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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...