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Beyond Frustrated: The Sweeping Consumer Harms as a Result of ISP Disputes

New America
Open Technology Institute

In 2013 and 2014, millions of consumers experienced significant, months-long degradation of their broadband products as a result of policies implemented by some of the nation's largest communications companies. This paper analyzes the full picture of the interconnection disputes described in a recent technical report produced by the Measurement Lab consortium and the widespread, direct consumer harm that resulted.

policy paper | November 13, 2014 | Open Technology Institute

Mobile Broadband Networks Can Manage Congestion While Abiding By Open Internet Principles

Michael Calabrese CTC Technology & Energy

As the FCC considers whether and how to extend its Open Internet rules to mobile broadband networks, mobile carriers have asserted that mobile networks present unique traffic management challenges that would make network neutrality, particularly a non-discrimination rule, technically infeasible and incompatible with quality of service (QoS). Mobile carriers emphasize ...

policy paper | November 12, 2014 | Open Technology Institute

Beyond Frustrated: The Sweeping Consumer Harms as a Result of ISP Disputes

New America

In 2013 and 2014, millions of consumers experienced significant, months-long degradation of their broadband products as a result of policies implemented by some of the nation's largest communications companies. This paper analyzes the full picture of the interconnection disputes described in a recent technical report produced by the Measurement Lab consortium and the widespread, direct consumer harm that resulted.

press release | November 10, 2014 | Open Technology Institute

President Obama Endorses Strong Approach to Net Neutrality

President calls for Title II reclassification and bright-line rules that ban paid prioritization and protect mobile broadband users

New America

President Obama is right -- the best way to protect the open Internet is with strong rules and with FCC authority to enforce them under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. This is what millions of Americans have asked for, and it's time for the FCC to act.

in the news | November 04, 2014 | Open Technology Institute

Report: L.A., NYC Internet Services Among World's Slowest, Most Expensive

The report, titled Cost of Connectivity 2014, was compiled by New America's Open Technology Institute, a nonprofit think tank based in Washington, D.C. It examined the cost and speed of broadband Internet access in 24 cities in the U.S. and abroad over the past three years, and found America's cities fared poorly, with the largest cities delivering the worst results.