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WASHINGTON, June 15- A surge in mobile Internet usage has U.S. regulators considering whether to apply the same rules to fixed and wireless Internet traffic, and large technology firms are siding with consumer advocates to call for such a change.
WASHINGTON, June 13- U.S. regulators will review agreements between Netflix, Verizon, Comcast and other content and Internet providers to figure out whether they are causing slow web download speeds for some consumers, especially for streaming video content.
In his first major speech devoted fully to cybersecurity, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler urged the private sector to "step up to assume new responsibility and market accountability for managing cyber risks" before the FCC weighs a regulatory approach to the problem.
Walter Piecyk, BTIG wireless research analyst, weighs in on consolidation in the media sector and whether the FCC could use deals to prompt competition in the industry.
Former FCC commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth, discusses how AT&T's purchase of DirecTV affects the cable landscape. Furchtgott-Roth says DirecTV, as a stand-alone company, does not make sense and it needs to find a home.
Despite all the hand-wringing about net neutrality, tech actually had a pretty good day in DC yesterday.
"What this rule does is prevent those with current low-band spectrum from monopolizing the market in the auction by assuring that some spectrum will be available for those with insufficient amounts of spectrum to serve rural areas and penetrate buildings," said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has come under fire from consumer advocates and technology companies for proposing to allow some "commercially reasonable" deals in which content companies could pay broadband providers to prioritize traffic on their networks.
Commissioners expressed their misgivings, but have voted to go forward and accept public comment.
WASHINGTON, May 15- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 3-2 along party lines to formally propose new "net neutrality" rules that may let Internet service providers charge content companies for faster and more reliable delivery of their traffic to users.
Lance Ulanoff, Mashable editor at large, and CNBC's Jon Fortt, discuss the new rules being announced of an Internet "fast lane" that would allow broadband companies to sell faster streaming speeds to top paying customers.
More than 100 activists protested at the FCC on Thursday, with signs reading "Liberate the Internet" and "Keep the Internet Free" and three audience members were escorted out of the meeting room for standing and shouting protests.
The FCC is discussing the proposal for open Internet rules, reports CNBC's Hampton Pearson. Also on the docket are the ground rules for the next spectrum auction.
Critics worry the rules would create "fast lanes" for companies that pay up and mean slower traffic for others.
Some 200 activists have said they plan to protest at the FCC on Thursday, joining a few hard core critics who have camped outside the agency for a week. Those advocates want the FCC to reclassify Internet providers as utilities, like telephone companies, rather than as the less-regulated information services they are now.
*FCC vote would seek comment on new "net neutrality" rules. Public interest groups including Free Press plan to deliver a petition with more than 1 million signatures to the FCC and stage a protest against Wheeler's proposal that may allow Internet providers to charge some content companies for faster and more reliable delivery.
CNBC's Jon Fortt, and Jon Steinberg, BuzzFeed president & COO, discuss the upcoming FCC vote on a new "open Internet" proposal this week that would allow companies in some cases to pay for access to faster Internet pipes.
CNBC's Jane Wells looks at the history of infomercials and Suzanne Somers' empire which focuses on aging, health and beauty.
WASHINGTON, May 7- More than 100 technology companies, including Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Amazon.com Inc, have written to U.S. telecom regulators to oppose a new "net neutrality" plan that would regulate how Internet providers manage Web traffic.
WASHINGTON, May 7- Over 100 leading technology companies, including Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Amazon.com Inc, have written to U.S. telecom regulators to oppose a new "net neutrality" plan that would regulate how Internet providers manage web traffic.