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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?

DSLReports.com: Infographic - the Internet speaks up for Net Neutrality

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:55 -- Eva Prkachin

Check out this amazing visualization of all 1.1 million comments made to the FCC about Internet Slow Lanes.

Article by Karl Bode for DSLReports.com

As noted recently, the FCC decided to dump all of the comments they received on net neutrality out in the open in the form of six XML files, allowing analysis of what people and companies were thinking on the issue. Initial dissection of that data was largely superficial, with stories exploring things like the fact that people sure like to say the f-bomb a lot.

Reuters: Wondered why your "unlimited" data plan was so slow?

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 15:18 -- Eva Prkachin

Apparently "unlimited" data means something completely different to Big Telecom than it does to their customers

Article by Alina Selyukh and Marina Lopes for Reuters

The top U.S. communications regulator on Friday said he is asking all large U.S. wireless carriers to explain how they decide when to slow download speeds for some customers, after questioning Verizon Wireless about such a plan.

New York Times: President Obama: No Internet Fast Lanes

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 14:54 -- Eva Prkachin

New York Times Editorial: President Obama, say no to Internet Slow Lanes

Article by the editorial board for the New York Times

The Federal Communications Commission, which could soon allow phone and cable companies to block or interfere with Internet content, has been deluged with more than a million comments. Last week, President Obama offered some thoughts of his own by saying that the Internet should be left open “so that the next Google or the next Facebook can succeed.”

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