No Wireless Neutrality

The net neutrality framework laid out by Google and Verizon exempts wireless networks from rules that would govern broadband service and allows providers to set up Internet 'toll lanes'.

The net neutrality framework laid out by Google and Verizon exempts wireless networks from rules that would govern broadband service because wireless technology is "competitive and still developing". Besides that exemption, which is worrying because wireless is the future of the Internet, the framework allows service providers to create toll lanes where higher paying customers receive better service: "Beyond the fuzzy contours of the non-discrimination principle, the companies' framework allows an explicit exception that could defeat the rule. ISPs would be permitted to offer services on their networks that are free from the non-discrimination requirements. For example, they could reserve a portion of their bandwidth for a toll lane that delivers selected companies' content or services in a better manner than the plain-vanilla Internet does."

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New research links urban planning and political polarization.

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