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Obama, the Telcos and Getting Net Neutrality Right

Timothy Karr | Posted 12.01.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Opposition to Obama's Net Neutrality statement has come from unlikely bedfellows ranging from Sen. Ted Cruz to Rev. Jesse Jackson. With so much nonsense, the editors of our most established newspapers have stepped into the fray to set the record straight. Well, not exactly.

The Dirty Secret Behind Rep. Latta's Anti-Net Neutrality Bill

Timothy Karr | Posted 07.31.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

If the FCC fails to take this simple step -- or if it's restricted from doing so -- the Internet as we know it could be lost. That's exactly what companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon want. And they are paying good money to make sure Congress does their bidding.

A Song for the FCC: Don't Blow Up Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 06.28.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

If you think explaining tech policy is difficult, try putting it to music and lyrics. That's exactly the challenge that faced musician and artist Jonathan Mann, who last week composed a song urging Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to ditch his plan for a payola Internet.

Strike Two: Obama's Second FCC Chairman Fails on Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 06.24.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

When President Barack Obama pledged to appoint a FCC chair who was dedicated to protecting net neutrality, we had no reason to doubt he'd find the right person for the job. Obama campaigned in 2008 as a strong champion of the open Internet, telling an audience that he'd "take a back seat to no one in my commitment to net neutrality." He said that his chair would share his views on safeguarding the open Internet. Now, the president is on his second FCC chair, and neither has proven himself up to the task. Obama's second FCC chair, Tom Wheeler, will put into circulation today a proposal for a new rule. All evidence suggests that Wheeler's proposal is a betrayal of Obama and of the millions of people who have called on the FCC to put in place strong and enforceable net neutrality protections.

The Information Counter-Revolution

Timothy Karr | Posted 03.24.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

It's a troubling sign that the information age has entered a new era -- one where our rights to connect and communicate are under constant siege by governments and corporations.

What's Next for the Open Internet? A Path Forward

Timothy Karr | Posted 03.19.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Tuesday's court decision stripped the agency of any ability to protect Net Neutrality and stop companies from blocking websites and degrading Internet access. In the few days since a consensus has begun to emerge: To protect the open Internet, the agency must reclassify broadband access as a telecommunications service.

The Payola Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 02.10.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

2013 could mark the end of the era of Internet openness.

Defying Washington to Save the Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

It's a rarity in Washington to see a communications bill that actually serves the public. But a bill Sen. Jay Rockefeller introduced last week is a direct challenge to the communications cabal that controls much of our media in the United States.

Internet Freedom: A Disturbing View From the Trenches

Timothy Karr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Is the Internet freedom movement a thing? That depends on whom you ask, and where you live.

Verizon's Plan to Break the Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 11.18.2013 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Verizon wants to control your online experience and make the Internet more like cable TV, where your remote offers only the illusion of choice.

A Call to Action for Our Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 04.03.2013 | Technology
Timothy Karr

As our Internet grows up, we need to look to the future and figure out ways to make it better. There is a role for activism and advocacy, but also one for our government to promote the public interest by ensuring that every American can participate in a free and fair communications market.

Saving the Democratic Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 01.09.2012 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Congress should not pass a resolution that lets a few wealthy corporations get away with hijacking our online rights. The open Internet is far too important to the rest of us.

Is the FCC Reaching Into Your Pocket to Pad Industry Profits?

Craig Aaron | Posted 12.06.2011 | Technology
Craig Aaron

The baseline for the FCC should be what's best for consumers, not just to slightly water down the industry's worst ideas and expect the public to be satisfied with something "less bad."

High Noon for Internet Freedom

Timothy Karr | Posted 11.30.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

As democracy movements worldwide struggle to speak out via the Internet, many here in the U.S. may have overlooked an effort in Congress to undermine this basic freedom.

Al Franken Makes Senate Stand for Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 07.05.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Last month, a Republican-led House voted on a "resolution of disapproval" that would strip the FCC of any authority to safeguard freedom of speech and freedom of choice on the Internet. Now, Al Franken is fighting back.

House Goes Nuts Over Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

American Internet users need to choose between the open Internet that lets us view any content, anywhere, and the walled garden that the big phone and cable companies want to build around us.

Speaker Boehner's Space Odyssey

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Boehner knows full well that real Net Neutrality has nothing to do with a government takeover of the Internet. He's playing dog-whistle politics and stoking irrational fears of government repression.

Verizon Loves Net Neutrality to Death

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

There's a simple reason we create regulatory public policy, and all of Verizon's spin shouldn't persuade the court or FCC otherwise.

Obama FCC Caves on Net Neutrality -- Tuesday Betrayal Assured

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

The net neutrality rule, which will be voted in during Tuesday's FCC meeting, falls drastically short of earlier pledges by President Obama and the FCC Chairman to protect the free and open Internet.

House Reps Take Stand Against Weak Net Neutrality Compromise

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

As so many in Congress take their cues from powerful phone and cable companies, it's refreshing to see several representatives go against the grain to take a principled stand on behalf of Internet users.

Genachowski's Choice

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

The fate of the open Internet now rests in the hands of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. The chairman just needs to muster the courage to do right by the millions of Internet users who demand an Internet of, for, and by the people.

Net Neutrality and Regulation of the World Wide Web

John M. Eger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
John M. Eger

France is calling for technology that filters unlicensed music and movies from the Internet, while South Korea imposed rules requiring internet users to register for video-sharing sites with their real names.

Net Neutrality: We're Still Waiting

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

It's not too late to turn things around for net neutrality. And Julius Genachowski's legacy as chair of the FCC -- either as a champion of openness or as a toothless bureaucrat -- rests on what he does now.

Sen. Al Franken: We Have a Free Speech Problem

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Al Franken warned a packed house in Minneapolis that the corporate takeover of our media, and the government's failure to stop it, is one of the most important issues of our time.

The Corporate Deal to Control Your Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Washington is under siege over Net Neutrality. On the one side, elected officials and regulators have heard from millions of citizens demanding that ...