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California State Assembly Passes Nation’s Toughest Net Neutrality Law

The legislation, which passed in a 59-18 vote, will now go to the Senate, where a vote is expected next week. It would then go to Governor Jerry Brown. – Ted Johnson, Variety https://ift.tt/2PoG4VN
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Verizon throttled fire department’s “unlimited” data during Calif. wildfire

“County Fire has experienced throttling by its ISP, Verizon,” Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden wrote in a declaration. “This throttling has had a significant impact on our ability to provide emergency services. Verizon imposed these limitations despite being informed that throttling was actively impeding County Fire’s ability to provide crisis-response and essential emergency services.” – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica https://ift.tt/2BJxcbp

The FCC Says Net Neutrality Lawsuits Are Moot Because It Already Repealed Net Neutrality

We’re all now awaiting the Supreme Court case, which will more likely focus on whether or not ISPs have first amendment rights rather than whether the FCC has authority to reclassify industries. As part of the filings for that case, the FCC and the Department of Justice have asked the Supreme Court to vacate the 2016 ruling, claiming that since it’s about rules that don’t exist anymore, it’s now moot. This would weaken many of the arguments of those suing the FCC, which point to legal precedent. – Kaleigh Rogers, MOTHERBOARD https://ift.tt/2MRP4BF

The Current Definition of ‘Broadband’ Is Too Slow and Ajit Pai Refuses to Change it

“It is time to be bold and move the national broadband standard from 25 Megabits to 100 Megabits per second,” [Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel] stated. “When you factor in price, at this speed the United States is not even close to leading the world. That is not where we should be and if in the future we want to change this we need both a more powerful goal and a plan to reach it. Our failure to commit to that course here is disappointing. I regretfully dissent.” – Karl Bode, MOTHERBOARD https://ift.tt/2vBGGjl

$50 a month for 1Mbps: How AT&T and Verizon rip off DSL customers

The NDIA calls the practice of charging identical prices for wildly different speeds “tier flattening.” It affects both urban and rural customers who live in areas where AT&T and Verizon haven’t upgraded networks because they face no competition, because the upgrades wouldn’t result in higher profits, or both. These customers end up using “the oldest, slowest legacy infrastructure,” while paying much higher per-megabit prices than other Internet users. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica https://ift.tt/2OHuyoW

Why your cellphone bills are getting more expensive

The primary price increase method for US telecoms is upping the cost of unlimited data plans, which already come with built-in restrictions like data caps that, when exceeded, throttle a customer’s bandwidth speeds. Nearly every major carrier now offers multiple “unlimited” data plans, all of which use the marketing benefit of the term “unlimited” without actually offering customers limitless access to high-speed LTE service. – Nick Statt, The Verge https://ift.tt/2uSW9u3
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