Stop the Secrecy


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.

Save the Internet: Montrose, Colorado takes a step closer to owning their own broadband, phone networks

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:41 -- Eva Prkachin

A small Colorado town is taking their digital future into their own hands.

Article by Jim Branscome for Save the Internet

Leaders of Montrose, Colo., a city of 19,000 on the Western Slope, think their economic future is tied to faster Internet connections.

The Verge: Should Time Warner and Comcast be allowed to merge?

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:58 -- Eva Prkachin

Experts are worried about how a potential Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger would affect broadband choice in the U.S. Do you think this merger will raise your monthly bill? Sound off in the comments

Article by Adi Robertson for The Verge

Comcast wants to own the internet — or, at least, the cables that carry it to most Americans’ homes. Yesterday, the company laid out its arguments for acquiring Time Warner Cable in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission. The merger, announced in February, would let Comcast take over markets that include, among other places, parts of New York, Texas, and Southern California. This would give Comcast a stranglehold on the US broadband market, but it’s not a sure thing yet. The Department of Justice and FCC must decide whether the merger poses a threat to competition for internet and cable services, and the Senate Judiciary Committee is questioning executives in a hearing today.

BGR: Google looking to shake up U.S. wireless market

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:18 -- Eva Prkachin

Will Google enter the wireless market in the U.S.?

Article by Zach Epstein for BGR

Call Google “evil” all you want — I personally love how “evil” Google is — but there is no other company on the planet that can shake things up and disrupt the status quo like Google. Armed with a massive advertising business and an uncanny ability to collect and utilize data in amazing ways, Google has time and time again shown us that it’s not afraid to roll the dice and bet big when it comes to breaking into new categories.

Ars Technica: Uncertain future for net neutrality, choice in U.S. telecom market

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:09 -- Eva Prkachin

A huge coalition is speaking out about U.S. telecom giant Comcast's attempt to gobble up Time-Warner Cable. Critics worry that net neutrality and choice may be lost if the deal goes through. If Comcast succeeds, over 40% of U.S. households will have no choice other than Comcast for their Internet service. What effect do you think this will have on already sky-high Internet bills? Sound off in the comments.

Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica

Comcast today filed a 175-page "public interest statement" with the Federal Communications Commission to explain why its proposed $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable will be good for consumers. The country's largest cable and broadband Internet provider is already meeting opposition in its quest to buy the second largest cable provider, however.

Ars Technica: In Tennessee, people are fighting back against restrictions on public broadband

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:42 -- Danielle Gannon

This is inspiring! Giant telecom conglomerates in the U.S. have been spending a fortune to push for extreme laws to prevent publicly-owned broadband providers from operating. Now, citizens in this southern state are fighting back.

Article By Jon Brodkin of Ars Technica