Category Archives: Policy & Ethics

Net Neutrality Gets Its Official Execution Date—But the Fights to Keep It Alive Are Going Strong

Assuming that everything goes on schedule, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” order will be published in the federal register tomorrow and become formal policy for the agency sometime around April 23rd. There’s no reason to believe that this Federal Communications Commission will reverse course on its own, but there are so many fights still to be resolved over the next year or so, and it’s even possible that we won’t have to wait until April to be reassured that all traffic on the web will be treated equally. – Rhett Jones, Gizmodo

Netflix’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch Series Finds Its Aunt Zelda

Miranda Otto, an official series regular, joins previously announced cast members Kiernan Shipka (as Sabrina), Lucy Davis (as Aunt Hilda), Jaz Sinclair (as Sabrina’s BFF Rosalind), Michelle Gomez (as Sabrina’s possessed teacher Mary Wardell) and Chance Perdomo (as Sabrina’s cousin Ambrose) – Andy Swift, TVLine

This Porn Company Will Pay Your Internet Bill If You Live-Stream Your Home 24/7

People interested in signing up to be watched 24/7 can contact CamSoda and sign a contract outlining the dos and don’ts of LifeStream life. Once the cameras are up and running, streamers can’t play audible music, and televisions must be out of frame. Visitors to a streamer’s house have to sign an agreement and be vetted by CamSoda. According to the contract, CamSoda will terminate any stream that break these rules. – Samantha Cole, MOTHERBOARD

Charter fails to defeat lawsuit alleging false Internet speed promises

When the FCC eliminated its net neutrality rules against blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization, the commission kept a version of rules requiring ISPs to be transparent about their network management practices. Charter claimed that the continued existence of a transparency rule and the FCC’s preemption of state net neutrality regulation is enough to preempt “the Attorney General’s allegations that Time Warner Cable made deceptive claims about its broadband speeds.” – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

Will Altered Carbon be next show canceled by Netflix?

Netflix relies on the viewership data after the first month of a show’s release to determine if a show will be renewed or canceled. If you want Altered Carbon to return for a second season, I recommend you watch at least four more episodes as soon as you can, and to tell all your friends, family and perfect strangers that they should watch. Because if people aren’t watching, Netflix is going to cancel Altered Carbon and you won’t get to see how the story continues. – Patrick Schmidt, Netflix Life

Ajit Pai faces investigation into moves that benefit Sinclair Broadcasting

The IG will “investigate whether Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and his aides improperly pushed for rule changes to benefit Sinclair Broadcast Group in the company’s attempt to purchase Tribune Media Company,” Frank Pallone Jr.’s office said in a press release today. “The investigation will also look into whether Pai and his aides improperly coordinated with Sinclair on those rule changes.” – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica
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