Civic Engagement

Title II Fans Launch Phase II of Protest

Location:
USA, United States

The groups behind the July 12 internet Day of Action have launched "Team Internet," the next phase of their protest against the proposed reversal of the Federal Communications Commission's common carrier (Title II) classification of internet access.

Sen Wyden blasts FCC for refusing to provide DDoS analysis

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

Sen Ron Wyden (D-OR) criticized the Federal Communications Commission for failing to turn over its internal analysis of the DDoS attacks that hit the FCC's public comment system.

Since Trump’s Election, Increased Attention to Politics – Especially Among Women

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Following the 2016 election, which had one of the largest gender gaps in history, women are more likely than men to say they are paying increased attention to politics.

Record 9 million comments flood FCC on net neutrality

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

The US government has received more than 9 million public comments on rolling back network neutrality regulations, a record response to this hot-button issue that both sides argue plays an essential role in who gets Internet access.

Net neutrality is dying with a whimper

Location:
USA, United States

Prior to the July 12 protest, news outlets were warning their readers to “prepare to be assaulted” by the extent of the protest, after major players like Google, Facebook, Netflix, and Amazon announced their participation in the Day of Action. But as many of those same news outlets have since pointed out, the aforementioned major players barely did anything to promote the protest where it counted: on their most visible and highly trafficked homepages and within their mobile apps.

Remarks of Commissioner Clyburn Appalachian Ohio-West VA Connectivity Summit

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

If you care about robust broadband, if you care about being able to use the internet without your service provider compromising your privacy, picking winners and losers online, if you want infrastructure built in your communities, then you cannot remain on the sidelines.

Fight for the Future brands Congressional boogeymen as ‘Team Cable’ in net neutrality fight

Location:
Fight for the Future, Boston, MA, 02205, United States

Offering up more proof that the term “cable” now strikes a very anticonsumerist tone, consumer group Fight For the Future is now labeling any Congressional representative who supports the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission’s quest to dismantle Title II internet regulation—or isn’t doing anything to stop it—as “Team Cable.”

Conservative Group Says Pro Net Neutrality Comments Were Faked

Location:
National Legal and Policy Center, 107 Park Washington Court, Falls Church, VA, 22046, United States

On July 17, a group opposed to the rules said its analysis had uncovered 1.3 million likely fake pro-net neutrality comments from addresses in France, Russia and Germany "almost exclusively" from the e-mail domains Pornhub.com and Hurra.de

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The People Speak

The people’s verdict is in. A slew of recent polls make clear that most Americans, nearly 80%, support keeping the network neutrality rules that are the foundation of an open internet. These are the rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015, under the leadership of then-chairman Tom Wheeler, that keep the big Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon from determining your internet experience, because they’d rather do that themselves than let you do it. Net neutrality rules prohibit blocking or throttling content. And they keep ISPs from favoring their affiliates, corporate friends, and those who can afford sky-high broadband prices with fast lanes on the net, while the rest of us are told to travel in the slow lane.

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Reports From the Day of Action for #NetNeutrality

On July 12, 2017, some of the world's largest companies, activists, and citizens protested the Federal Communications Commission's proposal to rollback (well, gut, really) network neutrality protections adopted in 2017. Here's a look at the news of the day.

If you blinked, you missed the net neutrality protest

The Day of Action reached more than 10 million users and generated at least 2.1 million comments urging the Federal Communications Commission to rethink its plans. That’s a drop in the bucket, seeing as the tech companies that took part in the protest reach billions of users every day

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Reports From the Day of Action for #NetNeutrality

Location:
USA, United States

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 was the Day of Action for Net Neutrality. A fun time was had by all.

Online ‘Day of Action’ for Network Neutrality Will Feature Free Speech Arguments

Net neutrality supporters preparing for July 12’s online protests to defend the set of rules enacted two years ago by the Federal Communications Commission are using the freedom of speech to bolster their case.

Meet the Woman Leading the Fight to Save Net Neutrality

Location:
Fight for the Future, Boston, MA, 02205, United States

An interview with Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future.

For Every 1 Net Neutrality Comment, Internet & Cable Providers Spent $100 on Lobbying Over Decade

Location:
MapLight, 2223 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States

Three of the largest internet service providers and the cable television industry’s primary trade association have spent more than a half-billion dollars lobbying the federal government during the past decade on issues that include network neutrality, according to a MapLight analysis.

Lawsuit alleges President Trump violated 1st Amendment by blocking US citizens on Twitter

Location:
Columbia University, Broadway and 116th Street Lecture Hall, 3rd floor, New York, NY, United States

With each tweet, President Trump says he’s redefining the American presidency, describing his use of social media as “modern day presidential” and necessary to fight what he deems fake news.

The Internet's Future Is More Fragile Than Ever, Says One Of Its Inventors

Location:
USA, United States

An interview with Vint Cerf, the co-creator of tech that makes the internet work.

Access Now, EFF Back Facebook on Protester Privacy

Location:
Electronic Frontier Foundation, 454 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110-1914, United States

Access Now and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are among those signing onto an amicus brief supporting Facebook in its efforts to protect the anonymity of its users and alert them if they are under investigation.

Co-founders of LinkedIn, Zynga team up to reboot Democratic Party

Location:
USA, United States

The minds behind LinkedIn and Zynga have a new target for disruption: American politics. Co-founders Mark Pincus and Reid Hoffman unveiled Win the Future — also known as WTF — a political network aimed at helping "Americans organize around a common platform," according to the project's website.

Rep Pallone Wants Investigation of Bogus Net Neutrality Comments

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States

The Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality docket continues to draw a crowd of critics. The latest is House Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ). Rep Pallone has called on the Department of Justice and the FBI to investigate whether any federal law has been broken in the filing of fake comments using stolen identities, as some have claimed.

Astroturfing Plan by Silicon Valley & Radical Allies To Take Control of Internet July 12

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

A culmination of their efforts will take place on a July 12th “Day of Action,” which will display their protests both on and offline to pressure Congress and the FCC to capitulate to its agenda to take control of the internet.

Analysis: Majority of FCC Comments Favor Repealing Internet Rules

Location:
Consumer Action, 221 Main Street, San Francisco, CA, 94105, United States

Free market group Consumer Action for a Strong Economy (CASE) says according to its analysis of the Federal Communications Commission's open internet docket, a majority (65%) favor repealing the Title II-based Open Internet order, as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has proposed to do.

Don't Let President Trump Silence Communities of Color

Location:
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.

Commissioner Clyburn's Remarks at the Open Technology Institute

Location:
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.

Funding the Resistance with $1 Million to Tech & Media Startups Driving Progressive Change

Location:
New Media Ventures, 901 Mission St Impact Hub, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States

We are excited to announce that we have committed $1 million to a new cohort of progressive startups working at the intersection of tech, media, and politics. A

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

Location:
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.

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

Location:
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.

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

Location:
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:

FCC makes net neutrality commenters’ e-mail addresses public through API

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

If you’re one of the many people filing comments on the Federal Communications Commission plan to gut network neutrality rules, be aware that your e-mail address and any other information you submit could be made public.

Remarks of Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, Voices for Internet Freedom Forum

Location:
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.

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