Comcast quietly deletes language about internet fast lanes

Comcast has, up to this point, has been one of the loudest ISPs singing the praises of the FCC’s planned net neutrality rollback. Now it seems to be quietly backing off on at least a few of its more ardent promises: namely, that it won’t offer internet “fast lanes” which cost more. It’s not even so much what Comcast have said so much as what it hasn’t said. According to Ars Technica, in 2014 Comcast explicitly stated, “we’re not considering entering into any paid prioritization creating fast lane deals with content owners.” It reiterated this position (as it’s a common sticking…

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A US freeway may get self-driving car lanes thanks to Foxconn

Wisconsin highway planners are studying the possibility of placing driverless vehicle lanes on I-94 to serve Foxconn's mega factory in Racine County. The Taiwanese company — supplier to tech firms including Apple, Microsoft, and Nintendo — reported…
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Cyanogen changes lanes from Android OS development to self-driving tech

Exactly a year ago, Cyngn (formerly Cyanogen) announced that it will discontinue its own flavor of Android, which powered phones from numerous international brands, and focus on a Modular OS that’s easier for manufacturers to integrate. As it turns out, the company has now shifted gears and moved in a completely different direction: autonomous vehicle technology. Axios noted that the company’s site and job listings point to its new interests in developing self-driving tech: it’s hiring people to create and run autonomous system software, as well as mapping and perception systems across facilities in Singapore and Palo Alto. It also…

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Comcast says it should be able to create internet fast lanes for self-driving cars

Comcast filed comments in support of the FCC’s plan to kill the 2015 net neutrality rules today. And while pretty much everything in them is expected — Comcast thinks the rules are burdensome and hurt investment, yet it says it generally supports the principles of net neutrality — there’s one telling new quirk that stands out in its phrasing: Comcast now says it’s in support of a ban on “anticompetitive paid prioritization,” which is really a way of saying paid prioritization should be allowed.

“The commission also should bear in mind that a more flexible approach to prioritization may be warranted and may be beneficial to the public,” Comcast says in its filing. The key qualification is “anticompetitive,” which is a term that could be…

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