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Trump’s FCC and FTC Leaders Rush to Defend Big Telco’s Assault on Internet Privacy

It’s hard to defend legislation that undermines essential privacy rights. But that hasn’t stopped the broadband industry and its many friends in Washington from trying.

Posted on Apr 8, 2017 READ MORE


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House Votes to Strip Americans of Their Internet Privacy Rights

Already approved by the Senate, a measure to repeal Obama-era broadband safeguards now goes to President Trump for his signature.

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 READ MORE



Electronic Frontier Foundation Pleads for Action to Save Online Privacy Rules

Last week, the Senate voted 50-48 to pass a measure that would repeal federal privacy requirements. The House is scheduled to vote Tuesday.

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Ed Markey, Longtime Supporter of Net Neutrality and Consumer Privacy

The Massachusetts senator reinforced his commitment to consumer rights this week by strongly opposing a Senate resolution to roll back internet users’ privacy.

Posted on Mar 25, 2017 READ MORE



Senate Passes Resolution to Roll Back Privacy Rules

Senators vote 50-48 to repeal Obama-era regulations that protected consumer data from being misused by internet service providers.

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 READ MORE


What Is the Future of Net Neutrality Under Trump?

The Truthdig team met Thursday with Jessica González of Free Press, a media advocacy group, to discuss equal access to internet content.

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



The Resistance Must Be Digitized

Ajit Pai (at left in picture), the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, could pose a threat to unfettered access to an open internet.

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FCC Passes Sweeping Internet Privacy Rules in ‘Big Win for Civil Rights’

New rules require internet service providers to get customers’ explicit consent before sharing data with third parties.

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 READ MORE



Con vs. Con

The remainder of the presidential campaign will be characterized by an attempt among liberals to discredit third-party and popular movements. Yet our only hope for change will come by breaking free from the tyranny of the two corporate parties.

Posted on Aug 15, 2016 READ MORE



‘Decisive and Tremendous Win’ for Net Neutrality as D.C. Court Upholds Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the Federal Communications Commission acted within its jurisdiction when it enacted sweeping net neutrality regulations last year.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE



New Report Highlights Internet Inequality in Rural Communities

The results of a Harvard University study of stalled Internet upgrades in Western Massachusetts reveal the nation’s need for open, impartial Internet access for all.

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 READ MORE



Super PACs and Melania Trump: Photo Dispute Highlights Weakness in Campaign Finance Rules

Even if Donald Trump is correct in his unproven charge that a super PAC obtained a racy photo of his wife, Melania, from the Ted Cruz campaign, it’s doubtful the Federal Election Commission would do anything about it.

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE



Police Use of ‘Stingray’ Phone Surveillance Hurts Minority Communities Most

With authorities using “cell site simulators” to gather ever more cellphone information, privacy and civil rights groups fear that an effort “to chill broad social movements” is underway. A federal investigation, the groups say, is necessary.

Posted on Mar 29, 2016 READ MORE



Some Things You Should Know About the FCC’s Proposed Privacy Rules

They would stop Verizon’s zombie cookie in their tracks but allow AT&T to keep charging customers extra for privacy.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE


FCC Bans Spam









Posted on Jun 21, 2015 ENLARGE



FCC Wants to Fine AT&T $100 Million for Throttling Data Speeds

So much for “unlimited” data. The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday announced that it plans to order AT&T to pay $100 million for some sneaky business the telecom giant engaged in with regard to its supposedly unfettered data plans.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE



Victory in D.C.: FCC Votes in Favor of New Net Neutrality Rules (Video)

Score one for net neutrality advocates, and strike one for big telecom and cable companies—not to mention a good many Republicans.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE



Net Neutrality, Back by Popular Demand

As the crowds swelled in Tahrir Square in 2011, the power of the Internet as a force for social change was being demonstrated hour by hour. Which brings us to net neutrality.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE



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The Activists Won: FCC Chairman Proposes Strongest-Ever Protection of Internet Freedom

For a while there, Tom Wheeler, Federal Communications Commission chairman and former cable and wireless lobbyist, looked as if he was going to bow to his old paymasters on net neutrality.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE


Mr. Fish and Juan Cole on the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We investigate what al-Qaida—or anyone—has to gain by killing cartoonists. Also: NASA finds habitable planets far, far away, and the FCC is doing something behind closed doors that you should probably know about.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Mr. Fish and Juan Cole on the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We investigate what al-Qaida—or anyone—has to gain by killing cartoonists. Also: NASA finds habitable planets far, far away, and the FCC is doing something behind closed doors that you should probably know about.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE



How an Undercover Cop at a Protest Proved Why We Need to Protest Police Violence

An undercover agent encouraged protesters at a demonstration in Oakland, Calif., against recent police killings to commit crimes, then pulled his gun out on them; a group of net neutrality activists interrupted an FCC meeting to demand commissioners “Reclassify Now!”; meanwhile, a Bible-themed amusement park in Kentucky lost its tax exemptions due to religious discrimination. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 READ MORE



Net Neutrality on the Line

The net neutrality discussion has recently been reinvigorated on the national level. That’s great news for organizations that have been pushing for that exact course of action here in the U.S., but how does it affect the conversation on a global level?

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 READ MORE



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FCC Chair Sounds Like He’s Going to Ignore President Obama’s Plan to Save the Internet

According to a report in The Washington Post, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, a former cable and telecom lobbyist, is prepared to embarrass the president and annoy millions of Americans all at the same time.

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 READ MORE



The Two-Front War for the Future of the Internet

Protests like Wednesday’s Internet Slowdown Day and the continued push to make the Internet a public utility are episodes in long battles that have no definite end in sight, but activists are in it for the long haul.

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton’s Spat With NPR and the Looming Gay Trouble

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The perennial presidential favorite has difficulty dropping her anti-gay baggage, Michael Sam has a team, activists upstage the U.N. climate summit and a subprime car loan bubble gets fueled. Plus: Who are the Net neutrality 1 percenters?

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton’s Spat With NPR and the Looming Gay Trouble

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The perennial presidential favorite has difficulty dropping her anti-gay baggage, Michael Sam has a team, activists upstage the U.N. climate summit, and a subprime car loan bubble gets fueled. Plus: Who are the Net neutrality 1 percenters?

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Get Ready for the ‘Internet Slowdown’

Next Wednesday, Sept. 10, if your favorite website seems to load slowly, take a closer look: You might be experiencing the Battle for the Net’s “Internet Slowdown,” a global day of grass-roots action.

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Kickstarter CEO Says Internet Providers Threaten Free Thinking and Competition

Yancey Strickler writes in The Washington Post that his crowdfunding platform and the “more than 60,000 creative ideas that have been brought to life using Kickstarter” would not exist if companies like Comcast had their way.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver: ‘Protecting Net Neutrality’ Should Be Called ‘Preventing Cable Company Fuckery’

“The cable companies have figured out the great truth of America,” explained the “Last Week Tonight” host Sunday. “If you want to do something evil, put it inside something boring.” Oliver then went on to give a hysterically funny call to arms to all Internet trolls to comment on the FCC’s website in order to save Net neutrality.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


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We decided internet service should reflect the rest of our economy...
Posted on May 20, 2014 ENLARGE


Raw Video: Protesters Dragged Away From FCC Meeting

So much for public comment. Three protesters, including Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers and a Vietnam War veteran, were forcefully removed from the FCC meeting on new Net neutrality rules Thursday.

Posted on May 15, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on May 15, 2014 ENLARGE



Wheelering and Dealing at the FCC

The current FCC chairperson, appointed by President Barack Obama, is Tom Wheeler, who was formerly the head of the NCTA and later ran the wireless industry’s lobbying organization. Tom Wheeler and Michael Powell have basically switched places with one another. Sadly, they both do the same job, representing the interests of big business.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE


Debate: What’s the Best Way to Protect Net Neutrality?

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday on new rules that would let Internet providers charge media companies extra fees to receive preferential treatment, such as faster speeds for their products and content. “Democracy Now!” hosts a debate on Net neutrality.

Posted on May 15, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Don’t Be Fooled: FCC Chairman Appears Determined to F Up the Internet

Under immense pressure from corporations and consumers alike, former cable-industry-lobbyist-turned-FCC-chair Tom Wheeler will reportedly revise his scheme to create an Internet toll road, but early reports suggest the new version will make no difference.

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE


Al Franken Wants You to Save the Internet From the FCC and Greedy Corporations

The senator has positioned himself as the most ardent defender of a free and open Internet, and has just issued a direct challenge to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Posted on May 7, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Save the Internet!

To ensure the Internet is open to all on an equal basis we must act now to prevent mega-corporations from destroying Internet freedom.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE



‘Your Corporate Internet Nightmare Starts Now’

Unfortunately this dystopian vision of life in post-net neutrality America isn’t the stuff of science fiction. It’s already happening.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE


The 28th Amendment: Getting the Money Out of Politics

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The movement to kill corporate personhood hits the road, Sonia Sotomayor dissents, the state of immigration reform, and Free Press tries to save the Internet from the FCC.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE


The 28th Amendment: Getting the Money Out of Politics

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The movement to kill corporate personhood hits the road, Sonia Sotomayor dissents, the state of immigration reform, and Free Press tries to save the Internet from the FCC.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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FCC Chairman Wants to Help Your Cable Company Screw Up the Internet

A proposal by FCC chair Tom Wheeler obtained by The Wall Street Journal would allow companies such as Comcast to finally kill net neutrality.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE



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‘The Internet Is Fucked’

Even if someone printed this out and mailed it to you, you get your information from the Internet, a magical place that is increasingly controlled and manipulated by greedy, lazy corporations. Free speech, as we know it, is gone.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE


Is Ukraine the New Syria?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the battle for Kiev is more than a proxy fight between the U.S. and Russia. Also: Why you should worry about free speech online.

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 READ MORE


Is Ukraine the New Syria?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the battle for Kiev is more than a proxy fight between the U.S. and Russia. Also: Why you should worry about free speech online.

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Former FCC Commissioner Warns About ‘Mindless’ Media Consolidation

The Comcast takeover of Time Warner would turn a third of American households into Comcast customers and create a virtual monopoly in 19 of the 20 largest media markets, “Democracy Now!” reports.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Should One Company Own This Much Internet?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Michael Sam is out of the closet, headed to the NFL and he’s really good. Also, why the big cable merger should scare you, and Bill Blum on Washington’s death penalty moratorium.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


A Gay Jackie Robinson? Not So Fast

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Michael Sam is out of the closet, headed to the NFL and he’s really good. Also, why the big cable merger should scare you, and Bill Blum on Washington’s death penalty moratorium.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Want a Faster Internet Connection? Try Any of 31 Other Countries

The United States has fallen behind competing nations in the speed of its Internet infrastructure. There’s more than faster movie downloads at stake. And yes, there are sleazy corporate stances muddying up the issue.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 READ MORE



How Wall Street Plans to Profit From Renting Out Homes It Foreclosed

Diabolical bankers are renting foreclosed houses to the very people they took the properties from, and planning a new scheme that may ruin us all over again; it could be argued that Amazon saved books from the fate music has suffered; and a video imagines what would happen if a gay athlete won a gold medal in Sochi, Russia. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE


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