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Why the Google-Verizon Proposal Falls Short

It’s hot this week in DC, but that didn’t stop Google and Verizon from pouring gasoline on the debate over Internet neutrality rules.  After much drama and speculation (some of which was tweeted to be erroneous), the two giants from opposite sides of the tubes announced their joint proposal for a legislative framework…

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Crawford on the Status of DNS

One of the main sticking points in the FCC debate over reclassifying Internet service is likely to be whether DNS service makes carriers’ entire offering into a unified information service instead of a telecommunications service, as the FCC found in 2002.  Our comments argue that it should not, because of an exception for the “management, control,…

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Congestion Lessons from the World Cup

While soccer fans across the globe have been captivated with the excitement of the World Cup during the last month, vendors of DPI-based technologies have been casting their focus there as well. I recently came across a number of different vendor reports and musings (from Arbor, Allot, and Sandvine) about the impact of…

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Round Two for ‘Title II Lite’

Yesterday, we filed yet another set of comments with the FCC, this time as it reconsiders its legal authority over broadband service. As we've said before, we fully support the Commission's proposal to reclassify broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service (with forbearance from the lion's share of telecom rules). This is clearly how people…

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Mobility for the Web, No Rascal Required

The mobile device market over the past few years has been largely defined by mobile operating system-specific apps. Want to see a video of an extremely happy goose? Load up your Youtube app, unique to your specific device. Want to browse some recipes? Download a unique app for your device for your favorite cooking site. How about…

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The Smell of Neutrality in the Air?

The entry was originally posted on alissacooper.com. For most people, the arrival of summer means longer days, sunny vacations, and weekends spent around the barbecue. For telecommunications regulators, this summer has something else on the agenda: net neutrality. During the final two weeks of June, regulators in no less than four jurisdictions took major steps to address net…

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Wise Public Policy Will Not Kill the Internet

Ever since the FCC launched its bold effort to update 20th century regulations to fit the 21st century broadband world, telecom companies have waged a relentless verbal campaign to persuade the public of the dire consequences that will occur if the Commission (or Congress) succeeds.  Meanwhile, the FCC is rightly looking to mark the boundaries…

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FCC Launches Inquiry on Key Jurisdictional Question

The FCC today issued its much-anticipated Notice of Inquiry on the agency's jurisdiction over broadband Internet access services.  CDT welcomes the FCC's decision to roll up its sleeves and address this critical issue in a straightforward, thorough, and timely fashion. The NOI tees up questions that are central to the nation's communications regulatory structure.  The Internet…

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Copps at the Churchill Club: Ready for a Fight

FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, speaking today to the Silicon Valley-based Churchill Club at an event co-sponsored by CDT, argued in very strong terms for bringing Internet access providers under regulatory oversight “to protect consumers and innovators from unjust and unreasonable discrimination.”  Copps warned that the “days of the Open Internet will be succeeded by the Age of the Gatekeepers”…

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Network Management News from All Corners

The past week has seen several important developments relating to how network operators manage the traffic on their networks. After several months of discussions, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) – one of the leading technical standards organizations for the Internet – officially chartered a new working group focusing on Congestion Exposure (CONEX). The purpose of CONEX…

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