Stop the Secrecy


Contextly: Why Contextly is Fighting for An Open Internet

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 14:40 -- Eva Prkachin

Internet start-up Contextly founder Ryan Singel explains how allowing Internet Slow Lanes could harm innovation on the web, hurt the economy

Article by Ryan Singel for Contextly

Back before the iPhone app store and then Google’s Android app store, building software to run on mobile phones was a loser’s game. You had to get the permission from Verizon or AT&T, and then you might have to sign an exclusivity deal and share profits and be at their whim.

We couldn’t have done this without you

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 09:49 -- Eva Prkachin

A few years ago, we at OpenMedia began to realize that fighting against efforts to shut down the open Internet wasn’t enough - we needed to clearly articulate what we were fighting for.

And we needed to do this with you, our amazing pro-Internet supporters.

Since then, we’ve experimented with lots of different ways to crowdsource our plans, and create positive alternatives together. Our drag-and-drop free expression tool was the latest example, enabling us to work together to shape new rules for sharing and collaborating online in the 21st century.

New York Times: A Cable Merger Too Far

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 13:39 -- Eva Prkachin

NY Times Editorial: Comcast/Time-Warner Cable merger will concentrate too much power in hands of huge media conglomerates. Do you think decision-makers will let the merger pass?

Article by the editorial board for The New York Times

There are good reasons the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission should block Comcast’s $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. The merger will concentrate too much market power in the hands of one company, creating a telecommunications colossus the likes of which the country has not seen since 1984 when the government forced the breakup of the original AT&T telephone monopoly.

PC Advisor: Comcast and Time Warner rank dead last in satisfaction as merger looms

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:17 -- Eva Prkachin

Could the potential Time Warner/Comcast merger create America's least satisfied customers?

Article by Jared Newman for PC Advisor

Comcast and Time Warner Cable could become America's most loathed TV and Internet provider if they are allowed to merge, as customer satisfaction with both companies has plummeted.

In the latest survey by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (via DSL Reports), the two companies landed at the bottom of the list for both TV and Internet services.

Gizmodo: Big Telecom is spending big money on the Internet Slow Lane

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 14:46 -- Eva Prkachin

Over 100,000 people have spoken out against the Internet Slow Lane. Now, Big Telecom is running scared, and spending millions to lobby for their Slow Lane plan. Send decision-makers a clear message:

Article by Adam Clark Estes for Gismodo

Who's spending the most to win the hearts and minds of Congress in the war on net neutrality? Verizon and AT&T, of course. Followed by—guess who?—Comcast. In other words, the companies that stand to lose money if the internet remains free and open are trying to shut it down.

Ben Swann: A chat with David Christopher about FCC's new net neutrality proposal

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 15:30 -- Eva Prkachin

“It’s simply a matter of fairness at the end of the day. It’s a matter of freedom. Because if you’re sitting at home, you want your media content from an independent outlet, you should have the right to access that content on the same basis as you would any media from the big guys.” Our own David Christopher says it best.

Article by Ben Swann

David Christopher of appeared on Ben Swann’s radio program to talk about net neutrality and the widely debated issue of the future of unconstrained internet. New media, as opposed to traditional print and television media owned by large corporations, heavily relies on the internet to disseminate information. Much of new media is run by small, independent companies.

Slate: Yes, your Internet is getting funner

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 14:54 -- Eva Prkachin

Is this post loading slowly? Caught up in buffering limbo every time you try to stream your favourite shows? Here's why.

Article by David Auerbach for Slate

The ongoing battle over broadband network neutrality is confusing, and the stakes for consumers and businesses are high. What’s the worst that can happen if network neutrality doesn’t prevail? Yes, you will pay more for worse service, but just how bad will it get? To answer that complicated question, there’s one easy analogy available: the California energy crisis of 2000.

The Verge: The real battle for net neutrality just began

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 14:35 -- Eva Prkachin

Over 100,000 people spoke up, and lawmakers are listening. We now have a golden opportunity to enshrine the principles of the open Internet in law. Check this article out to see what's at stake.

Article by Adi Robertson for The Verge

The FCC has voted to accept Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal for a new net neutrality framework, kicking off a longer rule-making process that will conclude in the next several months. And while the new proposal has been amended from an earlier, more controversial text, it leaves open the question of internet "fast lanes," an issue that many see as fundamentally undermining net neutrality.

Big Telecom wanted to force your favourite websites into the slow lane. Here’s what the Internet had to say about that.

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 09:02 -- Josh Tabish

Yesterday morning U.S. FCC Chair Tom Wheeler announced that his agency voted in favor of a plan that could allow the creation of a slow lane on the Internet. This could force everyone except those with deep pockets (think: major conglomerates) into a second-tier of service that could slow their content to a crawl.

However, there is a silver lining in yesterday’s decision: Under huge pressure from millions of outraged citizens, Wheeler changed the FCC’s proposal from one that only considered the creation of an Internet slow lane, to one that also opens the door to a popular common sense alternative: a free and open online highway.

Unfortunately, there’s a long way to go to make that open online highway a reality, but we can get there. Although yesterday’s proposed rules have been approved by the FCC for consideration, they now have to endure up to 120 days of public scrutiny. So what does this mean for the Internet freedom movement?