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FCC is About to Kill the Internet and Towns Like This and Congress Will Pay the Price (2)

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    • Part 1: America is About to Kill the Internet and Towns Like This Will Pay the Price
    • Residents of Winlock, Washington can barely stream Spotify and Netflix. Changes to Obama’s net neutrality rules are going to make things even worse.
    • Part 2: FCC Wants to Kill Net Neutrality. Congress Will Pay the Price
    • The FCC Draft Order on Net Neutrality went much further than we ever could've imagined
    • Related: Urgent: Take Action to Save the Open Internet

    Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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    Part 1: America is About to Kill the Internet and Towns Like This Will Pay the Price

    Many of the 1,300 residents of Winlock report frustratingly slow connections – with speeds similar to the dial-up days of the 1990s. Alamy

  • Residents of Winlock, Washington can barely stream Spotify and Netflix. Changes to Obama’s net neutrality rules are going to make things even worse.

 

Lucy Rock, The Guardian / Portside

November 21, 2017It’s Saturday morning at a café near the museum in Winlock, Washington, and Michelle Conrow is eating brunch while surfing the internet on her laptop. What might seem a banal activity for many is a luxury for Michelle. The internet at her house just outside the town is primitive by today’s standards, with speeds similar to the dial-up days of the 1990s. It took three days to download Microsoft Office to her new computer.

Many of the 1,300 residents in this rural area, which was once the US’s second largest egg producer, report frustratingly slow connections. There’s no binging on the latest must-watch Netflix show or streaming music on Spotify to suit your mood. No quick downloading of a podcast for your journey to work as you grab your coat. No running several devices simultaneously as parents catch up with internet banking or shopping on Amazon while their children chat on social media and watch YouTube videos.

Lucy Rock is an Observer writer and was previously the news editor.

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Part 2: FCC Wants to Kill Net Neutrality. Congress Will Pay the Price


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The FCC Draft Order on Net Neutrality went much further than we ever could've imagined in not only reversing Title II, but in dismantling virtually all of the important tenets of net neutrality itself.

Ryan Singel, Wired Opinion / Portside

December 3, 2017 | FCC chair Ajit Pai’s plan to repeal net neutrality provisions and reclassify broadband providers from “common carriers” to “information services” is an unprecedented giveaway to big broadband providers and a danger to the internet. The move would mean the FCC would have almost no oversight authority over broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T.

For years, those broadband providers have used lawsuits and agency filings to fight FCC oversight and overturn its authority to prevent net neutrality abuses. But never in those companies’ most feverish dreams did they expect an FCC chair would propose to demolish all net neutrality protections and allow ISPs to extract tolls from every business in the country.

Ryan Singel is media and strategy fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and the CEO/cofounder of Contextly.

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Related:

Urgent: Take Action to Save the Open Internet, David Culver, Evergreene Digest
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  • Despite massive growing resistance, the FCC just voted to advance rules that could slow down and censor the Internet by allowing ISPs to discriminate when they deliver content. Everyone needs to take action right now.
  • Don't let Comcast and AT&T control the future of the Internet. "Dear FCC, we need real net neutrality. Protect internet users from monopolistic ISPs and don't let companies censor, slow down, or block websites while requiring other sites to pay for faster service. Please stand up for all Internet users and our right to communicate."

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