There’s no law to prevent US internet service providers from offering higher data speeds to companies that pay for the privilege. So some online video sites could stream more quickly than others, for instance. Some websites might load more quickly.
In the absence of such a law, the Federal Communications Commission established its own rules… but a federal appeals court has ruled that the FCC rules are invalid. This doesn’t mean there might not be another decision upon another appeal — or another set of guidelines. But right now net neutrality appears to be largely nonexistent.
The good news is that the FCC can still apparently require ISPs to disclose if and how they prioritize certain types of internet traffic.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Court strikes down FCC’s net neutrality rules
Believe that internet services providers shouldn’t be able to prioritize traffic to some websites over others? So does the FCC. Unfortunately a court isn’t sure the FCC rules are legal. [GigaOm]
- Amazon is working on a “revolutionary V1 product” to “deliver Digital Media” in new ways
In recent years we’ve heard rumors of an Amazon TV box, and an Amazon Kindle phone. It looks like the company is holding an invite-only event to talk about the upcoming product with select folks. [The Digital Reader]
- Fedora to drop the cute code-names, Fedora 21 will just be called Fedora 21
Coming up with code-names for new operating systems used to be a geeky exercise for the developer community — but for the past decade Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian, and other popular Linux distributions have been known largely by names like Spherical Cow, Saucy Salamander, and Wheezy. The Fedora team is opting out. [slashdot]
- Paranoid Android 4.4 beta 2 released with lockscreen blur, quick settings pull-down, etc
The first KitKat-based build of the popular custom ROM is starting to take shape. Hallmark features such as HALO, PIE, and Hybrid engine aren’t available yet, but the new build does have some features you don’t get with a stock Android build. [+Paranoid Android]
- PayPal to allow vendors to offer check-out without opening a new webpage
Tired of visiting a new web page when you want to checkout with PayPal? Soon you might not have to. [VentureBeat]
- Upcoming LG D830 phone to support 4K video playback, slow motion
LG’s next-gen smartphone may have the basic specs of an LG G2… plus the ability to play ultra HD video files and slow motion video support. [Phone Arena]