23 Jun

BBC News – Netherlands makes net neutrality a law

The Dutch may become the first in Europe to use Skype and other web-based services on smartphones for no extra charge.

On 22 June, the Dutch Parliament passed a law stopping mobile operators from blocking or charging extra for voice calling done via the net.

The bill must now pass through the Dutch senate, but its passage is expected to be a formality.

The move may prove crucial in Europe’s on-going debate over net neutrality.

Net neutrality is controversial around the world, with heated discussions on the subject taking place in the United States, Europe and many other regions.

The idea it enshrines is that all internet traffic should be treated equally, regardless of its type – be it video, audio, e-mail, or the text of a web page.

via BBC News – Netherlands makes net neutrality a law. The Netherlands of course makes the right call.

08 Jan

Uh Oh, Internet: Basic Mobile Video Will be YouTube-Only With MetroPCS Plans

MetroPCS, the 5th largest wireless carrier in the United States, has announced a new pricing structure that requires customers to pay extra to access video services other than YouTube, audio including Pandora or any VOIP service, over their mobile devices.

via Uh Oh, Internet: Basic Mobile Video Will be YouTube-Only With MetroPCS Plans. Remember those Net Neutrality rules the FCC voted on a few weeks ago, this is exactly the loophole that everyone feared.