All posts tagged: Net Neutrality

The President wants you to see this:

This morning, President Obama asked the FCC to put in place strong rules to protect the Internet. Every day, the Internet unlocks countless possibilities for creation and innovation. And one reason it’s been so successful is a level playing field: Most service providers have traditionally treated all Internet traffic equally. That’s the principle of “net neutrality.” It’s an idea that says an entrepreneur’s fledgling company should have the same chance to succeed as established corporations, and access to a high school student’s blog shouldn’t be unfairly slowed down to make way for advertisers with more money. As the FCC considers new rules, we simply can’t take that principle for granted. Hear directly from President Obama why he supports net neutrality, and what that means for you. Then pass this message on to anyone who cares about the future of the Internet. http://www.whitehouse.gov/net-neutrality

July 18 – Net Neutrality FCC Deadline For Comments Extended

The deadline for the first round of comments to the FCC on the subject of Net Neutrality has been extended to Friday, July 18. According to John Oliver, the only two words that promise more boredom in the English language are “featuring Sting.” He went on to explain that Net Neutrality is “actually hugely important.” This short video explains why. To paraphrase Colombia Law Professor Tim Wu: Imagine an electrical network that wasn’t neutral. You’d buy a new toaster, you’d come home, plug it in and discover that because the grid owner had made a deal with the other toaster manufacturers, your new toaster wouldn’t work. If you believe in a land of opportunity, then you believe in the open internet. Most Democrats believe that broadband networks should be treated as a utility, a common carrier, and the FCC should simply reclassify them as such. Some argue that reclassification introduces an unnecessary burden of regulation on the carriers, and that we’d be better off without it, but as Cory Doctorow outlines in the video “If you’re going to take a public …