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Top Senator Calls on Comcast to Extend Net Neutrality Pledge

Senator Patrick Leahy, […] chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has called on Comcast to extend its commitment to net neutrality “well beyond” 2018, when the company’s current pledge expires. Leahy is also asking the cable giant to foreswear “paid prioritization,” which many Open Internet advocates argue would create fast and slow “lanes” on the internet, threatening its status as a free and open platform and an engine for innovation and economic growth. […] Although Leahy is not part of the Time Warner Cable merger review process, it’s entirely possible that such conditions will be baked into federal approval of the deal, which is being scrutinized by the Justice Department as well as the FCC. “Paid prioritization” refers to a commercial arrangement in which a deep-pocketed internet content or service company pays a broadband provider like Comcast for preferential treatment on its network. Net neutrality advocates argue that such arrangements could put startups at a disadvantage, threatening the emergence of the next YouTube, Netflix, or Skype. – Sam Gustin,MOTHERBOARD 
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Verizon Backs Off New Data Throttling Policy After FCC Pressure

Verizon Wireless has ditched its controversial plan to begin slowing down data speeds for certain customers, just as the new policy was about to take effect, […]. The reversal by Verizon comes after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler criticized the new plan, and represents a small, if clear, victory for the FCC chief. In a statement, Wheeler praised Verizon’s decision to abandon the plan, which many critics called tantamount to “throttling.” […] The big wireless providers like Verizon and AT&T vehemently oppose the application of net neutrality to their networks, and it’s possible that Verizon’s decision to drop its “network optimization” plan represents a tactical concession designed to ward of tougher regulation under the FCC’s new Open Internet rules. – Sam Gustin,MOTHERBOARD
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