Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team.
FCC set to approve the strongest net neutrality rules in Internet history. The Post reports: “Under the rules, it will be illegal for companies such as Verizon or Cox Communications to slow down streaming videos, games and other online content traveling over their networks. They will also be prohibited from establishing 'fast lanes' that speed up access to Web sites that pay an extra fee.”
Tom Wheeler tweaks net neutrality plan after Google push. Politico reports: "Google, Free Press and New America’s Open Technology Institute last week asked the commission to revise language they said could unintentionally allow Internet service providers to charge websites for sending content to consumers. Such a scenario could open the door to an avalanche of new fees for Web companies and threaten their business models.”
How Silicon Valley won the day over some of the most powerful lobbyists in Washington. "It’s easy to point to the coming FCC’s vote as another indication Silicon Valley’s time has come in Washington," the Post reports. "But here’s the reality: The industry has already arrived, and in a major way. Tech companies such as Google, Netflix and Facebook have amassed tremendous political power in recent years, with lobbying budgets to match.”
Net Neutrality fight rife with interests connected to commissioners. "A look at their employment history shows a connection to the major companies that have been fighting rules like those currently before the FCC," according to OpenSecrets.org, in reference to the Republican commissioners who oppose the proposal. "And a broader look at lobbyists looking to influence the FCC also shows that a substantial number of them have spent time working on Capitol Hill — or at the FCC itself.”
Cablevision CEO plays down business effect of FCC proposal. "Cablevision Systems Corp. Chief Executive James Dolan on Wednesday played down the potential business effect of the Federal Communications Commission chairman's proposal to impose utility-style regulations on broadband service," Dow Jones reports.