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Net Neutrality -- The Fight Ahead

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Yesterday's decision could mark the beginning of America's Broadband Dark Age. The court ruled that the FCC has no right to stop carriers from developing a two-tier Internet and blocking Web content that they don't like.

Phone Company Makes the Case for Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Another Internet service provider is caught getting in the way of its users, just four days before the FCC closes the window for public comments in its effort to stop such meddling.

A Funny Thing Happened at Stanford's FCC Hearing

Sue Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sue Wilson

Broadcasters are licensed to "serve the public interest..." If they do not, they should have their licenses stripped away. It's a rule that both the corporate owners and the FCC prefer to ignore.

Will Dirty Politics Kill the Internet?

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Big phone and cable companies are so determined to dismantle consumer protections on the open Internet that they've spent millions to flip Congress against you. Earlier this week, many in Congress delivered.

On Harold Feld's View of Internet Regulation

Michael Turk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michael Turk

If you ever wondered why Washington officials are hesitant to depart from their teleprompters to talk honestly in plain English, Harold Feld's rhetorical beat down of Phil Verveer could serve as exhibit A.

The Internet Is "Open" Unless Free Press Is in Charge: A Journey Into Internet Censorship

Navarrow Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Navarrow Wright

By now most people have heard of the FCC 's proposed attempts to regulate the Internet. You can read about how those changes differ from the current I...

A Little Rhetorical Trickery and Dishonesty -- A Typical Big Telecom Attack on Net Neutrality

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

Over the last couple of weeks, a fierce little debate has started to rage about how the United States should treat high-speed Internet access. Big Telecom's ultimate goal? A powerless FCC.

Communications Breakdown

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

A total lack of adequate competition among Internet providers is why America continues to lag behind our global counterparts in every measure of broadband access and success.

Net Neutrality's Weird Week

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

In an age when corporations can spend limitless sums to influence policy, strong arm bureaucrats and sway election outcomes, the public must stand together in defense of the only open communications platform we have left.

Tim Karr's Shill Watch: Correcting the Record

Michael Turk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Turk

I'm happy to respond to Tim Karr's attempt at character assassination. I am glad Tim has continued in the fine Free Press tradition of never letting t...

Announcing the (Unofficial) Post Shill and Astroturf Watch

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

The great thing about the open Internet is that it makes room for amazing sites like, well, this one. The Huffington Post has been successful because...

The Intrinsic Menace in 'Media Reform'

Patrick Maines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Patrick Maines

Whatever one's qualms or fears about the future of journalism, the importance of independent media is clear. For this reason, the crisis in "medialand" is no cause to throw the baby out with the bath water.

McChesney and Nichols: $30-billion to save journalism

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Christopher Lydon

Robert McChesney and John Nichols are grappling with the question: what would Thomas Jefferson do about the death of the American newspaper? Better, ...

FCC's Clyburn Emerges as a Powerful Voice for Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

When Mignon Clyburn's nomination for FCC commissioner was announced last year, the news met with mixed reactions from seasoned agency watchers. Woul...

'AT&T Consultant' Conjures Evidence that Obama is Soft on Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

Claims that Net Neutrality will hurt investment and the economy are simply meant to distract attention from efforts by companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast to use their market power to thwart competition.

Does Astroturf Ever Die?

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

These fake grassroots groups have scored some amazing successes. Working together with lobbyists and a pack of sputtering media pundits, they've bullied Washington's timid leadership.

We Need To Put Our Foot Down On Net Neutrality

Justine Bateman | Posted 04.12.2013 | Media
Justine Bateman

If you get involved in just one cause this year, let it be the fight against having your Internet access strangled. Because if you don't fight for this one, you will never be able to access the websites for others.

Free Press Can't Have It Both Ways

Michael Turk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michael Turk

Free Press paints a dire picture of a world where TV Everywhere thwarts competition from online video by denying online services access to their content. They argue that CTS providers are trying to keep their content all locked up, and not giving the likes of Hulu access.

Vikram Buddhi, Anti-Bush Blogger, Wrongfully Jailed, Says Family (VIDEO)

Russia Today | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The case of an Indian student jailed in the U.S. more than three years ago, is being seen as a major test of America's human rights. A jury found Vik...

Washington's Hidden Astroturf Economy

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Timothy Karr

Because they're bankrolling astroturf behind a fig leaf of "public relations," large corporations aren't legally required to disclose the lion's share of their funding of these fake grassroots groups.

Top 10 Internet Moments of 2009

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

More than a decade ago, President Clinton pledged that every person in America would soon be able to go online "to order up every movie ever produced or every symphony ever created in a minute's time."

Washington Post Needs to Come Clean on Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

On Sept. 28, the paper printed a full-fledged editorial against Net Neutrality without revealing to readers that the Washington Post Co. has an economic incentive to block online speech.

Fighting the Zombies: Ten Ways to Debunk Telco Shills

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

What does the debate over Net Neutrality have in common with a zombie horror flick? As the phone and cable companies send out a brainless horde of shills and lobbyists, it's not hard to make the connection.

FCC Chief 'Boldly' Commits to Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

The fight for Net Neutrality just took a big step forward on Monday with the chair of the Federal Communications Commission announcing plans to expand the rules to protect a free and open Internet.

What Beck, Dobbs and Limbaugh Are Really Afraid Of

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

The ultimate irony of Beck, Dobbs and Rush is that they couch in populist rhetoric a message that is anti-populist, designed to protect the swindle at the core of our media system's failure.