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Defending the Open Internet. Photo The future of the Internet — which means the future of communications, culture, free speech and innovation — is up for grabs.

Defending the Open Internet

The Federal Communications Commission is making decisions that may determine how open the Internet will be, who will profit most from it and whether start-ups will face new barriers that will make it harder for ideas to flourish. Tim Wu, 41, a law professor at Columbia University, isn’t a direct participant in the rule making, but he is influencing it. A dozen years ago, building on the work of more senior scholars, Mr. Wu developed a concept that is now a generally accepted norm. Most everyone embraces net neutrality, yet the debate over how to accomplish it is so volatile that more than a million signatures have been filed protesting F.C.C. regulations that haven’t even been proposed yet. In other words, these arcane matters of engineering and jurisprudence stir people up because they appear to violate net neutrality.

‘A Perpetual Frontier’ Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Net Neutrality: How the Government Finally Got It Right - The New Yorker. For years, the federal government supported the principle of net neutrality: the idea that broadband providers should treat all Internet traffic the same.

Net Neutrality: How the Government Finally Got It Right - The New Yorker

Verizon and Comcast, for example, shouldn’t be able to block you from accessing sites that they consider competitive or threatening, and they shouldn’t be able to accelerate your access to sites that have paid them. But the legal authority supporting these rules was flawed, and last January a federal court struck them down. Following the ruling, it seemed unlikely that the regulations would be replaced with a strong, or “battleship,” net-neutrality law. Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, or F.C.C., was said to be the cable companies’ man, and his first proposal was not very promising.

It would have allowed for so-called slow lanes, giving cable companies the right to de-prioritize the speed of some Web sites in favor of others. But, on Wednesday, Wheeler confessed to a change of heart. Dear Senator Ted Cruz, I'm going to explain to you how Net Neutrality ACTUALLY works. How to Explain Net Neutrality to Your Relatives: A Thanksgiving Guide. Obama to the FCC: Adopt ‘the strongest possible rules’ on net neutrality, including Title II. President Obama issued a video statement describing his efforts to urge the Federal Communications Commission to keep the internet open and free.

Obama to the FCC: Adopt ‘the strongest possible rules’ on net neutrality, including Title II

(WhiteHouse.gov via YouTube) President Obama on Monday called for the government to aggressively regulate Internet service providers such as Verizon and Comcast, treating broadband like a public utility as essential as water, phone service and electricity. Such a move would have a dramatic effect on cable and telecom firms that have fought vigorously to keep their highly profitable Internet businesses free of regulation. This is Obama's most aggressive statement yet in favor of a free and open Internet and against allowing Internet service providers to charge content companies like Netflix for faster access to their customers. The debate comes as government regulators grapple with how to best protect consumers as the Internet becomes more essential to their lives. Net neutrality proponents welcomed Obama's plan.

Read More: Obama says FCC should reclassify internet as a utility. President Obama has come out in support of reclassifying internet service as a utility, a move that would allow the Federal Communications Commission to enforce more robust regulations and protect net neutrality.

Obama says FCC should reclassify internet as a utility

"To put these protections in place, I'm asking the FCC to reclassifying internet service under Title II of a law known as the Telecommunications Act," Obama says in a statement this morning. "In plain English, I'm asking [the FCC] to recognize that for most Americans, the internet has become an essential part of everyday communication and everyday life. " The decision is still up to the FCC There's been a growing battle around protecting net neutrality — the principle that all internet traffic, no matter what it is or where it comes from, should be treated equally — ever since the FCC's original protections were struck down in court earlier this year.

Regulating internet service under Title II would mean reclassifying it as a utility, like water. The FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposal Explained. On May 15, the Federal Communications Commission voted to move forward with their proposed rules for net neutrality, the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally.

The FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposal Explained

The proposal, which will now be open for public comment for four months, would dramatically change the Internet. The new rules would allow Internet service providers (ISPs) like Verizon or AT&T to charge websites like Facebook and Twitter for faster service. This has a whole range of consequences for you, the avid Internet user. We’ve put together this explainer to help you understand what the proposal means and how you can tell the FCC what you think about the proposed rules.

John Oliver: Net Neutrality Prevents 'Cable Company F*ckery' (VIDEO) John Oliver, host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight," gave a brilliant explanation of the net neutrality debate during his show Sunday night, and in doing so railed against American cable companies.

John Oliver: Net Neutrality Prevents 'Cable Company F*ckery' (VIDEO)

Oliver starts by explaining that cable companies are looking to end net neutrality by offering two speeds of service. For example, Netflix reached an agreement with Comcast in February, in which the video streaming service decided to pay the cable company for faster service for its customers. Oliver plays a clip of a telecommunications lawyer explaining that the end of net neutrality would simply mean "a fast lane for everybody and a hyper speed lane for others," to which Oliver cries, "Bullshit! " "If we let cable companies offer two speeds of service, they won’t be Usain Bolt and Usain Bolt on a motor bike. They’ll be Usain Bolt and Usain Bolted to an anchor," Oliver said, comparing internet speed to the Jamaican sprinter. "And that’s the problem.