Posted 12 months ago
By Corey Sorenson
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.
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.
ON THE WEB: LAPD GETS NYPD TWITTER TREATMENT
CYBERSPACE (AP) — The Los Angeles Police Department didn’t ask for it — but it’s getting it anyway. After the New York Police Department got a bunch of tweets bashing police officers for alleged brutality, critics of the LAPD have taken to Twitter to post photos of people roughed up in scuffles in the nation’s second-largest city. The negative NYPD posts started after the department asked people to post feel-good photos of themselves posting with police officers. That led to posting of images of alleged police brutality, along with the huggy-feely ones. The LAPD didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
IN STORES: HBO AND AMAZON PRIME STRIKE DEAL
NEW YORK (AP) — Like “The Sopranos” and “The Wire?” Fans of those classic HBO shows will soon have a new way to check them out. Amazon Prime has signed a deal with the premium channel to provide access to those and other HBO offerings through Amazon Prime. Starting May 21, Amazon Prime members will get access to other HBO shows, like “Six Feet Under,” ”Boardwalk Empire” and “True Blood.” It’s the first online streaming deal signed by HBO. Amazon Prime members pay $99 year for streaming entertainment, two-day shipping and other perks from the nation’s top online retailer.