Stop the Secrecy


Vox: Everything you need to know about network neutrality

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 13:12 -- Eva Prkachin

Big rule changes in the U.S. threaten to put your Internet in the slow lane. Here's a great explanation of what is happening in the Net Neutrality battle, how it could affect you, and what you can do to shape the conversation.

Article by Timothy B. Lee for Vox

What is network neutrality?

Consumers generally connect to the internet one of two ways. They can subscribe to a residential broadband service from a company such as Time Warner Cable. Or they can subscribe to wireless internet access from companies such as Sprint.

Engadget: FCC's new net neutrality rules opposed by 100+ internet companies

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 15:50 -- Eva Prkachin

Proposed changes in the U.S. that could put your Internet use in the slow lane are creating a viral response.

Article by Richard Lawler for BGR

Despite FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's insistence that he is on the side of an open internet, the controversy over proposed net neutrality rules continues to expand. Resistance to the new rules is now coming from voices within the FCC and major internet companies including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Yahoo and more. The plan was for the five commissioners to vote on their approval next Thursday, but today one of them, Jessica Rosenworcel, called to push back that vote by a month (update: an FCC spokesman says the vote will go forward as scheduled).

The Verge: Huge coalition led by Amazon, Microsoft, and others take a stand against FCC on net neutrality

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 15:36 -- Eva Prkachin

Public outcry is starting to have a major impact in the fight against the FCC’s proposed Internet Slow Lane.

Article by T.C. Sottek for The Verge

A sizable coalition of technology companies has today taken a stand in favor of net neutrality in the form of a letter to the Federal Communications Commission. The group, led by giants including Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, and Yahoo, challenges a proposal the FCC is considering that threatens net neutrality.

AVC: The Fast Lane, The Slow Lane, and The No Lane

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 15:23 -- Eva Prkachin

Big, bad changes in the U.S. could put your Internet in the slow lane.

Article by AVC

Since its emergence as a commercial platform in the early 90s, the Internet has treated each bit equally as it makes its way over the “last mile” to your home or office. If you put up a web server and write a game that anyone could play, those bits will be treated equally with the bits coming from IBM’s web servers. There has been no fast lane or slow lane on the last mile of the commercial Internet. We have had a level playing field and that has resulted in an explosion of entrepreneurial innovation that has been very rewarding for entrepreneurs, investors, and society as a whole.

BGR: The FCC’s new net neutrality proposal is already ruining the Internet

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 14:02 -- Eva Prkachin

Could the FCC's proposed slow lane make the Internet less innovative?

Article by Zach Epstein for BGR

It may seem melodramatic to say that the future of the Internet in the United States was put in jeopardy earlier this year when a U.S. Appeals court killed net neutrality. Unfortunately, it is not melodramatic at all.

Net neutrality rules had been put in place to ensure that Internet service providers and

Ars Technica: FCC commissioner says FCC “invented” new authority to regulate Internet

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 12:19 -- Eva Prkachin

Should the FCC have the ability to safeguard the open Internet? See why prominent members of the commission can't seem to agree on this simple point

Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica

The FCC's Michael O’Rielly, one of two Republican commissioners since being sworn into office last November, today warned against the commission using what he called "newly invented authority to regulate the Internet."

Daily Beast: We owe it to the future to save Net Neutrality

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:23 -- Eva Prkachin

The end of Net Neutrality wouldn't just mean slower video streaming online: it could mean the end of free innovation on the Internet

Article by Josua DuBois for the Daily Beast

Let's say a young, Black, male 6th grader made it all the way from his local elementary school on the far west side of Detroit to one of those really awesome science fairs the White House started putting on. He had invented a doodad that helped his elderly grandma in a nursing home down south more easily take 'selfies,' and share them with her family around the country. His school noticed, and the next thing you know, the kid's at the White House showing off this fascinating little invention.

The Guardian: Internet service providers charging for premium access hold us all to ransom

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:12 -- Eva Prkachin

"This is the worst internet policy news imaginable."

Article by Cory Doctorow for the Guardian

The Federal Communications Commission, America's telcoms regulator, has formulated a plan to allow internet service providers (ISPs) to charge companies for the right to "premium" access to its customers. This is the worst internet policy news imaginable. It should strike terror into the heart of anyone who cares about fairness, politics, the widening gap between the rich and the poor, fair trade, entrepreneurship, or innovation. The FCC now stands as the world's foremost symbol for "regulatory capture," and its chairman – a former cable executive lobbyist – is the poster child for an unhealthy relationship between industry and its regulators.