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Network Neutrality

A Decisive Moment for Broadband Internet Access

David Honig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
David Honig

This is the issue that should be commanding the attention, money, and energy of stakeholders across the sector: ensuring that as many people as possible are able to access, adopt and effectively use broadband.

Latino Freedom Is Internet Freedom

Roberto Lovato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roberto Lovato

This intimate link between the internet future and the Latino future is inspiring the strengthening of a David-like struggle to defend us all against the serious threat to our rights posed by corporate Goliaths.

What Congressional Dems Have To Fear If The FCC Bungles Net Neutrality.

Harold Feld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Harold Feld

To be a hero, Genachowski needs to reject the forthcoming "industry consensus" from ITI as wholly inadequate and announce he will call for a vote on his "Third Way" Proposal in September as the only way to protect consumers.

Net Neutrality: The Essential Book

Marvin Ammori | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Marvin Ammori

If you're interested in the Internet or economic innovation and entrepreneurship, you would love Barbara van Schewick's new book. If you consider yourself serious about these issues, you have to read this book.

Verizon & Google Proposal Is Just a Proposal Not (Yet) a Federal Law

Larry Magid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Larry Magid

Sure, Verizon and Google are very powerful companies but, last time I checked, they were not able to make national policy -- at least not yet.

Congress Steps Up to the Plate to Weigh in on Net Neutrality

Julius H. Hollis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Julius H. Hollis

Ensuring affordable broadband for all Americans is a critical component in achieving universal broadband. With 50 members of Congress now effectively working toward this goal, I am confident that we are on the right track.

A Guide to the Network Neutrality Discussions at the FCC

Marvin Ammori | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Marvin Ammori

A lot of people are discussing the FCC's meetings on net neutrality. Though some have discussed substance, I thought it might be helpful to lay out the likely points of contention and provide a guide for understanding.

Questions for FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell, on His International Legal Expertise

Marvin Ammori | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Marvin Ammori

Among many other similar claims, Robert McDowell's reference to a "four-decade bipartisan and international consensus to insulate computer-oriented communications from phone regulation" is hogwash.

A Win for Network Neutrality? It's Time to Tell a Better Story

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

A true organizing narrative has yet to be built around Network Neutrality. Starting with its obtuse moniker, the average person has no idea how legislation or FCC and judicial action will affect their daily lives.

Federal Court Rules FCC Lacks Authority to Regulate Net Neutrality

Alexander Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

The ruling is a significant victory for Comcast , which had been involved in a dispute with the FCC over network filtering of P2P filesharing software.

Who Will Defend the Rights of People of Color to an Open Internet? We Speak for Ourselves.

Malkia A. Cyril | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Malkia A. Cyril

In every competition, there's a winner and a loser. The open Internet protections being debated by the Federal Communications Commission right now ...

CBC Members: Don't Help the Telecom Industry Destroy the Open Internet

James Rucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
James Rucker

The big phone and cable companies are pulling out all the stops in their campaign against net neutrality. We want to make clear how important this issue is to the African-American community, and why it is a 21st century civil rights issue.

Last Night's Primaries & Net Neutrality

Marvin Ammori | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marvin Ammori

Last night, two big supporters of net neutrality won their primaries.

How Democrats Undercut Themselves: Ambassador Phil Verveer Undermines His Boss and Her Boss While Schmoozing At Think Tank Lunch

Harold Feld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Harold Feld

Want to know why the Obama Administration can't seem to get its "messaging" together? Consider the recent case of The Hon. Phil Verveer, who managed ...

A New Civil Rights Mandate: Champion Open Networks To Close the Digital Divide

Malkia A. Cyril | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Malkia A. Cyril

Why are Telecom companies asking poor communities and communities of color to choose between fair representation and access to high speed Internet networks? Why can't we have both?

Verizon and AT&T's Most Annoying Lobbyists

Marvin Ammori | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marvin Ammori

These front groups exist to distract from real issues, to make the industry look reasonable, and to make anyone responding to them look like the "other" extreme, rather than the sensible, consumer-focused policy advocate.

Comcast Had "Fair Notice" Not To Block Speech and Innovation Online

Marvin Ammori | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Marvin Ammori

A recent decision was a major victory for consumers, signifying that the FCC would act to preserve an open Internet when phone and cable companies tried to interfere.

CES 2010: FCC Commissioners Talk Spectrum, Wireless Competition and Becoming a 21st Century Agency

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

FCC commissioners discussed the policy agenda for the FCC in this coming year, addressing concerns over the delayed national broadband plan as well as the fate of the agency's jurisdiction when it comes to network neutrality.

What Sotomayor Could Mean for Network Neutrality and the First Amendment

Marvin Ammori | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marvin Ammori

Here's the question I'd ask Sotomayor: Please tell us about the free speech rights of media, telephone, and cable companies. That is, do their rights trump the rights of citizens and users of media?

Google Wants Its Own Fast Lane On The Web

wsj.com | VISHESH KUMAR and CHRISTOPHER RHOADS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The celebrated openness of the Internet -- network providers are not supposed to give preferential treatment to any traffic -- is quietly losing power...

Big Media Continues to Fight Against Net Neutrality

Jonathan Rintels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jonathan Rintels

It's time for the government to implement reasonable oversight that protects consumers and content creators, and preserves the open Internet we enjoy today.

F.C.C. Chairman: Comcast "Packing" No Big Deal

Portfolio | Sam Gustin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Federal Communications Commission acknowledges that Comcast, the nation's largest cable company, paid people to attend last week's public meeting ...

Comcast Floods FCC Hearing With Paid Placeholders: Critics

Portfolio | Sam Gustin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

How big are the stakes in the so-called network neutrality debate now raging before Congress and federal regulators? Consider this: One side in the d...

Google Addresses Charges It Has Too Much Power

New Yorker | Ken Auletta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In June, 2006, Sergey Brin, one of the co-founders of Google, went to Washington, D.C., hoping to create a little good will. Google was something of a...

US Justice Department Opposes Idea That All Data On Net Should Be Treated Equally

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The US Justice Department has said that internet service providers should be allowed to charge for priority traffic. The agency said it was opposed t...