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Tech Times: U.S. mayors urge FCC to maintain net neutrality, no to fast lanes

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:35 -- Eva Prkachin

Could this be the future of locally-owned Internet services?

Article by Nicole Arce for Tech Times

U.S. mayors led by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee adopted a resolution in support of net neutrality and called on White House and Congress to urge the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to exercise its power in preventing Internet service providers from giving preferential treatment to affluent websites.

Huffington Post: The U.S. Government Is Investigating Why Your Netflix Is So Slow

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 14:59 -- Eva Prkachin

It turns out the U.S. FCC gets just as annoyed as you do when poor streaming quality thwarts your binge watching the new Orange is the New Black season. But will they do something about it?

Article by Gerry Smith for The Huffington Post

If your "Orange is the New Black" binge marathon has been interrupted by buffering and you wondered who to blame, the Federal Communications Commission is now trying to answer your question.

Washington Post: Democrats unveil legislation forcing the FCC to ban Internet fast lanes

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 15:07 -- Eva Prkachin

The fight against Internet Slow Lanes is heating up in the U.S. Do you think the FCC will do the right thing?

Article by Brian Fung for The Washington Post

Democratic lawmakers will unveil a piece of bicameral legislation Tuesday that would force the Federal Communications Commission to ban fast lanes on the Internet.

Video: OpenMedia represents citizen voices in a live Google Hangout on the FCC’s Internet Slow Lane plan

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:20 -- Josh Tabish

Last week, we let you know that our own Campaigns Coordinator, Josh Tabish, would be appearing in a Live Google Hangout organized by Net2 Northern Michigan, to talk about the FCC’s proposed rules to establish slow lanes on the Internet, alongside panelists from other Net2 chapters around North America.

Huffington Post: Reddit Co-Founder: Call The Government And Defend Net Neutrality

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:26 -- Eva Prkachin

Want to push the battle against Internet slow lanes forward? Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian explains how.

Article by Emily Tess Katz for The Huffington Post

People have been ranting about net neutrality on Reddit for years. Now, the co-founder of the "front page of the Internet" wants Redditors to take their complaints one step further by calling the Federal Communications Commission itself.

Motherboard: This Rural Community Is Building Its Own Gigabit Internet Network

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:12 -- Eva Prkachin

Think gigabit fiber Internet can only work in large cities? Think again.

Article by Victoria Turk for Motherboard

Across a muddy field in what looks like it could be Hobbiton, but is actually the UK county of Lancashire, two small diggers excavate a trench about half a metre deep, roughly following the line of a dry stone wall. A group of locals watch eagerly, mindful not to trip over an orange cable lying nearby in the grass. This thin wire is going to bring them something they’ve lived without for a long time; something even the majority of city-dwellers don’t have: hyperfast fibre optic broadband.

Join us for the Net2NMI Google Hangout on the FCC’s Internet Slow Lane proposal - June 14 at 12pm ET / 11am CT / 9am PT

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:01 -- Josh Tabish

If you value the Internet, it's time to speak out - or risk being forced into an Internet slow lane.

On Saturday June 14 at Noon ET (11am CT / 9am PT), Net2 Northern Michigan invites you to join an online round-table discussion to learn how to submit comments on the Federal Communication Commission’s proposed Internet rules, and what a potential loss of net neutrality could mean for you. Net2 has chapters around North America that create local-meetups for change makers in the technology and non-profit world.

Whether you work in the business, education, nonprofit, or government sectors, or just use the Internet for personal communication, then you need to be aware of the full implications of what the FCC is proposing.

How exactly does Bob Latta’s legislation keep the Internet ‘free and open’?

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:43 -- Josh Tabish

Over the past few weeks, the public outcry over the possibility of having our favorite websites forced into an Internet Slow Lane by the FCC’s new Internet rules has been nothing short of inspiring. The battle for a fair and open Internet has found new allies all over the place – and has given Internet freedom advocates everywhere hope that “net neutrality” is fast becoming a household issue.

Motherboard: Hundreds of Cities Are Wired With Fiber—But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unused

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 15:00 -- Eva Prkachin

Cable companies' back-door dealing is keeping cities from using their own super-fast fiber networks.

Article by Jason Koebler for Motherboard

In light of the ongoing net neutrality battle, many people have begun looking to Google and its promise of high-speed fiber as a potential saving grace from companies that want to create an "internet fast lane." Well, the fact is, even without Google, many communities and cities throughout the country are already wired with fiber—they just don't let their residents use it.