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US votes to scrap net neutrality

The FCC in the US has voted to repeal regulations to protect the neutrality of broadband services in the country, the New York Times reported[1]. FCC chairman Ajit Pai defended the repeal before the vote, arguing that rescinding the rules would benefit consumers. Pai said broadband providers like AT&T and Comcast could offer consumers a wider variety of service options.

The regulations prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality services or specific types of content.

They also allowed the federal government to regulate broadband as if it were a utility.

Now read: Bots flooded net neutrality comments[2]

References

  1. ^ the New York Times reported (www.nytimes.com)
  2. ^ Bots flooded net neutrality comments (mybroadband.co.za)

United States FCC chairman to drop net neutrality rules

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will propose vacating Obama-era net neutrality rules, according to a person briefed on the development that will hand a victory to broadband providers such as AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. that oppose the regulations. Pai’s proposal is to be presented to fellow FCC commissioners Tuesday ahead of a vote set for Dec.

14 at the agency, where the chairman — an appointee of President Donald Trump — leads a Republican majority. Pai will seek to vacate the rules adopted in 2015, retaining only a portion that requires broadband providers to explain details of the service they are offering, said the person briefed on the matter, who asked not to be identified because the proposal isn’t yet public. Rules to be set aside include a ban on blocking or slowing web traffic, and a prohibition on offering “fast lanes” that give quicker service to content providers willing to pay extra.

Broadband providers have argued that competition will ensure they don’t unfairly squelch traffic. Tina Pelkey, an FCC spokeswoman, declined to comment. Pai’s proposal is the latest step in a years-long tug-of-war over regulations dictating how companies such as AT&T and Comcast allow access to internet content — from Facebook Inc.’s social media site to Netflix Inc.’s streaming videos.

Supporters including Silicon Valley firms argue the rules are needed to keep network owners from favoring their own content and discouraging web startups. Critics say the rules discourage investment while exposing companies to a threat of heavier regulation including pricing mandates. The regulation survived a court challenge from broadband providers last year.

Previous attempts by the FCC to pass such rules ended with courts tossing them out or sending them back to be rewritten.

Now read: Bots flooded net neutrality comments[1]

References

  1. ^ Bots flooded net neutrality comments (mybroadband.co.za)

Nokia 2 images from regulatory filing leak online

Nokia licence holder HMD Global is close to launching a new entry-level smartphone, which is expected to be called the Nokia 2, SlashGear reported[1]. HMD Global has launched the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 devices, while there are rumours that a flagship device called the Nokia 8[2] is on the way. A leak said to have originated from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) shows the Nokia 2, along with hardware specifications.

Written onto an image posted to Chinese site Baidu, the screen is said to be a 4.7?-5.0?

HD IPS display, and it is set to run a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212.

Nokia 2

Now read: Nokia to launch flagship Android smartphone[3]

References

  1. ^ SlashGear reported (www.slashgear.com)
  2. ^ Nokia 8 (mybroadband.co.za)
  3. ^ Nokia to launch flagship Android smartphone (mybroadband.co.za)