This video from the USA says about itself:
Net Neutrality in the US: Now What?
7 May 2014
Comprehensive info. Time is of the essence, so forgive my inevitable errors.
Much links and fun times below:
We’ve stopped things like this before! You have power if you bother to take it.
Video script and better formatted version of the links below can be found on my blog: http://vihart.com/net-neutrality-in-t…
Politicians love when you personally contact them! It is a fact. If you’re not in the US, make sure your local government considers this state of affairs an embarrassment for the US, not something to model your own rules on.
List of FCC commissioners and their twitters, emails, blogs, instagrams, etc: http://www.fcc.gov/leadership
Don’t know how to contact your representative? Find out who they are and let them know you’re watching them! http://whoismyrepresentative.com/
Comment form for proceeding 14-28 “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet”
Comment form for proceeding 14-57 “Applications of Comcast Corporation and Time Warner Cable Inc. for Consent to Assign or Transfer Control of Licenses and Applications”
List of all proceedings available for comment: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/hotdocket/list
General “open internet” FCC inbox: firstname.lastname@example.org
whitehouse.gov petition for net neutrality in general: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/peti…
whitehouse.gov petition for reclassifying broadband as common carrier, specifically: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/peti…
Once you have a whitehouse.gov account, you can sign petitions about all sorts of things you care about!
There’s a rally in Washington DC on May 15 2014 if you’re around: http://act.freepress.net/survey/DC_Ma…
Learn more about all this stuff:
Court case ruling cable internet as an “information service” rather than “telecommunications service”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National…
Communications act of 1934, describing common carriers under title II: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communic…
Telecommunications act of 1996, including Title V, the CDA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecomm…
Communications Decency Act, part of the Telecommunications act of 1996, which protected ISPs from liability: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communic…
The FCC’s Open Internet Order 2010:
Verizon had the above overturned in 2014 as not applying to non-common carriers:
A couple of other attempts at net neutrality things:
Data on internet speed from study “The Cost of Connectivity”: http://oti.newamerica.net/publication…
Terms to know
Antitrust law: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_S…
Common carrier: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_c…
Game theory: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_theory
Net neutrality: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net_neut…
Also see these other videos on the topic:
Extra Credits: http://youtu.be/wQtiIazfoQM
Hank Green: http://youtu.be/mc2aso6W7jQ
Thank you Emily Eifler and Christopher Hart for their advice!
This video is Creative Commons non-commercial share-alike.
The FCC’s controversial proposal that will kill net neutrality advanced yesterday, and here’s the one thing you need to understand about the development.FCC Advances New Internet Rules Despite Mass Protests: here.
NET NEUTRALITY HAS A SHOT President Obama spoke out against internet fast lanes this week, a change from his relative silence since the FCC announced its plans for new Internet regulations. [HuffPost]
FCC CHAIR BREAKING FROM OBAMA ON NET NEUTRALITY “The dissonance between Obama and Wheeler has the makings of a major policy fight affecting multibillion-dollar industries. The president wants clear rules to prevent Internet service providers from auctioning the fastest speeds to the highest bidders, a scenario that could favor rich Web firms over start-ups. Wheeler, a former lobbyist for the cable and telecommunications industry, has floated proposals that aim to limit the ability of service providers to charge Web companies, such as Netflix or Google, to reach their customers. But critics have argued that his approach would give the providers too much leeway to favor some services over others.” [WaPo]
INSIDE THE FCC’S PLAN TO REPEAL NET NEUTRALITY “In a major win for the telecom industry, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans Tuesday to scrap net neutrality regulations that require internet providers to treat all content equally. Since being designated FCC chair by President Donald Trump in January, Pai has prioritized gutting the net neutrality provisions enacted by the Obama administration in 2015.” [HuffPost]
Dear Avaaz movement,
For 7 years we’ve fought corporate giants to save the internet, and it’s looking like WE’VE WON!!!!!
First in the US, then Brazil, India and now here’s what the top French official (and key swing vote) told us last week before he announced the EU law safeguarding the internet for half a billion people:
“I must confess that some of these tweets and messages that I received made me emotional… people asking me to “Save the Internet” and “Stop corporate capture…” I really wanted to respond to them.”
— Sebastien Soriano, Head of French Internet Regulator ARCEP
Officials announcing the law showed charts of unprecedented numbers of public comments – up to 640 per minute, the overwhelming majority from Avaaz!
Corporations wanted a fast internet for the mega-rich, and a slow one for the rest of us. We fought for the principle of “net neutrality” – equal internet for all!
It was a global fight that ranged across 7 years and 4 continents:
Net Neutrality US
United States – 2.5 million of us join a US Senator who threatened to block discussion by reading our signatures out from the Senate floor! The legislation dies. WIN!
Net Neutrality India
India – Avaaz partners with national campaign groups, with tens of thousands of our Indian members joining a call to the Telecoms minister. WIN!
Net Neutrality Brazil
Brazil – Large numbers of parliamentarians actually join our campaign, helping to pass “the Marco Civil – the most advanced law to protect the internet in the world.” WIN!
Net Neutrality EU
Europe – Telecoms giants launch a massive push to get loopholes in our hard won net neutrality law. We stop them. The press doesn’t normally tell happy stories, but this is one they’re raving about. Read about the latest victory for people power in Reuters, Tagesspiegel, Politico, EFE, Euractiv and the Wall Street Journal. WIN!
Net Neutrality Media
The internet is more than just another issue. It’s a profound empowerment of human beings to connect us to each other. Net inequality would have channeled that power to the rich few – their websites would have loaded much faster and worked better than small businesses, bloggers, or nonprofits like Avaaz.
But we used the power of our connection to defend connection itself, and net neutrality is now the standard for the internet everywhere.
And that’s a sign of hope for every challenge the world faces. Because as long as we stick together, and stay connected, we CAN build the world we all dream of.
With joy and gratitude,
Ricken, Alice, Ben, Luca, Pascal, Emma, Fatima, Wissam and the whole Avaaz team
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