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The former cable and wireless industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler is re-writing rules in favor of the telecom giants - not you, me or the internet. Here's what you can do to stop him...

... In January, a federal appeals court rejected regulations designed to assure some measure of fairness in the way America's internet service providers (ISPs) handle information traveling through their networks. The problem, according to the court, was not so much that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) couldn't insist on what is called "network neutrality" - the idea that customers, rather than ISPs, should decide priorities for information they get online.

No, the issue was that the FCC had tried to impose broadband rules under the wrong regulatory framework. And the court all but invited the FCC to fix its own mistake and rewrite its own updated rules....

... the FCC will say - loud and proud -that it is fixing the open-web problem while actually letting it get worse, by providing a so-called "fast lane" for carriers to hike fees on sites trying to reach customers like you and me. Which, inevitably, would mean you and I start paying more to use those sites - if we aren't already.This is a potentially tragic turning point in American politics and policy. We are on the verge of turning over the internet - the most important communications system ever invented- to telecoms that grew huge through the government granting them monopoly status.

Barring a genuine shift in policy or a court stepping in to ensure fair treatment of captive customers - or better yet, genuine competition - companies like Verizon and Comcast will have staggering power to decide what bits of information reach your devices and mine, in what order and at what speed. That is, assuming we're permitted to get that information at all.

Do we want an open internet? Do we want digital innovation and free speech to thrive? If we continue down the regulatory road pursued by the former cable and wireless industry lobbyist...

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/24/fcc-net-neutrality-tom-wheeler-stop-rules

 

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It is sort of scary how much control big $$ is going to have in our American lives, isn't it?

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U.S. Plan for Internet Fast Lanes Contrasts With European Rules

April 24, 2014

... A proposal in the United States that would allow Internet providers to charge companies for more powerful transmission of web traffic stands in contrast with new rules in Europe.

Late on Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission said it would propose new rules that would allow American Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to charge companies like Google and Disney for special, faster lanes to send video and other content to their customers.

The proposals, which will be released for public comment on May 15, are unlike new rules in Europe that outlaw attempts by telecommunications or cellphone carriers to charge for improved access to their data and mobile networks.

The decisions put American and European policy makers on different sides of the debate about the future of so-called net neutrality-the idea that telecommunications companies and other Internet service providers cannot discriminate between different services that run on their data networks.

Last month, European lawmakers approved new, tougher rules aimed at guaranteeing equal access to the Internet...

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/24/u-s-plan-for-internet-fast-lanes-contrasts-with-european-rules/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

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Go Europe.

Our legislators are enamored with the wealthy and powerful and will kowtow to whatever they want. They are political cowards who are primarily interested in their own careers and wealth portfolios. Of course, half of them are scared to death of anything that smacks of 'communism' rather than capitalism as lifestyle.

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I appreciate you putting these things under my nose. Thanks for the links.

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I appreciate you putting these things under my nose. Thanks for the links.

This was so clearly discussed I figured those of us who sometimes feel overwhelmed with all the things that would be good to become involved in helping need things linear at times.

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