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Big Telecom wanted to force your favourite websites into the slow lane. Here’s what the Internet had to say about that.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 09:02 -- Josh Tabish

Yesterday morning U.S. FCC Chair Tom Wheeler announced that his agency voted in favor of a plan that could allow the creation of a slow lane on the Internet. This could force everyone except those with deep pockets (think: major conglomerates) into a second-tier of service that could slow their content to a crawl.

However, there is a silver lining in yesterday’s decision: Under huge pressure from millions of outraged citizens, Wheeler changed the FCC’s proposal from one that only considered the creation of an Internet slow lane, to one that also opens the door to a popular common sense alternative: a free and open online highway.

Unfortunately, there’s a long way to go to make that open online highway a reality, but we can get there. Although yesterday’s proposed rules have been approved by the FCC for consideration, they now have to endure up to 120 days of public scrutiny. So what does this mean for the Internet freedom movement?

EFF: Prepare to Take Action to Defend Net Neutrality. Here’s How the FCC Makes Its Rules.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 15:43 -- Eva Prkachin

Speaking out against the Internet Slow Lane is having a powerful effect, as the FCC is set to reconsider rule changes that could destroy Net Neutrality. Want to take the next step? Check out this piece by our friends at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. And, if you haven't already, help stop the Internet Slow lane at http://OpenMedia.org/SlowLane

Article by April Glaser for EFF

It’s been hard to go a day without hearing news about the Chairman of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, and his highly contested plan for the future of network neutrality. Google and Netflix signed a letter with nearly 150 other Internet companies calling on the FCC to reconsider its plan, which would purportedly bless the creation of “Internet fast lanes.” Over a million people across the country have spoken out against that idea, worried that a “pay to play” Internet will be less hospitable to competition, innovation, and expression.

BGR: Comcast and other ISPs threaten to hold the Internet hostage

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 14:07 -- Eva Prkachin

Giant U.S. cable companies are throwing a hissy fit over the possibility that the FCC might prevent them from creating Internet Slow Lanes.

Article by Brad Reed for BGR

It was all going so, so well for American ISPs. Not only did they have a former cable lobbyist as head of the Federal Communications Commission, but he was even planning to push through a new proposal that would have given them the power to create separate Internet fast lanes where they could charge more to Internet companies to ensure their traffic got delivered faster. And to top it all off, many of them were planning to engage in a huge wave of mergers that would give them even more power over the broadband and/or pay TV markets, from Comcast-Time Warner Cable to Sprint-T-Mobile to AT&T-DirecTV.

The Nation: It's Not Complicated: To Maintain a Truly Free and Open Internet, Maintain True Net Neutrality

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 13:29 -- Eva Prkachin

Citizens, tech companies, major decision-makers, and innovators agree: save the open Internet, don't let cable companies build Internet slow lanes. Speak out at https://OpenMedia.org/SlowLane and share this great piece by our partners at The Nation with all of your friends.

Article by John Nichols for The Nation

Federal Communications Commission chair Tom Wheeler created a firestorm when he proposed to establish an Internet fast lane that would favor free-spending corporations and special-interest groups, while discriminating against those who cannot pay to play. Wheeler’s assault on Net Neutrality, the first amendment of the Internet, has been met with determined opposition from a broad range of Americans who want to maintain honest competition and a democratic discourse in the digital era.

Reddit Blog: How YOU can stop Internet Slow Lanes

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 13:06 -- Eva Prkachin

Wow! Our Say No to the Internet Slow Lane campaign is part of a viral response to save Net Neutrality! Make sure to sign on at http://OpenMedia.org/SlowLane and check out this awesome Reddit post on how you can get involved.

Article from Reddit

As you may have seen from all the recent discussion around Net Neutrality, we find ourselves at a critical crossroads for the continued development of an open Internet. This Thursday, the FCC will be unveiling their “Open Internet” proposal. If we all want to protect universal access to the communications networks that we all depend on to connect with ideas, information, and each other, then we must stand up for our rights to connect and communicate.

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