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Tag Archives: Net Neutrality

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Action item: Visit Click “Express” and demand the FCC to “keep strong net neutrality rules backed by Title II.”


Looking at this past week, one thing is clear: competition is good for consumers — at least on the surface level. When forced to operate in an actual, open market where consumers have access to multiple services and can choose between them, companies are forced to improve their services they offer. It’s a lesson that we can only hope one day trickles to wired internet as well.

, writing for the The Verge: Why every United States carrier suddenly [began offering an] unlimited plan this week

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Democrats promise to fight threats to kill net neutrality

“Six Democrats in the Senate say the Trump administration will have a major fight on its hands if Republicans try to dismantle net neutrality protections,” CNET reports.


The chairman is the rare former lobbyist who is using his industry expertise to aggressively promote the broader public interest…. Neither the cable nor wireless companies can fool him since he knows exactly how they operate.

— Michael Calabrese of New America’s Open Technology Institute, sizing up Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. Wheeler once lobbied on behalf of cable companies, but now they’re angry with him because he has vigorously championed — and implemented — progressive policies they oppose.


It is important to draw the distinction between regulation of the Internet, and regulation of carriers. The FCC’s order will disallow carriers from discriminating against sources of traffic that their customers choose to access via the Internet. This is common carriage at its core, and as a carrier, I am supportive of being regulated as a common carrier by the FCC.

— CEO Dane Jasper, responding to the Federal Communications Commission’s vote adopting strong net neutrality rules for the Internet.

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Rolling Rebellion supporters rally at Kerry Park for Net Neutrality (Photo: Rick Barry/Broken Shade Photo)


Last January, when the court struck down the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet Order, it gave us the outcome we needed to go forward and do it right this time. No more shaky legal compromises rooted in industry agendas, with lies about the law and false promises of deregulation underpinning those patchwork-quilt attempts.

— Free Press: Why Title II reclassification for Net Neutrality is a big deal

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FCC chairman mocks industry claims that customers don’t need faster Internet

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler had some fun with America’s major telecommunications firms this week, pointing out that companies like Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T are constantly trying to convince their customers to upgrade to faster Internet speeds while at the same time telling the FCC not to change the definition of broadband from four megabytes per second down and one up to twenty-five down and three up.

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Ford, UPS, Visa, Bank of America quietly lobbying for strong net neutrality rules

Though they’ve been reluctant to say so publicly, it turns out that a quartet of Fortune 500 companies – Ford Motor, United Parcel Service, Visa, and Bank of America – have been quietly exerting their influence behind the scenes, lobbying the Federal Communications Commission for strong net neutrality rules.



It is time now for you to stand with the American people and for net neutrality. It is time for you to stand up to the army of Comcast and Verizon lobbyists and institute strong rules to ensure net neutrality.

— Excerpt from Senator Bernie Sanders’ letter calling on the FCC to guarantee the future of the open Internet and welcoming President Obama’s call for strong net neutrality rules that reclassify broadband service under Title II.

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The Oatmeal schools Ted Cruz on Net Neutrality

Pacific Northwest native Matthew Inman‏ has published a rather excellent new cartoon schooling Texas Senator Ted Cruz on net neutrality at his site, The Oatmeal. This one’s not to be missed!


I commend President Obama for proudly standing up for an open Internet that will remain free of fast and slow lanes for consumers and companies. President Obama today joins millions of Americans who have made their voice heard loud and clear at the FCC. Net neutrality is as a basic to the functioning of the Internet as nondiscrimination is to the U.S. Constitution.

— Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts: Obama’s call for Internet freedom is huge

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President Obama today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take up the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality, the principle that says Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all internet traffic equally.


We need rules… If businesses are to move here and start here rather than start in Europe or Brazil or Australia — they’re going to look around and make sure, ‘Oh, does the power stay up?’ And they’ll look for other things. ‘Is the Internet open?’ Will they have to effectively bribe their ISPs to start a new service? That’s what it looks like from the outside. It’s bribery.

— World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, making a strong case for robust net neutrality rules (via The Washington Post).

Net neutrality is more important than whatever you're doing right now

Join the Battle for the Net: Stand up for a free and open Internet by letting the FCC and Congress know that net neutrality is essential to the medium’s future.


As an ISP, you sell your customers a connection to the Internet. To ensure these customers get the level of service they pay you for, it is your responsibility to make sure your network, including your interconnection points, have sufficient capacity to accommodate the data requests made by those customers. To try to shift blame to us for performance issues arising from interconnection congestion is like blaming drivers on a bridge for traffic jams when you’re the one who decided to leave three lanes closed during rush hour.

— Excerpt from a letter from Netflix’s general counsel David Hyman to Verizon general counsel Randy Mitch, rebuking Verizon for threatening to sue Netflix if it doesn’t remove a message that advises Netflix customers who have Verizon that Verizon is to blame for poor quality video streams.

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John Oliver’s rant about net neutrality crashes FCC site

John Oliver’s impassioned plea for fans of his show to visit the FCC’s website and weigh in on the agency’s flawed Net Neutrality proposal has been so successful that it has crashed the website, CBS News is reporting.

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On a recent episode of Last Week Tonight on HBO, Daily Show alum John Oliver explained why net neutrality is “hugely important” in plain English, taking aim at Comcast, Verizon, and other big telco companies, which want to create a multi-tiered Internet that they could profit from by charging extra for fast delivery of content. Oliver’s segment ended with a call to action, urging viewers to weigh in on the FCC’s flawed Net Neutrality rules by going to the FCC’s website.

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Now this is rich: An AT&T executive says Netflix CEO’s Net Neutrality advocacy is “arrogant”

James Cicconi, top executive for AT&T, has condemned Netflix CEO Reed Hastings’ day-old blog post advocating for stronger Net Neutrality rules. In a sneering response, he wrote, “Mr. Hastings’  arrogant proposition is that everyone else should pay but Netflix. That may be a nice deal if he can get it.” The lobbyist, whose fancy official title is Senior Executive Vice President of Legislative Affairs, neglected to mention that Netflix, as well as Netflix’s customers, already pay AT&T and other telephone companies a lot of money for Internet access.

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Internet tolls and the case for strong Net Neutrality

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings explains why the future of the Internet and the World Wide Web depends on rigorous net neutrality rules being added to laws of the United States and other countries.

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Susan Crawford explains to Bill Moyers why U.S. internet access is slow, costly, and unfair

BILL MOYERS: So briefly describe the need.

SUSAN CRAWFORD: All Americans need a fast, cheap connection to the internet.

BILL MOYERS: And the problem?

SUSAN CRAWFORD: A few companies control access in America and it’s not in their interest to bring that fast, cheap access to us all.

BILL MOYERS: And the solution?

SUSAN CRAWFORD: The solution is for people to care about this issue, ask hard questions at every debate, make sure you elect people who will act and give your mayor air cover so that he or she can act to make sure that your city has this fast, competitive access.

(Transcript courtesy of via Bill Moyers & Company. Read the whole thing: Susan Crawford explains why U.S. internet access is slow, costly, and unfair)