Consumer Privacy

A look at net neutrality and Title II of the Communications Act may be getting a bit deep into the weeds, but the ultimate outcome of the debate will have a profound effect on the way we communicate, do business, and get our entertainment. 1934, the FCC is Born   When President Roosevelt and Congress agreed that communications technology was determined to be an interstate good, and that oversight of the industry was in order, certain elements… Read more »

Why Better Broadband Matters for Business Voice Communication

Business voice communications have changed dramatically since the start of the millennium. Along with mobile phone service Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) has become increasingly popular, with more than 79% of American businesses using the technology in at least one location in 2014. The migration to services is due to cost savings in two key areas: Lower operating expenses, where digital phone lines can eliminate the need for copper telephone wires and SIP trunks provide… Read more »