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US TV Networks Fined Millions For Airing Movie's Fake Emergency Alert

The US communications authority is proposing a fine of nearly $US2 million for cable channels that aired a trailer for Olympus Has Fallen, which uses the tones from the Emergency Alert System. The thinking is that if you hear the tones all the time, you’ll get desensitised to them and stop paying attention.


One Boob Built YouTube: How Nipplegate Changed The Way We Share Video [NSFW]

Think about it this way: If Justin Timberlake hadn’t partially exposed one of Janet Jackson’s nipples during that fateful Super Bowl halftime show, you wouldn’t be able to watch all the nipples you’d like on your computer today.


The FCC Is Beta Testing The Future US Phone Network

We already knew that the FCC in the US had plans to rewrite the technology that supports the nation’s ageing landline phone network, and now its decided to start beta testing new infrastructure to ensure it can deliver.


Why The FCC Can Save Net Neutrality

The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s recent post on Net Neutrality started off well. It rightly noted that “[v]iolations of network neutrality are a real and serious problem: in recent years we have seen dozens of ISPs in the US and around the world interfere with and discriminate against traffic on their networks.”


Why The FCC Can't Actually Save Net Neutrality

Network neutrality — the idea that internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data that travels over their networks equally — is a principle that EFF strongly supports. However, the power to enforce equal treatment on the internet can easily become the power to control the internet in less beneficent ways.


What Happens To Music After Net Neutrality?

Years ago, I believed experts who said Net Neutrality wasn’t a big deal for two reasons. First, It never really existed in the first place (because many ISPs prioritise traffic in some way, say, for or against online gaming). Second, the free market would solve the problem, because ISPs that threw up bad content roadblocks would be abandoned.


The Grim Future Of A World Without Net Neutrality

A US federal court dealt a deadly blow to net neutrality on Tuesday by striking down the FCC’s open internet rules and practically inviting broadband providers to offer preferential treatment to companies willing to pay for it. It was a deadly blow, but did it really kill net neutrality dead?


Should People Be Allowed To Make Phone Calls On Planes?

There’s been debate for years about whether people should be allowed to use their mobile phones on planes. And with safety concerns diminishing, we’ve collectively moved on to other grievances: namely how annoying it will be to listen to five different phone conversations at once while trapped in a small, airborne pod.


FCC Chairman Suddenly Thinks In-Flight Phone Calls Are A Bad Idea

After yesterday’s very promising news that the FCC is (finally) considering allowing passengers to make cell phone calls on flights, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler all of a sudden seems to have cold feet. His two most recent statements show how drastically he’s changed his tone in the past 48 hours.


FCC's New Chairman Wants To Rewrite How Phones Work

Tom Wheeler, the newly crowned chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in the US, has ambitious plans. He’s already on a crusade to get carriers to allow mobile phone unlocking, and now he plans to rewrite the technology that supports America’s ageing landline phone network.