Network Neutrality

Startups push to preserve net neutrality

Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States

Mountain View's (CA) tech startups are girding themselves for a big political fight over the data vital to their businesses. Smaller web companies say they could be crippled by slower bandwidth while premium data service is reserved for the large tech giants.

Title II regulations present challenge for broadband

Montana State Caitol, 1301 e 6th Ave, Helena, MT, 59601, United States

Two years ago, the Federal Communications Commission placed controversial, sweeping regulations on the internet. The goal was worthwhile – to establish universal net neutrality rules to protect consumers and content alike. However, rather than construct a modern regulatory framework for ever-evolving services, regulators simply jammed the internet into ill-suited public utility regulations, known as Title II.

In Defense of Net Neutrality

World Wide Web Foundation, Route de Chêne 30, Geneva, 1208, Switzerland

As the battle around net neutrality rages again, we need to take stock, and ask ourselves: What is the debate really about, and why should business leaders and entrepreneurs care?

Don't Let President Trump Silence Communities of Color

Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

Thanks to the open internet, a new generation of activists fighting for civil rights and equality has been able to make their voices heard in ways previously unimaginable. Now the Trump Administration is trying to turn back the clock and silence them by undoing the Network Neutrality rules.

EU report finds zero-rating doesn’t clash with competition laws

American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

The week of June 12, the European Union Directorate-General for Competition released a report on the effects of zero-rating practices on competition in broadband markets, commissioned from consultants DotEcon, Aetha, and Oswald & Vahida.

Commissioner Clyburn's Remarks at the Open Technology Institute

Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

I am heartened that at the very beginning of the latest [network neutrality] process, we have already seen another five million speak out. And as significant as that is, it still may not be enough.

Poll Shows Broad, Bipartisan Support for Net Neutrality Rules

USA, United States

Sixty-percent of respondents in a Morning Consult/POLITICO poll said they support rules that say internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon “cannot block, throttle or prioritize certain content on the internet.”

Verizon Is Killing Tumblr's Fight for Net Neutrality

Tumblr, 35 East 21st Street, New York, NY, 10010, United States

In 2014, Tumblr was on the front lines of the battle for network neutrality. The company stood alongside Amazon, Kickstarter, Etsy, Vimeo, Reddit, and Netflix during Battle for the Net’s day of action.

Below the Belt: A Review of Free Press and the Internet Association’s Investment Claims

Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studi, Washington, DC, 20015, United States

Ford subjects Free Press and the Internet Association’s anecdotal evidence to review, and finds that it is Free Press and the Internet Association—and not BSPs—who are not telling the whole story. Free Press and the Internet Association have presented a false narrative to both the FCC and the public at large, and that their evidence actually points to the harms of reclassification on investment incentives.

The Battle for Net Neutrality: Who Should Control Your Access to Content?

Consumers Union (DC office), 1101 17th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Consumers Union, the policy and mobilization arm of Consumer Reports, thinks that rolling back the rules could diminish competition, harming consumers.

Comcast's Future Isn't as Bright Even If Net Neutrality Is Eliminated

Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States

Comcast shares have tripled over the past five years even as network neutrality was debated and then approved by President Barack Obama's Federal Communications Commission in February 2015. Yet despite a pronouncement from President Donald Trump's new FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, that he plans to kill net neutrality rules that regulate internet service providers as public utilities, the outlook for Comcast's stock going forward isn't nearly as bright, media analyst firm MoffettNathanson LLC said in a reported published June 20.

Keeping the internet open for the future

Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Presently, we are on the cusp of another internet reinvention called Web 3.0, and its opening act, the internet of things. Whether the promise of Web 3.0 is fully realized, however, will depend on the policy decisions we make today. The promise of Web 3.0 is finished without open networks to connect it.

Chairman Pai Needs to Restore Integrity to FCC’s Net Neutrality Proceedings

National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), 55 S Grand Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91105, United States

Given the current climate at the Federal Communications Commission, it is not surprising that instead of writing a genuine apology, the FCC chose to dispute the fact that John Donnelly, a reporter for CQ Roll Call, was manhandled by FCC security as he attempted to ask Commissioner Michael O’Rielly a question.

Former-Commissioner Michael Copps: ‘Maybe the Worst FCC I’ve Ever Seen’

Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

A Q&A with former Federal Communications Commission member Michael Copps.

Rep Pelosi Sends Letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Opposing Proposal to Unravel Net Neutrality

Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai opposing the FCC’s proposal to reclassify broadband as a service under Title I of the Communications Act. Minority Leader Pelosi also requested a public hearing in San Francisco (CA) on the FCC’s harmful plan to dismantle consumer protections on the internet.

Does It Matter if Millions of People Send Comments to the FCC?

Technology Policy Institute, 1401 Eye NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

The 2015 Open Internet Order received 3.7 million comments total, and the current rulemaking has received almost 5 million to date. Counting is easy. Knowing what that count means is not.

Who Speaks for Whom on Net Neutrality?

USA, United States

In a year in which, as black people, we face devastating issues on every hand, at what cost should we fight [the changes to the Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality rules]?

The Future of Net Neutrality Town Hall

Jun 26 2017 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA, 22201, United States

U.S. Representative Don Beyer will host a forum on net neutrality in Arlington, Virginia with former Federal Communications Commission Chair Tom Wheeler and former FCC General Counsel Jonathan Sallet.

Less Heat, More Light: Finding the Right Path Forward for Net Neutrality

Jul 11 2017 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), 1101 K Street, NW, Suite 610A, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Join ITIF for a panel of experts to discuss opportunities, challenges, what is new, and how best to move forward in this perennial debate.

Liberals should acknowledge the science: Not all data is equal

Independence Institute, 727 E 16th Ave, Denver, CO, 80203, United States

By forbidding Internet bandwidth pricing to reflect economic costs, the left are engaging in a form of science denial. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai is absolutely right in his efforts to undo these delusional and ultimately harmful Obama-era rules.

Roundtable on Net Neutrality

Jun 19 2017 - 9:30am - 10:30pm
Mozilla, 331 E. Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View, CA, 94041, United States

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) will convene a roundtable to discuss the impacts of net neutrality and the consequence of eviscerating the policy. Eshoo will hear from CEOs of several technology companies in Silicon Valley, a librarian, and former Counselor to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, Gigi Sohn, on how the current net neutrality rules ensure a free and open internet.

4 steps to writing an impactful net neutrality comment (which you should do)

Georgetown Law School, 120 F Street, NW Sarah M. Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor, Washington, DC, United States

What makes for a persuasive comment that can help build a record to preserve network neutrality rules? Here are four suggestions:

Netflix, joining next month’s net neutrality protest, says it will ‘never outgrow’ the fight

Netflix, 100 Winchester Cir., Los Gatos, CA, 95032, United States

Netflix is reentering the fray over network neutrality, saying it will participate in an online protest in July designed to draw attention to a high-stakes fight over the future of the Internet.

Rep Eshoo To Host Net Neutrality Roundtable June 19

Mozilla, 331 E. Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View, CA, 94041, United States

Rep Anna Eshoo (D-CA) will get together with opponents of the proposal to reverse the Title II classification of internet access.

Net Neutrality and the Economy: How the FCC’s Rules Promote Investment, Create Jobs, and Protect Consumers

Jun 21 2017 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

The net neutrality rules, which prohibit broadband companies from blocking, throttling, and creating online “slow lanes,” are crucial for economic development, job creation, and serve as a democratizing force for communication.

Remarks of Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, Voices for Internet Freedom Forum

Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Just as we need the First Amendment to protect basic speech, we need those very same ideals, to ensure free speech and free flow of content on the internet. That First Amendment for the internet, is network neutrality, because people who control the wires and the airwaves over which we communicate, have a unique ability to shape what we see, say, and hear.

When You Think Infrastructure, Think FCC

Free State Foundation, 6259 Executive Blvd, Rockville, MD, 20852, United States

Admittedly, “infrastructure” might not immediately come to mind when you think “Federal Communications Commission.” But maybe it should.

There Is No Loophole in the Net Neutrality Rules

Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

One of the stranger ideas going around among the anti-net neutrality crowd (and in the Federal Communication Commission’s proposal to roll back the net neutrality rules) is the idea that the current rules, adopted by the previous FCC, contain a loophole that allows Internet Service Providers to block whatever websites they want to and generally avoid the rules, provided they use the right magic words--namely, that if they simply say ahead of time they intend to violate the rules, they’re no longer subject to them. This is wrong.

Free market meets net neutrality

INCOMPAS, 1200 G St. NW (formerly COMPTEL), Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Chip Pickering, CEO of the telecommunications trade group Incompas and a former GOP congressman from Mississippi, who still considers himself a fiscal conservative, sees net neutrality as the “last great battle” in competition policy.

How Media Monopolies Are Undermining Democracy and Threatening Net Neutrality

USC Annenberg School for Communication, 3502 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA, 90089-0281, United States

A Q&A with Mark Lloyd, professor of communications at USC’s Annenberg School and former associate general counsel and chief diversity officer at the Federal Communications Commission from 2009-2012.

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