John Oliver urges people to fight for Net Neutrality once again

  • Net neutrality is a difficult concept to understand. At its core, it’s the principle that internet service providers (like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon) should give consumers equal access to all legal content and applications without favoring or blocking particular sources.
  • But where does it really stand, particularly under the Trump administration? President Trump appointed Ajit Pai as FCC chairman upon entering office. Pai, a former Verizon lawyer, vowed to take a “weed whacker” to net neutrality regulations.
  • Simply put, it’s at risk. And John Oliver is here to save the day. Read more (5/8/17)

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Net neutrality is in danger —  and it could affect your ability to play games online

  • The days of playing online games on your standard internet plan may be in danger if a new proposal from the Federal Communications Commission is passed.
  • Under the FCC chairman’s proposed rollback of net neutrality rules enacted in 2015, cable and internet providers might theoretically be able to charge more based on how you use the internet — and it would have big implications for the gaming world.
  • Recently, the FCC’s chairman, Ajit Pai, proposed a rollback for a number of regulations enacted in 2015 intended to keep the internet “open and fair,” according to CNN.
  • These regulations are meant to preserve net neutrality — the idea that your internet provider can’t charge more based on the sites people visit and services they use. Pai’s proposition, if enacted, would get rid of those regulations.
  • If Pai has his way, regulations that prevent your internet service provider from charging you according to the online services you use will go away.
  • If that happens, your ISP might start looking for ways to milk more money out of you. For example, it could theoretically throttle your download speeds from Steam or make your internet connection to Battle.net slower once you hit a certain data cap. Read more (5/10/17)

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THIS IS IMPORTANT AND WILL AFFECT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU

the FCC is trying (again) to put an end to net neutrality. This will mean profit for a lot of big websites and companies like your cable or ISP, and general shittiness for everyone else. It’s not a complicated issue. It’s a shady deal that needs to be stopped.

IF NET NEUTRALITY DIES:

YOUR ISPS AND CABLE COMPANIES WILL DECIDE HOW WELL YOUR INTERNET WORKS.

YOU WILL BE CHARGED MORE FOR USING CERTAIN WEBSITES.

YOU WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO CERTAIN WEBSITES.

YOU WILL HAVE SLOW AND SHITTY CONNECTIONS TO CERTAIN WEBSITES.

DO NOT LET THE FCC END NET NEUTRALITY

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Trump’s new FCC chief is Ajit Pai, and he wants to destroy net neutrality
Donald Trump has elevated Ajit Pai to chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, giving control over the agency to a reliable conservative who’s been opposed to pretty much every big action...
By Jacob Kastrenakes

Just in case y’all needed any more reasons to loathe and despise Donald Trump, he just appointed an FCC chief who is expressly anti-net-neutrality and gives zero shits about the potential of cable companies merging to form a monopoly over both TV and internet.

Best hope social media and regular media/news sites are in the first/basic tier of internet packages, because that’s what’s coming without net neutrality: cable companies will prioritize traffic to certain websites, and websites will have to pay more to make their site prioritized, and we will probably be sold the internet in much the same way we are sold television: in packages and tiers of channels, based on how much you’re willing to pay. Imagine a world where you paying your cable bill no longer gets you access to an open internet, but rather, you must pay extra to get access to certain levels of information on the internet. Imagine people with less money getting a smaller internet, with less information and less access. Because that could be what’s coming.

I will fight, tooth and nail, against this fuckery. Not in my lifetime. Not in my country. Access to information is a right. An open, accessible internet is not something we can compromise on. Net neutrality is a must.

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THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. (if you don’t have time to listen to the background, go to 15:25 for the important bit about action. But do watch the whole thing if you can).

People ask me how to get into animation, and I tell them (for starters) to put something on the internet. If you show that you can attract an audience without the support of massive advertising money, companies will want to hire you. The internet is a great way for new talent to make itself known.

If net neutrality goes away, though, we’ll have to return to a system where it’s all about “who you know”. Where your ideas are bought (and generally discarded) before you even have them. In short: Finish up those internet films, comics, and cartoons before you’re directly competing with the Big Six. They’ve already got Batman and Star Wars and they don’t want you.

Trump’s FCC pick Ajit Pai  doesn’t seem to care about your privacy

  • It’s unclear if Donald Trump’s appointment to Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai is serving the people or telecomms.
  • In his short time in power, he has taken subsidized internet away from low-income families, worked toward ending net neutrality and now wants to make it really easy for your data to be sold without your consent.
  • Pai just blocked rules set out in October that aim to make it more difficult for internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T to give your data to advertisers — the rules require that customers have to opt-in in order for the ISPs to access their data and personal information. Read more (3/7/17 2:31 PM)

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Since the FCC site is already BLOCKING individual commenting, *call them* and say “I am calling to let Mr. Pai know that I specifically support strong net neutrality backed by Title 2 oversight of ISPs. Thank you." 

 Here’s the FCC contact info: 

> Phone: 1-888-225-5322   

> TTY: 1-888-835-5322   

> ASL Videophone: 1-844-432-2275   

> Fax: 1-866-418-0232

The Federal Communications Commission will vote on May 18 to formally begin the process of loosening regulations that enforce the so-called net neutrality rules for Internet providers.

Ajit Pai, who became chairman of the commission in January, says he supports a free and open Internet, which rests on a basic principle of “net neutrality.”

In an interview with NPR’s David Greene, Pai says he wants the government to focus on correcting actual anti-competitive behavior that Internet providers might demonstrate, rather than regulating against hypothetical harms.

“Preemptive regulation is appropriate when there’s a major market failure — when the Internet is broken,” he says.

FCC Chief Makes Case For Tackling Net Neutrality Violations ‘After The Fact’

Photo: Emily Bogle/NPR

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If you love the internet and want to maintain net neutrality, tell the FCC!

tittybittyclittycommittee  asked:

Can you suggest some good online resources into learning about net neutrality? After reading the article you linked to I am realizing how little I know...

Sure!

Here’s a good place to start, it breaks down some of the basics and common questions you might have and there are sections linking to individual explanations that will answer questions like: 

This article was made back in 2015 but the answers and debate is still very relevant to the argument today. I’d suggest reading up on these to get a basic understanding. Here’s some other articles that might help:

Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know Now

What is net neutrality and what does it mean for me?

Here’s a Simple Explanation of Net Neutrality And How It Affects You

Interview: A Primer On The Future Of Net Neutrality Under Trump

Hope this all helps a bit. 

Congress just gutted your privacy protections

Congress just gutted your privacy protections. And if the Trump team has its way Net Neutrality will be next.

Hours ago, House Republicans voted to throw out the broadband-privacy rules the FCC passed last year. These important protections were designed to prevent your internet service provider from selling your personal data (such as your web-browsing history) to advertisers and other companies without your consent.

This matters for two reasons:

1. The people who voted for this dangerous resolution care more about pleasing companies like Comcast than they do about serving you.

2. These rules were built off the landmark Net Neutrality rules we won at the FCC in 2015 — and now those protections are in danger.

The broadband-privacy fight is this administration’s first attack on the open internet. And now that they have a win on their hands, they’ll be pushing for another.

But protest works. Pushback works. In the last few weeks people like you have flooded congressional offices with thousands of calls. And those calls are scaring elected officials. The broadband-privacy votes in both chambers were close and we’ve seen the effect that calls, petitions and protests are having on other issues like health care.

It took 4 million of us speaking out about Net Neutrality to win last time around. It will take even more to save it now.

It won’t be easy, but if we build enough power we can win again. #NetNeutrality #Congress #InternetPrivacy

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John Oliver pleads with viewers to revive net neutrality fight
The net neutrality fight is unfortunately back, and just as he did three years ago, comedian John Oliver has devoted a segment of his show Last Week Tonight to call out the importance of the open...
By Chaim Gartenberg

Hey, so net neutrality is under threat again, if you got time send out a message to the FCC about it.