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Uk.businessinsider. DreamWorks Europe just dealt a major blow to net neutrality.

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On Tuesday afternoon, the European Parliament voted against all amendments to a package on the European single market for electronic communications — raising fears among activists, tech companies, and NGOs that the proposals as they currently stand fail to properly protect net neutrality. Zuckerberg's Internet.org project bribes corrupt, non-neutral carriers in poor countries to exempt Facebook and other services of its choosing from their data-caps, giving the world's poorest an Internet that's been radically pruned to a sliver of what th. FCC Release Net Neutrality Regulations : technology. “The Internet Freedom Act” is a House bill intended to destroy newly instituted Net Neutrality rights. And of the bill's 31 co-sponsors, all but two of them received money from a major telecom or its lobby in 2014 alone. : politics. WE WON! Net Neutrality and Re-Thinking Cynicism. Megathread: Net Neutrality passes; the FCC has voted 3-2 to regulate the internet as a utility. : technology.

FCC approves net neutrality rules, reclassifies broadband as a utility. It's a good day for proponents of an open internet: The Federal Communications Commission just approved its long-awaited network neutrality plan, which reclassifies broadband internet as a Title II public utility and gives the agency more regulatory power in the process.

FCC approves net neutrality rules, reclassifies broadband as a utility

And unlike the FCC's last stab at net neutrality in 2010, today's new rules also apply to mobile broadband. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler laid out the basic gist of the plan earlier this month -- it'll ban things like paid prioritization, a tactic some ISPs used to get additional fees from bandwidth-heavy companies like Netflix, as well as the slowdown of "lawful content. " But now Wheeler's vision is more than just rhetoric; it's something the FCC can actively enforce.

From left: FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn, chairman Tom Wheeler, commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. FCC chairman's net neutrality plan turns broadband into a public utility. Just as we expected, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has come out in support of an open internet by invoking the agency's Title II authority, which will treat broadband internet the same as a public utility like telephone service.

FCC chairman's net neutrality plan turns broadband into a public utility

"Broadband network operators have an understandable motivation to manage their network to maximize their business interests," Wheeler wrote in an editorial on Wired. "But their actions may not always be optimal for network users. " Specifically, Wheeler says the new rules will ban paid prioritization, which lets ISPs charge for faster access to its networks, as well as the slowdown of "lawful content and services.

" F.C.C. Net Neutrality Rules Clear Hurdle as Republicans Concede to Obama. Photo WASHINGTON — Senior Republicans conceded on Tuesday that the grueling fight with President Obama over the regulation of Internet service appears over, with the president and an army of Internet activists victorious.

F.C.C. Net Neutrality Rules Clear Hurdle as Republicans Concede to Obama

The is expected on Thursday to approve regulating Internet service like a public utility, prohibiting companies from paying for faster lanes on the Internet. While the two Democratic commissioners are negotiating over technical details, they are widely expected to side with the Democratic chairman, Tom Wheeler, against the two Republican commissioners. And Republicans on Capitol Hill, who once criticized the plan as “Obamacare for the Internet,” now say they are unlikely to pass a legislative response that would undo perhaps the biggest policy shift since the Internet became a reality.

“We’re not going to get a signed bill that doesn’t have Democrats’ support,” said Senator John Thune, Republican of South Dakota and chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee. Mr. 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. " FCC Incest: Meet the Cable Cronies Who Control Net Neutrality's Future. Obama's Plan to Save the Internet. Why Comcast Will Be Allowed to Buy Time Warner Cable and Kill Net Neutrality. For the past three years, Comcast's Senior VP of Governmental Affairs has been Meredith Baker.

Why Comcast Will Be Allowed to Buy Time Warner Cable and Kill Net Neutrality

Baker's last job was the Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, where she signed off on the controversial NBCUniversal sale to Comcast in 2009. Now we know that Baker, the former FCC Commissioner and a public official, was around to help make sure net neutrality died so Internet costs could soar, and that Time Warner Cable would be allowed to fold into Comcast, despite claims that the new megacorp might violate antitrust laws. Why Comcast Will Be Allowed to Kill Net Neutrality: "Comcast's Senior VP of Governmental Affairs Meredith Baker, the former FCC Commissioner, was around to help make sure net neutrality died so Internet costs could soar, and that Time Warner Cable would b. Join the Battle for Net Neutrality. Cable companies want to slow down (and break!)

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Your favorite sites, for profit. To fight back, let's cover the web with symbolic "loading" icons, to remind everyone what an Internet without net neutrality would look like, and drive record numbers of emails and calls to lawmakers. Look what we just did together. Are you in? Thanks! How to participate On September 10th, sites across the web will display an alert with a symbolic "loading" symbol (the proverbial “spinning wheel of death”) and promote a call to action for users to push comments to the FCC, Congress, and the White House, in support of an Internet Freedom Letter circulated by Senator Angus King and others.

Do you have a website or blog? Be creative! What we can do, together. These stats are only as of the time of posting, and are still growing a lot! The battle for the internet is now. Join us for the Internet Slowdown and tell Congress to support an open and neutral Internet : blog. We're About to Lose Net Neutrality — And the Internet as We Know It. Image: moodboard/Getty Net neutrality is a dead man walking.

We're About to Lose Net Neutrality — And the Internet as We Know It

The execution date isn’t set, but it could be days, or months (at best). And since net neutrality is the principle forbidding huge telecommunications companies from treating users, websites, or apps differently — say, by letting some work better than others over their pipes — the dead man walking isn’t some abstract or far-removed principle just for wonks: It affects the internet as we all know it. Once upon a time, companies like AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and others declared a war on the internet’s foundational principle: that its networks should be “neutral” and users don’t need anyone’s permission to invent, create, communicate, broadcast, or share online.

The neutral and level playing field provided by permissionless innovation has empowered all of us with the freedom to express ourselves and innovate online without having to seek the permission of a remote telecom executive. Game of Loopholes and Rules How did we get here? Will net neutrality ruling make Web like cable TV? Internet service providers are no longer required to treat all kinds of Web activity equally, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a decision that could dramatically reshape online access.

Will net neutrality ruling make Web like cable TV?

The decision overturns key parts of the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality regulations, which barred Internet providers from restricting speeds or even blocking visits to different sites. Analysts say the ruling could allow Internet providers to slow down sites like bandwidth-heavy Netflix or Google and force them - or their visitors - to pay for faster access. Verizon, which brought the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, argued that because it built its network, it has the right to manage its costs and services as it pleases. Net neutrality clone. Read this if you want the internet to live. Democrats Introduce Open Internet Preservation Act To Restore Net Neutrality. Democrats in the House and Senate today introduced the Open Internet Preservation Act, a bill that would reinstate now-defunct net neutrality rules that were shot down last month.

Democrats Introduce Open Internet Preservation Act To Restore Net Neutrality

Net neutrality, in its most basic form, is the idea that ISPs must treat all Internet data the same. Under its regime, ISPs are not allowed to selectively speed up or slow down information requested by their customers due to their selective gatekeeping of the services impacted. Or, more simply, Comcast can’t decide that a site you want to load, or a video you want to watch, should be slowed, and content that it prefers, accelerated. Source: FCC will reclassify Internet as public utility; AT&T and Verizon will immediately sue. With Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler about to release a new regulatory approach to the Internet — one that would reclassify it as a public service — people in Washington are bracing for a legal and political fight that may leave all sides unhappy.

UPDATE Feb. 4: Wheeler has published an open letter in support of this exact position. A well-placed Washington, D.C., source told VentureBeat today that the New York Times story from Monday reporting the reclassification contained information intentionally leaked by the commission. The source also said that Wheeler is definitely preparing to propose a plan that would make the Internet a public utility-like telecommunications service as defined by Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. The Title II reclassification will apply to both wired and wireless broadband, the source said. Our source says that after the Title II reclassification becomes official, AT&T and Verizon will file lawsuits almost immediately. FCC net neutrality proposal: Verizon’s nightmare comes true. Verizon’s lawsuit against earlier net neutrality rules is about to backfire in a spectacular fashion.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Federal Communications Commission will propose new net neutrality rules that will reclassify ISPs under Title II of the Telecommunications Act and thus open them up to being regulated more like utilities. RELATED: Verizon’s huge victory is about to turn into a humiliating defeat “According to multiple people familiar with the agency’s plan, Mr. Wheeler intends to change the way both mobile and fixed broadband firms are regulated,” the Journal writes. “Rather than being lightly regulated information services, they would become like telecommunications companies, which would subject them to greater regulation on everything from pricing to how they deploy their networks.” FCC 'to delay' US vote on net neutrality. 12 November 2014Last updated at 07:07 ET. Republican net neutrality bill would gut FCC’s authority over broadband.

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