DTNS 2148 – Is Net Neutrality Dead?

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comAllison Sheridan and Jon Brodkin join the show to talk about the doom of Net Neutrality, uncarriers, and more.


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Big thanks to Dan Lueders for the music and Martin Bell for the opening theme!

Big thanks to Mustafa A. from thepolarcat.com for the logo!

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Show Notes

US Court of Appeals rules FCC can regulate ISP policies, but…. Reuters reports the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled the FCC does have the authority to regulate ISPs traffic policies, but under the FCC’s own rules it cannot regulate ISP’s as a common carrier. Therefore the court ruled in favor of Verizon regarding two rules that prevented blocking of applications and discriminating against traffic. The Court ruling could be reheard, appealed to the Supreme Court, or the FCC was given a chance by the Court to adjust its policies.

More links: 

Net Neutrality is half dead:  http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/01/net-neutrality-is-half-dead-court-strikes-down-fccs-anti-blocking-rules/

The ruling:  http://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/3AF8B4D938CDEEA685257C6000532062/$file/11-1355-1474943.pdf

How the FCC screwed up its chance to make ISP blocking illegal:  http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/01/how-the-fcc-screwed-up-its-chance-to-make-isp-blocking-illegal/

Moto G: Google Play edition:  In lighter news, The Next Web points out Google just released a Google Play edition of the Moto G for $179 in 8GB and $199 in 16GB. That’s unsubsidized, unlocked, and unskinned. It’s also Unavailable outside the US. ON the flip side the Moto X will start shipping in Europe in February where it will cost £380 or €399 without a contract.

News From You: 

NewEgg wins Supreme Court decision: nzit posted to the subreddit a press release from NewEgg touting their victory in the US Supreme Court over Shopping Cart patents. Soverain Software had claimed NewEgg and others had violated its patents for online shopping carts. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit invalidated as obvious Soverain’s patents. Soverain appealed to the Supreme Court which yesterday denied the appeal letting the previous decision stand.

Charter Communications offers to acquire TimeWarner Cable, TWC declines: clemro submitted this ZDNet story that Charter Communications made an offer valued at US$61.3 billion to acquire the US third largest cable company, Time Warner Cable. TimeWarner Cable’s Board of Directors unanimously rejected the offer. Charter intends to appeal to the shareholders directly.

More links from the show: 

CNET reports Facebook has agreed to a deal with Russian search engine Yandex for access to Facebook’s stream of public data:


WinAmp + Shoutcast = done! 


AMD unveils Kaveri processor: 


Steam virtual reality overlay available in the beta client:


Device support changes for Ubuntu Touch: