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Major tech firms urge U.S. to retain net neutrality rules

July 17, 2017 By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group representing major technology firms including Alphabet Inc and Facebook Inc urged the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Monday to abandon plans to reverse the landmark 2015 rules barring internet service providers from blocking or slowing consumer access to web content. The Internet Association said in its filing with the FCC that dismantling the net neutrality rules “will create significant uncertainty in the market and upset the careful balance that has led to the current virtuous circle of innovation in…

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Tech firms protest proposed changes to U.S. net neutrality rules

July 12, 2017 By Angela Moon and David Shepardson NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook Inc , Twitter Inc , Alphabet Inc and dozens of other major technology companies protested online on Wednesday against proposed changes to U.S. net neutrality rules that prohibit broadband providers from giving or selling access to certain internet services over others. In support of the “Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality,” more than 80,000 websites – from big social media platforms like Facebook to streaming services like Netflix and matchmaking website OkCupid – are…

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Microsoft vows to bring broadband to millions of rural Americans

July 11, 2017 By Salvador Rodriguez WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp on Tuesday announced an initiative to bring high-speed internet to millions of rural Americans through unused television airwaves in a long-term bet for user growth. The Redmond, Washington, technology company proposed using spectrum typically reserved for TV stations to broadcast high-speed internet to underserved U.S. locations. To start, Microsoft will commit to a five-year effort to bring broadband connectivity to 2 million underserved rural Americans. Microsoft, whose products include the Windows operating system, Office 365 productivity suite and Skype…

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Trump to meet with top executives on wireless tech, drones

June 20, 2017 By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will discuss advanced wireless technologies and drones on Thursday with top executives at AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, T-Mobile US Inc and other firms, focusing on how government can create the right environment for breakthroughs. AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure and CenturyLink Inc CEO Glen Post will be among the executives discussing advanced technologies such as unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, 5G wireless technologies and universal broadband, officials said. White House press secretary…

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Telus to invest C$4.2 billion in Alberta through 2020

June 5, 2017 (Reuters) – Canada’s Telus Corp said it would spend C$4.2 billion ($3.11 billion) on new broadband and wireless infrastructure in Alberta by 2020, as it tries to stay ahead in a highly competitive market. Telus, which has been attracting more postpaid wireless customers amid heightened competition, said it would invest more than C$900 million this year alone in Alberta. The company is in a heated battle with Shaw Communications Inc, which has recently beefed up its high-speed internet and cable TV products. The strong growth for both…

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Director Francis Ford Coppola weighs in on preserving net neutrality

May 8, 2017 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Francis Ford Coppola, director of classic films such as “The Godfather” and “Apocalypse Now,” has sent a letter to the top U.S. telecommunications regulator to urge support for “net neutrality,” which prevents internet companies from blocking, throttling or giving “fast lanes” to particular websites. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, named by President Donald Trump in January, has said that he plans to scrap a 2015 internet conduct standard aimed at preventing broadband providers from favoring their content over others. In the letter released…

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