Over Easy: Understanding Net Neutrality

By: Saturday September 13, 2014 6:40 pm

Wednesday was Internet Slowdown Day—a digital day of action intended to call attention to the perils of an internet without net neutrality. A lot of people hear the term “net neutrality” and think it sounds vaguely like a good thing, but most people don’t really understand what it is — or what it can mean [...]

 

Slowdown for Net Neutrality: Speak Out Today Against the Corporate Takeover of the Internet

By: Wednesday September 10, 2014 10:04 am

Time is running out to submit final comments to the FCC in favor of Net Neutrality. That’s why we’re joining Team Internet in the Battle for the Net, telling lawmakers to stop our ISP’s from implementing ‘slow lanes’ that could jeopardize our access to a free and open internet.

Sign our letter to the FCC and call your members of Congress today in support of a free and open Internet.

Corporations and The Commons: The Contest in Chattanooga

By: Monday September 8, 2014 7:15 pm

There’re the old myths: the free market, the Invisible Hand, free enterprise, competition equals better products, and so forth. Of course, when those shibboleths don’t translate as they should in real life, there is often a turn toward “investing” in politicians and political parties, advertising to grab and ensure a market and, well, just plain old whining. And that’s what seems to be happening in Chattanooga as a public utility confronts a corporate biggie.

FCC Site Crashes After John Oliver Segment On Net Neutrality

By: Wednesday June 4, 2014 6:48 am

Yesterday the FCC public comment system crashed due to high traffic which seems to be attributable to a call from comedian John Oliver for internet trolls to visit the FCC’s website and “focus your indiscriminate rage in a useful direction.” That call came after a 13 minute segment on Oliver’s HBO show “Last Week Tonight” where Oliver railed against attempts to undermine Net Neutrality joking “the internet is not broken and the FCC is currently taking steps to fix that.”

FCC Tries To Have It Both Ways On Net Neutrality Rules

By: Friday May 16, 2014 11:05 am

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Tom Wheeler has put out some misleading statements claiming the FCC was respecting the goals of Net Neutrality while operationally destroying it. And now Wheeler has put forward a rule that alleges to prevent ISPs from “blocking or slowing down access to websites” while also allowing those same ISPs to charge content companies for “faster and more reliable delivery.”

As FCC Net Neutrality Deadline Approaches, Netflix CEO Accuses Cable Providers of Degrading Services

By: Friday March 21, 2014 8:47 am

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings accuses the ISPs of allocating insufficient bandwidth to Netflix products, “subjecting consumers who pay a lot of money for high-speed Internet to high buffering rates, long wait times and poor video quality.” Once Netflix agrees to pay connection fees, however, he says “sufficient capacity is made available and high quality service for consumers is restored.”

FCC To Issue New Net Neutrality Rules But Still Refuses to Label Broadband Public Utility

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 9:34 am

After losing a court case last month at the DC Court of Appeals the Federal Communications Commission is planning to issue a new set of rules for Net Neutrality. Though the court claimed Net Neutrality rules the FCC had previously offered were illegal, it did acknowledge the FCC’s authority to regulate broadband company practices under a section of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

Comcast To Takeover Time Warner in Quest for Monopoly as Regulators Remain Silent

By: Friday February 14, 2014 6:52 am

It was only a matter of time before one of the giant telecommunications companies went for a monopoly, we are living under corporate capitalism after all. But Comcast’s behavior has been so blatant one has to wonder how no one in the government charged with preventing monopolies has not even raised tacit objections. For now Comcast is seeking to take over Time Warner in a move that could ruin TV and the internet.

Verizon v. FCC Just Crushed Democracy, Justice, and Cat Video in One Swoop!

By: Thursday February 13, 2014 5:00 pm

A Washington D.C Appeals Court is allowing internet service providers to slow down access speed to any website that doesn’t cough up a fee. 

Net Neutrality: Goodbye Open Internet?

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 6:52 pm

Today marks a moment long dreaded — the beginning of the end of net neutrality.

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