Don’t ask for your privacy. Take it back

29 May 2014 — Reset the Net

“On June 5, I will take strong steps to protect my freedom from government mass surveillance. I expect the services I use to do the same.”

A few weeks ago we organized a game-changing encampment at the FCC that helped put REAL net neutrality back on the table, even as corporate lobbyists are pulling out all the stops to kill it. Continue reading

FCC net neutrality rules to hinder Internet freedom — RT

22 December, 2010 — RT

The Federal Communications Commission voted to approve the first ever US Internet access regulation, aimed at insuring access to legal web content is not impeded for home Internet access.

The so-called net neutrality regulation was introduced by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski over a year ago and was supported by the Democratic members of the voting body. The Republican members of the FCC voted against the new rule.

Intense debate among Internet freedom advocates, lobbyists and regulatory analysts has erupted over whether the regulation is needed or even legal. Legal and congressional challenges are expected. In addition, the new rule does not apply to personal Internet use on mobile phones.

Jason Rosenbaum, the senior online campaign director at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee explained there are simply too many loop-holes in the new rules, and that they in fact would cater to big business.

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Net Neutrality Rules Are Imminent From the F.C.C. –

21 December, 2010 —

The Federal Communications Commission appears poised to pass a controversial set of rules that broadly create two classes of Internet access, one for fixed-line providers and the other for the wireless Net.

The chairman of the F.C.C., Julius Genachowski, introduced his net neutrality proposal at the beginning of the month.

The proposed rules of the online road would prevent fixed-line broadband providers like Comcast and Qwest from blocking access to sites and applications. The rules, however, would allow wireless companies more latitude in putting limits on access to services and applications.

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Evil Inequality In the Works for the Web

12 August, 2010 — Grit TV

Google’s corporate motto, it’s been noted, is “Don’t Be Evil.” They’re going to be sorry they ever said it. By siding with Verizon vs. those fighting for a free and equal Internet — that may be exactly what they’re doing. The Internet and telecom giants Verizon and Google have reportedly reached an agreement that sells out net neutrality. They make it sound like a victory for fairness — they’ll stand by equal access for everyone on the wired web. But the arrangement, not yet public and arrived at in closed door meetings between the behemoths, would enable Verizon to impose tiers and charge for quicker access over wireless devices.That’s the future they’re talking about. Distributed by Tubemogul.

A Roundup of Net Neutrality Stories 6 May – 7 August, 2010

7 August, 2010 — Net Neutrality

7/8/10 – Verizon & Google Enter Reported Deal for Tiered Internet Use, Is Net Neutrality in Jeopardy?

6/8/10 – Has the internet just sold its soul? By Stephen Foley

6/8/10 – Net neutrality talks stall in US

6/8/10 – Has the internet just sold its soul?

5/8/10 – Under Threat: A Free and Open Internet

2/8/10 – “Summer of rage”: Obama Derangement Syndrome grips conservative media once again

19/5/10 – Sunstein Internet control falsehood migrates to Fox

18/5/10 – Limbaugh distorts Sunstein’s and Kagan’s views on control of the Internet

14/4/10 – Save the Internet, But Start a Social Movement

13/4/10 – David DeGraw: Net neutrality or censorship?

12/4/10 – The Battle for Net Neutrality: Corporate Takeover or Opportunity? By Megan Tady

8/4/10 – Shocking Censorship at Google News and the Future of Net Neutrality By David DeGraw

7/4/10 – Net Neutrality — The Fight Ahead By Tim Karr


6/4/10 – The Jeff Farias Show: Art Brodsky on Net Neutrality

6/4/10 – Megan Tady, “The Courts Can’t Take Away Our Internet”

Has the internet just sold its soul? By Stephen Foley

6 August, 2010 – The Independent

Update: Google and Verizon issue Net neutrality denial


Google's co-founders Sergey Brin, left, and Larry Page, are accused of betraying web users. AP

Google stood accused last night of betraying the founding principles of the internet, as it readied a deal that will abandon key parts of its support for ‘net neutrality’, which has guaranteed equal access to the worldwide web since its inception.

In what one internet freedom campaigner called a ‘doomsday scenario’ that will change the internet forever, the search engine pioneer is close to agreeing terms with the largest telecoms company in the US that would open the door to special ‘fast lanes’ for favoured internet traffic.

Google denied the story, saying: ‘We have not had any conversations with Verizon about paying for carriage of Google traffic and we remain as committed as we always have been to an open internet.’

The bilateral agreement between Google and Verizon raises the spectre of big media corporations carving up the internet between them, and side-steps the Obama administration’s attempts to ensure that all internet traffic is treated the same, regardless of whether it comes from the smallest blogger or the largest online video site.

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Under Threat: A Free And Open Internet By Stephen Lendman

15 July, 2010 – CounterCurrents

[This is an updated version that appeared here.]

First some background. As a candidate, Obama pledged support for ‘network neutrality to preserve the benefits of open competition on the Internet.’ As president, he reneged across the board, including for Internet freedom and openness, writer Joelle Tessler headlining, ‘FCC votes to reconsider broadband regulations,’ saying:

Federal regulators are ‘wading into a bitter policy dispute that could be tied up in Congress and the courts for years.’ At stake: a free, open, and affordable Internet, threatened by powerful phone and cable giants wanting to privatize and control it, have unregulated pricing power, and decide what’s published at what speed or blocked.

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