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Dana Liebelson

Woman With The Fate Of The Internet In Her Hands Reveals Thoughts On Upcoming Net Neutrality Vote | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission will vote this week on a net neutrality proposal that could shape the future of a free and open In...

Net Neutrality From Muskets to Megabits

Art Brodsky | Posted 04.22.2015 | Technology
Art Brodsky

On February 26, the FCC will do something that few have ever accused the government of doing. It will recognize reality and act appropriately. That, in a nutshell, is the debate over net neutrality. Just as plain telephone service connected people and was regulated, now it's data services. Calls or video are all just megabits. Telephone companies couldn't discriminate in their traffic then, neither should they or cable companies be able to play favorites or manipulate customers now. That basic, regulated fairness is what allowed the Internet to develop, a point some current opponents seem to miss, whether blinded by ideology or money. But if you listen to the anguished cri de coeur from the loyal defenders of the big telecom companies, you would think the FCC's action was a government coup d'interconnecter -- a takeover of The Internet.

Something Is Going Right: Net Neutrality and the FCC

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 04.21.2015 | Technology
Lawrence Lessig

The history in Internet innovation is the story of outsiders building a better mouse trap -- kids, dropouts, and non-Americans, given a neutral platform to prove their ideas. It was neutral because it was built that way.

Protecting the Internet via the Upcoming FCC Vote

Craig Newmark | Posted 04.20.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Long story short, this is about saving the Net for regular people, versus providing privileges for companies that spend lots of money lobbying in Washington and misinforming the American public.

Net Neutrality Is Now Just 'Net Ridiculous'

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.16.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Net Neutrality itself doesn't solve America's communications problems and we hope that the FCC decides to actually investigate our claims that a) Verizon failed to disclose that the networks are already Title II.

Net Neutrality Is Essential for a Healthy Democracy

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

Net neutrality is often defined as a consumer issue, invoking the threat of big phone and cable companies interfering with customers streaming Netflix, or blocking legal downloads of music because of so-called bandwidth concerns. But it's also a democracy issue.

Playing Politics With the Internet?

Kevin Werbach | Posted 04.15.2015 | Technology
Kevin Werbach

We write not to add to the onslaught of commentary on the merits of the rules--which are not yet public--but rather to address the legitimacy of the FCC's decision-making process. To cut to the chase: there's no evidence of a process foul in this case.

Talking Net Neutrality & The Internet Of Things With Jason Hope

Shane Paul Neil | Posted 04.11.2015 | Technology
Shane Paul Neil

While net neutrality has been an incendiary topic for at least a few years it wasn't one that immediately affected IoT. The majority of IoT devices are light on data usage therefore requiring little bandwidth.

Time Warner Cable's High-Speed Internet 97 Percent Profit Margin is a Big, Bright Red Flag; Critics Rebuked.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.10.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

In the previous article, I laid out excerpts of Time Warner Cable's SEC-filed 2013 Annual Report which detailed TWC's profit margin (revenues minus ex...

Friday Talking Points -- Live, From the Moon

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Barack Obama is the second Honorable Mention recipient this week, for his impressive public opinion polling on job approval in January. He had his best month (measured by month-to-month improvement) of his entire second term, and the fourth-best month he's ever had as president.

Net Neutrality May Be Here to Stay, No Thanks to GOP Efforts

Richard Zombeck | Posted 04.08.2015 | Technology
Richard Zombeck

After months of what seemed like endless amounts of money and ignorant comments from politicians receiving said money from Internet Service Providers to squash net neutrality, it looks like there's some hope on the horizon.

An Open Internet That Works for Everyone

Sen. Brian Schatz | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Sen. Brian Schatz

Some have suggested that it would be better for Congress to legislate net-neutrality rules instead of relying on the FCC's rule-making authority. That would be fine too; after all, Congress always has the prerogative to legislate. But the open Internet we know today occurred under our existing communications laws and the FCC's watch, so passing a law to trump the FCC's rules is premature.

Verizon's Super-Cookies Are Spying on You Right Now

Mark Weinstein | Posted 04.05.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

The Electronic Frontier Foundation thinks Verizon could be violating a federal law requiring phone companies to keep customer data confidential. My take on all of this is that if nothing else, it's a clear violation of our personal rights.

With Litigation Certain, Congress Should Guide FCC on Internet Regulation

David Balto | Posted 04.05.2015 | Technology
David Balto

The FCC has consistently failed in creating lasting net-neutrality rules for lack of authority. Since Congress gives the FCC its authority, the obvious answer is legislation that actually gives the FCC the authority to legally preserve open-Internet principles rather than the risky and unnecessary pursuit of Title II regulation.

Time Warner Cable's 97 Percent Profit Margin on High-Speed Internet Service Exposed

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.03.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

In our Petition for Investigation of Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Comcast, we point out that TWC's High-Speed Internet service has a 97 percent profit margin and a number of people asked how that statistic was derived. Simple. Time Warner Cable provides the information, (with some caveats).

FCC To Consider New Net Neutrality Proposal

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 02.02.2015 | Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whose Internet is it anyway? Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he's keeping that question in m...

FCC Petition for Investigation and Complaint Against Time Warner Cable and Comcast

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.02.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

The Public Interest has been tarnished, stained and harmed and it is time for a course correction of oversight, accurate data, investigations and enforcement of the laws. It is time to not only re-evaluate the public policies that govern communications services in America, but fix what's broken -- finally.

Dana Liebelson

Stunning Victory Within Reach For Net Neutrality Advocates | Dana Liebelson | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Next month, a wonky government agency will rule on the fate of the Internet. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to ...

Not So Fast, Net Neutrality...

Michael Winship | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

Over the last few months, things have been looking good for keeping the Internet open to everyone. A little too good, as far as Congress is concerned, which is why members and the corporate lobbyists who write them hefty checks have launched a last-ditch legislative effort to scuttle net neutrality.

Internet Users, Businesses Awaiting FCC Open Internet Rules After Congress, President's Attention

Edward J. Black | Posted 03.28.2015 | Technology
Edward J. Black

The FCC was the institution Congress created years ago to look out for the public interest in communications network access. They were wise to minimize politics and charge the agency with developing the technical expertise to protect universal access to communications services. Congress would be wise now to let the FCC carry out its mission.

12 Numbers That Show America's Internet Has An Equality Problem

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 01.26.2015 | Technology

Here's what is keeping people from web access.

Should Banks Be Allowed to Robocall Your Mobile Phone?

Adam Levin | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Adam Levin

According to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, it's illegal to robocall a mobile phone number without permission. The American Bankers Association wants to change that, arguing that robocalls will help fight identity theft and other kinds of fraud.

Did Verizon Commit Perjury in the Net Neutrality Proceeding About the Use of Title II?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

New Networks Institute has filed a Petition for Investigation with the FCC to examine Verizon's use of Title II and whether the company has committed perjury in the current Net Neutrality, Open Internet Proceeding, (Docket number 14-28).

Don't Let Congress (and Comcast) Derail Real Net Neutrality

Craig Aaron | Posted 03.17.2015 | Technology
Craig Aaron

A new Republican legislative proposal should be exposed for what it is: a cynical effort by the cable lobby to prevent the FCC from enforcing the law to keep the Internet open.

President Obama Comes to the Defense of Gigabit Cities

Timothy Karr | Posted 03.17.2015 | Technology
Timothy Karr

On Wednesday, President Obama called for an end to rules that prevent cities towns and other communities from creating their own high-speed Internet networks.