IN THE NEWS: FCC TO PROPOSE NEW "NET NEUTRALITY" RULES
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The issue of "Net Neutrality" is back in the news. And in the latest development, the Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new rules to cover how online services operate. The proposal would let companies that provide content pay for faster delivery to customers -- but step up scrutiny over such deals so they don't harm competition or limit free speech. Federal and industry officials have been struggling over how to keep Internet traffic from being bottlenecked by companies that provide online services. That's especially important since many of those ISPs are also in the content business these days and can use their leverage to stifle competition.
IN THE NEWS: NFL TEAM TO PONY UP FOR OVERSHARING
BUFFALO, New York (AP) -- It's something some of us wish we could do to people who text all the time -- get them to pay a share of our messaging bills. That's sort of what's happening to some fans of the NFL's Buffalo Bills. The team has agreed to pay back fans who complained the team sent them too many texts -- far more than a promised limit of five per week. That not only violates the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, but also helped run up messaging bills fans were paying their wireless carriers. The team will issue debit cards for between $58 and $75 each -- and pay the legal bills for a class action settlement approved by a federal court last week. There is a catch: the debit cards are good only for merchandise at the Bills team store. The team discontinued its text service in October 2013.
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WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 03/21/14 -- Companies that pride themselves on being eco-friendly may have conflicted ideas between marketing with ad specialties and maintaining their green reputation. ...
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