A Majority of Americans Endorse Net Neutrality Protections

The Federal Communications Commission last week took the first steps toward dismantling the regulatory framework created in 2015 to protect net neutrality. But a new Consumer Reports survey found that a majority of Americans value those protections. The 2015 rules were designed by the FCC under former chairman Tom Wheeler to safeguard consumers from practices that could restrict their choice of online content or […]

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Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram unite with cross-app notifications

Facebook’s family of apps are moving in together. Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram are each testing a feature that shows notification counters from the other apps and lets you instantly switch between them. The feature could boost engagement across the apps by using those maddening red notification jewels to constantly remind you there’s something to see in the other apps. This […]

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‘WannaCry’ cyberattack: What we know

Countries around the world braced Monday for the spread of a massive ransomware cyberattack crippling thousands of computers at banks, hospitals and government institutions. Here’s what we know so far: WHAT’S THE LATEST? Computers booting up to start the workweek might continue the spread of “WannaCry,” a ransomware attack where hackers lock down a computer and threaten to delete all […]

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Verizon outbids AT&T for nationwide “5G” spectrum

Verizon has outbid AT&T to buy spectrum-holding company Straight Path Communications for $3.1 billion after “an unusually intense bidding war” between the top two wireless carriers in the US, The Wall Street Journalreported today. AT&T announced its own $1.6 billion acquisition of the company on April 10, saying that Straight Path “holds a nationwide portfolio of millimeter-wave (mmWave) spectrum, including […]

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Net neutrality grabs spotlight again as FCC chief seeks to rescind the tough regulations

It began as an academic subject with a wonky name — network neutrality. But at its heart, the issue was simple: Internet service providers should treat all content equally. Within a few years, the phrase — shortened to the slightly less-wonky net neutrality — became a rallying cry for Silicon Valley technology companies, liberals and online free-speech advocates. For broadband […]

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