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How the Internet Was Saved... and Why the Battle Continues

Victor Pickard | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Victor Pickard

The battle continues. The history of media reform tells us that if we ignore core systemic problems like the power of monopolies and the lack of structural diversity, important protections like net neutrality can be short-lived.

How to Fund an Open, Ubiquitous, Very Fast, Broadband Internet Utility

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.02.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

While it is great that Net Neutrality principles, which means that they can't screw with your Internet service, may be put into effect, it belies the more pervasive problems -- you may not be able to afford (or want to pay for) that service or get that service or have a choice about who offers you that service.

Verizon's Morse Code Press Release Telegraph's the Claims of Perjury

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.01.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

On February 26th, 2015, Verizon put out a press release claiming that the FCC's Net Neutrality decision was a "throwback that imposes 1930's rules on the Internet". And they put out an additional release in the language of a telegraph to reinforce this view point.

Who Should Make the Rules?

David Morris | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
David Morris

Who should make decisions affecting the health and safety of our communities? Who governs? Conservative Republicans in Texas are split on the question.

The FCC Did NOT Make The Internet A Public Utility

Medium | Posted 02.27.2015 | Technology

Today the Federal Communications Commission voted 3–2 to approve of Title II-backed net neutrality regulations....

Week to Week News Quiz for 2/27/15

John Zipperer | Posted 04.29.2015 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Escape to the Rockies in our latest latest Week to Week news quiz. Here are some random but real hints: That was Martin Landau; big ISPs aren't happy...

Net-"Sue-Me"-Neutrality: Get Ready for the Spring Offensive

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Once the entire Open Internet (Net Neutrality) rules are put out (we have only an outline as of this writing), you can expect a lawyers' banquet, a feeding frenzy where they will file and file and file.

Show Me the FCC Rules, Please?

Jamie Court | Posted 04.28.2015 | Technology
Jamie Court

Leave it to Washington, D.C., to hand Americans what is probably the greatest consumer victory from that town in a decade and then fail to show them the actual rules. There's no question that the FCC made history. The issue is how big of a win is it.

Dana Liebelson

Net Neutrality Prevails In Historic FCC Vote | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to approve strong net neutrality rules in a stunning decision, defying vocal, month...

Internet Wins, Losses and Threats in the Year Ahead

Edward J. Black | Posted 04.28.2015 | Technology
Edward J. Black

While there are some reasons for optimism, a looming renewed threat comes from those who failed to get SOPA legislation passed three years ago.

How We Won Net Neutrality

Craig Aaron | Posted 04.28.2015 | Technology
Craig Aaron

This is what democracy looks like. That's not something I thought I'd ever say about the bureaucrats at the Federal Communications Commission. After years of cronyism, corruption and cowardice, Thursday's vote for strong Net Neutrality rules at the FCC is unexpected if not unprecedented.

FCC Expected To Approve Net Neutrality Rules

Reuters | Alina Selyukh | Posted 04.27.2015 | Technology

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the strictest-ever rules on Internet providers, who in turn...

How the Christian Coalition and MoveOn Helped Save Net Neutrality: A Buried Story of a Powerful Coalition

Paul Loeb | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Paul Loeb

This week's FCC action should bring a long-delayed victory for net neutrality. It's an important victory, without which the online world that we've come to take for granted would risk being auctioned off to the highest bidder. But this victory might never have happened without an unlikely political coalition a decade ago.

Ensuring Internet Equality For All

Bill de Blasio | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Bill de Blasio

It's no secret I consider income inequality the greatest challenge of our time. And whether you're my age or my teenage son Dante's, it's clear: the Internet has become fundamental to solving it.

Verizon: Show Us the Money (The "Title II" Money Trail Exposed)

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.26.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon has told the FCC, the public, or anyone else who will listen, that imposing 'utility-style regulations', sometimes referred to as 'Title II", on broadband providers -- will harm investment.

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.