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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.”

TechCrunch: Obama comes out against the Internet slow lane

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 16:23 -- Eva Prkachin

"You want to leave it open so the next Google and the next Facebook can succeed." Strong words against the Internet slow lane from U.S. President Barack Obama. Show your support for Net Neutrality at https://OpenMedia.org/SlowLane

Article by Alex Wilhelm for TechCrunch

President Barack Obama spoke in favor of net neutrality this week, pushing back against the idea of paid prioritization, which many call Internet “fast lanes.” Following the president’s comments, a number of technology companies joined cultural and privacy groups in praising the American leader.

Washington Post: Obama comes out against Internet Slow Lanes

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 15:05 -- Eva Prkachin

Our efforts to prevent the Internet slow lane are having a powerful effect, as support to save net neutrality is emerging from the highest levels of power in the U.S. Do you think the FCC will listen?

Article by Brian Fung for the Washington Post

The last time President Obama weighed in on net neutrality, it was to offer a vague, tepid response — claiming to support the idea without really defining how he understood it. It was a big contrast from what he'd previously said on the campaign trail in 2008.

What is it about Big Telecom’s Internet slow lane that really grinds your gears?

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 10:32 -- Eva Prkachin

Here's the thing: we know this proposed “Internet slow lane” being pushed by Big Telecom conglomerates is a nightmare, but we know from experience that the best campaign ideas come from you. So we want you to tell us what it is about Big Telecom's slow lane that drives you nuts. Do you think you can help us?

Oh – and your input doesn’t have to be long. It could be one word, or even just one sentence!

You see, we can think of a million reasons why it’s bad: it’s threatens to kill innovation, it will impact how well you can access your favorite websites, and it will affect Internet users everywhere. And, what’s worse: this fight is increasingly going to play out in countries around the world – the current case in the U.S. is just the beginning. We already see Net Neutrality emerging as a hot issue in the European Union, and Mexico, to name a couple.

The Boston Globe: 5 principles for saving the Internet

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 16:31 -- Eva Prkachin

The top 5 pillars of the Open Internet, all of which are under threat from cable companies trying to build the Internet slow lane. Help us protect these pillars at https://OpenMedia.org/SlowLane

Article by Andrew Lippman for the Boston Globe

In the past few months, the open Internet has been everywhere from Comedy Central to the Harvard Law Review. Why? Because the US government is at a crossroads in deciding how Americans will access it. The FCC solicited comments from the public, and more than 1 million people responded. But getting this one right doesn’t have to be complicated.

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