- As reported by various outlets, the new rules have been circulated by FCC chairman Tom Wheeler to the other members of the commission and will be officially announced on Thursday (April 24).
- “If it goes forward, this capitulation will represent Washington at its worst.” —Todd O’Boyle, Common Cause
- "With this proposal, the FCC is aiding and abetting the largest ISPs in their efforts to destroy the open Internet," said Craig Aaron, president of the media advocacy group Free Press.
- Part 1: Internet For The Wealthy On The Way Unless We Stop It
- Part 2: Unless Defeated, New FCC Rules Will Put 'Stake in Internet's Heart'
Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
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Part 1: Internet For The Wealthy On The Way Unless We Stop It
Take Action Today: Immediate mobilization required to save open Internet.
Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance
April 24, 2014 | In what the New York Times describes as “a net neutrality turnaround” the Obama administration’s new FCC chairman is proposing rules that will create an Internet for the wealthy. The new plan to create a pay to play Internet came to light Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal.
Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all, the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Of course, this will mean that when Netflix and other corporations purchase faster Internet, the consumers who use their service will be paying more to watch movies and download information. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants.
Kevin Zeese, along with Margaret Flowers, is a participants in PopularResistance.org. They also co-direct It’s Our Economy and are co-hosts of Clearing the FOG, shown on UStream TV and heard on radio.
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Part 2: Unless Defeated, New FCC Rules Will Put 'Stake in Internet's Heart'
Critics of the new rules say that this could be the moment the internet as we know it will die if the people do not rise to its defense.
Jon Queally, Common Dreams
Thursday, April 24, 2014 | Defenders of an open, innovative and fair internet are up in arms Thursday after learning the Federal Communications Commission is about to issue new rule proposals that will kill the online principle known as "net neutrality."
The death of net neutrality—which has governed the equal treatment of content since the internet was created—will create, say critics, a tiered internet that allows major internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to cut special and lucrative deals with content providers who can afford to pay for special "fast lanes." The result will be an internet that will incentivize slower traffic by ISPs and the creation of privatized, corporate-controlled "toll-roads" that will come to dominate a once fair and free environment.
Jon Queally, staff writer, Common Dreams
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