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Washington Post: 7 Colorado communities to Big Telecom: It's cool, we got this

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 16:38 -- Eva Prkachin

Big Telecom have been doing their darndest to prevent communities from building their own super high-speed Internet services, but you just can't stop grassroots Internet users.

Article by Nancy Scola for the Washington Post

Voters in seven cities and counties in Colorado voted Tuesday to free their local governments to offer Internet service.

Is the FCC about to betray 5+ million people?

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 16:24 -- Josh Tabish

We’ve just learned that U.S. FCC Chair Tom Wheeler is considering a plan that could fall far short of what 5+ million of you have spoken out for: strong, enforceable rules that ban slow lanes on the Internet.1

With an official plan coming from the FCC as early as November 20th, we must act fast to prepare our next steps. We’ve got a rapid-response campaign in the works, but we will need help to make it as loud as possible.

What happens in the U.S. will be seen as an example for other countries worldwide. It’s crucial that we win this fight--if not, Internet slow lanes could quickly expand across the globe.

The Verge: Check out "Off the Grid"

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 14:32 -- Eva Prkachin

This video game uses intuitive learning to teach players about how online information really functions on the Internet - from enhancing our understanding to undermining our privacy.

Article by Andrew Webster for the Verge

In 2011, Rich Metson was a metal worker who was just starting to dabble in the world of coding and open source software. This newfound interest led him to a conference put on by the Internet Society, and in between dry discussions of internet protocols and domain names, he stumbled on a talk by Columbia University professor Eben Moglen. That moment was the first time Metson truly understood the implications of net neutrality and data privacy. He describes the talk as "a rallying cry." And coupled with ongoing events like the Arab Spring uprising, it had a profound influence on him.

Critical Thought: Net Neutrality will save the Internet

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:23 -- Eva Prkachin

Big Telecom wants to build an Internet slow lane to squeeze more money out of Internet users. That's bad enough. But there's a much more troubling consequence of restricting Internet traffic, and it threatens to undermine the free flow of knowledge and information that makes the Internet great.

Article by Bob Castleman for Critical Thought

Net Neutrality is often argued in terms of tiered services, equal access, bandwidth throttling, innovation by start ups and other issues related to the mechanics and economics of the Internet. But beneath this raucous fray lies a more dangerous and less talked about issue - that being the control of information in general. How is it that we receive our information and how is it that we decide its value? Through how many filters has the “real story” been passed before it arrives on our devices? What is the difference between The Arab Spring and The Great Firewall of China if not free versus restricted flow of information?

BGR: Cord-cutting is reshaping the cable industry

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 14:15 -- Eva Prkachin

Will giant cable companies ever catch up with cord-cutting?

Article by Brad Reed for BGR

Big providers like Comcast and Time Warner Cable may want to cling to the past but it looks like smaller cable providers seem to know that cord cutting is actually the future. The Wall Street Journal reports that smaller cable providers are increasingly placing more emphasis on their broadband offerings and less on TV packages as consumers have shown that they would much rather have a faster Internet service than hundreds of channels they never watch.

Motherboard: These towns and cities are taking the Internet into their own hands

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:25 -- Eva Prkachin

What do you do when Big Telecom keeps skipping your city over for crucial infrastructure upgrades?

Article by Jason Koebler for Motherboard

More than two dozen cities in 19 states announced today that they're sick of big telecom skipping them over for internet infrastructure upgrades and would like to build gigabit fiber networks themselves and help other cities follow their lead.

We’re taking your voice straight to an FCC Commissioner who could stop the Internet slow lane

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 15:49 -- Josh Tabish

We just found out we have a rare and unique opportunity to take your voice straight to decision-makers who have the power to stop Big Telecom’s Internet slow lane plan.

Our Founder and Executive Director, Steve Anderson, will be holding a one-on-one meeting with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn at an international conference taking place in Ottawa next week. And want to know what you would like us to say to her.

Engadget: Obama speaks out against tiered Internet service

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 16:21 -- Eva Prkachin

Don't let anyone tell you speaking out online doesn't work. Hundreds of thousands of people took a stand against the Internet slow lane. We sent our own Josh Tabish to the White House. Now, look who's talking about creating strong net neutrality laws.

Article by Terrence O'Brien for Engadget

President Obama found a place in the heart of many techies during his first campaign thanks to his staunch support of net neutrality. Six years later the debate still rages on, but Obama's position hasn't changed. During a Q&A in California on Thursday the President reiterated his support for the principle saying:

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