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  • An Active President: Obama on the March As the GOP Preps to Run Congress

    12/21/2014 9:04:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2014 | Rob Schwarzwalder
    Since last month’s election, the President has been a busy fellow. He’s traveled to China, heralded what he called a “turning point” in American military affairs, “signed a Presidential Memorandum that prohibits future oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Bristol Bay” and land areas near it and announced a new director for the White House Council for Strong Cities, Strong Communities, to boot.FRC takes no formal position on these issues, or on those that follow (with one exception). Rather, they are listed to make the point that Mr. Obama is not going suddenly to become an inactive Chief Executive. He...
  • Ford Foundation pours millions into net neutrality to guarantee billion-dollar investments

    12/15/2014 4:13:03 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Watchdog ^ | December 15, 2014 | Josh Peterson and Yaël Ossowski
    In addition to major telecommunications firms aiming to influence the public debate on net neutrality, there’s the Ford Foundation, the second-largest private foundation in the world. “If you are a foundation for justice in the world, and you don’t understand that the Internet is going to be a major battleground in this century, and you’re not engaged in that fight and supporting people who are concerned about access and security, you’re going to be left out of one of the most important justice issues of the day,” Foundation President Darren Walker told the Council on Foreign Relations this summer. “And...
  • Beyond Hypothetical: How FCC Internet Regulation Would Hurt Consumers [Cruz was Right]

    12/08/2014 12:51:26 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    Heritage.org ^ | November 25, 2014 | James L. Gattuso and Michael Sargent
    AbstractThe FCC has proposed new regulations for Internet service providers, so-called net neutrality rules; the specific practices such rules would ban are unclear. While much will depend on the how the final rules are written, regulation advocates have given some indication of the types of practices they would target. Most of the practices identified by regulation supporters as activities that should be prohibited are in fact beneficial to consumers, or are conducted by challengers to the dominant firms in the marketplace. These cases—identified as examples of neutrality violations by regulation supporters themselves—show that efforts to further regulate the open...
  • Merkel speaks out against net neutrality

    12/06/2014 11:35:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 04 Dec 2014 16:15 GMT+01:00 | Sabine Devins
    Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for preferential services for certain providers on the web at her keynote speech at a conference in Berlin on Thursday. Merkel said that some key services for the digital economy would require reliable transmission quality and should therefore be treated differently from other data. At the Vodafone-hosted Digitizing Europe conference in Berlin, she called for a splitting of services, “one for free internet, and the other for special services,” adding that it was up to Brussels to negotiate how it would work. "An innovation-friendly internet means that there is a guaranteed reliability for special services,"...
  • Breitbart.com where are you?

    12/03/2014 9:53:35 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/03/14 | Judi McLeod
    Notice how websites who are Big Government advocates never go offline Update: Breitbart is back online! Courtesy of a heads up from Canada Free Press (CFP) tipster Budd G., Breitbart is offline this morning. Or at least it is offline at the time of this writing. This is the message people going to Breitbart are getting: Error 503 Service Unavailable Service Unavailable XID: 682556712 O: (null) GN: ch-sc-bb-shield1 The web server is responding too slowly to service your request. Please try again later. Breitbart.com, one of the most reliable news sites available on the World Wide Web, is surfed by...
  • Vietnam detains blogger for 'bad' content

    11/30/2014 1:06:47 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    yahoo ^ | 8 hours ago
    Hong Le Tho, 65, was detained for "posting online articles with bad content and false information that discredit and create distrust among people about state agencies, social agencies and citizens," the Ministry of Public Security said on Saturday on its website.
  • A Backdoor Tax on the Internet

    11/22/2014 7:27:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 22, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    Ready to pay more for Internet access? Me neither. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what we can expect under the “net neutrality” rules being pushed by President Obama. “Net neutrality” may sound harmless, but there would be nothing neutral about this change. Currently, broadband providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast are treated differently than traditional telephone companies and electric utilities. They aren’t subject to “common-carrier” rules that prohibit them from varying rates and services. In short, they can offer -- and charge -- what they want. That’s good for consumers, because it means that in order to compete, they’re always trying...
  • Ted Cruz’s Plan for Internet Freedom? A Permanent Internet Tax Ban

    11/20/2014 4:29:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    NextGov ^ | November 20, 2014 | Dustin Volz
    Sen. Ted Cruz is lobbying hard to prevent government regulation of the Internet, but one measure the Texas Republican supports is expected to create a sizeable budget hole for his state. Cruz, a likely presidential candidate in 2016, spent ample time last week promoting a permanent extension to an expiring ban on federal, state, and local taxation of Internet access that is currently being considered in Congress. The measure, which passed the House earlier this year, is popular in both parties and considered a lame-duck "must pass," as the ban is set to lift on Dec. 11. But a lesser-known...
  • Cruz Continues Fight for Internet Freedom

    11/18/2014 5:55:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Amy Ridenour's National Center Blog ^ | November 17, 2014 | Amy Ridenour
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is continuing his fight to limit government interference into (and taxation of) the Internet, today releasing a compilation of comments he has received since his Washington Post op-ed and short video were released last week (you can watch the video here). Here's a few of many (emphases were added by me): "Sen. Ted Cruz got it right last week when he tweeted that Title II would be ObamaCare for the Internet." -- L. Gordon Crovitz, former Wall Street Journal publisher and author of the Wall Street Journal's Information Age column "Private Internet providers already compete with...
  • The Negative Consequences of Net Neutrality Explained in 2 Minutes [This is brilliant!]

    11/18/2014 2:30:33 PM PST · by grundle · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 17, 2014 | Ted Cruz
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oRoG8SqChE
  • Ted Cruz Explains Internet Freedom in Nine Seconds

    11/18/2014 11:38:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | November 18, 2014 | Sarah Rumpf
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined the video social media service Vine on Monday, publishing two short videos that shared his views on issues related to Internet freedom in less than ten seconds. The posts are clips from a speech Cruz delivered on Friday at the Capital Factory offices in downtown Austin where he advocated against imposing a sales tax on Internet transactions or imposing other burdensome regulations, as Breitbart Texas reported. The first video is a short and simple message, based on the well-known "Don't Mess With Texas" slogan....
  • Online toll roads

    11/18/2014 11:08:50 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | November 14, 2014 | The Houston Chronicle
    Internet old-timers - those of us over age 25 - remember a time when the web was called the Information Superhighway. The debate over net neutrality has us thinking about another sort of highway: the Trans-Texas Corridor. The TTC, a proposed 4,000-mile toll road, rail and utility project, died a death of a thousand cuts in 2010. First proposed as a much-needed infrastructure investment, the well-intentioned project grew into a monstrosity of politically connected contractors, private property concerns and conspiracy theories. The biggest blow to TTC was statewide opposition to granting Spanish-owned developer Cintra a 50-year, multibillion-dollar deal to control...
  • Limbaugh unleashed: Obama is a 'sociopathic' liar

    11/18/2014 3:29:39 AM PST · by W. · 32 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 11.17.2014 | Joe Kovacks
    President Barack Obama was scorched Monday as a “sociopathic” liar and “lying con man” by radio host Rush for denying he misled the American public to get his signature health-care plan known as Obamacare passed. “Obama is now fully exposed as nothing more, in common parlance, as a lying con man.” He said the issue of Net neutrality is the latest big con coming from Obama.
  • Cruz fires back at Franken on net neutrality

    11/17/2014 5:14:11 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 64 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/17/2014 | Ashley Killough and Sara Fischer
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, hit back at Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, Monday for his comments that Cruz doesn't know what he is talking about when it comes to net neutrality. Cruz used a video that he uploaded to YouTube and social media that shows the senator explaining what net neutrality is and how it works.
  • Net Neutrality Is the Next Con

    11/17/2014 1:35:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 17, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The smartest thing to do is distrust anything coming out of this Regime. There's something out there that they're pushing, and it can be really complicated, if you listen to the wrong people about it, and that's called "net neutrality." It's something that is totally mis-titled. There's nothing "neutral" about net neutrality, what the Regime wants to do. But here's the thing. I'm telling you, you don't even need to know what it's about. All you need to know is who is behind it, and that alone should disqualify your support. It's the same people that had...
  • Obama’s Plan for a Backdoor Internet Tax [Net Neutrality]

    11/17/2014 10:11:54 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 37 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | November 14, 2014 | James Gattuso
    Will the Federal Communications Commission tax the Internet?It’s very possible, said FCC commissioner Mike O’Reilly at a conference sponsored by the Free State Foundation in Washington on Friday.The tax, which could total over $7 per month on the typical American’s broadband bill, would be imposed as a consequence of regulating the internet via “net neutrality” rules that President Obama has urged the FCC to adopt.Under Obama’s plan, Internet access providers–such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast–would be declared to be common carriers providing “telecommunications services.” This would place those companies under comprehensive regulation by the FCC.The negative consequences of such burdensome regulations...
  • Positive Conversation About Sen. Ted Cruz Drops Sharply on Facebook After Net Neutrality Comments

    11/16/2014 5:18:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 16, 2014 | Benjamin Bell
    The percentage of conversation about Sen. Ted Cruz that was positive on Facebook fell after the Texas Republican criticized net neutrality, calling it “Obamacare for the Internet.” Positive interactions related to Cruz on Facebook dropped from 52 percent over the period of Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 to 34 percent from Nov. 5 to Nov. 11, following the firebrand Texas senator’s reaction to Obama’s embrace of net neutrality, according to data supplied by Facebook. The percentage of negative interactions for the first week examined was 44 percent, with 4 percent of the interactions being neutral. For the later time period,...
  • Mark Cuban Pulls Tweets Straight from Atlas Shrugged ( Net Neutrality )

    11/16/2014 7:59:16 AM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | November 14, 2014 | Caroline Lee Smith
    Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban channeled Ayn Rand in a Twitter tirade Thursday. Earlier that day, Cuban had tweeted an article from The Blaze about net neutrality. When his followers dissented, he hit them with some Atlas Shrugged.
  • Ted Cruz: Don’t turn Internet access into public utility

    11/15/2014 2:30:55 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    Never before has it been so easy to turn an idea into a business. With a simple Internet connection, some ingenuity and a lot of hard work, anyone today can create a new service or app or start selling products nationwide. . . . . . Yet the threats from Washington to stifle freedom, entrepreneurship and creativity online have never been greater. Washington politicians want the money, and they want more and more control over our speech.Four basic principles should guide policymakers, in a bipartisan manner, to preserve America’s leadership role in developing the future of the Internet.. ....
  • Government Screws Up Everything: The Internet Version

    11/15/2014 12:23:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 15, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    When I read that the Obama Administration wants to regulate the Internet by having the Federal Communications Commission impose “net neutrality” rules, my immediate response is to be opposed.Does my opposition to more regulation and red tape make me a knee-jerk ideologue?I suppose so, though I think it’s simply a common-sense instinct.After all, it’s very difficult to come up with a list of successful interventions by government. So I think my automatic aversion to regulation is akin to my automatic aversion to touching a hot stove. Simply stated, I can’t imagine a positive outcome.But let’s be “open minded” and consider...
  • Cruz makes pitch to save 'American Dream 2.0'

    11/13/2014 12:59:43 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/13/14 10:12 AM EST | Julian Hattem
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is warning that federal regulators are trying to stifle economic growth and freedom of the Internet.The potential 2016 White House candidate on Thursday wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post warning that net neutrality is “one of the biggest regulatory threats to the Internet,” and laying out a host of policy prescriptions to save freedom online.The Internet, he wrote, is “the American Dream, 2.0.”New Federal Communications Commission rules, however, would “invariably destroy innovation and freedom,” he argued.“We don’t leave our constitutional rights behind when we go online,” Cruz wrote. “The same commitment to the principles of...
  • FCC chair distances himself from Obama on Net Neutrality (NOT Blindly Following Orders)

    11/12/2014 11:46:17 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 12, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    That would be the Democratic, Barack Obama-appointed FCC chair, who spent yesterday backpedaling from his boss on a major policy announcement. Obama went so far as to push out a video demanding unilateral action from the FCC on Net Neutrality, the latest White House distraction from the disastrous midterm elections and an attempt to show that Obama is still relevant: “As long as I’m President,” Obama says into the camera after cheesy, 1996-style buffering graphics, “that’s what I’ll be fighting for, too.” He may be fighting for it, but Obama clearly isn’t managing for it very well. Within hours of this...
  • Can someone explain, in plain English, what 'NET NEUTRALITY' means?

    11/13/2014 6:04:17 AM PST · by maineman · 93 replies
    11/13/2014 | maineman
    I've researched the heck out of this BUT still don't get it. Just looking for a simple explanation for a simple man.
  • AT&T chief: Net neutrality uncertainty puts a pause in investing

    11/12/2014 8:17:50 AM PST · by walford · 20 replies
    C|NET ^ | November 12, 2014 | Roger Cheng
    AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson warned that he will hold off on many of his company's capital investment plans if uncertainty persists over how the US government will regulate the Internet. "It's prudent to pause," he said at an investor conference Wednesday. "We want to make sure we have line of sight on this process and where these rules could land, and then re-evaluate." The comments come two days after President Obama threw his support behind the idea that broadband services providers should be regulated under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which would treat Internet service providers more like utilities...
  • Net Neutrality and the FCC's long history of failed 'consumer protections'

    11/12/2014 5:15:37 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/12/2014 | John Merline
    Whatever the FCC's charter might be, and whatever its intentions, its rules and regulations over the past 70 years have often stifled competition, thwarted innovation and curtailed investment in the nation's communications networks. Here are five prime examples:
  • OBAMANET? Public Option for Internet Next on the Left's Agenda

    11/11/2014 9:57:42 PM PST · by dignitasnews · 16 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | April 1, 2013 | Paul M Winters
    While on one hand the Obama Administration has announced a plan to hand over supervision of Internet domains to the international community, they are actively looking at plans to control how we purchase and access the internet. In conjunction with it's grand launch, Vox Editor In Chief Ezra Klein debuted an exclusive interview with former Special Assistant to President Obama on Science, Technology and Innovative Policy (what a title) Susan Crawford to stress why "the internet is too important to be left to the private market." The interview came off with as much as much spontaneity as a paid commercial...
  • Net Neutrality -- Electronic Frontier Foundation's explanation on what it is and what it means.

    11/11/2014 11:50:38 AM PST · by Usagi_yo · 44 replies
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | Unknown -- Posted 11/11/2014 | Electronic Frontier Foundation
    Net Neutrality Net neutrality—the idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data that travels over their networks equally—is a principle that EFF strongly supports. Unfortunately, the FCC is considering a plan that would allow some Internet providers to provide better access to some websites that pay a fee to reach users faster. This kind of “pay-to-play” Internet stifles innovation. New websites that can’t afford expensive fees for better service will face new barriers to success, leaving users with ever fewer options and a less diverse Internet. There are many ways ISPs may discriminate against how we access websites,...
  • Republicans warn of ‘chilling effect’ from Obama’s push for more Internet regulation

    11/11/2014 9:24:23 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 50 replies
    FOX ^ | November 11, 2014 | FOX
    President Obama drew a sharp rebuke from senior Republicans on Capitol Hill for pushing broad regulation of Internet broadband service, with lawmakers warning that such a move would imperil the “thriving Internet economy and the American jobs it creates.” The president touched off the battle after issuing a lengthy statement on Monday on so-called “net neutrality.” Staking out his position, the president called on the Federal Communications Commission to more heavily regulate Internet providers and treat broadband much as it would any other public utility.
  • The Department of the Internet

    11/11/2014 4:19:22 AM PST · by abb · 61 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 10, 2014 | Andy Kessler
    Get ready for the Department of Broadband. On Monday, President Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify the Internet as a public utility—like water or electricity—under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. The goal: “to protect net neutrality,” Mr. Obama said in a White House YouTube video, an ironic venue for announcing a monumentally bad idea that could strangle the Internet. For years the FCC has been inching toward imposing net-neutrality rules, which are sold as a way to ban Internet service providers from discriminating against content providers. In reality such rules would dictate what ISPs...
  • Obama: Regulate broadband Internet like a utility so it 'works for everyone'

    11/10/2014 11:38:48 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 166 replies
    c/net ^ | November 10, 2014 | Don Reisinger
    President Obama urged the US government to adopt tighter regulations on broadband service in an effort to preserve "a free and open Internet." In a statement released Monday, Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to enforce the principle of treating all Internet traffic the same way, known in shorthand as Net neutrality. That means treating broadband services like utilities, the president said, so that Internet service providers would be unable "to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas." Obama wades into a contentious debate that has raged over...
  • Steve Scalise other GOP leaders object to Obama's call for equal access to all Internet providers

    11/10/2014 5:25:38 PM PST · by abb · 33 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times Picayune ^ | November 10, 2014 | Bruce Alpert
    WASHINGTON -- Republicans were quick Monday to condemn President Barack Obama's declaration that the Federal Communications Commission should block internet providers from striking deals with cable companies and other content providers to stream their material at faster speeds. "Today's attempt by the President to have the FCC reclassify broadband Internet as a public utility is yet another example of the Obama Administration's radical effort to have the government take over more aspects of our economy where there is no justification," said House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson. Joining Scalise in expressing opposition to the president's proposal were House Speaker John...
  • Cable stocks fall after Obama backs Net Neutrality

    11/10/2014 4:31:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 10, 2014 6:01 PM EST | Ken Sweet
    Cable company stocks fell sharply Monday after President Obama called for the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify Internet access as a utility. If the FCC were to approve the White House’s recommendations, the Internet would be regulated like other utilities such as electricity, water and telephone services. The White House is calling for an “explicit ban” on deals between broadband Internet providers and online services like Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster, a potential new source of revenue for cable companies. While the FCC is an independent agency, Obama’s statement could put political pressure on FCC commissioners...
  • Obama: Regulate broadband Internet like a utility so it 'works for everyone'

    11/10/2014 1:49:18 PM PST · by upchuck · 39 replies
    cnet ^ | Nov 10, 2014 | Don Reisinger
    President Obama urged the US government to adopt tighter regulations on broadband service in an effort to preserve "a free and open Internet."In a statement released Monday, Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to enforce the principle of treating all Internet traffic the same way, known in shorthand as Net neutrality. That means treating broadband services like utilities, the president said, so that Internet service providers would be unable "to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas."Obama wades into a contentious debate that has raged over how to...
  • Obama: "If you like your current Internet Provider, you can KEEP your Internet Provider. PERIOD!"

    11/10/2014 10:35:33 AM PST · by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC · 11 replies
    11/10/2014 | Me
    He may not have said those words, but as I heard BHO speaking just now, that's what I was "hearing between the lines".
  • Ted Cruz Says Net Neutrality Is 'Obamacare For The Internet'

    11/10/2014 8:23:23 AM PST · by xzins · 49 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10 Nov 14 | Colin Campbell
    Sen. Ted Cruz came out swinging after President Barack Obama wholeheartedly endorsed new internet regulations Monday morning. Cruz, who is mulling a run for president in 2016, compared the entire concept of "net neutrality" — which posits internet companies should not be allowed to speed or slow down their services for certain users — to Obama's much-maligned healthcare reform. '"Net Neutrality' is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government," Cruz wrote on Twitter. Cruz's spokeswoman, Amanda Carpenter, added that net neutrality would place the government "in charge of determining pricing, terms of service,...
  • Obama Urges FCC to Seize Sweeping New Internet Powers to Save Net Neutrality

    11/10/2014 7:08:26 AM PST · by abb · 58 replies
    National Journal ^ | November 10, 2014 | Brendan Sasso
    President Obama leapt directly into the net neutrality fight Monday, urging the Federal Communications Commission to claim expansive new powers over the Internet to enact the "strongest possible" rules. Under his plan, the FCC would classify broadband Internet as a "telecommunication service," a provision the agency already uses to regulate telephone companies. Broadband providers like Comcast and Verizon have been lobbying fiercely against the same classification for Internet service, warning it would strangle their industry with utility-style regulations. Obama noted that the FCC is an independent agency and that the ultimate decision will be up to Chairman Tom Wheeler and...
  • Obama: ‘Unequivocally committed’ to net neutrality

    10/09/2014 5:50:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 9, 2014 7:17 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama says he is “unequivocally committed” to keeping the Internet free and open, a concept known as “net neutrality.” Net neutrality is the idea that Internet service providers shouldn’t block, manipulate or slow data moving across their networks. Obama credits net neutrality with unleashing the power of the Internet. He says he doesn’t want to lose that power or “clog up the pipes.” …
  • Netflix Brings the Drama, and Not Just in Its Shows

    10/01/2014 10:18:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Michi Iljazi
    In a recent stunt that flamed out, Netflix led an online effort to incite their consumers into taking action on net neutrality that would ultimately benefit the company’s own bottom-line. The company tried to fake a slowdown of the Internet on its site to mimic what they claim could happen without net neutrality. The failed stunt showed that Netflix’s assertions and sneakiness are absurd. Netflix is now the go-to destination for movie and TV show rentals, accounting for a staggering one-third of all downstream Internet traffic during peak hours. As the company’s popularity and consumer base has grown, so too...
  • Opponents of Internet Regulation Flip the Script

    09/18/2014 6:35:20 AM PDT · by RatherBiased.com · 5 replies
    American Commitment ^ | Phil Kerpen
    An incredible thing happened in the recent reply-comment period regarding the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposal to regulate the Internet like old-fashioned monopoly telephone service: the side telling the agency not to regulate carried the day. The radical left, demanding federal regulatory control of the building blocks of Internet, brought all the usual hype and hoopla and had free-spending corporate backers in Google and Netflix, who want regulators to force you to pay the costs of their downstream bandwidth. This campaign by liberal special interests like MoveOn and the Sierra Club converted forty thousand websites into campaign advertisements urging visitors...
  • 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...