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BGR: Comcast and other ISPs threaten to hold the Internet hostage

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 14:07 -- Eva Prkachin

Giant U.S. cable companies are throwing a hissy fit over the possibility that the FCC might prevent them from creating Internet Slow Lanes.

Article by Brad Reed for BGR

It was all going so, so well for American ISPs. Not only did they have a former cable lobbyist as head of the Federal Communications Commission, but he was even planning to push through a new proposal that would have given them the power to create separate Internet fast lanes where they could charge more to Internet companies to ensure their traffic got delivered faster. And to top it all off, many of them were planning to engage in a huge wave of mergers that would give them even more power over the broadband and/or pay TV markets, from Comcast-Time Warner Cable to Sprint-T-Mobile to AT&T-DirecTV.

The Nation: It's Not Complicated: To Maintain a Truly Free and Open Internet, Maintain True Net Neutrality

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 13:29 -- Eva Prkachin

Citizens, tech companies, major decision-makers, and innovators agree: save the open Internet, don't let cable companies build Internet slow lanes. Speak out at https://OpenMedia.org/SlowLane and share this great piece by our partners at The Nation with all of your friends.

Article by John Nichols for The Nation

Federal Communications Commission chair Tom Wheeler created a firestorm when he proposed to establish an Internet fast lane that would favor free-spending corporations and special-interest groups, while discriminating against those who cannot pay to play. Wheeler’s assault on Net Neutrality, the first amendment of the Internet, has been met with determined opposition from a broad range of Americans who want to maintain honest competition and a democratic discourse in the digital era.

Reddit Blog: How YOU can stop Internet Slow Lanes

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 13:06 -- Eva Prkachin

Wow! Our Say No to the Internet Slow Lane campaign is part of a viral response to save Net Neutrality! Make sure to sign on at http://OpenMedia.org/SlowLane and check out this awesome Reddit post on how you can get involved.

Article from Reddit

As you may have seen from all the recent discussion around Net Neutrality, we find ourselves at a critical crossroads for the continued development of an open Internet. This Thursday, the FCC will be unveiling their “Open Internet” proposal. If we all want to protect universal access to the communications networks that we all depend on to connect with ideas, information, and each other, then we must stand up for our rights to connect and communicate.

Internet Slow Lane? Worst. Idea. Ever.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 11:52 -- Eva Prkachin

You’ve heard the story over and over again. A couple of college friends are sitting in their dorm rooms, messing around with some code, probably getting a bit tipsy. They come up with a great website or app idea, hack together a working version, drink a few more beers, and wake up the next morning a little groggy but with the next great online innovation happily blinking away on their screen.

All they need now is an Internet connection and a decent marketing strategy, and our college buddies are on their way to creating a billion dollar idea that could revolutionize the way that we use the Internet, the way we interact with each other, and who knows what else.

This bits-to-billions success story encapsulates everything that we love about the Internet, but it could become a thing of the past if U.S. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proceeds with proposed rule changes that could create an Internet Slow Lane that could cripple many of your favorite websites.

Vox: Everything you need to know about network neutrality

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 13:12 -- Eva Prkachin

Big rule changes in the U.S. threaten to put your Internet in the slow lane. Here's a great explanation of what is happening in the Net Neutrality battle, how it could affect you, and what you can do to shape the conversation.

Article by Timothy B. Lee for Vox

What is network neutrality?

Consumers generally connect to the internet one of two ways. They can subscribe to a residential broadband service from a company such as Time Warner Cable. Or they can subscribe to wireless internet access from companies such as Sprint.

Engadget: FCC's new net neutrality rules opposed by 100+ internet companies

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 15:50 -- Eva Prkachin

Proposed changes in the U.S. that could put your Internet use in the slow lane are creating a viral response.

Article by Richard Lawler for BGR

Despite FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's insistence that he is on the side of an open internet, the controversy over proposed net neutrality rules continues to expand. Resistance to the new rules is now coming from voices within the FCC and major internet companies including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Yahoo and more. The plan was for the five commissioners to vote on their approval next Thursday, but today one of them, Jessica Rosenworcel, called to push back that vote by a month (update: an FCC spokesman says the vote will go forward as scheduled).

The Verge: Huge coalition led by Amazon, Microsoft, and others take a stand against FCC on net neutrality

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 15:36 -- Eva Prkachin

Public outcry is starting to have a major impact in the fight against the FCC’s proposed Internet Slow Lane.

Article by T.C. Sottek for The Verge

A sizable coalition of technology companies has today taken a stand in favor of net neutrality in the form of a letter to the Federal Communications Commission. The group, led by giants including Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, and Yahoo, challenges a proposal the FCC is considering that threatens net neutrality.

AVC: The Fast Lane, The Slow Lane, and The No Lane

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 15:23 -- Eva Prkachin

Big, bad changes in the U.S. could put your Internet in the slow lane.

Article by AVC

Since its emergence as a commercial platform in the early 90s, the Internet has treated each bit equally as it makes its way over the “last mile” to your home or office. If you put up a web server and write a game that anyone could play, those bits will be treated equally with the bits coming from IBM’s web servers. There has been no fast lane or slow lane on the last mile of the commercial Internet. We have had a level playing field and that has resulted in an explosion of entrepreneurial innovation that has been very rewarding for entrepreneurs, investors, and society as a whole.

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