Net neutrality today, tomorrow, forever

Net neutrality today, tomorrow, forever…

‘I don’t think consumers are going to see any change at all,’ FCC chief Ajit Pai says of net neutrality repeal

Ajit Pai talks about net neutrality, telecom consolidation and more.

By Tony Romm  •  Read more »

 

Internet Defenders Say Net Neutrality Isn’t Yet Dead As ‘Most Important Battle’ Begins

By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams

"Any lawmaker, of any party, that fails to sign the discharge petition in support of the CRA will regret it come election time." READ MORE»

 

Goodbye to net neutrality. Hello to an even-bigger AT&T?

Two developments this week could dramatically expand the power of major telecom companies.

By Tony Romm  •  Read more »

 

The FCC’s net neutrality rules are officially repealed today. Here’s what that really means.

Here’s how your Internet experience could change now that the rules are off the books.

By Brian Fung  •  Read more »

 

THE INTERNET IS RUN BY GIANTS This fascinating piece looks at how net neutrality ended long before this week. [The New York Times]

Yesterday, our fears became reality as the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality officially went into effect.

Now more than ever, we’re counting on Congress to step in and overturn the FCC’s repeal of net

For more background information, check out the email below that we sent last Saturday, just before the repeal went into effect.

Republicans killed net neutrality today. What happens next?   We keep fighting

 

Joan McCarter Daily Kos Staff……2018/06/11 · 10:28

Even though the Senate voted last month to save net neutrality, the House has yet to act. That means that today is the day. The FCC’s execution date for the rule. As of now, it’s over. There are no enforceable legal protections against content discrimination by internet service providers.

… the new ruling clears the way for massive internet service providers to do practically whatever they like — including paid prioritization, throttling, and otherwise messing with traffic as it moves across the internet. […]

Carriers aren’t going to drop the throttle-hammer on day one, but they will continue on the path they have been on for years: using their control over the network to promote carrier-owned services and products.

 

That’s a given. We know ISPs are going to exploit their new-found freedom because they have a long history of abusing their power to control content. Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, MetroPCS—they’ve all taken actions that demonstrate just how far they’re willing to go to shut down content and services that threaten their profits. While they’re unlikely to take immediate action to take over the internet—that could backfire for them legally and politically—they’ll slowly but surely continue down the path of controlling the internet.

But here’s the thing. We are as relentless in saving the internet as they are in destroying it. We’ve been at this for a lot of years now and aren’t going to give up. Open internet advocates are fighting back in the courts, in the states and still in Congress, where the effort to force a discharge petition vote is still gaining steam.

In a midterm election year in which Republicans just keep shooting themselves in the foot, here’s another instance. A poll by Ipsos Mozilla in April found a whopping 91 percent of Americans "believe consumers should be able to freely and quickly access their preferred content on the internet." It’s why we won the fight for net neutrality in the first place, and while we’ll win again in the end.

 

A federal judge approved the $85 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner on Tuesday, delivering a major blow to the Justice Department’s effort to block the mega-deal opposed by President Donald Trump.

Judge Richard Leon rejected the DOJ’s argument that allowing the two companies to combine could lead to higher television bills for consumers and stifle media competitors. AT&T and Time Warner argued the merger would save consumers money and yield more innovative products.

Trump pledged to stop the merger during the 2016 presidential campaign, and he frequently attacks Time Warner-owned CNN over its coverage of his administration.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/12/att-time-warner-merger-approved-642333

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