Published every weekday, the Switchboard highlights five tech policy stories you need to read.
Today, the FCC will vote on the future of the Internet. Here's everything you need to know. "This morning, federal regulators are expected to vote on a proposal that would, if it's implemented, change the economics of the Web," I write. "FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has the power to determine whether and how businesses can charge each other for Internet access to you and me. And that brings us to today's crucial meeting. Here's everything you need to know about net neutrality."
AT&T’s GigaPower plans turn privacy into a luxury that few would choose. "Customers of AT&T’s GigaPower service could end up paying more than double the $29 advertised cost to keep Ma Bell from monitoring their web surfing if they elect to get video with their broadband," according to Gigaom.
Photos of an NSA 'upgrade' factory show Cisco router getting implant. Ars Technica reports: "A document included in the trove of National Security Agency files released with Glenn Greenwald’s book No Place to Hide details how the agency’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) unit and other NSA employees intercept servers, routers, and other network gear being shipped to organizations targeted for surveillance and install covert implant firmware onto them before they’re delivered."
Game of phones: How Verizon is playing the FCC and its customers. " Verizon deliberately moves back and forth between regulatory regimes, classifying its infrastructure either like a heavily regulated telephone network or a deregulated information service depending on its needs," according to the Verge. "The chicanery has allowed Verizon to raise telephone rates, all the while missing commitments for high-speed internet deployment."
U.S. revealed secret legal basis for NSA program to Sprint, documents show. According to the Post's own Ellen Nakashima: "Under threat of a court challenge, the Obama administration in 2010 revealed to Sprint the secret legal basis of a then-classified program that collected Americans’ phone records by the billions for counterterrorism purposes, according to newly declassified documents and interviews."