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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.

Motherboard: Are the scales tilting in favor of net neutrality?

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 14:45 -- Eva Prkachin

After a few dark weeks of inaction from U.S. politicians, we're finally seeing some action towards preventing the Internet slow lane and saving net neutrality. If you haven't already, make sure to give them a bit of extra incentive to act at https://OpenMedia.org/SlowLane

Article by Sam Gustin for Motherboard

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has given the Federal Communications Commission a much-needed political boost as the agency decides whether to move toward a more robust Open Internet policy favored by many net neutrality advocates.

Mozilla: We're in an epic battle to save the open Internet. Want to help?

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 12:54 -- Eva Prkachin

Are you wondering what you can do to help prevent Internet Slow Lanes? Well, thanks to our friends at Mozilla, there are plenty of ways to help save Net Neutrality. Check out the link below, and try out our handy Letter-to-the-editor tool at https://OpenMedia.org/SlowLane/Letter

Article by Mozilla

At Mozilla, we exist to protect the free and open web. Today, that openness and freedom is under threat.

In the battle for the Internet, which side are you on?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:55 -- Josh Tabish

A couple weeks ago, thousands of OpenMedia supporters joined with open Internet advocates and legal experts at Free Press to challenge the Internet slow lane plan being pushed by U.S. Big Telecom giants. Free Press’ team filed a legal challenge in response to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s July 15 deadline for initial comments on proposed net neutrality rules that stand to end the Internet as we know it.

After filing the claim with the FCC, Free Press also published the document on their website. Coming in at over 150 pages, the media reform group has called it “The Definitive Case for Net Neutrality”. While we invite those of you with an appetite for “legalese” to take a close look, here are two key high-level takeaways for those of you who want to be spared the full 150 page experience.

First, to squash the threat of slow lanes on the Internet, and guarantee authentic net neutrality, we have only one choice: reclassify broadband Internet as a Title II common carriage service. Or, to put it simply, we need to pass laws that allow the Internet to be treated the same way as highways, where no company (or other gatekeeper) can say which types of traffic can drive on which roads, and when.

Vox: The FCC wants to let cities build their own broadband. House Republicans disagree.

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 16:02 -- Eva Prkachin

Communities around the world are leading the way in developing locally-owned and operated broadband networks. Here's why it's getting harder to do that in the U.S. Spoiler alert: politicians are screwing it up.

Article by Timothy B. Lee for Vox

This week, the House of Representatives approved legislation from Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) that would make it harder for cities to build publicly-owned broadband networks. The proposal is a shot at Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler, who wants to remove state-level restrictions on municipal networks; Blackburn's legislation would forbid the FCC from removing those restrictions. This is the latest escalation of a long-running war between municipal broadband supporters and incumbent broadband companies that have relentlessly opposed municipal broadband proposals.

Motherboard: Meet Marsha Blackburn, Big Telecom's Best Friend in Congress

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 14:04 -- Eva Prkachin

This Tennessee Congresswoman has some scary ideas on the future of the Internet and telecommunications. If she has you concerned, you better speak up at https://OpenMedia.org/SlowLane

Article by Ben Makuch for Motherboard

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the Tennessee Republican, has built a reputation as one of the most conservative members of Congress, especially on tech policy. A strong free market advocate, Blackburn vehemently opposes net neutrality, which she calls "socialistic," and has been a strong critic of what she views as activist Federal Communications Commission policy.

The Top 5 milestones in the fight to stop the Internet slow lane… this week.

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:31 -- Eva Prkachin

Earlier this week, the United States Federal Communications Commission (or FCC) extended its deadline for initial comments on rules that would allow Big Telecom conglomerates to force all websites who can’t pay expensive fees for privileged access into an Internet slow lane. The reason for the delay? Internet users around the world spoke out in such great numbers that the FCC’s servers came crashing down.

Needless to say, it’s been a busy week in the fight for authentic net neutrality. So, to get us all up to speed on where the debate currently sits, we’ve summed up some of the most noteworthy events in the last week below. Let us know in the comments if we missed anything!

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