This is a crucial moment for the Internet. In just 48 hours, changes at the U.S. FCC could slow many of your favourite websites to a crawl. Innovation on the net could be brought to a standstill. Fight back here: https://OpenMedia.org/SlowLane.
Wow! Our Say No to the Internet Slow Lane campaign is part of a viral response to save Net Neutrality! Make sure to sign on at http://OpenMedia.org/SlowLane and check out this awesome Reddit post on how you can get involved.
Article from Reddit
As you may have seen from all the recent discussion around Net Neutrality, we find ourselves at a critical crossroads for the continued development of an open Internet. This Thursday, the FCC will be unveiling their “Open Internet” proposal. If we all want to protect universal access to the communications networks that we all depend on to connect with ideas, information, and each other, then we must stand up for our rights to connect and communicate.
You’ve heard the story over and over again. A couple of college friends are sitting in their dorm rooms, messing around with some code, probably getting a bit tipsy. They come up with a great website or app idea, hack together a working version, drink a few more beers, and wake up the next morning a little groggy but with the next great online innovation happily blinking away on their screen.
All they need now is an Internet connection and a decent marketing strategy, and our college buddies are on their way to creating a billion dollar idea that could revolutionize the way that we use the Internet, the way we interact with each other, and who knows what else.
This bits-to-billions success story encapsulates everything that we love about the Internet, but it could become a thing of the past if U.S. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proceeds with proposed rule changes that could create an Internet Slow Lane that could cripple many of your favorite websites.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Protesters are fighting back to keep your Internet out of the slow lane. Video at 7:25.
Video by Democracy Now
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
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."