The Switchboard: FCC Chairman says reports that he’s ‘gutting’ net neutrality are ‘flat out wrong’


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The FCC is planning new net neutrality rules. And they enshrine pay-for-play. "The Federal Communications Commission said it will propose new rules on Thursday that could give high-speed Internet providers more power on what content moves the fastest on the Web on which firms pay the most," reports the Post's own Cecilia Kang.

FCC chief: AT&T bluffing on boycott threat. "Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler said he doesn’t believe AT&T will sit out of the agency's highly anticipated airwaves auction next year," according to the Hill.

Internet blocking protests force Mexican government retreat. "An attempt to introduce laws that would have given the Mexican government the power to block the Internet and other telecommunications appears to have failed," according to TorrentFreak.

AT&T: 46 percent sign up for 10GB or larger data buckets. "AT&T's first quarter 2014 earnings indicate that the telco giant posted a quarterly profit of $3.7 billion on revenues of $32.5 billion," according to DSLReports.

Feds beg Supreme Court to let them search phones without a warrant. "In a brief filed to the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday in the case of alleged Boston drug dealer Brima Wurie, the Justice Department argues that police should be free to warrantlessly search cellphones taken from suspects immediately at the time of arrest, rather than risk letting the suspect or his associates lock or remotely wipe the phone before it can be searched," according to Wired.

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post.
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