FCC votes for strict new privacy rules

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has taken a major step toward new regulations requiring ISPs to get customer permission before using or sharing their Web-surfing history and other personal information. The FCC voted 3-2 Thursday to approve a notice of proposed rule-making, or NPRM, the first step toward passing new regulations, over the objections of the commission’s two Republicans.

The rules, which will now be released for public comment, require ISPs to get opt-in permission from customers if they want to use their personal information for most reasons besides marketing their own products.

Comcast Debuts Stream, For Cord Cutters

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Comcast has now become the latest pay TV provider to launch its own alternative to big cable TV packages with the debut of its own internet-based streaming cable service it’s simply calling Stream.

Like Sling TV, Stream is largely focused making live television more appealing to a new generation of TV customers who prefer to watch on a variety of devices without paying for pricier cable TV subscriptions.

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FCC refuses to delay net neutrality rules

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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has denied the requests of several broadband providers and trade groups asking the agency to delay its net neutrality rules.

The FCC, late Friday, denied petitions for a stay of its net neutrality rules from Daniel Berninger, founder of the nonprofit Voice Communication Exchange Committee, the American Cable Association.

The groups had asked the FCC to delay the rules from going into effect while courts deal with seven lawsuits challenging the regulations.