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BGR: The FCC’s new net neutrality proposal is already ruining the Internet

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 14:02 -- Eva Prkachin

Could the FCC's proposed slow lane make the Internet less innovative?

Article by Zach Epstein for BGR

It may seem melodramatic to say that the future of the Internet in the United States was put in jeopardy earlier this year when a U.S. Appeals court killed net neutrality. Unfortunately, it is not melodramatic at all.

Net neutrality rules had been put in place to ensure that Internet service providers and

Ars Technica: FCC commissioner says FCC “invented” new authority to regulate Internet

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 12:19 -- Eva Prkachin

Should the FCC have the ability to safeguard the open Internet? See why prominent members of the commission can't seem to agree on this simple point

Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica

The FCC's Michael O’Rielly, one of two Republican commissioners since being sworn into office last November, today warned against the commission using what he called "newly invented authority to regulate the Internet."

Daily Beast: We owe it to the future to save Net Neutrality

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:23 -- Eva Prkachin

The end of Net Neutrality wouldn't just mean slower video streaming online: it could mean the end of free innovation on the Internet

Article by Josua DuBois for the Daily Beast

Let's say a young, Black, male 6th grader made it all the way from his local elementary school on the far west side of Detroit to one of those really awesome science fairs the White House started putting on. He had invented a doodad that helped his elderly grandma in a nursing home down south more easily take 'selfies,' and share them with her family around the country. His school noticed, and the next thing you know, the kid's at the White House showing off this fascinating little invention.

The Guardian: Internet service providers charging for premium access hold us all to ransom

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 17:12 -- Eva Prkachin

"This is the worst internet policy news imaginable."

Article by Cory Doctorow for the Guardian

The Federal Communications Commission, America's telcoms regulator, has formulated a plan to allow internet service providers (ISPs) to charge companies for the right to "premium" access to its customers. This is the worst internet policy news imaginable. It should strike terror into the heart of anyone who cares about fairness, politics, the widening gap between the rich and the poor, fair trade, entrepreneurship, or innovation. The FCC now stands as the world's foremost symbol for "regulatory capture," and its chairman – a former cable executive lobbyist – is the poster child for an unhealthy relationship between industry and its regulators.

Ars Technica: The FCC’s “fast lane” rule is awful for the Internet—just ask the FCC

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 17:02 -- Eva Prkachin

In 2010, the U.S. FCC thought ending net neutrality was a terrible idea. Now they're whistling a different tune.

Article by John Brodkin for Ars Technica

Why is pay-for-play not such a bad thing after all? An FCC official spoke with reporters on background today, meaning his comments can be paraphrased but not quoted directly. He said that the 2010 order didn't ban pay-for-priority access and that the negative news coverage of Wheeler's announcement is due to reporters misunderstanding the order.

New Yorker: goodbye, net neutrality; hello, net discrimination

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 16:08 -- Eva Prkachin

Proposed FCC net neutrality ruling "threatens to make the Internet ... unequal in a way that deeply threatens our long-term prosperity." Are you concerned about this possible rule change?

Article by Tim Wu for The New Yorker

In 2007, at a public forum at Coe College, in Iowa, Presidential candidate Barack Obama was asked about net neutrality. Specifically, “Would you make it a priority in your first year of office to reinstate net neutrality as the law of the land? And would you pledge to only appoint F.C.C. commissioners that support open Internet principles like net neutrality?”

Is the U.S. FCC really about to destroy the Open Internet?

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 16:28 -- Josh Tabish

It looks like there’s some bad news coming out out the United States.

Headlines across the country are suggesting that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, has announced new rules that could destroy the Open Internet. The rules will allow giant media conglomerates to buy faster access, leaving everyone else in the slow lane. If passed, these extreme proposals would mean there will be a “fast lane” for companies that can pay, and a “slow lane” for those who cannot.

The rules threaten to destroy the hallowed principle of Net Neutrality – one of the core founding principles of the Internet. As we’ve described elsewhere (see here or here), Net Neutrality basically means all Internet traffic should be treated equally, regardless of where it’s coming from.