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The Big Industry Lie: Regulation = Job Loss

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

The phone and cable business appears to be "recession-proof," even as these companies do nothing to prevent their hardworking employees from feeling the effects of the lingering recession.

Netroots to Obama FCC: Inaction Is Not an Option

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Chairman Genachowski is now squarely in the crosshairs of the netroots community. Should he cave to corporate special interest and sell out Net Neutrality, it will become the signature action of a failed Obama appointee.

Four Easy Steps to Telco Control of the Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Media giants are spending a fortune to convince lawmakers and regulators to dismantle consumer protections on the Internet and give industry absolute power over the most important communications medium of our time.

How Reform Can Save the Internet: Two Must Watch Videos

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Two recent videos make a clear cut case for media reform in the digital age, and should be fixtures on the virtual shelf of anyone interested in the issue.

The Fate of the Internet -- Decided in a Back Room

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

The mere existence of just reported private meetings between regulators and the telecom industry reveals to us an FCC chairman who has fallen far short of expectations.

Larry Lessig: How Deregulation Failed the Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

If the FCC won't listen to history, perhaps it will listen to the present and a public demanding that the agency does the right thing by reclassifying broadband.

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.

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.

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.

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...

Obama's YouTube Moment: "I'm a Big Believer in Net Neutrality"

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

The power of the open Internet was on full display as Obama responded to questions from the public. Appropriately, one of the questions was about the president's support for the open Internet itself.

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...

The Internet Must Not Become a Segregated Community

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

The big phone and cable companies want to get rid of Net Neutrality and control how the public accesses the Internet. This threat to Internet freedom isn't hypothetical.

Saving the Internet for Consumers

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

The Internet is and was always intended to be an open and neutral network. Right now, the FCC is crafting rules that will determine whether or not it will stay that way.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

NYT: Time to Make Net Neutrality the Law

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

Allowing Internet service providers to become gatekeepers would undermine the democratic nature of the Web, which has made it such a great engine for free speech and economic growth.

Unmasking Astroturf

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

A healthy 21st-century democracy doesn't need phony front groups. We need openness, accountability and real debate. And we need to know whom we're talking to -- and who's talking to us.

Seven Reasons Why We Need Net Neutrality Now

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

The Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009 establishes the basic rules of the road for an open Internet. Its arrival couldn't be more timely -- we must act to pass this bill.