Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island tech companies and entrepreneurs could benefit greatly from the new Internet regulations adopted recently by the Federal Communications Commission.The federal agency’s ruling imposes “net neutrality” on Internet Service Providers (ISPs), which means they can no longer block or slow traffic to the websites of companies that anger them or refuse to pay an extra fee. This regulation can help many local start-ups and content providers because they often don’t have extra funds when starting their businesses to pay the telecomm companies for preferential treatment. Previously, content providers such as Netflix paid ISPs extra money to ensure that their videos downloaded faster than other companies’ videos. Some websites that didn’t pay extra saw their video downloading speeds slowed down considerably.Additionally, other potential benefits will accrue under the new regulations. For example, ISPs will now be regulated as a public utility, thus the FCC could theoretically require telecomm giants such as Time Warner to open their lines to competing ISPs. If that happens, local start-ups who want to get in on the growing demand for Internet service would be able to use existing cable and phone wires to offer a competing service. This development would not only create opportunities for new ISPs but the resulting competition could lower prices and improve service for all businesses using the Internet. At the moment, a handful of big corporations control Internet access for most of America, resulting in Internet service that is slower and more expensive than that offered in many other countries.Reliable, affordable Internet access is essential for doing business these days. The FCC’s new policies help ensure that entrepreneurs and small businesses will be treated fairly and that they can better compete with the big corporations.Mark Grabowski is a lawyer who teaches Internet law at Adelphi University. For more info, visit markgrabowski.com.
Advertisement The Premier League returns on June 17 (Credits: EPA)The Premier League is now less than two weeks away from a return and the provisional fixtures for the first three rounds of matches have been released.We knew that things would get back underway on June 17 as Aston Villa host Sheffield United and Manchester City welcome Arsenal to the Etihad.We now know that there will be a huge clash between Tottenham and Manchester United in north London just two days later on Friday night.The TV details are now confirmed up until July 2 and the first live game on the BBC will be Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace at 7.45pm on Saturday June 20.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAmazon don’t get their first live game until Monday June 29 when Crystal Palace host Burnley. Advertisement Comment All matches will be played behind closed doors and broadcast on TV, with the top-flight clubs agreeing to the use of neutral venues if necessary.MORE: Premier League restart: Provisional fixtures revealed for Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and ArsenalMORE: How Timo Werner stats compare to Chelsea’s current forwards this seasonFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 5 Jun 2020 8:59 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Premier League TV schedule: Fixtures on BBC, Sky, BT Sport and Amazon Premier League provisional fixtures and TV schedule Wednesday, June 17Aston Villa v Sheffield United 6pm (Sky)Manchester City v Arsenal 8pm (Sky)Friday, June 19Norwich v Southampton 6pm (Sky)Tottenham v Manchester United 8pm (Sky)Saturday, June 20Watford v Leicester 12.30pm (BT)Brighton v Arsenal 3pm (BT)West Ham v Wolves 5.30pm (Sky)Bournemouth v Crystal Palace 7.45pm (BBC)Sunday, June 21Newcastle v Sheffield United 2pm (Sky)Aston Villa v Chelsea 4.30pm (Sky)Everton v Liverpool 7pm (Sky)Monday, June 22Manchester City v Burnley 8pm (Sky)Tuesday, June 23Southampton v Arsenal 6pm (Sky)Tottenham v West Ham 8.15pm (Sky)Wednesday, June 24Manchester United v Sheffield United 6pm (Sky)Newcastle v Aston Villa 6pm (Sky)Norwich v Everton 6pm (BBC)Liverpool v Crystal Palace 8.15pm (Sky)Thursday, June 25Burnley v Watford 6pm (Sky)Leicester v Brighton 6pm (Sky)Chelsea v Manchester City 8.15pm (BT)Wolves v Bournemouth 8.15pm (BT)Saturday, June 27FA Cup QF: Sheffield United v Arsenal 5pm (BT)FA CUP QF: Norwich v Manchester United 8.15pm (BBC)Sunday, June 28Aston Villa v Wolves 12pm (BT)FA Cup QF: Leicester v Chelsea 2.30pm (BT)Watford v Southampton 4.30pm (Sky)FA Cup QF: Newcastle v Manchester City 6pm (BT)Monday June, 29Crystal Palace v Burnley 8pm (Amazon)Tuesday June, 30Brighton v Manchester United 6pm (Sky)Sheffield United v Tottenham 8.15pm (Sky)Wednesday, July 1Bournemouth v Newcastle 6pm (Sky)Everton v Leicester 6pm (Sky)West Ham v Chelsea 8.15pm (Sky)Thursday, July 2Arsenal v Norwich 6pm (BT)Manchester City v Liverpool 8.15pm (Sky)
The Kuwait Olympic Committee (KOC) were suspended by the IOC in October for “undue Government interference” only three years after the lifting of a similar suspension shortly before London 2012.Sheikh Salman claims, however, that the ban was unfairly put in place and that an “appropriate probe had not been conducted”.The development marks the latest in the ongoing saga which has seen Kuwait athletes banned from competing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games under their own flag.They are seeking to reclaim damages from the IOC following their “outlaw” from the international sports scene as their football federation is also suspended by FIFA and 15 other International Federations (IF).”It’s totally unacceptable that Kuwait is treated in this unfair way and barred from international sports activities without any appropriate probe being conducted,” the Information Minister told the Kuna, the official news agency of the Kuwaiti Government.”From the very beginning Kuwait did it its utmost to prevent the IOC suspension and showed a sincere desire to co-operate, but all to no avail.”We sent a UN-sponsored delegation to Geneva to explain to the sports body that the Kuwaiti government by no means intervenes in sports activities.”However, we were put in an embarrassing situation in the eyes of the international sports circles and looked as if we were outlaws.”Kuwaiti athletes’ hopes of representing their nation at Rio 2016 all-but ended last week when the rights of all sporting officials and athletes to take independent opinions and actions were curtailed following the passing of controversial new Statutes by the National Assembly.Under the new measures, the Public Sports Authority (PSA) gain the power to dissolve all sporting bodies including the KOC, as well as assuming control over all appointments and financial matters.Those who refuse to comply could face jail terms of between one and three years.The new Statutes, which have been described as threatening to human rights, were proposed by PSA head Sheikh Salman and were approved by 40 of the 46 members of the National Assembly.It effectively dismissed any chance of Kuwait’s suspension from the IOC being lifted before Rio 2016, with the Opening Ceremony scheduled for August 5.Sheikh Salman came under fierce criticism from opponents of the Statute amendments, with some claiming the nature of the proposals was “unconstitutional”.”There is only positive interference in the form of support and backing for the sports bodies meant to promote the Olympic movement,” added Sheikh Salman.”Looking ahead, we stress the need for a common stance and cooperation involving all concerned parties without excluding anybody. All of us have to put the higher interests of Kuwait above all other considerations, spare no effort to promote sports and bring back the youth to the international sports events.”The news will also prolong Kuwait’s period in the sporting wilderness as the Government still have the power to dissolve the country’s sports federations, including the KOC.This is all seemingly connected to a personal feud between Sheikh Salman and his cousin Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti IOC member who is also President of both the OCA and the Lausanne-based Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).”This case is now in the hands of the court and we look forward to the outcome with confidence,” an IOC spokesperson told insidethegames.insidethegames has contacted ANOC for comment.
Everton legend Andy Gray ruefully expects John Stones to join Chelsea before the close of the transfer window, and believes the young defender can immediately challenge for a first-team spot at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea have been chasing the 21-year-old defender all summer, and have so far had three big-money bids – with the most recent reportedly around £30million – rejected by the Merseyside outfit.Stones has kept his head down throughout the whole saga, continuing to take to the field for the Toffees amid the speculation.But reports emerged on Tuesday that the England international had finally submitted a transfer request, while the Blues are thought to be ‘confident’ of landing him with an increased offer of £40million – which would make Stones the second most expensive defender in history.Former Toffees striker Gray is keen for Stones to remain at Goodison Park, but concedes the opportunity to join the Premier League champions is too good to turn down.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Goodison Park hero said: “It’s tough. As an Evertonian, I obviously don’t want him to go, I’d rather he stayed at Everton for another couple of years.“But it’s really difficult for him. He’s been very quiet, he’s gone on and played, he’s done the right thing and gone about it really well.“But now with the transfer request, all that does is just tell everybody that he would like Everton to take the offer, if it’s acceptable, and he would like to move on.“Of course I would like him to stay, but I really do understand that the young lad has an opportunity to play for Chelsea.“But I don’t agree that he might spend the next two years on the bench, I don’t think that will happen. I think he’s good enough to force his way into that team sooner rather than later.“Even if he did spend a year learning about Chelsea, working with John Terry and Gary Cahill and making himself a better player and then coming into the team constantly next season – I can see him doing that.“I can’t see the deal not going through.“It’ll be a really big call from Everton if they turn down another bid, but I think Everton fans will have to get used to the fact that by next Tuesday, John Stones will be a Chelsea player.”