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  • Fast Lanes Saved the Internet (Net Neutrality)

    08/04/2014 4:32:25 AM PDT · by abb · 20 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 3, 2014 | Gordon Crovitz
    If you're confused by the "net neutrality" debate roiling Washington, you're in good company. The editors of Wired magazine realized that even their high-tech readers needed help understanding what passes for political debate on the topic. They published a graphic in June with the heading "What you think the Internet looks like" alongside "What the Internet really looks like." It debunked the key claim of net-neutrality lobbyists that allowing "fast lanes" would undermine the open Internet. The Wired graphic shows that the Internet is already full of fast lanes. snip If it weren't for these fast lanes, the Web would...
  • In Net-Neutrality Push, Democrats Aim to Make the Internet a Utility

    07/14/2014 1:48:01 PM PDT · by abb · 18 replies
    Nextgov ^ | July 14, 2014 | Brendan Sasso
    Several liberal lawmakers want to apply utility-style regulations to Internet service providers. Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, collected signatures for a letter urging the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the Internet like the telephone system. Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Al Franken of Minnesota, as well as independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, have signed on, aides confirmed. The lawmakers have planned a Tuesday morning press conference with Internet advocacy groups. In the letter, the senators argue that stronger authority is necessary to enact strong net-neutrality rules to prevent broadband providers such as Comcast from manipulating...
  • Letter received from the detestable Sen. Chuck Schumer (vanity)

    07/11/2014 5:50:38 PM PDT · by Personal Responsibility · 8 replies
    Email received from the detestable Senator Schumer | July 11 2014 | Personal Responsibility / chuck Schumer
    I live in New York which makes the detestable Chuck Schumer one of my Senators, He sent me the email below - unsolicited - regarding his efforts on my behalf on Net Neutrality. Beneath that is my response to him.
  • Senators Opposing Net Neutrality Receive More ISP Lobbying Cash

    05/19/2014 10:02:23 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 11 replies
    DSL REPORTS ^ | Monday May 19 2014 | by Karl Bode
    Surprising nobody, data from Maplight shows that the Republican and Democrat lawmakers opposing both Title II ISP reclassification and net neutrality rules receive 2.3 times more campaign contributions from the cable industry than average. Twenty-nine members of Congress own stock in Comcast, making Comcast the 25th most held stock among members of Congress. Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) owns more Comcast stock than any other member. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has received more money from the cable industry than any other member of the House of Representatives: $109,250 over the last...
  • The FCC Issues its Proposal On Net Neutrality; Protesters Are Tossed from Hearing

    05/17/2014 10:02:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 5/17/14 | tyler durden
    Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, As spring unfolds here in the Northern Hemisphere, the future of the free and open Internet hangs in the balance. As such, I strongly believe everyone should have at least some understanding of what is at stake. When most people hear or read the words “net neutrality” their eyes glaze over with a feeling of confusion and despair: “I can’t remember, am I supposed to be for or against this?” This is exactly how the lawyers and lobbyists in D.C. want it, but unless the citizenry is informed we could lose the...
  • The only quote you need to read from the FCC’s net neutrality meeting

    05/15/2014 6:38:32 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 17 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | May 15, 2014 | BRIAN FUNG
    <p>Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler laid out the bright line on his proposed net neutrality rules during the Thursday meeting: "If a network operator slowed the speed of service below that which the consumer bought, it would be commercially unreasonable and therefore prohibited.</p>
  • The Document That Could Change the Internet Forever

    05/15/2014 6:19:56 PM PDT · by lbryce · 40 replies
    Mashable ^ | May 15, 2014 | Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
    The FCC has published its full net neutrality proposal, a document that could very well change the Internet as we know it. See also: FCC Advances Controversial Proposal on Net Neutrality On Thursday, the FCC approved the proposal with a 3-2 vote, opening a period of 120 days of public comments in which anyone, from stakeholders like broadband providers and net neutrality advocates to the average netizen, can weigh in and propose changes to the document. After this period, the FCC will write a final set of rules and vote on them. The entire proposal is embedded below and the...
  • Comcast vs. Netflix: Is this really about Net neutrality?

    05/15/2014 1:40:39 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 20 replies
    cnet.com ^ | May 15, 2014 | Marguerite Reardon
    If you noticed more buffering and sputtering when streaming video from Netflix a few months ago, you weren't alone. But who was really to blame? Your broadband provider or Netflix? Netflix, which earlier this year reluctantly agreed to pay interconnection fees to broadband providers, has suggested that Comcast is to blame because it's violating principles of Net neutrality, which are all about keeping the Internet free and open. Comcast has vigorously denied these assertions. Still, questions remain and confusion abounds over how the two ideas are linked or whether they should be linked at all. The confusion deepened with statements...
  • Net Neutrality?

    05/15/2014 9:39:47 AM PDT · by bboop · 40 replies
    Self ^ | May 15, 2014 | self
    Just need a quick, clear understanding of Net Neutrality. I think it is Activism because I am always suspicious of the government trying to control the Internet.
  • FCC to cripple the Internet

    05/15/2014 6:26:13 AM PDT · by dayglored · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 14, 2014 | John R. Quain
    The Federal Communications Commission thinks the Internet in the United States can be run at two speeds. Backtracking from an earlier proposal, the FCC now believes it will be just fine to let Internet service providers (ISPs) control what you access online, with a few exceptions that the FCC would police. While this new proposal might not kill the Internet, as it exists now, it would certainly cripple it – at least for American consumers and businesses. Multiple leaks about FCC chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to the commission, which will be presented on Thursday, indicate that the agency would not...
  • Cruz looking to blunt FCC authority

    05/14/2014 7:43:26 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/13/14 08:11 PM EDT | Julian Hattem
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is looking to strip the Federal Communications Commission of its ability to write new net neutrality rules.The senator is currently circulating draft legislation that would undercut the commission’s legal authority to write new regulations governing the way that Internet service providers treat different streams of traffic online.Cruz “has serious concerns about the course the FCC is pursuing on net neutrality and on the questionable authority on which it’s relying,” spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said in an email to The Hill. “He is exploring legislative options to preserve the freedom of the Internet to remain an engine for...
  • Five US Internet Providers Are Slowing Down Access Until They Get More Cash

    05/06/2014 8:34:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Popular Resistance ^ | May 6, 2014 | Timothy B. Lee
    If you’re the customer of a major American internet provider, you might have been noticing it’s not very reliable lately. If so, there’s a pretty good chance that a graph like this is the reason:These graphs comes from Level 3, one of the world’s largest providers of “transit,” or long-distance internet connectivity. The graph on the left shows the level of congestion between Level 3 and a large American ISP in the Dallas area. In the middle of the night, the connection is less than half-full and everything works fine. But during peak hours, the connection is saturated. That produces...
  • Tech at Night: Zombie Net Neutrality just won’t die.

    05/03/2014 10:51:23 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 2 replies
    Red State ^ | May 3 2014 | Neil Stevens
    Even though repeated losses in court are making the Net Neutrality folks have to compromise with reality, the fact is they’re still freaking out about the ability to charge more for better service, which is a good thing to have. The facts are though that we don’t need new laws, and the laws they do want would just pick winners and losers, which is why Netflix is pushing so hard. If the roles are reversed they’d be screaming that I was being paid by Netflix. Picking winners and losers is a theme in fights happening in cities across the country...
  • This is Why the FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules Could Disempower Communities of Color

    04/29/2014 3:14:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Fusion ^ | April 28, 2014 | Jorge Rivas
    Out of 1.2 trillion Google searches in 2012, Trayvon Martin was the ninth most searched event. But the unarmed black teen who was fatally shot in Florida may have never become a household name if it wasn’t for Twitter, Facebook and the blogs that kept his story in the news until it reached a national level. Now black and Latino net neutrality advocates say it will be much harder, and maybe even impossible, to catapult stories like Martin’s to a national level if new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ‘fast lane’ rules are implemented. Martin was shot dead by George Zimmerman...
  • Reports: FCC Poised For Changes To Net Neutrality Policy

    04/23/2014 10:32:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    NPR ^ | April 23, 2014 6:51 PM ET | Eyder Peralta
    The Federal Communications Commission is getting ready to propose new rules when it comes to net neutrality, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal are reporting based on unnamed sources. Late Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler called the reports of a turnaround “flat out wrong.” According to the Times and the Journal, the FCC is planning to allow Internet service providers to sell a faster pipe into people’s homes to content companies willing to pay for it. In other words, content providers could pay for preferential treatment into American homes. …
  • Clinton Admin Feared Internet's Ability to Democraticize News 3 Years Before Drudge Bombshell

    04/19/2014 5:05:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 19, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Three years before Matt Drudge changed the world and how news would be consumed, President Bill Clinton's White House feared that the Internet was allowing average citizens, especially conservatives, to bypass legacy gatekeepers and access information that had previously been denied to them by the mainstream press. The infamous 1995 "conspiracy commerce memo" tried to demonize and discredit alternative media outlets on the right to mainstream media organizations and D.C. establishment figures. The memo notes that the "Internet has become one of the major and most dynamic modes of communication" and "can link people, groups and organizations together instantly." "Moreover,...
  • Newly released Clinton document describes Internet as ‘right wing’ tool of ‘conspiracy commerce’

    04/18/2014 5:16:29 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 43 replies
    Newly released Clinton document describes Internet as ‘right wing’ tool of ‘conspiracy commerce’ Posted By Giuseppe Macri On 6:01 PM 04/18/2014 In | No Comments A previously unreleased White House document among the 7,500 published by the Clinton presidential library Friday warns that the burgeoning Internet of 1995 is being “seized” by the “right wing” and turned into a “communication stream of conspiracy commerce.” The 1995 report, titled “The Communication Stream of Conspiracy Commerce,” describes the Internet as a new method of communication ”employed by the right wing” and used to “convey their fringe stories into legitimate subjects of coverage...
  • Obama Drafting Bill to Take Control of the Internet!!!

    03/23/2009 3:50:07 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 32 replies · 2,302+ views
    Dr Bulldog ^ | 3/23/09 | Dr Bulldog
    Obama Drafting Bill to Take Control of the Internet!!! This is some freakin’ Orwellian stuff! If this bill goes through and gives power to Obama to control the Internet, you can rest assured that conservative bloggers and websites will be shut down left and right! Post a link to this article wherever you visit today and email it to everyone you know! This is war!!! A bill to shift cybersecurity to White House by Stephanie Condon - news.cnet.com Forthcoming legislation would wrest cybersecurity responsibilities from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and transfer them to the White House, a proposed...
  • Senate Wants Presidential Control of the Internet

    08/28/2009 7:53:27 PM PDT · by Clint Williams · 15 replies · 655+ views
    Dahota Voice ^ | 8/28/9 | Bob Ellis
    The power-grabs from this Constitutionally-belligerent liberal government just keep rolling. Taking over huge sections of the banking industry wasn’t enough. Taking over the auto industry wasn’t enough. Taking over the energy industry wasn’t enough. Taking over the health care industry still wasn’t enough. Now they want to take control of the entire internet.
  • Video: Hillary Clinton Speaks at NUSEUM Single Internet Freedom Cyber-Freedom! Promotes CENSORSHIP!

    01/22/2010 5:14:25 AM PST · by iloveamerica1980 · 11 replies · 408+ views
    Dittos Rush! ^ | 1-11-10 | James
    Hillary Clinton Speaks at NUSEUM Single Internet Freedom Cyber-Freedom! Secretary Clinton mentioned the launch of a competition to improve information exchanges: "We stand for a single internet where all of humanity has equal access to knowledge and ideas.....this freedom is no longer defined by whether citizens can go into the town square and criticize their government without fear of retribution....blogs have created new targets for censorship....we must also work against those who use the internet as tools of disruption and fear." Code word: CENSORSHIP!
  • America's unique Internet success (Hillary/Obama/Pelosi Grab at US Internet Control)

    03/03/2007 2:16:23 PM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 35 replies · 977+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 1, 2007 | Scott Cleland
    A tech legislative priority of congressional Democrats, "net neutrality," threatens America's unique Internet success, because it would reverse America's 11-year, bipartisan policy to promote competition and not regulate the Internet. Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, are co-sponsors of Dorgan-Snowe (S.215), a net neutrality bill that for the first time would mandate broadband provide equal treatment to all Internet content. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also supports net neutrality as does House Telecom Subcommittee Chairman Ed Markey, who plans a series of hearings soon to promote net neutrality legislation. To justify massive new government intervention in the Internet...
  • HILLARY'S SECRET WAR: The plan to silence Internet journalists

    02/08/2007 11:29:40 AM PST · by Winged Hussar · 33 replies · 1,777+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | July 6, 2005 | Richard Poe
    Poe's expose focuses on how Hillary Clinton and the left's "shadow government" have labored to put her and her far-left agenda in the White House by controlling the still-uncensored flow of real news to Americans – via the Internet. If that sounds too fantastic to be true, read on. On Feb. 11, 1998, Hillary Clinton told reporters that the Internet needed an "editing" or "gatekeeping" function. The World Wide Web was out of control, she said. It needed to be reined in. Five years later, Hillary's dream is on the verge of being realized. The McCain-Feingold Act of 2002 empowers...
  • FLASHBACK: HILLARY CLINTON SAYS INTERNET NEWS NEEDS 'RETHINK'

    09/25/2005 2:29:17 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 63 replies · 8,507+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 9/25/05 | Matt Drudge
    China on Sunday imposed new media restrictions designed to limit the news and other information available to Internet users, sharply restricting the scope of content that can be posted on Web sites. Hillary Rodham Clinton said IN 1998 during a meeting with reporters said that "we are all going to have to rethink how we deal with" the Internet because of the handling of White House sex scandal stories on Web sites. Clinton was asked whether she favored curbs on the Internet, after the DRUDGE REPORT made headlines with coverage of her husband's affair with a White House intern. "We...
  • Hillary's plan to silence Internet journalists (Poe commentary)

    07/06/2005 4:37:31 AM PDT · by ViLaLuz · 40 replies · 2,964+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | July 6, 2005 | Richard Poe
    HILLARY'S SECRET WAR Hillary's plan to silence Internet journalists Posted: July 6, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern Editor's note: The following is an eye-opening sneak preview of New York Times best-selling author Richard Poe's revealing book, "Hillary's Secret War." Whereas Edward Klein's book on the New York senator reveals previously unknown aspects of her personal life, Poe's expose focuses on how Hillary Clinton and the left's "shadow government" have labored to put her and her far-left agenda in the White House by controlling the still-uncensored flow of real news to Americans – via the Internet. If that sounds too fantastic...
  • BLOGGERS SCORE CBS VICTORY - Hillary's 1998 Take on Internet Bloggers (Future Free Speech Alert)

    09/15/2004 8:57:09 AM PDT · by AWestCoaster · 21 replies · 1,575+ views
    NO GATEKEEPING Our president's latest scandal was broken by Internet columnist Matt Drudge, who reported that Newsweek had spiked a story about Monica Lewinsky. Some people see that as a black eye for the print media and a victory for the Internet. Not First Lady Hillary Clinton, who was asked about the Net's role in dissemination of news at a press conference on February 11. "As exciting as these new developments are there are a number of serious issues without any kind of editing function or gate-keeping function. What does it mean to have the right to defend your reputation,...
  • Brazil champions undersea cable to bypass US

    02/25/2014 10:33:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 25.02.14 @ 09:46 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    A proposal to lay an undersea cable between Portugal and Brazil to circumvent US snooping has been praised by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Rousseff on Monday (25 February) in Brussels at the annual EU-Brazil summit told reporters that privacy, human rights, and the sovereignty of nations must be respected. “The internet is one of the best things man has ever invented. So we agreed for the need to guarantee … the neutrality of the network, a democratic area where we can protect freedom of expression,” she said. Brazilian state-owned telecom provider Telebra is reported to have cut a deal last...
  • FCC Plans to Issue New 'Net Neutrality' Rules

    02/20/2014 8:35:25 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    http://online.wsj.com/news/ ^ | February 19, 2014 | Gautham Nagesh
    The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday it would again issue rules to prevent Internet service providers from blocking or slowing down access to content providers that don't pay a toll to reach consumers. snip Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit threw out FCC rules barring providers from blocking or slowing down websites, but it acknowledged the FCC has some authority to regulate broadband-company practices under a section of the 1996 Telecommunications Act that gives it broad authority to encourage U.S. broadband service. The FCC said Wednesday it won't appeal the D.C. Circuit's ruling....
  • Comcast Set to Acquire Time Warner Cable for $45 Billion

    02/12/2014 8:13:12 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 42 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 12, 2014 | David Gelles
    Comcast will announce a deal to acquire Time Warner Cable in an all-stock deal worth more than $45 billion that will unite the biggest and second largest cable television operators in the country, according to people briefed on the matter. . The surprise merger — expected to be announced on Thursday — is likely to bring to an end a protracted takeover battle that a smaller cable rival, Charter Communications, has been waging for Time Warner Cable, and will be the second major deal for Comcast in recent years to radically reshape the American media landscape.
  • Netflix earnings beat estimates; stock soars 17%

    01/22/2014 3:03:54 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 22, 2014 | Andrew Harrer
    Netflix reported higher profit for the fourth quarter as the company added 2.3 million customers to its TV and movie streaming service in the United States, sending its shares up more than 17 percent in after-hours trading. (Click here to get the latest quote.) The company on Wednesday reported net income of $48 million for the quarter, up from $8 million a year ago. Earnings-per-share were 79 cents, Netflix said in a statement.
  • The Net Neutrality Lobby Is Like a Frog

    01/18/2014 11:22:05 PM PST · by Pontiac · 21 replies
    WSJ On-Line ^ | 1/17/2014 | Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
    What the net-neut obsessives refuse to recognize is that anticompetitive intent isn't worth worrying about if an anticompetitive result isn't possible. If AT&T were "double-dipping," or charging sender and recipient for the same data, as some allege, its rivals would quickly copy its innovation and compete away any excess revenues. If AT&T were to degrade websites that don't pay up, its rivals would pounce and steal AT&T's dissatisfied customers.
  • 'Pay to play' on the Web?: Net neutrality explained(If your ISP doesn't like FR...)

    01/16/2014 3:02:33 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 42 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/15/2014 | CNN
    How would you like to have to pay a fee to be able to stream YouTube videos at full speed? What if you liked downloading music from, say, Last.fm or Soundcloud, but those sites suddenly became infinitely slower than bigger sites like Amazon or iTunes? Those are the kind of major changes to the Internet some folks are envisioning after a federal court ruling this week on what's come to be called "net neutrality." This stuff can get really confusing, with all the government jargon, Internet lingo and competing arguments mixed up in it. But it's also really important and...
  • Court strikes down net neutrality

    01/14/2014 8:32:19 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 76 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 14, 2014 | Kate Tummarello
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down the Obama administration’s net-neutrality rules. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Federal Communications Commission overstepped its authority by prohibiting Internet providers from blocking or discriminating against traffic to lawful websites. By classifying Internet access as an “information service” as opposed to a “telecommunications service” — which is the classification used for traditional telephone companies — the FCC cannot impose its “anti-discrimination” and “anti-blocking” rules on Internet providers, the court said. “Given that the Commission has chosen to classify broadband providers in a manner that exempts them from treatment as...
  • Brussels to table (initiate) net neutrality rules in July

    06/05/2013 11:51:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EU Observer ^ | 05.06.13 @ 09:14 (June 5) | Benjamin Fox
    The European Commission will table “net neutrality” rules to prevent internet providers blocking access to rival sites within weeks, the bloc’s digital agenda chief has said. Speaking at an event on the digital economy on Tuesday (4 June), commissioner Neelie Kroes said the new rules would offer “a safeguard for every European, on every device, on every network: a guarantee of access to the full and open internet, without any blocking or throttling of competing services.” …
  • Proof Positive - In My Opinion (who created Innocence of Muslims)(Obama)

    09/20/2012 10:33:42 PM PDT · by TigersEye · 145 replies
    Youtube ^ | Sept. 20, 2012 | Montagraph
    Proof Positive - In My Opinion True Source Found For "Innocence of Muslims." (Obama)This is a Youtube video produced by user Montagraph who speculated that "Innocence of Muslims" was a false flag op. So did I. He has done a lot of work tracing numerous websites connected to the original uploading of the now famous video. His narrative starts out very slow but give it a chance. He does explain it all in detail and has sourced it all with URLs below his vid. Montagraph declines to say that his evidence is definitive so you be the judge. The internet...
  • George Soros: Media Mogul (Lefty Businessman Spends Millions Funding Journalism)

    08/19/2011 8:23:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | August 15, 2011 | Dan Gainor and Iris Somberg
    On April 8, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi headlined a Boston conference on ''media reform.'' She was joined by four other congressmen, a senator, two FCC commissioners, a Nobel laureate and numerous liberal journalists. The 2,500-person event was sponsored by a group called Free Press, one of more than 180 different media-related organizations that receives money from liberal billionaire George Soros. Soros, who first made a name for himself in investing and currency trading, now makes his name in politics and policy. Since the 2004 election, the controversial financier has used his influence and billions to push a laundry list...
  • (IBD) Will "Net Neutrality" Fan Obama Let United Nations Seize The Internet?

    11/27/2012 7:01:59 AM PST · by raptor22 · 5 replies
    Patriot Action Network ^ | November 27, 2012
    Free Speech: The U.N. plans to control the tool that tyrants fear most — technology that promotes free speech and intellectual freedom — by imposing a global tax in the name of fairness. Think of net neutrality on steroids. Elections have consequences, and one consequence of President Obama's re-election may be U.S. acquiescence to the administrative control of the Internet to the United Nations and journalist-jailing and Web-censoring regimes from Iran to Venezuela, complete with a global tax on its use. The U.N.'s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is holding the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai from Dec. 3...
  • Will Obama Let the U.N. Seize The Internet?

    11/26/2012 4:12:39 PM PST · by raptor22 · 41 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 26, 2012
    Free Speech: The U.N. plans to control the tool that tyrants fear most — technology that promotes free speech and intellectual freedom — by imposing a global tax in the name of fairness. Think of net neutrality on steroids. Elections have consequences, and one consequence of President Obama's re-election may be U.S. acquiescence to the administrative control of the Internet to the United Nations and journalist-jailing and Web-censoring regimes from Iran to Venezuela, complete with a global tax on its use. The U.N.'s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is holding the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai from Dec. 3...
  • Don't let the UN steal the Internet

    08/29/2012 7:22:08 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 6 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 8/28/2012 | David Gewirtz
    Summary: If the UN seizes control of the Internet, they'll take the Internet from the voices of freedom and give it to nations who'd prefer to either kill it or refashion it into another tool of state control.
  • Public consultation on 'net neutrality' to delay EU rules on ISPs

    07/25/2012 1:18:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EU Observer ^ | 24.07.12 @ 20:07 | Benjamin Fox
    Plans for tighter EU rules on Internet service providers have been pushed back to 2013 after the European Commission this week launched a public consultation lasting until mid-October. The EU executive is seeking information about whether service providers manipulate online traffic management to promote their own products, and give web users sufficient power to easily switch operators, as part of its response to the "net neutrality" debate. The move comes weeks after BEREC, the pan-European group of national Internet regulators, published a report claiming that between 20 and 50 percent of Internet providers in Europe use software to block or...
  • The U.N.'s Internet Power Grab

    06/18/2012 12:05:06 PM PDT · by listenhillary · 8 replies
    http://online.wsj.com ^ | June 18, 2011 | Gordon Crovitz
    It's easy to understand why countries like Russia, China and Iran would want to rewire the Internet, cutting off access to their citizens and undermining the idea of a World Wide Web. What's more surprising is that U.S. diplomats are letting authoritarian regimes hijack an obscure U.N. agency to undermine how the Internet works, including for Americans. The failure by U.S. negotiators to stop attacks on the Internet became known only through documents leaked last week. They concern a U.N. agency known as the International Telecommunications Union. Founded in 1865 to regulate the telegraph, the body (now part of the...
  • USDA seeks change to regulate Internet pet sales

    05/11/2012 5:43:22 AM PDT · by Gennie · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2012 | TRACIE CONE
    Dog breeders who skirt animal welfare laws by selling puppies over the Internet would face tighter scrutiny under a rule change proposed Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The change would subject dog owners who breed more than four females and sell the puppies electronically, by mail or over the phone to the same oversight faced by wholesale dealers as part of the Animal Welfare Act. That law, written in 1966, set standards of care for animals bred for commercial sale and research. Retail sales were exempt from inspections under the assumption that anyone who visited the store could...
  • Web freedom faces greatest threat ever, warns Google's Sergey Brin

    04/15/2012 9:21:37 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sunday 15 April 2012 13.07 EDT | Ian Katz
    The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin. In an interview with the Guardian, Brin warned there were "very powerful forces that have lined up against the open internet on all sides and around the world". "I am more worried than I have been in the past," he said. "It's scary." The threat to the freedom of the internet comes, he claims, from a combination of governments increasingly trying to control access and communication by their citizens, the entertainment...
  • FCC Considers Granting Police the Authority to Shut Down Cell Phone Networks

    03/08/2012 3:55:59 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 119 replies
    The Intel Hub ^ | 6 March 2012 | IntelHub
    The FCC is currently seeking public comments on whether or not it is appropriate and feasible to grant local police forces the power to shut down mobile phone networks.The request for the public’s input comes after BATR officials in San Fransisco shut down cell towers in an attempt to stop a first amendment protected protest for “public safety” reasons.An article published by CFO World broke down the FCC request in an easy to understand fashion: The FCC asks several questions in its request for comments. Among them:– When have government agencies in the U.S. considered interrupting mobile service?– When would...
  • Obama’s Internet police: Moves to regulate online commerce

    03/08/2012 1:01:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 6, 2012 | The Editors
    It’s the same old story. Ever since the Internet became popular, politicians have looked for a way to sink their claws into it. They hate the idea that the public might communicate and engage in commerce largely free from governmental red tape. So President Obama last month announced a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights to give Uncle Sam more of a role in shaping the online experience. The idea is to exploit the recent, high-profile privacy controversies surrounding Google and Facebook. Some complain that these online giants are collecting too much personal information. Usually, public outrage about intrusive practices is...
  • White House follows EU’s lead with new Internet ‘rules of the road’

    03/06/2012 12:50:56 PM PST · by ColdOne · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/5/12 | Gene J. Koprowski
    This administration’s proposal asks Congress to codify the new rights, which include granting the federal government more police power. The Federal Trade Commission would be empowered with “direct enforcement authority” to ensure consumer data privacy, according to the strategy. Overall, the Obama proposal includes seven principles to protect consumer privacy online, White House aides told reporters last week in a telephone briefing. The proposed rules would also include an “enforceable code of conduct” that Internet companies would have to comply with, or face litigation or civil penalties, under the expanded FTC power. That agency’s power is currently more limited. “A...
  • FCC chairman’s books contain undocumented meetings with left-wing lobbyists

    02/21/2012 4:22:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    daily caller ^ | 2/21/12 | Josh Peterson
    In the months leading up to the Federal Communications Commission’s December 21, 2010 “net neutrality” vote, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s appointment book contained two key meetings not listed in Commission’s legal filings, The Daily Caller has learned. Genachowski’s appointment book, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and provided to TheDC by the National Legal and Policy Center, showed two meetings that were not listed in the Commission’s ex parte filings in the month prior to the “net neutrality vote.” “Net neutrality” is where Internet traffic management policies of Internet service providers (ISPs) are governed by the FCC....
  • It’s back!plan to kill talk radio. Group advising White House wants to restore controversial policy

    02/02/2012 7:51:58 AM PST · by tutstar · 95 replies · 1+ views
    Klein Online ^ | 2 1 2012 | Aaron Klein
    Actual title is : It’s baaack! The plan to kill talk radio. Group advising White House wants to restore controversial policy An organization that helped to craft President Obama’s environmental policies has recommended the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine, purportedly as a method of silencing critics of the theory of global warming. The Presidential Climate Action Project, or PCAP, last year released an extensive list of recommendations for the White House in a 75-page paper entitled, “Building the Obama Administration’s Climate Legacy.” Primary among the PCAP’s recommendations is that the Department of Energy should join the U.S. Department of Housing...
  • Google is no friend of Internet freedom (SOPA warriors - don't lose sight of Net Neutrality)

    01/23/2012 5:11:26 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 20th | Phil Kerpen
    For the better part of a decade, companies like Google and IAC/InterActiveCorp have been pushing for the federal government to regulate the Internet in the name of net neutrality, and I’ve been fighting them every step of the way. We beat them in Congress. We beat them in the courts. We beat them in public opinion. But we lost to them on a 3-2 party line vote at the Federal Communications Commission, led by long-time IAC/InterActiveCorp general counsel turned FCC chairman Julius Genachowski. The FCC’s unlawful order gives that commission the self-appointed power to regulate how the broadband networks that...
  • The Great Internet Blackout

    01/23/2012 4:31:42 AM PST · by expat1000 · 11 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Jan 22, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    "This is our world now... the world of the electron and the switch, the beauty of the baud." For people who grew up at a certain time with a thick glowing monitor casting light on their faces these were the closing words of their own Declaration of Independence. For those people the internet was not a layout of graphics and flash videos blaring from every website, but amalgams of text. The internet before the internet was an elitist place, like Linux, it was part puzzle and part love of taking intangible things apart and putting them back together again. Like...
  • SOPA/PIPA, Net Neutrality and the Good Guys and Bad Guys Against Both

    01/19/2012 7:06:42 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | January 19th | Seton Motley
    The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) (and its Senate alternative, the Protect Intellectual Property Act [PIPA]) have been taking a bipartisan beating. Conservatives have joined with Leftists to savage the bill and thus its chances for passage. I too am opposed to this iteration of SOPA – it remains too overly broad. But something similar and more finely, sharply crafted – must become law. And conservatives will need to reorient themselves when a better version of the bill comes along – and support it. —– We cannot look at the SOPA debate without putting it into the broader context of...