As you may have heard, Big Telecom conglomerates want to slow down your Internet and make online services more expensive. But so far, "Net Neutrality" rules in several countries have banned their interference.The U.S., Canada, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, and the Netherlands are among those countries that have passed rules to prevent telecom giants from selectively slowing down web services or making them more expensive.
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.”
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.
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...
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?
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 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.
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.
Hi! I'm Alexa, OpenMedia's new Managing Director - great to meet you! I took a break from the behind the scenes work to share why I’m here. Summer days are perfect for chilling out, reconnecting with friends and family, and reflecting on what in our lives matters most. What matters to me is that my work contributes to building a more just and collaborative world for my kids. I care deeply about OpenMedia’s work to safeguard the possibilities of the open Internet. It’s an essential tool that creates transformative change. This is reason #1 for accepting my job at OpenMedia.
It’s one thing to say one cares about democracy and collaboration. It’s another thing to put these values into practice. I saw in OpenMedia an organization consciously and deliberately putting their values of participatory democracy and transparency into practice. This is why we use our Community Survey to shape our future work and also why we ask, “why are you inspired by the possibilities of an open Internet?”
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.