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Reddit is crowd-sourcing ways to push back against the Internet slow lane. You should join them.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 15:44 -- Eva Prkachin

Good news everyone! Our friends at reddit are crowd-sourcing a formal submission to the U.S. FCC about proposed rules that could force businesses and users everywhere into an Internet slow lane. As many of you already know, U.S. Big Telecom companies have been aggressively pushing a set of rules that would force everyone except those with deep, deep pockets (think: major media conglomerates) into a second-tier of service that could slow their content to a crawl.

At the heart of the debate is the status of “net neutrality” – arguably the founding principle of the Internet, and a key component to innovation online. Those familiar with reddit (AKA: “the front page of the Internet”) will be unsurprised that the company has come out strongly in support of the open Internet and authentic net neutrality.

While there are many reasons to be concerned about the future of net neutrality, we think reddit sums it pretty well:

The TPP Internet Censorship Circus is in town and it’s more secretive than ever

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 15:17 -- Eva Prkachin

The bureaucrats and industry lobbyists negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership have gone to great lengths to keep their plans a secret before, but this takes the cake. After scheduling the next round of bargaining for Vancouver, negotiators quietly made a last minute switch to Ottawa with only a week to go before the round began.

The TPP is an international agreement involving Canada and 11 other countries, involving 40% of the global economy, that threatens to censor free expression online amongst other concerns spanning environmental protections, jobs, public health, and even our democratic rights.

Throughout this week in Ottawa, negotiators worked to ink a binding international agreement behind closed doors, which experts say could block web content, invade your privacy, and make your Internet more expensive.

EFF: We Join Dozens of Organizations and Businesses to Protest TPP Copyright Proposals

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:54 -- Eva Prkachin

Internet start-ups, educators, tech firms, and advocacy groups are fighting back against the TPP's proposed Internet censorship plan. Check out how the fight is going and add your voice at https://openmedia.org/FaceToFace

Article by Jeremy Malcolm and Maira Sutton for EFF

Today, EFF and its partners in the global Our Fair Deal coalition join together with an even more diverse international network of creators, innovators, start-ups, educators, libraries, archives and users to release two new open letters to negotiators of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Huffington Post: What the Top-Secret TPP Talks Mean for the Future of the Internet and Democracy

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:02 -- Eva Prkachin

The Internet thrives on the ability for users to share and adapt content freely, without fear of unreasonable reprisal. TPP negotiators want to take that power away, and replace it with restrictive laws that would force ISPs to heavily police their users. Help us fight TPP censorship and secrecy by speaking out at https://OpenMedia.org/FaceToFace

Article by Maira Sutton for the Huffington Post

It's always the most sinister, and yet cowardly things that live in the dark.

Tech Times: U.S. mayors urge FCC to maintain net neutrality, no to fast lanes

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:35 -- Eva Prkachin

Could this be the future of locally-owned Internet services?

Article by Nicole Arce for Tech Times

U.S. mayors led by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee adopted a resolution in support of net neutrality and called on White House and Congress to urge the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to exercise its power in preventing Internet service providers from giving preferential treatment to affluent websites.

Huffington Post: The U.S. Government Is Investigating Why Your Netflix Is So Slow

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 14:59 -- Eva Prkachin

It turns out the U.S. FCC gets just as annoyed as you do when poor streaming quality thwarts your binge watching the new Orange is the New Black season. But will they do something about it?

Article by Gerry Smith for The Huffington Post

If your "Orange is the New Black" binge marathon has been interrupted by buffering and you wondered who to blame, the Federal Communications Commission is now trying to answer your question.

Washington Post: Democrats unveil legislation forcing the FCC to ban Internet fast lanes

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 15:07 -- Eva Prkachin

The fight against Internet Slow Lanes is heating up in the U.S. Do you think the FCC will do the right thing?

Article by Brian Fung for The Washington Post

Democratic lawmakers will unveil a piece of bicameral legislation Tuesday that would force the Federal Communications Commission to ban fast lanes on the Internet.

Video: OpenMedia represents citizen voices in a live Google Hangout on the FCC’s Internet Slow Lane plan

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:20 -- Josh Tabish

Last week, we let you know that our own Campaigns Coordinator, Josh Tabish, would be appearing in a Live Google Hangout organized by Net2 Northern Michigan, to talk about the FCC’s proposed rules to establish slow lanes on the Internet, alongside panelists from other Net2 chapters around North America.

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