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Mozilla joins Netflix in calling for stronger net neutrality. "The maker of the popular Firefox browser is urging federal regulators to adopt tighter limits on broadband providers," I write. "Mozilla proposes regulating [broadband companies] using Title II — which the FCC has historically used to regulate phone companies strictly but decided not to apply to broadband companies."

Supreme Court to hear T-Mobile cell-tower case. "The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether local governments must provide detailed written explanations when denying wireless providers' applications to build new cell towers in their jurisdictions," the Wall Street Journal reports.

US to start testing universal internet IDs to combat fraud. "The government hopes this universal ID can replace people's logins for various places on the Internet in the future," writes Engadget.

The feds accidentally mailed their long-range drone to some college kid. "A Redditor got more than he bargained for in the mail today: He was accidentally mailed parts to a $350,000 environment and wildlife monitoring drone owned by the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration," according to Vice.

Level 3 claims six ISPs dropping packets every day over money disputes. "Level 3 and Cogent, another network operator, have been involved in disputes with ISPs over whether they should pay for the right to send them traffic," writes Ars Technica. "ISPs have demanded payment in exchange for accepting streaming video and other data that is passed from the network providers to ISPs and eventually to consumers."

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post.
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