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.”

Late Night: Net Neutrality: John Oliver Issues a Call to Arms for Internet Commenters Everywhere (UPDATED)

By: Monday June 2, 2014 8:00 pm

John Oliver laughsplains Net Neutrality and calls for the trolls. This is so worth watching. I’ll give you one tidbit, he says putting former cable industry lobbyist Thomas Wheeler in charge of the FCC is just like hiring a dingo to babysit.

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.”

Late Night: Vi Hart Explains Net Neutrality

By: Saturday May 10, 2014 8:00 pm

As she says, better to work on this NN video now than have all her future videos delayed.

Net Neutrality Edges Towards Death

By: Thursday April 24, 2014 7:42 am

The FCC appears to be about ready to throw in the towel and let the telcom monopolies sell speed to different sites ending any hope for the regulatory concept known as “Net Neutrality.” Soon firms that pay extra will have their content available faster and the principle that all content should be equal coming through the cables and pipes will be dead.

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.

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