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  • Subtel enforces net neutrality (Bet: prices go up after this)

    07/26/2011 6:16:04 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 9 replies
    Chile’s regulator, Sub-Secretaria de Telecomunicaciones (Subtel) has had a set of amendments to the General Telecommunications Law passed by Congress. The amendment states that internet service providers (ISPs) must not interfere with access to content, applications or services except for protective purposes, such as virus protection. The law prevents ISPs from abusing their control over last mile infrastructure by blocking access to certain content. It also stipulates that ISPs must provide parental controls and be more transparent regarding contracts, and make clear the average and maximum speeds available. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, at the end of March 2011 Chile...
  • What if we lose control of the internet?

    07/15/2011 4:10:20 PM PDT · by jongaltsr · 20 replies
    Interesting speech I came across comparing the great inventions and how they evolved. The Rail Roads brought people, products and prosperity to America but eventually they began to control all aspects of who could use their services and they began to set rates based on the kickbacks they got from large corporations. The small farmer started dieing out because they could not compete with corporations that demanded more and more of the Rail Traffic cutting out the small guy. Farms withered up and died. Towns disappeared. The internet will become the same as Corporations (AT&T, COMCAST, ABC, CBS, NBC etc,...
  • When the Government Raises Costs on Businesses, Businesses Raise Costs for Consumers

    07/20/2011 7:02:05 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 12 replies
    Big Government ^ | July 20th | Seton Motley
    The Huge Government crowd always demands ever more regulations of and more taxes on those who do the hiring in the United States – the "evil corporations" who don’t care about anything but "obscene profits." ... Which brings us to the Netherlands, the United States and Network Neutrality. The Netherlands last month imposed a strict brand of Net Neutrality – which will dramatically increase the cost of doing business for Internet Service Providers (ISPs). So this week the largest Dutch telecom – KPN – announced big across-the-board price hikes. Shocker. KPN had to charge everyone more – because Net Neutrality...
  • FCC's Genachowski Promises He's Not Out to Regulate Net, New Media

    07/16/2011 8:56:06 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 5 replies
    CircleID ^ | Feb 10, 2010 | Berin Szoka & Adam Thierer
    We're thankful to hear Chairman Julius Genachowski to make that promise. We'll certainly hold him to it. But you will pardon us if we remain skeptical (and, in advance, if you hear a constant stream of "I told you so" from us in the months and years to come). If the Chairman is "peeved" at the suggestion that the FCC might be angling to extend its reach to include the Internet and new media platforms and content, perhaps he should start taking a closer look at what his own agency is doing — and think about the precedents he's setting...
  • Forget the 'Fairness' Doctrine - Net Neutrality is the Future of Censorship

    07/11/2011 3:49:17 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 9 replies
    Big Government ^ | July 11th | Seton Motley
    The Godfather of the Media Marxist movement – Robert McChesney – describes Net Neutrality thusly: "(T)he ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control." Meaning eradicate all private sector Web suppliers – and have the government commandeer control of the Internet so as to then be the sole Service Provider (ISP). That ain’t good. Because not today, not tomorrow, but soon – all radio and television will be on the Internet. And ask the newspapers and publishers of the world where "print" journalism is headed. All...
  • Media Capitalism, the State and 21st Century Media Democracy Struggles (defining net neutrality)

    07/11/2011 8:25:08 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Socialist Project/The Bullet ^ | August 9th, 2009 | Tanner Mirrlees interview with Robert McChesney
    But I’ve learned, by participating in over a decade of specific media struggles, that when you are in the short-term and you are fighting to win, sometimes you make tactical alliances. You don’t sacrifice your principles and embrace someone else’s lame political agenda. If you want to win public credibility and advance a progressive media agenda that actually has a broad impact, this is what you do. That is how politics works. Most progressives understand this. But there is always going to be those who say: “here is a checklist of seven-hundred points that we think reflect the ideological foundations...
  • Court Set to Stop Net Neutrality? ( Our freedom could depend on it )

    07/05/2011 6:41:22 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Big Government ^ | July 5th | Capitol Confidential
    There is a good chance net neutrality regulations might be stopped before they are ever allowed to take effect, according to Republican Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Robert McDowell. Broadcasting & Cable reports: Republican FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell says he thinks that there is a "better than average chance" that a court, likely the D.C. circuit, will stay the FCC’s network neutrality rules. That came in an appearance June 29 on Fox News' online program Power Play with Chris Stirewalt. McDowell dissented from the rules, which passed in a party line vote Dec. 21, 2010.
  • FCC sends net neutrality rules to White House

    07/02/2011 5:02:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Federal Communications Commission sent its semi-final draft of net neutrality rules to the White House for approval Thursday, bringing the controversial Internet rules one step closer to enforcement. The FCC sent its proposed rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget, where the OMB will gather data from internet service providers on their networks and performance before making recommendations on the rules. Full approval of the FCC’s proposal is still likely a few months away. Besides OMB review, the rules still must go through several other steps, including public comment period, before they become official. Net neutrality...
  • Senators Seek Help in Fighting Latest House Net Neutrality Rule Roadblock (Marxists to the rescue!)

    06/30/2011 5:33:59 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing
    Broadcasting and Cable ^ | June 29th | John Eggerton
    Language trying to block the FCC from implementing its network neutrality rules has surfaced again, now included in language in the House Appropriations Financial Services Subcommittee version of a 2012 funding bill that passed out of committee June 23. But Democratic senators are calling on their colleagues to block the effort. ... In a letter to the chair and ranking members of the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday, 10 senators including Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) and Communications Subcommittee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) called on them to rebuff any similar effort in the Senate. ... Free Press praised the...
  • Virginia AG to sue FCC over ‘net neutrality’

    06/25/2011 12:57:09 PM PDT · by freespirited · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 06/23/11 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    Wading into another fierce ideological battle, Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II has announced plans to sue regarding new federal regulation of the Internet and has urged other states to jump on board his fight against “net neutrality.” Calling the regulations the “most egregious of all violations of federal law,” Mr. Cuccinelli told The Washington Times on Thursday that he will begin in July or August to gather support from other attorneys general and private partners for a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission. “They have no respect for the courts, no respect for the states, no respect for...
  • Dutch Lawmakers Adopt Net Neutrality Law

    06/23/2011 3:10:02 AM PDT · by abb · 33 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 22, 2011 | Kevin O'Brien
    The Netherlands on Wednesday became the first country in Europe, and only the second in the world, to enshrine the concept of network neutrality into national law by banning its mobile telephone operators from blocking or charging consumers extra for using Internet-based communications services like Skype or WhatsApp, a free text service. snip Analysts said that the legal restrictions imposed in the Netherlands could shape Europe’s broader, evolving debate over network neutrality, pushing more countries on the Continent to limit operators from acting as self-appointed toll collectors of the mobile Internet. snip “We support network neutrality,” said Sandra de Jong,...
  • Internet Cop (How do media marxists browbeat FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski into capitulation?)

    06/21/2011 7:45:05 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 2 replies
    Reason ^ | March 2011 | Peter Suderman
    On the website, there is an article titled "Internet cop", which is 5 long pages. In it, it lists some interesting things that should be discussed on their own. Despite its relative newness and its radical ideas, Free Press has had an outsized influence on the net neutrality debate. It has a former staffer in the FCC chairman’s office: In June 2009, Jen Howard left her job as press director for Free Press to become Genachowski's press secretary. The group also benefited from its longstanding alliance with, a netroots giant with massive influence on progressive politics. Free Press...
  • Jarrett Barrios resigns as head of GLAAD (over net neutrality and AT&T Mergers)

    06/20/2011 7:30:01 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 1 replies
    Former Massachusetts state Senator Jarrett Barrios has resigned as president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), according to a published report on
  • Regulate the Internet? Why?

    06/18/2011 9:24:42 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 14 replies
    Power Line Blog ^ | June 14th | John
    "Net neutrality" is the Left's euphemism for regulation of the internet. It is a solution for which no known problem exists. Also, you can tell it is a bad idea because it is being promoted by Al Franken. A group called Senate Accountability Watch produced this 30-second video, which is accompanied by a statement that says in part: Senator Franken has spent an extensive amount of Senate time and resources since 2009 to bring about the regulation of the internet. He has tried to make his argument by labeling it, "The Free Speech Issue of our Time." Senators Franken and...
  • FCC's Clyburn at National Town Hall at NCMR

    06/18/2011 6:34:32 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing
    Community Broadband Networks ^ | May 15th, 2011 | Christopher
    On April 8, 2011, FCC Commissioners Clyburn and Copps spoke at the National Conference for Media Reform, held in Boston by Free Press. The moderator asked Commissioner Clyburn about her comments calling on North Carolina to cease consideration of a bill advanced by Time Warner Cable to preempt local authority to build superior broadband networks. The entire event is available via Free Press' Conference site but we isolated the comments about local authority here.
  • FCC quacks duck court showdown (Commentary)

    06/17/2011 5:35:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Thw Washington Times ^ | June 17, 2011 | Seton Motley
    June 21 marks the six-month anniversary of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) illegally imposing itself on the World Wide Web in order to assert patently absurd “net neutrality” rules. A half-year later, the FCC still has not filed the order with the Federal Register, which is where all new rules and regulations must go to begin their imposition. What’s the holdup? There are several possibilities, some or all of which may be why the FCC is so thoroughly slow-playing it. (Please note that it took the FCC less than a month - April 7 to May 6 - to file...
  • Show Me the Rules! (FCC is hiding something on Net Neutrality rules)

    06/17/2011 5:21:26 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 3 replies
    Independent Women's Forum ^ | June 17th | Nicole Kurokawa Neily
    When a government agency passes a heavy-handed set of regulatory rules governing a major sector of our economy on the eve of a national holiday, it’s either because those rules are important and time sensitive… or it’s because they’re controversial and need to be devoid of public scrutiny. Unfortunately, when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to pass net neutrality regulations on the eve of the Christmas holiday last year, it was for the latter. How do we know that these rules weren’t important, and weren’t time-sensitive? Why, because the public still hasn’t seen a published version of the rules...
  • Elmo, Internet Czar & FCC Work to Redistribute Wealth With Free Broadband

    06/16/2011 10:42:09 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Blaze ^ | September 16th, 2010 | Naked Emperor News
    Elmo, Internet Czar & FCC Work to Redistribute Wealth With Free Broadband (VIDEO)
  • GOP Taking Aim Again At Net Neutrality Through Spending Measures

    06/16/2011 8:29:47 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 9 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 15th | Juliana Gruenwald
    House Republicans are not giving up on their quest to block the Federal Communications Commission from implementing its open Internet rules. The House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee is set to take up a fiscal 2012 spending bill on Thursday that includes language barring the FCC from using any of its funding to put into effect the rules, which bar broadband providers from discriminating against Internet content, services or applications. The appropriations bill also would cut funding for the FCC by $17 million over the fiscal 2011 level and would provide $40 million less than what President Obama...
  • Along the Road To Serfdom: Net Neutrality (Hayek's prophetic manuscript of tyranny)

    06/14/2011 7:38:51 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 4 replies
    "The subtle change in meaning to which the word 'freedom' was subjected in order that this argument sound plausible is important. To the great apostles of political freedom the word had meant freedom from coercion, freedom from the arbitrary power of other men, release from the ties which left the individual no choice but obedience to the orders of a superior to whom he was attached...The demand for the new freedom was [in contrast]...only a name for the old demand of an equal distribution of wealth." The Road to Serfdom, "The Great Utopia." p. 77(As quoted by Soros-funded wikipedia) I...
  • California ISP may render "Net Neutrality" laws unnecessary

    06/14/2011 1:33:45 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 16 replies
    CAIVN ^ | June 13th | W. E. Messamore
    Last week, Santa Rosa-based Internet service provider rolled out a blazing fast new fiber optic network that will provide Sonoma County residents with the fastest residential Internet in the United States at an extremely competitive price.'s new offering blasts a hole in the arguments of "Net Neutrality" proponents who fear that ISPs will raise prices and limit quality Internet access without government regulation.'s fastest service package will be 1Gbps (gigabits per second) at only $70 a month, and will include two phone lines and unlimited long distance calls. It will also offer a 100 megabit per second...
  • FCC Wants to Regulate Internet's 'On/Off Ramps,' Commissioner Says

    06/13/2011 7:13:44 AM PDT · by CNSNews · 42 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 6/13/11 | Nicholas Ballasy
    ( - Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, an Obama appointee, told that the FCC does not want to regulate Internet content but it does want to regulate the Internet's “on/off ramps.” At the National Association of Broadcasters Service Awards on Monday, asked Clyburn to what extent the federal government should regulate the Internet.
  • Free Press’s Contrived Outrage at the FCC (And the overton window effect

    06/11/2011 9:01:34 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 14 replies
    Big Government ^ | June 9th | Seton Motley
    We have recently heard very much about the Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)-induced flood of released documents. They show that the anti-free market group Free Press worked quite closely with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) uber-Democrat Commissioner Michael Copps in advance of the December 21 FCC Internet power grab, executed so that the Commission could then impose the ridiculous Network Neutrality. This knowledge certainly helps explain why the technologically inept Free Press was cited fifty-three times in the FCC’s absurd write-up of their absurd December Internet folly. ... Free Press continually acts completely insane – at which they...
  • Letting the Fox Design the Hen House (Net Neutrality)

    06/10/2011 5:33:49 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 6 replies
    Big Government ^ | June 8th | Derek Hunter
    We’ve all heard the saying “The fox guarding the hen house,” right? It essentially means putting someone with their own agenda in charge of making sure something contrary to their interest doesn’t happen. What’s happening at the Department of Education (DoE) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are similar stories of inappropriate interactions between bureaucrats creating policy and the appearance of partnerships with outsiders with their own agendas. It’s not the fox guarding the hen house, it’s closer to the fox designing the security system for the hen house. ... In the case of the FCC, the issue is the...
  • "Public Knowledge" - yet another soros funded net neutrality astroturf group

    06/09/2011 5:29:51 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 13 replies
    We thank the following foundations, corporations, and individuals for supporting our work: Foundations Andy Warhol Foundation Ford Foundation Kahle-Austin Foundation MacArthur Foundation Open Society Institute Rockefeller Philanthropic (NYSMF) Rockefeller Philanthropic Foundation Vadasz Family Foundation
  • FCC Faces Heat Over Disclosure Requirements in Net Neutrality Rules

    06/09/2011 11:04:08 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 11 replies
    Billing World ^ | June 8th | Josh Long
    Rules that are designed to protect the openness of the Internet may not take effect until late this year because the Federal Communications Commission is continuing to review comments that raise concerns over broadband providers’ obligations to disclose certain information to consumers. The deadline for submitting the comments was on April 11, but public documents reflect that FCC officials have been meeting with representatives of the communications industry as recently as last week over specific disclosure requirements that the FCC imposed last December in an order that prohibits broadband providers from blocking lawful content or unreasonable discriminating on their networks....
  • Microsoft/Skype To Shape Net Neutrality

    06/07/2011 6:08:35 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 10 replies
    Media Post ^ | June 6th | Gavin O'Malley
    If and when Microsoft is allowed to buy Skype, what will it do with the Web-calling company? And how might the deal impact the state of Net neutrality at home and abroad? The New York Times, for one, doesn’t have answers or either question. Some experts tell the NYT that Microsoft will likely intensify Skype’s lobbying efforts in Europe, “providing a strong ally in a fight that could require European operators to open their networks to economic competitors.” Others, however, expect Microsoft to retreat, “either dropping Skype’s critical line of argument in Brussels or striking a deal to share revenue...
  • The 18 Senators Who Approve Breaking The Internet To Protect Hollywood

    06/07/2011 3:22:34 AM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 30 replies ^ | 05/26/2011
    The 18 Senators Who Approve Breaking The Internet To Protect Hollywood from the not-cool dept Last fall, we noted that the Senate Judiciary Committee had unanimously voted to approve COICA, a bill for censoring the internet as a favor to the entertainment industry. Thankfully, Senator Ron Wyden stepped up and blocked COICA from progressing. This year, COICA has been replaced by the PROTECT IP Act, which fixes some of the problems of COICA, but introduces significant other problems as well. A wide cross section of people who actually understand technology and innovation have come out against PROTECT IP as written...
  • House Republicans Continue To Question Collaboration On Net Neutrality Rules

    06/03/2011 4:53:13 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 1 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 3rd | Josh Smith
    House Republicans continue to question how the Federal Communications Commission developed and passed rules designed to prevent anticompetitive behavior online. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., criticized what she called "collusion" between the FCC and the advocacy group Free Press on Friday. On Thursday the conservative group Judicial Watch released emails between Free Press employees and Democratic FCC Commissioner Michael Copps and his staff. "I am deeply disturbed by the revelations of collusion between the FCC and Free Press on the net-neutrality issue. The FCC has moved against the will of the people, the wisdom of Congress, and the order of the...
  • The concept of Net Neutrality goes back to the 1800's

    06/03/2011 1:32:22 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 84 replies
    Some have argued that the concept of net neutrality goes back to the 1800's. In one way, they're correct, but it's not the way they think they mean. The father of Net Neutrality, Tim Wu has this to say: In the class at MIT, Wu floats some hypothetical ways you could fight abuse. One would be creating mechanisms that are "something like term limits for monopolists. In theory, the government could say, 'Well, this company has clearly shown it's corrupt. ... So let's just nationalize their source code.'" That's straight forward enough. That does not sound like freedom to me....
  • Documents show FCC coordinated 'Net Neutrality' effort with outside group

    06/02/2011 5:40:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 2, 2011 | Conn Carroll
    Documents made public yesterday by Judicial Watch describe extensive collusion by Federal Communications Commission officials with a left-wing advocacy group in a campaign to expand government regulation of the Internet. The documents, obtained by Judicial Watch in a December 2010 Freedom of Information Act request, were created after Democrat appointees solidified their 3-2 control of the agency in March 2009. Judicial Watch is a conservative nonprofit that specializes in using the FOIA and other avenues to expose corruption in government. The coordination between FCC officials and Free Press, the advocacy group, was on behalf of a proposal that the agency...
  • FCC Colluded with Soros Leftist Organization to Regulate Internet

    Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has uncovered documents from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that indicate officials at the FCC colluded with the leftist Free Press organization to publicly push a new plan to regulate the Internet under the FCC’s so-called “net neutrality” program. Judicial Watch obtained the documents pursuant to a December 27, 2010, Freedom of Information Act request...
  • FCC Colluded with Leftist Organization Free Press to Push Government Regulation of Internet...

    06/02/2011 10:49:01 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 2, 2011
    Complete title: FCC Colluded with Leftist Organization Free Press to Push Government Regulation of Internet, Documents Show Organization with Socialist Ties Driving “Net Neutrality” Agenda inside the Obama FCC? Washington, DCJudicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has uncovered documents from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that indicate officials at the FCC colluded with the leftist Free Press organization to publicly push a new plan to regulate the Internet under the FCC’s so-called “net neutrality” program. Judicial Watch obtained the documents pursuant to a December 27, 2010, Freedom of Information Act...
  • FCC slow to publish neutrality rules

    05/26/2011 2:05:07 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 6 replies
    PoliticObama ^ | May 26th | ELIZA KRIGMAN
    Opponents itching to upend the FCC’s controversial net neutrality rules can forget about doing so anytime soon. The commission adopted the controversial net neutrality order five months ago — and it may be another five months before the rules are published in the Federal Register. The delay, say FCC officials, has to do with the sheer complexity of implementing the order.
  • Video: Crowder on Net Neutrality

    05/24/2011 8:06:56 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 24th | Ed Morrisey
    Steven Crowder finally delivers his long-awaited video on Net Neutrality — and it’s worth the wait. Steven traveled to Austin for the annual SxSW convention to hear the arguments for government intervention in Internet bandwidth allocations, and comes away less than impressed. It’s a debate drenched in technobabble, but the basic principles are clear and unmistakable. Who gets to control the operation of private networks — those who own them, or the government? This is a debate drenched not only in technobabble, but analogies as well. That’s because it’s difficult for most people to grasp the technical details, and so...
  • FCC chief, GOP spar on ‘net neutrality’ ( Lawsuits arent enough )

    05/06/2011 12:13:55 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 5th | David Elridge
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski on Wednesday offered a strong defense of his agency’s new Internet traffic regulations, telling skeptical Republican lawmakers that existing laws were not strong enough to police the large firms that operate the Web’s infrastructure.. “In my view, while critically important, antitrust laws alone would not adequately preserve the freedom and openness of the Internet,” the FCC chief told a House Judiciary subcommittee on the hot-button issue of “net neutrality.”
  • Would the loss of the internet cripple the Tea Party movement? (net neutrality)

    05/06/2011 11:54:02 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 23 replies
    I don't believe in coincedences, not in these contexts. Who besides me has noticed that as the tea party movement has grown, the necessity for net neutrality has also grown? And who besides me has noticed how they don't even care about the fairness doctrine anymore? I know the question I'm going to ask: What is it that they need so bad? What is their driving force here? It has to be the tea party movement. It has to be. If there's anything we should all instinctively know, it's that leftists and progressives cannot withstand the scrutiny of competition. Their...
  • Does Anybody Still Give a #(^&! About Net Neutrality?

    05/06/2011 8:19:17 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 48 replies
    PC World ^ | May 5th | Lisa Greim
    Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who would like very much for all branches of government to abandon their efforts to regulate anything, ever, ripped into FCC Chair Julius Genachowski Thursday for allegedly doing President Obama's bidding on net neutrality. Issa denied that large corporations dominate the Internet access business and accused the FCC of wanting to "regulate everything so it's good for the consumer"--as if that were somehow a bad thing.
  • Leftists Don’t Form ‘Public Interest’ Groups–They Form Government Interest Groups

    05/04/2011 7:51:19 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing
    Big Government ^ | April 27th | Seton Motley
    Those of the Left rarely like to admit or acknowledge that they are of the Left. Witness their repeated vacillations on what they call themselves. It was “progressive” – until people figured out what that meant and loathed it. So they bastardized the classical definition of "liberal" – until people found out what they meant by that and loathed it. So they are now back to "progressive" – hoping that no one remembers how much they loathed it the last go 'round. So too is it with the Leftist grievance groups. The assemblages that exist aren’t really to promote their...
  • Trying To Limit Net Access, Dutch Telcos Accidentally Force Government To Speak Out Net Neutrality

    05/03/2011 4:29:59 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 1 replies
    Techdirt ^ | April 28th
    Although the below image has been circulating the internet as a satirical warning for some time now, Dutch telco KPN recently announced that it's actually going to implement something like this due to declining revenue. The company stated that starting this summer it will be blocking chat-messaging applications such as WhatsApp (competes with SMS), VoIP services (competes with calls) and heavy streaming services. All these services will get their own price tag, just like is currently the case with calling and text messaging. The problem with that logic of course is that calling and SMS are actually different services that...
  • The FCC cited 'Free Press' marxists 53 times when it usurped the internet (net neutrality)

    05/02/2011 11:12:53 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 42 replies ^ | December 21st, 2010 | FCC document
    The direct link to the FCC's website is above. A searchable version can be found at scribd: Now, December 21 is the day that the FCC assaulted the internet by imposing net neutrality - after congress rejected it - after the courts rejected it. And they did it anyways. Now, people think I'm making it up, or exaggerating, or any number of other things when I talk about marxism in context of net neutrality. Ok. Here it is, the day net neutrality became "law"(regulation) - and the "free press" marxists were referenced over and over and over again.
  • The FCC is Again Being ‘DC Disingenuous’ About the Internet

    05/02/2011 10:54:38 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 4 replies
    Big Government ^ | May 2nd | Seton Motley
    But why let the law stop them? In fact, they didn’t – voting themselves wired Internet Overlords on December 21 so as to then impose Net Neutrality. Not having placed a sufficient stranglehold on the wireless Internet, the FCC went back and did so with their just-as-illegal April 7 data roaming power grab. These incessant government assaults on the broadband industry are intended, again, to effect an ideological outcome – the end of all private broadband providers, and the birth of the government broadband monopoly. But don’t take my word for it – take Robert McChesney’s. He’s the godfather of...
  • Book Review: The Master Switch ( and an unconstitutional power grab)

    04/29/2011 4:50:07 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 8th, 2010 | Jeremy Philips
    The Power To Control Is Internet freedom threatened more by dominant companies or by the government's efforts to hem them in? Mr. Wu's solution is to propose a "Separation Principle," a form of industry self-regulation to be overseen by the Federal Communications Commission (though he concedes that there is an ever-present danger of regulatory capture—whereby the FCC or other agencies become excessively influenced by the businesses they are meant to be regulating). The key to competition in the information industry, Mr. Wu believes, is a complete independence among its three layers: content owners (e.g., a games developer); network infrastructure (e.g.,...
  • 'Harry Potter Alliance' teams with Free Press to promote net-neutrality rules (Marxist propaganda)

    04/28/2011 7:00:43 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 18th | Sara Jerome
    The Harry Potter Alliance (HPA), a group that creates advocacy campaigns themed to the spells and characters in the popular book series, is campaigning to promote net-neutrality regulations. The group first teamed up with Free Press on campaign efforts last year, as the Federal Communications Commission mulled whether to create rules reining in how phone and cable companies may treat Internet traffic. The executive director of the Harry Potter group, former comedian Andrew Slack, also participated in the Free Press conference in Boston earlier this month.
  • The Marxist Roots of Net Neutrality

    04/27/2011 3:49:17 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 21 replies
    The Lonely Conservative ^ | December 2010 | lonelyconservative
    The net neutrality vision for government regulation of the Internet began with the work of Robert McChesney, a University of Illinois communications professor who founded the liberal lobby Free Press in 2002. ......... For a man with such radical views, Mr. McChesney and his Free Press group have had astonishing influence. Mr. Genachowski’s press secretary at the FCC, Jen Howard, used to handle media relations at Free Press. The FCC’s chief diversity officer, Mark Lloyd, co-authored a Free Press report calling for regulation of political talk radio. ............... Considering how openly activist the Berkman Center has been on these issues,...
  • The Universal Service Fund and Taxing Internet Content Providers

    04/27/2011 1:34:35 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 9 replies
    Big Government ^ | April 25th | Nick R Brown
    This past tax day I wrote an article examining whether the government might soon be coming after content creators like Google or Netflix. Such a notion would leave many in complete befuddlement after the past two years have seen the pro-Net Neutrality camp deeply entrenched in spreading concerns of impending doom that would be headed to the Internet if we continued even one more day without a regulatory regime placing its grip over the network. One must understand that the heart of the much of the Network Neutrality debate has been the fear that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like that...
  • Religious Right Historian: Net Neutrality is “Unbiblical Socialism” ( David Barton )

    04/27/2011 8:05:44 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 11 replies
    Religion Dispatches ^ | April 20th | Julie Ingersoll
    On his radio show yesterday David Barton and sidekick Rick Green claimed that FCC-supported net neutrality legislation which, as PFAW put it, “ensures that Internet service providers can’t charge higher rates for faster delivery of content,” violates biblical principles of free market, and that they are “socialist.” It’s easy to dismiss that charge as nothing more than demagoguery, but in fact, the discussion gives us insight into what they (and the tea partiers as well as the slew of potential Republican Presidential candidates who seem to be falling all over themselves to cozy up to Barton) mean by socialism and,...
  • Net Neutrality: Promoting a "Free and Open" Internet

    04/10/2011 5:44:21 PM PDT · by Freemarkets101 · 9 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 4/10/11 | Brian Koenig
    A Republican-backed resolution passed a 240-179 vote to repeal a December 2010 measure approved by the FCC that was designed to prevent broadband providers from blocking access to certain websites and applications. The Democrats are not happy. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said of the resolution, “No one should be guarding the gate on the Internet" and the White House said that net neutrality rules came from "a process that brought together parties on all sides of [the] issue -- from consumer groups to technology companies to broadband providers." They say that a "free and open communication" network is vital...
  • Obama administration asks Supreme Court to uphold FCC's indecency policy

    04/22/2011 4:14:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | Friday, April 22, 2011 | Gautham Nagesh
    The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court to overturn a court ruling that greatly diminished the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) ability to police the airwaves for indecency. Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal filed a certiorari petition ahead of Thursday's deadline after previously filing for two extensions. The administration is asking the Supreme Court to overturn the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals decision that struck down the FCC's indecency policy last July. The court ruled that the FCC's policy against fleeting expletives on live television, instituted in 2004 after U2 frontman Bono used an expletive during the 2003 Golden Globes,...
  • Pelosi: Anti-Net Neutrality Bill Isn't Going Anywhere

    04/09/2011 2:57:16 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 7 replies ^ | April 9, 2011 | Josh Smith
    BOSTON - Even as the House voted to repeal federal Internet access rules Friday, top Democratic policymakers called free and open communications a vital part of American democracy. Speaking at Free Press’s National Conference for Media Reform, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she was pleased by Democratic opposition to the GOP-backed resolution, which cleared the House Friday afternoon. The resolution would nullify Federal Communications Commission net neutrality regulations that aim to prevent Internet service providers from blocking certain websites.