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Medium: This is how you create change

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:43 -- Eva Prkachin

Why the sudden turn-around on the Internet slow lane debate in the U.S.? It's simple: Internet users spoke out.

Article by Susan Crawford for Medium

Five years ago, when the Obama administration was still wet behind the ears and hugely popular, the Obama Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a National Broadband Plan that talked a lot about the magic of spectrum but said almost nothing about competition policy. In particular, the plan did not recommend that the FCC use its authority under the 1996 Telecommunications Act to act like a regulator when dealing with the providers of high-speed Internet access. Nor did the plan mention net neutrality. The idea was, apparently, that focusing on net neutrality — then seen as a polarizing, touchy subject — would doom the success of the plan, which got a big roll-out, a major media push and a splashy new Web site.

Wired: Global Internet at stake in Net Neutrality fight

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 16:26 -- Eva Prkachin

Why we need to win the Internet slow lane battle.
Article by Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda

Does the United States act in accordance with the same principles that we advocate to others? The answer needs to be yes.

When it comes to the debate on network neutrality, the world watches what we do at home. That’s one reason that the President’s commitment to network neutrality is so important: In the struggle to protect a global, open, and free internet, we must also protect it at home.

The Register: Could we see universal Internet in the next decade?

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 16:38 -- Eva Prkachin

Could this idea help bring the world closer to universal Internet access?

Article by Simon Sharwood for the Register

WorldVu, an outfit that last year looked to have Google and Elon Musk backing its vision for a fleet of broadband-beaming low-earth orbit satellites, has scored backing from Virgin and Qualcomm.

BGR: Verizon's shareholders have had it with their anti-Net Neutrality fight

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 16:01 -- Eva Prkachin

Verizon's Internet slow lane gamble is starting to cost them.

Article by Brad Reed for BGR

Given how just about any net neutrality proposals have the potential to inhibitVerizon’s bottom line, you’d think that all the company’s shareholders would be 100% behind its efforts to fight them. However, you’d be wrong — Ars Technica reports that the Nathan Cummings Foundation and Trillium Asset Management LLC, both Verizon shareholders, are not pleased with how Verizon has been responding to the net neutrality controversy.

The Center for Public Integrity: Ridiculous road-blocks to municipally-run broadband networks

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 15:57 -- Eva Prkachin

Big Telecom is desperate to stop municipal fiber Internet

Article by Allan Holmes for the Center for Public Integrity

Janice Bowling, a 67-year-old grandmother and Republican state senator from rural Tennessee, thought it only made sense that the city of Tullahoma be able to offer its local high-speed Internet service to areas beyond the city limits.

NewRepublic: ESPN is fed up with cable

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 16:22 -- Eva Prkachin

More good news for cord cutters?

Article by David Dayen for NewRepublic

On New Year’s Day, ESPN’s broadcast of the inaugural college football playoffs drew the highest rating in the history of cable television, with 28.3 million viewers. Just four days later, the same network likely signaled cable television’s demise, by signing on to Dish Network’s new streaming Sling TV service. Customers will be able to access ESPN and 11 other channels (CNN and the Food Network, e.g.) over the Internet at a flat rate of $20 a month, without having to order cable or even sign a contract.

Bloomberg: Is Title II is coming to an Internet near you?

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 15:50 -- Eva Prkachin

FCC Chairman and former Telecom lobbyist Tom Wheeler announced today that upcoming open Internet rules will put an end to Big Telecom's Internet slow lane plan. Let's hope he means it – we'll be watching closely

Article by Lucas Shaw and Todd Shields for Bloomberg

The Federal Communications Commission’s proposal for open-Internet rules will align with a blueprint President Barack Obama offered last month for strong regulation to guarantee Web traffic is treated equally, the head of the agency said.

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