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December 24, 2014 6:41 PM Experts: FCC will adopt net neutrality rules in early 2015

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will adopt net neutrality rules in early 2015, maybe as soon as February, several observers believe, but few people want to predict what those rules will look like. The FCC is under pressure from President Barack Obama and a majority of the nearly 4 million people who have submitted comments to the agency to adopt 22

December 24, 2014 5:10 PM Google (GOOG) And Microsoft (MSFT) Team Up Against Marriott (MAR) On Wi-Fi Blocking Plan

Google Inc, Microsoft Corporation, and CTIA come together to request the FCC to prevent blocking personal Wi-Fi in hotels; Marriott joins forces with other hotel groups to fight back It seems like the “Avengers” of tech companies are coming together and asserting themselves on the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to comply with their decision 16

December 24, 2014 9:54 AM Google, Microsoft Combine Voices To Stop Hotels Jamming Wi-Fi Hotspots

In my time, I’ve had to deal with hotel Wi-Fi services. It doesn’t feel any better putting through a charge for Wi-Fi through expenses when the service is slow, unreliable and only available in one corner of my room, the bar or restaurant. Many times, I’ll simply tether my Chromebook or tablet with my smartphone because of mobile network is far quicker 14

December 24, 2014 3:26 AM Microsoft And Google Urge FCC To Deny Hotels' WiFi Blocking Plan

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT: Quote) and Google (GOOG: Quote) have support people who want to use personal Wi-Fi devices to reach the Internet in U.S. hotels. The companies filed letters aiming to sway the Federal Communications Commission as it considers whether hotels are permitted to block personal Wi-Fi devices at their properties. A lodging industry trade 15

December 24, 2014 2:02 AM Marriott wifi blocking plan gains opposition from Google, Microsoft

If you're like many of us, a trip to the hotel usually means eschewing the available WiFi in favor of setting up your own hotspot. The reasons for this are numerous: speeds are usually better, you don't like the risks of hotel WiFi, and you can side-step any fees the hotel might require. Marriott was recently fined $600,000 for jamming guests' hotspots 11

December 24, 2014 1:27 AM ​Google, Microsoft battle Marriott’s plan to ban personal Wi-Fi

Despite being fined more than half a million dollars for blocking guests from using their own personal Wi-Fi, Marriott – along with other hotels – is pushing the government to legalize this behavior. Standing in the hotel industry’s way is not just the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which Marriott is asking to rule in its favor, but also technology 13

December 24, 2014 12:31 AM Hundreds of Thousands Call on FCC to Halt 'Disastrous Merger'

Critics of the proposed Comcast buyout of Time Warner Cable are flooding the Federal Communications Commissions, calling on the government office to shut down this "disastrous merger." In addition to the thousands of individuals who voiced their opposition to the $45 billion media mega-merger, over 600,000 comments were submitted by advocacy groups Common 17

December 23, 2014 11:26 PM Comcast-TWC Rips Discovery, Netflix in FCC Merger Comments

Dish to FCC: Comcast Deal Would Cause Competitors 'Irreparable Harm' Would-be partners go on the offensive, calling specific criticism of proposed merger “self-serving,” “patently absurd” Comcast and Time Warner Cable lit into their opponents Tuesday as the two companies defended their $45 billion merger before the FCC. In a 139-page public portion of their 17

December 23, 2014 11:20 PM Verizon: FCC cannot regulate paid interconnection deals

With the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) likely to finalize its Net Neutrality guidelines in 2015, bigwig wireless carrier Verizon has said in a recent filing to the agency that it does not have the authority to regulate paid interconnection agreements, like the one which Verizon and Netflix signed earlier this year. The paid interconnection 19

December 23, 2014 10:49 PM Google and Microsoft fight hotels' attempts to block personal WiFi

The battle between hotels and hotspot-toting travelers isn't over just because Marriott settled a complaint that it blocked personal WiFi -- far from it. Google, Microsoft and a US carrier lobbying group (the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association) are opposing a hotel industry petition asking the FCC to let them block guests' hotspots 14