On February 26 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to reclassify broadband internet access as a “Title II” telecommunications service, which allows the FCC to impose specific open internet rules that prohibit activities like paid prioritization and blocking. This is just one battle in a war that is far from over, and there are several reasons to remain quite vigilant in efforts to protect a free and open internet.
|By: msmolly Friday March 20, 2015 5:00 am|
|By: DSWright Thursday February 26, 2015 11:00 am|
FCC votes on #NetNeutrality plan opposed by @comcast, which spent $107M on lobbying http://t.co/ITEAgp6EWp @mmasnick pic.twitter.com/mvfIjd3e3Z — MapLight (@MapLight) February 26, 2015 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to approve a rule to regulate internet service providers to promote an open internet often known as net neutrality. The vote marks a stark loss for [...]
|By: msmolly Thursday February 26, 2015 5:42 am|
Good morning. Seems Over Easy has gone missing this morning, so I’ll put this post up as a place to gather and chat. I see that Toronto ex-Mayor Rob Ford is auctioning his tie from the crack cocaine confession on eBay! The UK man behind ISIS beheadings has been publicly identified. The FCC is to [...]
|By: DSWright Thursday February 5, 2015 1:00 pm|
FCC chief vows "strongest open Internet protections ever" http://t.co/OPgYimLcDh pic.twitter.com/7Go4smltfy — The Hill (@thehill) February 5, 2015 In a stunning reversal of his previous position, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler recently announced that he changed his views regarding net neutrality and now says he does believe Internet Service Providers should be regulated as common [...]
|By: DSWright Wednesday November 12, 2014 11:12 am|
President Obama made headlines recently by endorsing the concept of net neutrality and saying that internet service providers should be treated more like phone utilities than cable providers. It is an increasingly popular position as many people realize that unlike cable service, the internet has become a necessary feature of modern living.
|By: masaccio Sunday November 2, 2014 11:00 am|
Monopoly control over the internet with enormously expensive barriers to entry: What’s not to like, say Comcast, Time Warner and the rest of the exploitation crew.
|By: msmolly 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 [...]
|By: Brian Sonenstein 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.
|By: KateCA 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.
|By: DSWright 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.”