Stop the Secrecy


How exactly does Bob Latta’s legislation keep the Internet ‘free and open’?

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:43 -- Josh Tabish

Over the past few weeks, the public outcry over the possibility of having our favorite websites forced into an Internet Slow Lane by the FCC’s new Internet rules has been nothing short of inspiring. The battle for a fair and open Internet has found new allies all over the place – and has given Internet freedom advocates everywhere hope that “net neutrality” is fast becoming a household issue.

Motherboard: Hundreds of Cities Are Wired With Fiber—But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unused

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 15:00 -- Eva Prkachin

Cable companies' back-door dealing is keeping cities from using their own super-fast fiber networks.

Article by Jason Koebler for Motherboard

In light of the ongoing net neutrality battle, many people have begun looking to Google and its promise of high-speed fiber as a potential saving grace from companies that want to create an "internet fast lane." Well, the fact is, even without Google, many communities and cities throughout the country are already wired with fiber—they just don't let their residents use it.

Contextly: Why Contextly is Fighting for An Open Internet

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 14:40 -- Eva Prkachin

Internet start-up Contextly founder Ryan Singel explains how allowing Internet Slow Lanes could harm innovation on the web, hurt the economy

Article by Ryan Singel for Contextly

Back before the iPhone app store and then Google’s Android app store, building software to run on mobile phones was a loser’s game. You had to get the permission from Verizon or AT&T, and then you might have to sign an exclusivity deal and share profits and be at their whim.

New York Times: A Cable Merger Too Far

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 13:39 -- Eva Prkachin

NY Times Editorial: Comcast/Time-Warner Cable merger will concentrate too much power in hands of huge media conglomerates. Do you think decision-makers will let the merger pass?

Article by the editorial board for The New York Times

There are good reasons the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission should block Comcast’s $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. The merger will concentrate too much market power in the hands of one company, creating a telecommunications colossus the likes of which the country has not seen since 1984 when the government forced the breakup of the original AT&T telephone monopoly.

Gizmodo: Big Telecom is spending big money on the Internet Slow Lane

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 14:46 -- Eva Prkachin

Over 100,000 people have spoken out against the Internet Slow Lane. Now, Big Telecom is running scared, and spending millions to lobby for their Slow Lane plan. Send decision-makers a clear message:

Article by Adam Clark Estes for Gismodo

Who's spending the most to win the hearts and minds of Congress in the war on net neutrality? Verizon and AT&T, of course. Followed by—guess who?—Comcast. In other words, the companies that stand to lose money if the internet remains free and open are trying to shut it down.

Ben Swann: A chat with David Christopher about FCC's new net neutrality proposal

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 15:30 -- Eva Prkachin

“It’s simply a matter of fairness at the end of the day. It’s a matter of freedom. Because if you’re sitting at home, you want your media content from an independent outlet, you should have the right to access that content on the same basis as you would any media from the big guys.” Our own David Christopher says it best.

Article by Ben Swann

David Christopher of appeared on Ben Swann’s radio program to talk about net neutrality and the widely debated issue of the future of unconstrained internet. New media, as opposed to traditional print and television media owned by large corporations, heavily relies on the internet to disseminate information. Much of new media is run by small, independent companies.

New York Times: European Court Lets Users Erase Records on Web

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 15:19 -- Eva Prkachin

A European court has decided that users have the right to erase old information about themselves from the Internet. What do you think about this ruling?

Article by David Streitfeld for The New York TImes

Europe’s highest court said on Tuesday that people had the right to influence what the world could learn about them through online searches, a ruling that rejected long-established notions about the free flow of information on the Internet.

Slate: Yes, your Internet is getting funner

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 14:54 -- Eva Prkachin

Is this post loading slowly? Caught up in buffering limbo every time you try to stream your favourite shows? Here's why.

Article by David Auerbach for Slate

The ongoing battle over broadband network neutrality is confusing, and the stakes for consumers and businesses are high. What’s the worst that can happen if network neutrality doesn’t prevail? Yes, you will pay more for worse service, but just how bad will it get? To answer that complicated question, there’s one easy analogy available: the California energy crisis of 2000.

The Verge: The real battle for net neutrality just began

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 14:35 -- Eva Prkachin

Over 100,000 people spoke up, and lawmakers are listening. We now have a golden opportunity to enshrine the principles of the open Internet in law. Check this article out to see what's at stake.

Article by Adi Robertson for The Verge

The FCC has voted to accept Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal for a new net neutrality framework, kicking off a longer rule-making process that will conclude in the next several months. And while the new proposal has been amended from an earlier, more controversial text, it leaves open the question of internet "fast lanes," an issue that many see as fundamentally undermining net neutrality.