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Top U.S. Senator: TPP’s secrecy must end and the agreement must “reflect the need for a free and open Internet”

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:56 -- Eva Prkachin

This is an amazing development!

On April 30th, 2014, over 3.1 million citizens and over 50 organizations united in a historic campaign to Stop The Secrecy around the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Our campaign culminated in our biggest and brightest projection in Washington D.C. last night - check out the images here.

Then, the next day, one of the most powerful members of the United States Congress, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) spoke out during a crucial Senate Hearing to call for an end to the extreme secrecy around the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Please Share: We did it! Over 3.1 million spoke out!

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 09:25 -- Eva Prkachin

We did it - over 3,145,3813 spoke out against fast tracking the secretive TPP, sending the U.S. Congress a message they can't ignore. Thanks to all of our campaign partners - and thanks to you, our community, without whom none of this would be possible. Please LIKE and SHARE widely!

And, if you haven't spoken out yet, please sign on at https://StopTheSecrecy.net









Ars Technica: The FCC’s “fast lane” rule is awful for the Internet—just ask the FCC

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 17:02 -- Eva Prkachin

In 2010, the U.S. FCC thought ending net neutrality was a terrible idea. Now they're whistling a different tune.

Article by John Brodkin for Ars Technica

Why is pay-for-play not such a bad thing after all? An FCC official spoke with reporters on background today, meaning his comments can be paraphrased but not quoted directly. He said that the 2010 order didn't ban pay-for-priority access and that the negative news coverage of Wheeler's announcement is due to reporters misunderstanding the order.

New Yorker: goodbye, net neutrality; hello, net discrimination

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 16:08 -- Eva Prkachin

Proposed FCC net neutrality ruling "threatens to make the Internet ... unequal in a way that deeply threatens our long-term prosperity." Are you concerned about this possible rule change?

Article by Tim Wu for The New Yorker

In 2007, at a public forum at Coe College, in Iowa, Presidential candidate Barack Obama was asked about net neutrality. Specifically, “Would you make it a priority in your first year of office to reinstate net neutrality as the law of the land? And would you pledge to only appoint F.C.C. commissioners that support open Internet principles like net neutrality?”

Is the U.S. FCC really about to destroy the Open Internet?

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 16:28 -- Josh Tabish

It looks like there’s some bad news coming out out the United States.

Headlines across the country are suggesting that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, has announced new rules that could destroy the Open Internet. The rules will allow giant media conglomerates to buy faster access, leaving everyone else in the slow lane. If passed, these extreme proposals would mean there will be a “fast lane” for companies that can pay, and a “slow lane” for those who cannot.

The rules threaten to destroy the hallowed principle of Net Neutrality – one of the core founding principles of the Internet. As we’ve described elsewhere (see here or here), Net Neutrality basically means all Internet traffic should be treated equally, regardless of where it’s coming from.

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