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Internet Slow Lane? Worst. Idea. Ever.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 11:52 -- Eva Prkachin

You’ve heard the story over and over again. A couple of college friends are sitting in their dorm rooms, messing around with some code, probably getting a bit tipsy. They come up with a great website or app idea, hack together a working version, drink a few more beers, and wake up the next morning a little groggy but with the next great online innovation happily blinking away on their screen.

All they need now is an Internet connection and a decent marketing strategy, and our college buddies are on their way to creating a billion dollar idea that could revolutionize the way that we use the Internet, the way we interact with each other, and who knows what else.

This bits-to-billions success story encapsulates everything that we love about the Internet, but it could become a thing of the past if U.S. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proceeds with proposed rule changes that could create an Internet Slow Lane that could cripple many of your favorite websites.

Vox: Everything you need to know about network neutrality

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 13:12 -- Eva Prkachin

Big rule changes in the U.S. threaten to put your Internet in the slow lane. Here's a great explanation of what is happening in the Net Neutrality battle, how it could affect you, and what you can do to shape the conversation.

Article by Timothy B. Lee for Vox

What is network neutrality?

Consumers generally connect to the internet one of two ways. They can subscribe to a residential broadband service from a company such as Time Warner Cable. Or they can subscribe to wireless internet access from companies such as Sprint.

Engadget: FCC's new net neutrality rules opposed by 100+ internet companies

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 15:50 -- Eva Prkachin

Proposed changes in the U.S. that could put your Internet use in the slow lane are creating a viral response.

Article by Richard Lawler for BGR

Despite FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's insistence that he is on the side of an open internet, the controversy over proposed net neutrality rules continues to expand. Resistance to the new rules is now coming from voices within the FCC and major internet companies including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Yahoo and more. The plan was for the five commissioners to vote on their approval next Thursday, but today one of them, Jessica Rosenworcel, called to push back that vote by a month (update: an FCC spokesman says the vote will go forward as scheduled).

The Verge: Huge coalition led by Amazon, Microsoft, and others take a stand against FCC on net neutrality

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 15:36 -- Eva Prkachin

Public outcry is starting to have a major impact in the fight against the FCC’s proposed Internet Slow Lane.

Article by T.C. Sottek for The Verge

A sizable coalition of technology companies has today taken a stand in favor of net neutrality in the form of a letter to the Federal Communications Commission. The group, led by giants including Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, and Yahoo, challenges a proposal the FCC is considering that threatens net neutrality.

AVC: The Fast Lane, The Slow Lane, and The No Lane

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 15:23 -- Eva Prkachin

Big, bad changes in the U.S. could put your Internet in the slow lane.

Article by AVC

Since its emergence as a commercial platform in the early 90s, the Internet has treated each bit equally as it makes its way over the “last mile” to your home or office. If you put up a web server and write a game that anyone could play, those bits will be treated equally with the bits coming from IBM’s web servers. There has been no fast lane or slow lane on the last mile of the commercial Internet. We have had a level playing field and that has resulted in an explosion of entrepreneurial innovation that has been very rewarding for entrepreneurs, investors, and society as a whole.

Daily Beast: We owe it to the future to save Net Neutrality

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:23 -- Eva Prkachin

The end of Net Neutrality wouldn't just mean slower video streaming online: it could mean the end of free innovation on the Internet

Article by Josua DuBois for the Daily Beast

Let's say a young, Black, male 6th grader made it all the way from his local elementary school on the far west side of Detroit to one of those really awesome science fairs the White House started putting on. He had invented a doodad that helped his elderly grandma in a nursing home down south more easily take 'selfies,' and share them with her family around the country. His school noticed, and the next thing you know, the kid's at the White House showing off this fascinating little invention.

The Guardian: Internet service providers charging for premium access hold us all to ransom

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:12 -- Eva Prkachin

"This is the worst internet policy news imaginable."

Article by Cory Doctorow for the Guardian

The Federal Communications Commission, America's telcoms regulator, has formulated a plan to allow internet service providers (ISPs) to charge companies for the right to "premium" access to its customers. This is the worst internet policy news imaginable. It should strike terror into the heart of anyone who cares about fairness, politics, the widening gap between the rich and the poor, fair trade, entrepreneurship, or innovation. The FCC now stands as the world's foremost symbol for "regulatory capture," and its chairman – a former cable executive lobbyist – is the poster child for an unhealthy relationship between industry and its regulators.

New York Times: F.C.C., in ‘Net Neutrality’ Turnaround, Plans to Allow Fast Lane

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:51 -- Eva Prkachin

In a drastic policy reversal, the FCC is proposing to quash net neutrality rules in the U.S. This ruling could spell the beginning of the end of the open Internet in the U.S., severely limiting access to content for everyday users and stifling innovation for startups and small businesses. What do you think of these proposed rule changes? Sound off in the comments.

Article by Edward Wyatt for The New York Times

Save the Internet: Montrose, Colorado takes a step closer to owning their own broadband, phone networks

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:41 -- Eva Prkachin

A small Colorado town is taking their digital future into their own hands.

Article by Jim Branscome for Save the Internet

Leaders of Montrose, Colo., a city of 19,000 on the Western Slope, think their economic future is tied to faster Internet connections.