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Tag: Net Neutrality


10 Things AT&T Could Do if It Is Serious About Supporting Net Neutrality

AT&T is participating in Wednesday’s Day of Action for preserving net neutrality and advancing the open internet, but in reality it is misleading the public.

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On Wednesday, July 12, Everyone Can Stand Up for Net Neutrality

Imagine a world without internet freedom. This week, a major protest on the web will show what it would be like.

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Leading Internet Companies Plan Day of Action to Defend Net Neutrality

Amazon, Etsy, Kickstarter, Dropbox and Vimeo are joining Wednesday’s protest against the Federal Communications Commission’s threat to equal internet access.

Posted on Jul 8, 2017 READ MORE


How Media Monopolies Are Undermining Democracy and Threatening Net Neutrality

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer interviews former FCC associate general counsel Mark Lloyd about why a fair, open media is crucial to maintaining democracy. Transcript added.

Posted on Jun 9, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Six Things Trump’s FCC Chairman Doesn’t Want You to Know About Net Neutrality

As the agency moves forward with its misinformation campaign to reverse open internet protections, these key points are worth highlighting.

Posted on May 26, 2017 READ MORE



FCC Votes to Start Dismantling Net Neutrality

Despite grass-roots objections, the agency acts to begin the process of undoing open internet protections.

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE



FCC Chief Ajit Pai Serving Telecom Giants, Not the Public Interest

The former Verizon lawyer has made it clear that he intends to take steps to repeal net neutrality, which provides equal access to the internet.

Posted on May 16, 2017 READ MORE



Senators Speak Out for Net Neutrality

In the past week, 25 senators have signed letters denouncing FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to scrap rules that allow equal access to internet content. Among them are Maggie Hassan (pictured left) and Maria Cantwell.

Posted on May 13, 2017 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s Ajit (Pai)-Prop

Behind the headline-grabbing chaos, decades of progressive policy achievements are being quietly undone by the army of loyalists, such as new FCC head Ajit Pai, that Trump is assembling around him.

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Thanks to Trump’s FCC, One Broadcast Group May Control 72 Percent of Local Television

Craig Aaron, president and CEO of the nonprofit organization Free Press, explains why the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s expanding monopoly is a cause for concern.

Posted on May 9, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver Has Another Brilliant Plan to Save Net Neutrality From ‘Cable Company F***ery’  (Video)

Watching Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight” may feel like déjà vu. That’s because we’ve been down this road with Oliver and the FCC before.

Posted on May 8, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Killing Net Neutrality Is a Critical Goal in Trump’s Campaign Against Free Speech

President Trump’s playbook to curb free speech and silence dissenting voices goes far beyond his Twitter rants and attacks on the press. (Pictured, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.)

Posted on May 2, 2017 READ MORE



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



Are Progressives Suffering From ‘Trump Fatigue’?

Many achievements of the past 40 years are on the president’s chopping block, but we must not allow ourselves to become too exhausted to take action.

Posted on Apr 1, 2017 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 READ MORE



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



AT&T, Time Warner and the Death of Privacy

Where you go, what you watch, with whom you speak, all your internet searches, gathered and “vertically integrated,” sold to police and perhaps to corporate customers—this is our future, unless we stop this merger.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE



Hey Millennials, Here’s What Gary Johnson Believes (Video)

For starters, the Libertarian Party presidential candidate supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership, fracking and “massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and social welfare programs of all kinds,” writes Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum.

Posted on Sep 23, 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



‘Poor Internet for Poor People’: Indians Resist Facebook’s Bid to Seize Control of Their Service

Since spring 2015, activists in India have been waging a fierce campaign to stop the tech giant from taking charge of the country’s Internet service through its “Free Basics” program.

Posted on Jan 16, 2016 READ MORE



The Most Important Issues for Activists in 2016: An Interview With Kevin Zeese

The longtime political activist pinpoints what activists should be paying attention to in the new year, including the killing of people of color by the government through police violence, the climate crisis and the duopoly scam of American politics.

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE



2015: The Year in Government Secrecy

Here’s a rundown on how this past year shaped up on the issue of government accountability (hint: not well) from someone who knows quite a bit on the subject: reporter Jason Leopold, who’s familiarized himself thoroughly on the secrecy tip as well as on the Freedom of Information Act and its uses.

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE


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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


FCC’s Net Neutrality Shift a Victory for Open Internet

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (not pictured) last week unveiled what he calls “the strongest open Internet protections ever proposed” by the agency. Tim Karr, one of the main organizers of the campaign leading to the FCC’s net neutrality vote, talks with “Democracy Now!”

Posted on Feb 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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


We’ve Got a Better Shot of Going to Mars Than Fixing Our Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Finally a State of the Union worth talking about, plus Citizens United turns 5 and Robert Scheer reviews “Selma.”

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


The Best John Oliver Rants of 2014

John Oliver and his HBO show “Last Week Tonight” will be back Feb. 8 after a lengthy hiatus. In the meantime, check out our favorite clips of the British comedian’s program from the past year.

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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


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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


Porn Stars Show Us What the Internet Would Be Like Without Net Neutrality

Still confused about the meaning of net neutrality? Watch a few adult film stars explain it in terms even Sen. Ted Cruz will understand in a new Funny or Die clip.

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


The Afghanistan War Turned This Republican Soldier Into a Socialist Peace Activist

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Rory Fanning’s extraordinary journey, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s come-apart and California’s rebellious blue streak.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


The Afghanistan War Turned This Republican Soldier Into a Socialist Peace Activist

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Rory Fanning’s extraordinary journey, FCC Chair Tom Wheeler’s come-apart, and California’s rebellious blue streak.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: China, Keystone, Immigration and the Net

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Obama’s potentially historic climate deal, the House’s vote for the Keystone XL pipeline, rumors of an overhaul of immigration policies, and whether the Internet is our new, regulatable railway and highway.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Nov 12, 2014 ENLARGE



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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



Internet Liberty at Stake in Obama World Wide Web Policy

President Obama’s support of net neutrality is welcome, but there are many problems with it. 

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Verbally Endorses Protection of Net Neutrality

President Obama called Monday for “the strongest possible rules to protect” the open Internet and voiced opposition to proposals by cable and telecom companies to create fast lanes on the Internet for users who can afford to pay.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Cable Lobby Admits to Funding Stealth Campaign Against Net Neutrality

As the FCC considers how to regulate Internet providers, the telecom industry’s stealth campaign for hearts and minds encompasses everything from art installations to LOLcats.

Posted on Oct 9, 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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