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FCC Approves Net Neutrality Order, But Will It Stick?

In an historic 3-2 vote Tuesday, the FCC passed the network neutrality order, the nation's first legislation aimed at addressing the way phone, cable and Internet companies interact when it comes to Internet traffic. But Congress or the courts could end up unraveling the FCC's work.

Is Comcast Building a 'Tollbooth' to Its Internet Network?

In two separate complaints, Level 3 Communications and Zoom Telephonics are alleging that Comcast is using its position as the nation's largest cable service system to restrict the open nature of the Internet. Comcast has strongly disputed the Level 3 complaint.

Verizon Fined $25 Million by FCC for Data Download Overcharges

Verizon was today fined a record $25 million by the Federal Communications Commission and agreed to refund an additional $52.8 million to customers to settle allegations that the largest U.S. mobile-phone company overcharged customers for data fees.

FCC Dives Deeper Into the Comcast-NBC Universal Deal

The questions center on how Comcast distributes content and makes decisions on which programming to offer. Regulators are also questioning NBC Universal about its contracts with other content distributors like satellite, cable and phone carriers.

FCC to Verizon Wireless: Too Slow to Make Refunds

Despite the carrier's admission of overbilling, the FCC says it plans to investigate why it took Verizon two years to notify customers of the problem, reimburse them and take corrective action. Additional penalties are a possibility.

After GOP Kills Net Neutrality Bill, Focus Shifts Back to FCC

One day after Congressional Republicans killed compromise legislation that would have protected net neutrality -- the principle that broadband providers shouldn't play favorites with Web content -- pressure has returned to the Federal Communications Commission to act on the issue.

FCC's Super WiFi Plan Has Big Potential

White Spaces The Federal Communications Commission is poised to open up a new chunk of wireless spectrum that could soon be used to blanket small towns with wireless signals. The FCC is expected to vote on Sept. 23 to open up the wireless spectrum between TV channels for public use.

Inside the War Over the Internet's Future

Amid a fierce clash over the Net's next era, tech titans Google and Verizon crafted their own broadband policy plan and shined a light on what might be Washington's most ineffectual regulatory agency -- the FCC. Unknown to many, Google and Verizon worked on that plan since fall of 2008.

Legal Briefing: Obama Backs Utilities in Climate Change Case

Eight states, New York City and three groups won the legal right to sue greenhouse-gas emitting utilities. The companies appealed to the Supreme Court and the Obama administration has filed a brief supporting them. Find out the implications of this move.

Telecom Lobbyists Hold Secret Internet Talks

Lobbyists from some of the largest U.S. technology companies are meeting behind closed doors in Washington with telecom giants to discuss net neutrality, following the failed FCC talks and Google's bilateral deal with Verizon. No surprise, public interest groups weren't invited.

How the FCC Bungled Net Neutrality

While often well-intentioned, the agency has watched its own "open Internet policy" slowly, but systematically, crumble over the last five years. Now under Julius Genachowski, the FCC faces an almost no-win situation regarding net neutrality.

The Google-Verizon Deal: Evil or Pragmatic?

The two companies were on traditionally opposite sides of the net neutrality debate. So they initiated a discussion with the goal of finding a compromise where some progress could be achieved in the face of FCC and congressional inaction.

Protesters to Google: Don't Be Evil on Net Neutrality

Despite the search giant's defense of its joint plan with Verizon on tiered Internet service, the proposal has stirred up a storm of criticism, with protestors swarming the search giant's Silicon Valley campus Friday to voice their displeasure.

Net Neutrality: FCC's Done Talking to Google, Verizon

Federal Communications Commission officials reportedly slammed the door Thursday on further private talks with Google and Verizon to develop a loosely regulated level playing field for how Internet content gets delivered by telecom and cable operators.

Google Denies 'Devil's Pact' With Verizon

Google and Verizon denied reports of a proposed tiered services deal that would allow web sites to pay broadband providers for the privilege of getting content in front of users more quickly. The alleged deal had proponents of net neutrality up in arms Thursday.