Net Neutrality

US carriers allegedly throttling YouTube, Netflix, streaming

US carriers allegedly throttling YouTube, Netflix, streaming

One of the tenets of net neutrality is that all Internet data should be treated equally. In practice, this means ISPs shouldn’t give one kind of data preference over another. In other words, they shouldn’t throttle data based on what they are. With net neutrality dead (except in California), consumer advocates fear that carriers are already taking advantage of their new found freedom. That is pretty much the implication in a recently published study that points out how popular video streaming services like YouTube and Netflix are being throttled by nearly all US carriers, big or small.

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California approves net neutrality bill considered the strongest in the country

California approves net neutrality bill considered the strongest in the country

Friday was a day of celebration for net neutrality proponents, as California’s legislature approved a bill that, once passed into law, is widely seen as the strongest protection in the country. The bill, SB822, not only restores the net neutrality rules that were put into place by former President Barack Obama, but goes even to ban internet service providers from practices like throttling in favor of select content and zero-rating services.

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The US Senate just voted to save net neutrality

The US Senate just voted to save net neutrality

If you were a bit cynical about the US Senate's vote to save net neutrality today, we can't really blame you. With senators and representatives all too willing to vote along party lines, the odds are certainly stacked against this effort by Democrats in Congress to block the FCC's "Restoring Internet Freedom Order." It appears, however, that your cynicism was misplaced, at least in this instance.

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Net neutrality officially dies in June

Net neutrality officially dies in June

Sorry to ruin your Thursday, but the FCC has announced when its new rules concerning internet service providers will go into effect. The FCC's laughably-named "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" will take effect in June, removing regulations that prevented internet service providers from blocking or throttling internet traffic and implementing paid prioritization. The repeal vote took place in Demember 2017, despite repeated polls that show the US public greatly favors net neutrality protections and regulations.

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The NRA just gave Ajit Pai a Courage Award

The NRA just gave Ajit Pai a Courage Award

You cannot make this stuff up. On February 23rd, 2018, the National Rifle Association (NRA) stood on stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland to deliver an award to the head of the FCC, Ajit Pai. The NRA awarded Pai the "Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award," because of course they did.

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When Net Neutrality dies: FCC final rule release

When Net Neutrality dies: FCC final rule release

February 22nd, 2018 was the day when the FCC released their "final rule" document to destroy Net Neutrality. This document came with the name "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" attached to it. It announced the date when the effective enforcement of the elimination of rules imposed by the Title II Order. Effective date for this order's enforcement is April 23rd, 2018.

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Burger King’s net neutrality ad is oddly persuasive

Burger King’s net neutrality ad is oddly persuasive

Even though the FCC vote to repeal net neutrality protections has come and gone, people are still talking about it left and right. The topic is becoming so visible that even companies that seemingly have no stake in whether or not net neutrality survives are getting in on the debate. Case in point is Burger King, which today rolled out a new ad focused entirely on educating its customers on the pitfalls of having Title II regulations for net neutrality repealed.

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GOP Open Internet Preservation Act is NOT Net Neutrality

GOP Open Internet Preservation Act is NOT Net Neutrality

This week Representative Marsha Blackburn introduced a the "Open Internet Preservation Act" in an effort to lock Trump/Pai repeal of Net Neutrality into law. Several major news outlets have taken Blackburn's bait in suggesting this new OIP Act would bring Net Neutrality back after the FCC removed it. Said the Washington Post: "Days after the FCC repealed its net neutrality rules, the GOP has a bill to replace them." Instead, this act would enshrine what the FCC did earlier this month.

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Net Neutrality Vote: What do we do now?

Net Neutrality Vote: What do we do now?

The FCC just voted 3/2 in favor of a declaratory ruling which effectively destroys Net Neutrality protections in the USA. Under the guise of a user-friendly name "Restoring Internet Freedom," the three Republican board members of the FCC voted to destroy the rules set in place by the previous FCC board. This Trump-installed board just destroyed the most important set of rules ever made for the internet - put there by the FCC during the Obama administration.

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Speaking on FCC and Net Neutrality at Thanksgiving is your civic duty

Speaking on FCC and Net Neutrality at Thanksgiving is your civic duty

Speaking about Net Neutrality with your friends and family is your civic duty this week - today we're going to run down how to do it. Whether you're back to your parents house this holiday season or hosting Thanksgiving yourself, there's a few very simple arguments that you're honor-bound as a citizen of these internets to share with your fellow turkey-devourers. What better way to be thankful for your rights as a United States citizen then by informing your fellow citizens about the death of the internet as we know it?

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The FCC Net Neutrality death proposal is here: It’s worse than we thought

The FCC Net Neutrality death proposal is here: It’s worse than we thought

Today Trump-installed FCC chairman Ajit Pai released his plan to destroy Net Neutrality. It's worse than we thought it might be. Yesterday we went over the Trump Administration's 3-point plan to steal internet from poor people and cut all rules from internet provider businesses. Today we're seeing that the plan cuts much more than what we assumed it would.

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FCC Net Neutrality 3-point plan outlined: Robin Hood in reverse

FCC Net Neutrality 3-point plan outlined: Robin Hood in reverse

Three moments in time, all within the last couple of months, all add up to one thing: current FCC leadership wants to keep poor people off the internet and give ISPs complete control over the internet. Current head of the FCC Ajit Pai suggested multiple times over the past year that the First Amendment should apply to internet service providers, and as such, they should be allowed to control every aspect of the internet they provide. Never mind the fact that the Net Neutrality rules Pai is dismantling were put in place to protect citizens from the internet companies Pai is fighting for.

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