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Together, we made President Obama speak out on the Internet slow lane

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:18 -- Eva Prkachin

It looks like we did it. After our meeting with senior White House officials two weeks ago, U.S. President Barack Obama has spoken out against Big Telecom’s Internet slow lane plan, and voiced support for the open Internet and real net neutrality.

This is a crucial development in the fight to safeguard the open Internet. Obama has the power to stop the slow lane plane, and we need to ensure he doesn't buckle under pressure from Big Telecom lobbyists.

ProPublica: There's something fishy about these blue mystery boxes

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 14:56 -- Eva Prkachin

What's up with these mysterious "Internet suggestion" boxes that are popping up in major U.S. cities?

Article by Robert Faturechi for ProPublica

On a recent Monday evening, two bearded young men in skinny jeans came to a parklet in San Francisco's trendy Hayes Valley neighborhood and mounted what looked like an art installation. It was a bright blue, oversized "suggestion box" for the Internet.

Here’s what happened when I went to the White House

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:29 -- Josh Tabish

When we heard we had been invited to meet with senior White House decision-makers about the future of the open Internet, we dropped everything to arrange flights, hotels, and everything else you need to deliver the voices of everyday Internet users to some of the most powerful decision-makers in the world.

We also announced the big news to our community as quickly as possible, and saw an outpouring of support that astounded us, and made our trip possible. Now, 4500 miles, four plane rides, and dozens of cups of coffee later, we have the pictures to prove that we took your voice straight to D.C.![1]

Ars Technica: Two FCC commissioners just changed the whole game

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 15:04 -- Eva Prkachin

You spoke out in record numbers to stop Big Telecom's slow lane plan. Now, that pressure is having a powerful effect, as FCC commissioners move to ban slow lanes and enshrine wireless net neutrality. Good job! Now read on.

Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica

FCC commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Mignon Clyburn yesterday called for stronger network neutrality rules than the ones fellow Democrat and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has thus far supported.

Ars Technica: AT&T + Verizon: Stop trying to make data caps happen

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:13 -- Eva Prkachin

AT&T and Verizon are hopping in the wayback machine on their definition of "broadband"

Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica

AT&T and Verizon have been fighting to preserve 4Mbps as the nation’s definition of “broadband,” saying the Federal Communications Commission should abandon plans to raise the minimum to 10Mbps.

OpenMedia takes your voices to the FCC in Sacramento

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 14:45 -- Eva Prkachin

OpenMedia partnered with Big Telecom -vs- The World allies at RootsAction, Credo, and DailyKos today to deliver over 400,000 petition signatures and comments against the Internet slow lane to decision-makers. This would never have happened without our community’s relentless pressure and generous support.

The petition delivery took place in Sacramento, California, at an official forum organized by Congresswoman Doris Matsui, known for her outspoken defense of Net Neutrality. Rep. Matsui’s forum was attended by FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel.

Big Telecom releases its army of lobbyists

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:45 -- Chris Malmo

Important news from Washington, D.C.: OpenMedia has learned that Big Telecom lobbyists are “sweeping the halls of Congress”, intimidating elected representatives into supporting their Internet Slow Lane plan.

As our expert contact Marvin Ammori hilariously writes, “It's the part of the saga when the Jedi are slaughtered, when Walder Frey massacres the Starks, when the Ministry of Magic falls and the Weasley children die, when the Red Coats round up innocents and burn their homes and take their children. That kind of thing. Just masses and masses of enemies on the move and destroying everything in their path.”

Despite his allusions to some of our favourite stories, this threat is very real and very serious.

Slate: President Obama needs to lead on Net Neutrality

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 15:57 -- Eva Prkachin

The FCC received 3 million comments about the Internet Slow Lane. Here's why they need 3 million and one.

Article by Marvin Ammori for Slate

The FCC has received more than 3 million comments on Commissioner Tom Wheeler’s controversial plan to rethink net neutrality. If the last couple of million comments are anything like the first 1.1 million, 99 percent of commenters were strongly in favor of protecting net neutrality. They include startups, small businesses, artists, and small- and medium-size broadband providers, among many others.

Fight for the Future: The FCC won't be able to ignore this

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:35 -- Eva Prkachin

Our friends at Fight for the Future parked a huge truck with a video billboard on top to fight the Internet slow lane. Check it out, and don't forget to speak out for Net Neutrality at https://BigTelecomVsTheWorld.org

Article by Fight for the Future

This just in! We’ve teamed up with our friends at domain registrar Namecheap to bring the overwhelming public outcry for real net neutrality protections directly to the agency’s doorstep.

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