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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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