Items tagged "Net Neutrality in 2017"

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Net Neutrality: The Social Justice Issue of Our Time

July 19, 2017 Free Expression , Internet Freedom , Net Neutrality , Net Neutrality in 2017 , Social Justice

Democracy has become a daily visceral online experience. When Philando Castile was shot by a Minnesota police officer his girlfriend’s first instinct was to start broadcasting. Diamond Reynolds chose to live-stream the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook Live, sharing the graphic cries of her four-year-old daughter with over 3.2 million viewers. Live streaming is transforming the growth of citizen journalism, providing a distressing view of shootings like these, and empowering citizens to share their story without the fear of censorship.

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Fool Me Twice, Shame On Me. Fool Me Every Time — I’m the FCC!

July 12, 2017 FCC , Net Neutrality , Net Neutrality in 2017 , Set-Top Box , Unlock the Box

This blog post was originally published on Harold Feld’s personal blog, “Tales of the Sausage Factory,” on Wetmachine.com.

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ISP Protests of Title II Make It Clear That We Need the Current Rules

July 10, 2017 FCC , Net Neutrality , Net Neutrality in 2017 , Protect Net Neutrality , Title II

In 2017 in America, slashing regulation has become more victory chant than policy, and broadband companies are using this opportunity to put open internet protections back on the chopping block.

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There Is No Loophole in the Net Neutrality Rules

June 13, 2017 FCC , Litigation , Net Neutrality , Net Neutrality in 2017

One of the stranger ideas going around among the anti-net neutrality crowd (and in the Federal Communication Commission’s proposal to roll back the net neutrality rules) is the idea that the current rules, adopted by the previous FCC, contain a loophole that allows Internet Service Providers to block whatever websites they want to and generally avoid the rules, provided they use the right magic words–namely, that if they simply say ahead of time they intend to violate the rules, they’re no longer subject to them. This is wrong—the rules only cover broadband ISPs, which are defined quite precisely, but there’s no way for an ISP to continue offering what anyone would recognize as “internet access” without being covered by the rules.

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NCTA Proves Virtuous Cycle Works

June 8, 2017 FCC , Investment , Net Neutrality , Net Neutrality in 2017 , Title II

Last week, NCTA, the trade association for the industry formerly known as cable, posted this amazing graph and blog post showing that the “virtuous cycle” the Federal Communications Commission predicted would happen when it adopted the Open Internet rules (a.k.a. net neutrality) back in December 2010.

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The FCC is Trying to Kill The Open Internet – What That Means and How to Stop It

May 25, 2017 FCC , Net Neutrality , Net Neutrality in 2017 , Title II

It’s safe to say we are most of us in an era of unpredictability. Take comfort, then, in this case study in predictability, for at the very least, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has so far been everything and done everything you could expect from someone who vowed to “take a weed whacker” to the open Internet. Since his ascension, Pai’s agenda has been one of systematic rollback of consumer safeguards, one by one by one, and the latest and greatest commenced at last Thursday’s Open Meeting vote to dismantle critical net neutrality protections.

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Small but Powerful: Despite Objections, Small ISPs Need Net Neutrality Too

May 17, 2017 Competition , FCC , Net Neutrality , Net Neutrality in 2017 , USF

As we gear up to defend and protect the net neutrality rules, parties on both sides are speaking up. One particular group, small Internet Service Providers, claim that the Federal Communication Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order has been a death sentence for them, hindering their ability to invest and compete in the market. These small ISPs have taken to advocating against net neutrality rules but there is something missing from their claims: substance.

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The Truth About Net Neutrality and Infrastructure Investment

May 8, 2017 FCC , Investment , Net Neutrality , Net Neutrality in 2017 , Open Internet

The Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order of 2015 finally put net neutrality rules on a firm legal basis, protecting consumers from the anti-competitive, anti-consumer schemes that monopolistic Internet Service Providers would otherwise subject them to.

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Fact-Checking ISPs’ Claims of Support for Net Neutrality

May 5, 2017 Net Neutrality , Net Neutrality in 2017 , Title II

In the days since Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission Chairman under President Trump, announced his plan to reverse the wildly popular (and court-affirmed) Open Internet Order, there’s been a lot of strange rhetoric coming from Internet Service Providers. While celebrating the proposed death of the only net neutrality rules to prevail against ISP court challenges, these monopolistic, noncompetitive companies keep insisting they love net neutrality and have no intention of doing any of the things the net neutrality rules prohibit. They’re celebrating the death of the rules, insisting that the rules aren’t needed because they weren’t going to do any of those things anyway, so we should trust them.

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Beyond Net Neutrality: The Importance of Title II for Broadband

May 2, 2017 Broadband Privacy , Lifeline , Net Neutrality , Net Neutrality in 2017 , Title II

In its 2015 Open Internet Order, the Federal Communications Commission reclassified broadband internet under Title II of the Communications Act, establishing broadband providers as common carriers under the same framework as our telephone networks. By embracing its Title II authority and creating clear, bright line rules against blocking and discrimination, the FCC enacted the strongest net neutrality rules in history.

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