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Tech Crunch: Practically no-one wants Internet slow lanes

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:46 -- Eva Prkachin

Internet users are overwhelmingly against allowing Big Telecom to create slow lanes online. Get ready for a huge battle to save net neutrality, and stay tuned to this page to find out what's going on.

Article by Alex Wilhelm for Tech Crunch

A newly released study executed by the Sunlight Foundation of hundreds of thousands of comments submitted to the FCC by the public found that the vast majority spoke in favor of net neutrality. The group estimates that “less than 1 percent of comments were clearly opposed to net neutrality.”

Democracy Now: A preview of the Internet slow lane is coming soon

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:47 -- Eva Prkachin

Have you wondered what the Internet might be like if Big Cable is allowed to force traffic into slow lanes? Amy Goodman spells it out, and it ain't pretty. Speak out now at https://OpenMedia.org/SlowLane

Article by Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan for Democracy Now

Next Wednesday, Sept. 10, if your favorite website seems to load slowly, take a closer look: You might be experiencing the Battle for the Net’s “Internet Slowdown,” a global day of grassroots action. Protesters won’t actually slow the Internet down, but will place on their websites animated “Loading” graphics (which organizers call “the proverbial ‘spinning wheel of death’”) to symbolize what the Internet might soon look like. As that wheel spins, the rules about how the internet works are being redrawn. Large Internet service providers, or ISPs, like Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T and Verizon are trying to change the rules that govern your online life.

Hub Communications: Australia to FCC regulators: don't break the Internet

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:09 -- Eva Prkachin

Australia's Internet could change for the worse if the FCC quashes Net Neutrality.

Article by Glen Neil for Hub Communications

Here at HCD we aim to keep our clients well informed on all subjects that relate to the digital space. The Net Neutrality debate may not be the sexiest topic on our radar, but as it has the potential to change the way we use the Internet, we thought it was worth passing on the following information...

The Inquirer: The global Internet will suffer if net neutrality falls

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 13:49 -- Eva Prkachin

Think that the Internet slow lane will only affect Internet users in America? Think again.

Article by Chris Merriman for the Inquirer

Last Thursday the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted by a three to two margin to move forward with chairman Tom Wheeler's proposals to gut net neutrality rules in the USA. But what exactly does that mean? And why should we, on a small island 3,000 miles away, care anyway?

Daily Dot: The spinning wheel of death that threatens the entire Internet

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 14:50 -- Eva Prkachin

Have you been worried about what the Internet slow lane will do to your favourite websites? A new action from a global coalition of Internet activists will show you just how bad it could get.

Article by Eric Geller for the Daily Dot

The realities of an Internet without net neutrality are about to become a bit more obvious.

The Hill: World to the U.S.: Please don't ruin the Internet

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 16:54 -- Eva Prkachin

The stage is set for a global showdown against Internet slow lanes. Here's why you can't afford to keep quiet.

Article by Danielle Kehl for the Hill

At the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting in Istanbul next week, a multi-stakeholder group of representatives from around the world will gather to discuss the most pressing Internet policy issues of the day. Net neutrality will be high on the agenda, with one of the plenary sessions devoted to developing a common understanding of the issue. From a continent away, the conversation will invariably turn to what's happening here in the U.S. at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and how it impacts the global policy conversation.

Save the Internet, Save the World: The Defining Battle for Net Neutrality

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:52 -- Eva Prkachin

Guest blog by OpenMedia community member Cynthia Khoo

The world needs a hero, and that hero is you.

Our worldwide web is currently dangling above an alligator-filled moat, tied to the train tracks, strapped to a live bomb (tick-tock), and rapidly headed towards gory destruction at the end of a Comcast/Bell/ [insert-your-country's-biggest-telco-name-here]-branded conveyor belt. Time of death: 12:00am. Cause of death: Big Telecom, aggressive lobbying, money and power imbalances, and a misguided FCC net neutrality decision that ignores over 1.1 million comments and counting from everyday Internet users like you.

Consumers Union: 65 groups to FCC: Stop TWC/Comcast merger

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 14:21 -- Eva Prkachin

Comcast and Time Warner Cable want to merge - giving the new company a virtual monopoly over the U.S. cable & Internet market. Those Comcast customer service nightmares you've been hearing so much about? Expect them to get a lot worse. That's why these 65 groups are coming together to tell the FCC to prevent Time Warner Cable and Comcast from merging.

Article by Consumers Union

Sixty-five organizations representing consumers, content producers, and social justice and democracy-reform advocates called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today to reject the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The FCC is currently reviewing the deal to determine whether it serves the public interest.

Motherboard: Municipal broadband networks given a fighting chance

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:56 -- Eva Prkachin

Citizens were outraged that Big Telecom has been trying to force states to enact laws preventing municipalities from building their own broadband networks. Now, the FCC and some members of Congress are starting to listen, and are looking into ways to preempt laws banning high-speed municipal networks. What do you think of this development?

Article by Sam Gustin for Motherboard

It's been called "the next big fight" in telecom policy: the battle over whether the Federal Communications Commission should preempt state laws that ban or discourage local communities from building their own high-speed broadband Internet networks.

Wired: Don't let cable companies destroy everything great about the Internet

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:46 -- Eva Prkachin

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has a few words to say about how Internet slow lanes could harm the future of the Internet. If you're as worried as we are, speak up now at https://OpenMedia.org/SlowLane

Article by Reed Hastings for Wired

The Internet has already changed how we live and work, and we're only just getting started. Who'd have thought even five years ago that people would be streaming Ultra HD 4K video over their home Internet connections?

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