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

We're About to Lose Net Neutrality — And the Internet as We Know It
Image: moodboard/Getty Net neutrality is a dead man walking. The execution date isn’t set, but it could be days, or months (at best). 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. But today, that freedom won’t survive much longer if a federal court — the second most powerful court in the nation behind the Supreme Court, the DC Circuit — is set to strike down the nation’s net neutrality law, a rule adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2010. Marvin Ammori is a Future Tense Fellow at the New America Foundation and a lawyer who represents technology companies on internet policy issues. Game of Loopholes and Rules How did we get here? But AT&T wanted to add an additional toll, beyond what it already made from the internet. There was a catch, however. Related:  Internet PoliticsNet NutralityCorporations as Reprehensible People My Friend

Tikker The libraries that governments will burn in the future Well he better move the thing away from the coast or global warming will make his argument mute. I get where he's coming from,make it politically and socially costly to censor or control the contents.That might work if today's political climate and what is or is not socially acceptable and worthy of protection and preservation remain reasonably constant. But who can say what will be worthy,acceptable or even cared about a century from now.That said if you look at this as a concept where the contents vary with the times we should hope it holds true even a century or more from now.If it doesn't then that means the government,the country,and what is or is not acceptable or resistible will have changed dramatically and probably for the worse. When it not longer becomes politically and/or socially costly to censor or destroy cultural material it become dystopia,it becomes analgious to Nazi Germany,Communist USSR or even today's China or North Korea.

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. 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. The tech world blasted the ruling, saying it could turn the free-for-all that is the Internet into an industry more akin to cable television. 'Alarming' decision "The D.C. Control concerns

Chase Bank Slams the Door on More Porn Stars By Lila Gray Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014Text size: LOS ANGELES — Chase Bank has reportedly sent out letters to hundreds of porn stars notifying them that their accounts would be closed on May 11. Teagan Presley confirmed to XBIZ that her personal account was one of the ones shut down. “I got a letter and it was like please cancel all transactions, please fix your automatic pay account and make sure everything’s taken care of by May 11,” Presley told XBIZ. One of the letters, posted here by Perez Hilton, succinctly informs the recipient of the impending closure without citing specific reasons. “We recently reviwed your account and determined that we will be closing it on May 11, 2014,” the letter reads. Then, continuing in a more "compassionate" vein, "We want you to have enough time to complete pending transactions and open an account at another bank." And yet, when Presley went to Bank of America to open up a new account, she was summarily turned away.

These Vintage Videos Accurately Predicted Today's Technology I remember in the 80s seeing a technology show with a Computer Navigation gadget in the car. But instead of satellites and GPS, it was using sensors buried in the roads. I think it was being tested in France. At the time I thought that was an ambitious hope, needing to tear up every road in the world, but the concept of computer navigation thrilled me. I also remember reading an article where somebody was going to try and build a real Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy handheld gadget containing an interactive encyclopaedia.

The Ninth Circuit Library "Citations are the cornerstone upon which judicial opinions and law review articles stand....The ability to check citations and verify that citations to the original sources are accurate is integral to ensuring accurate characterizations of sources and determining where a researcher found information. However, accurate citations do not always mean that a future researcher will be able to find the exact same information as the original researcher. Citations to disappearing websites cause problems for legal researchers." Raizel Liebler & June Liebert, Something Rotten in the State of Legal Citation: The Life Span of a United States Supreme Court Citation Containing an Internet Link (1996-2010), 15 YALE J.L. & TECH. 273, 275 (2013), available at The following table lists Ninth Circuit opinions issued from 2008 to the present that cite to Internet addresses (URLs). Click here to submit corrections.

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. 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. With last month’s striking of the FCC’s net neutrality ruling, the D.C. Those in favor of net neutrality view the regulatory scheme as key to a free, open, and level playing field. The Preservation Act — full text here — is short and merely “restores” what was “vacated” by the court’s decision. Other voices were quick to criticize its thrust. “The Internet is an engine of economic growth because it has always been an open platform for competition and innovation. And there is a simple question of who decides.

At Walgreen, Renouncing Corporate Citizenship Photo A little less than two years ago, Gregory D. Wasson, the chief executive of Walgreen, sought a series of tax breaks from Illinois, where his company is based. “We are proud of our Illinois heritage,” he said at the time. “Just as our stores and pharmacies are health and daily living anchors for the communities we serve, we as a company are now recommitted to serving as an economic anchor for northeastern Illinois.” The state gave Walgreen $46 million in corporate income tax credits over 10 years in exchange for a pledge to create 500 jobs and invest in upgrading its offices. Mr. Why? Alarmingly, dozens of large United States companies are contemplating the increasingly popular tax-skirting tactic known as an inversion. In Walgreen’s case, an inversion would be an affront to United States taxpayers. According to Americans for Tax Fairness, a move by Walgreen to Switzerland would most likely cost United States taxpayers about $4 billion over five years. Mr. Senator Richard J. Mr.

Prosthetic Knowledge Picks: The Year of the Oculus Rift The latest in an ongoing series of themed collections of creative projects assembled by Prosthetic Knowledge. This edition brings together projects that make use of the Oculus Rift, a device that has reignited interest in Virtual Reality and provided creative inspiration for hackers and artists alike. Kim Laughton, Timefly. Every year, there is usually at least one piece of technology that stands out, that captures the attention of engineers and creatives, that inspires new ideas and makes new experiences possible. Released this year, the current model is intended for developers; the consumer-level version is planned to be available late 2014. In this submission, I will present a sampling of interesting Rift-related projects from both artists and engineers. Entropy Wrangler Artist Ian Cheng debuted the Oculus Rift version of his Entropy Wrangler piece at the Freize Art Fair in London this year. Ian Cheng discussed his thoughts on the future of storytelling in a recent roundtable in Frieze:

Google wins book-scanning case: judge finds “fair use,” cites many benefits Google has won a resounding victory in its eight-year copyright battle with the Authors Guild over the search giant’s controversial decision to scan more than 20 million books from libraries and make them available on the internet. In a ruling (embedded below) issued Thursday morning in New York, US Circuit Judge Denny Chin said the book scanning amounted to fair use because it was “highly transformative” and because it didn’t harm the market for the original work. “Google Books provides significant public benefits,” Chin wrote, describing it as “an essential research tool” and noting that the scanning service has expanded literary access for the blind and helped preserve the text of old books from physical decay. Chin also rejected the theory that Google was depriving authors of income, noting that the company does not sell the scans or make whole copies of books available. “This has been a long road and we are absolutely delighted with today’s judgement.

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. 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. Neither the new net neutrality rules nor a Time Warner Cable sale to Comcast could possibly benefit an average consumer or a small business. Today, the FCC announced it will allow for a euphemistic "Fast Lane on the web," demolishing Net Neutrality, and allowing content providers to charge both consumers and companies more if they don't want speed to their website or service artificially throttled.

Thank You for Your Service: How One Company Sues Soldiers Worldwide This article was co-published with The Washington Post. Army Spc. Angel Aguirre needed a washer and dryer. Money was tight, and neither Aguirre, 21, nor his wife had much credit history as they settled into life at Fort Carson in Colorado in 2010. That's when he saw an ad for USA Discounters, guaranteeing loan approval for service members. "We ended up getting a computer, a TV, a ring, and a washer and dryer," Aguirre said. Aguirre later learned that USA Discounters' easy lending has a flip side. From there, USA Discounters files lawsuits against service members based anywhere in the world, no matter how much inconvenience or expense they would incur to attend a Virginia court date. "They're basically ruthless," said Army Staff Sgt. Timothy Dorsey, vice president of USA Discounters, said the company provides credit to service members who would not otherwise qualify and sues only after other attempts to resolve debts have failed. Before he could, he was deployed to Germany and Afghanistan.

Asia’s Richest Man Invests In BitPay After some serious drubbing in two of the world’s largest countries during past few weeks, the Bitcoin ecosystem may have found its biggest individual backer yet in Li Ka-shing, Asia’s richest man. Li is now an investor in Atlanta-based BitPay, the startup with ambitions to become the PayPal for the virtual currency world. He has made this investment through his venture capital company, Horizons Ventures, an early investor in companies such as Facebook, Waze, Skype and Summly. A BitPay spokeswoman told me that Horizons Ventures and the Founders Fund are among a group of investors including Shakil Khan, Barry Silbert, Jimmy Furland, Roger Ver and Ben Davenport, who have put around $2.7 million in the startup so far. Founders Fund is the VC group run by people who founded and were early employees at PayPal. The South China Morning Post reported earlier today that Li has invested in BitPay through Horizons Ventures, but didn’t give any specific details on the amount invested.

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