Net neutrality is currently one of the hottest topics in tech, as the FCC voted on Thursdsay on its chairman’s controversial fast lane / slow lane system proposal, but not all Internet users really know what the fight between ISPs and Internet companies is all about. Re/code has a short video explaining what net neutrality means, why users should voice their concerns, and what the FCC’s new proposal is all about.
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to adopt a new notice of proposed rulemaking on a controversial new net neutrality plan that could allow Internet service providers to create separate services where they could charge Internet companies more money to make sure their traffic gets delivered faster than on the standard Internet. Although the proposed plan asks whether it would be possible for ISPs to create so-called “fast lanes,” FCC chairman Tom Wheeler insisted that it would not create a system where the Internet was divided into “haves” and “have nots.” More →
Here’s an absolutely brilliant way to get people to flood the Federal Communications Commission’s phone lines with angry complaints. Ars Technica reports that venture capitalist Brad Feld has created a new campaign called Stop The Slow Lane that will let you add a “slow lane” widget to your website that will intentionally slow your pages’ load times and then tell users to complain to the FCC about it while they wait. You can find code for embedding the widget over at GitHub, although you’d better act quickly to get it up since the FCC is actually scheduled to vote on its net neutrality plan later on Thursday. More →
Net neutrality is obviously a very hot issue right now. Legions of web users have taken to Reddit, Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere to voice their concerns about the FCC’s revised proposal, which seems to be designed specifically to allow Internet service providers to charge more to big companies looking for faster connections to end users. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler reportedly plans to further revise the commission’s most recent proposal but regardless of his plans, one industry watcher believes broadband service is about to get even more expensive for Internet users in the United States. More →
Whichever side of the renewed net neutrality argument you find yourself on, one thing is clear: The FCC’s revised net neutrality proposal is already ruining the Internet, and it’s also causing quite a stir among users across the Web. The name “net neutrality” should imply the plan’s intended purpose, but many have argued that the FCC’s new proposal is designed specifically to ensure that the Internet is not neutral, allowing large companies to pay ISPs for faster connections to end users.
If you find yourself among the many Internet users concerned about the FCC’s new net neutrality plan, this is your chance to be heard. More →
Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to let ISPs charge content providers more money to make sure that their traffic gets delivered more quickly is probably not the most popular idea. In fact, it’s not only provoked an outcry from pro-net neutrality advocates but has also led to protests from congressmen, major tech firms and venture capitalists who do a lot of work with tech startups. Because of this backlash, it seems that Wheeler is signaling an intention to back down: The Wall Street Journal reports that the FCC is “revising proposed rules for regulating broadband Internet, including offering assurances that the agency won’t allow companies to segregate Web traffic into fast and slow lanes.” More →
The FCC can’t handle all the net neutrality calls it’s getting, urges people to write emails instead
The Federal Communications Commission would rather read your thoughts about net neutrality than hear about them. Columbia Law School professor and leading net neutrality activist Tim Wu points out that calling the FCC’s main consumer hotline will give you a message that asks you to write an email to the commission if you’re calling about FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s controversial net neutrality plans. This seemingly indicates that either the FCC is being flooded with calls about net neutrality that its operators can’t handle them all or it just is tired of hearing everyone call about net neutrality and would like to see them send emails instead. Either way, it looks as though people are speaking up about the issue. More →
The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to allow for Internet “fast lanes” has just run into another major roadblock. In a letter sent to the FCC, several tech heavyweights slammed its reported plans to let ISPs charge Internet companies more money in exchange for ensuring a faster delivery of their traffic. Among the many huge names to sign the letter were Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix, Dropbox and Yahoo. More →
Let’s assume for the sake of argument that former cable lobbyist and current Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler isn’t a cynical shill for big business and is being completely sincere in his latest blog post about “finding the best path forward” in “defending” the open Internet. I begin with this premise because even if we take Wheeler’s statements at face value, he’s still showing a completely wrong-headed approach to regulation that I’ve long found disconcerting ever since I read his take on why AT&T should have been allowed to buy T-Mobile. More →
A few days ago, we wrote about how you can save the Internet. The Federal Communications Commission has taken a great deal of heat over its new net neutrality proposal, which many argue is designed specifically to ensure that Internet service in the United States is not neutral. If that accurately describes your position on the matter, there are a few things you can do. More →
Net neutrality died back in January of this year when a U.S. Appeals Court struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s 2010 order imposing certain regulations on wireline broadband service providers. People across the country were infuriated, and rightfully so. But news emerged earlier this week suggesting that the Federal Communications Commission would once again try to instate a new set of regulations to help keep a level playing field on the Web.
As it promised to do earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission is planning to introduce new net neutrality rules that it will unveil next month. Re/code reports that FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said on Wednesday that the commission would have new draft rules ready for its May 15th meeting, which means that we’ll get our first look at them in around three weeks. More →