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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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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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  • 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."

Dear Readers,

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Support%20Independent%20Media_0.jpg  December 6, 2017 | For well over twelve years EvergreeneDigest has been a proud, bright light on a strand of thousands of such lights of independent media outlets.  We were founded on the principle that big, corporate, mainstream media had excluded information and perspectives from the present day American conversation. Further, we believed that the Internet and its fundamental principle of net neutrality made it possible for us to loosen the grip of big media by taking the news into our own hands. We readers-turned-journalists could then restore integrity to the nation's single most vital conduit for democratic participation, our media.

Now the FCC has announced plans to destroy net neutrality, the very foundation of an internet-based independent media, before Christmas. Working together we must stop them from doing this and here's how.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Take%20Action%20Today%20button_0.jpg Here a list of seven things you can do right now to save the Internet, by Mary Alice Crim, Free Press.  We urge you, all of you, to please just do at least one of these between now and December 14, the day the FCC meets to destroy the Internet and, with it, independent media and outlets such as Evergreene Digest.

Fighting for net neutrality is not a fool's errand, a waste of time and effort. The FCC's net neutrality repeal has sparked backlash. “People from across the political spectrum are coming out of the woodwork to engage in this issue, and the real question now is if Congress is listening,” said Evan Greer, the campaign director for the pro-net neutrality group Fight for the Future said.

https://d2omw6a1nm6pnh.cloudfront.net/images/net-neutrality-now-180.png If it seems like this battle has seemingly gone on forever, it has.  Almost from the creation of the Internet, the big telecommunications companies (AT&T, Verizon, Comcast/Xfinity, Time Warner, etc.) have wanted to increase their profits by destroying net neutrality - the democratic, inclusive principle that says everyone is equal to the same level of access to the internet at the same price. The greedy telecoms don't see it that way. They want to create superhighways of data flow for their egalitarian, privileged corporate friends and other members of the 1%, forcing the rest of us to the slower, narrower back roads - if we can get access at all.

We thought we had the battle won in the waning days of the Obama administration. However, the FCC, under the chairmanship of Trump appointee Ajit Pai, a Republican, has rejoined the battle for net neutrality. The battle over net neutrality is as hot as ever.

Much has been published about this issue in the pages of Evergreen Digest, principally in our Media, Government, and Activism sections. Learn more about it by searching terms like "Net Neutrality" and "Ajit Pai" in our search box. Stay up to date by frequently visiting us and the websites of the two organizations leading the fight: Free Press and Fight for the Future.

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Peace and thanx,

Dave and the entire Evergreene Digest crew

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FCC's net neutrality repeal sparks backlash on private data grabs by internet and telecom giants, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1:  FCC's net neutrality repeal sparks backlash
    • People from across the political spectrum are coming out of the woodwork to engage in this issue.
  • Part 2: Help Minnesota protect consumers from private data grabs by internet and telecom giants.
    • Weigh in against possible FCC action that would hinder the Legislature in this area. 
  • Related: The FCC sabotaged its own Net Neutrality public comments process and distorted the facts

 

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The FCC sabotaged its own Net Neutrality public comments process and distorted the facts, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Part 1:  The FCC sabotaged its own public comments process.
    • Congress needs to stop them from voting to kill net neutrality on December 14
  • Part 2: Fight for the Future statement on Ajit Pai’s ridiculous speech
    • Pai’s distortion of the facts here can only be described as Orwellian. He’s citing free speech as his reason for gutting free speech protections.
  • Related: Special Project | How the Grinch Is Stealing the Internet

 

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Matt Lauer’s 20-year position at NBC allowed him to frame the way stories about powerful women and Very Bad Men were told — and not told.

  • It is a disturbing thought experiment to look at the media men who have faced allegations of sexual misconduct over the past two months and consider what stories might have been told had women been in their places.
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What started out as an information service based on public support has now become a culture of free service. The process is absolutely being abused. A budget is required. Not a huge budget, but a “reasonable” one.

We’ll press the case until we get that.

David Culver, Founder, Publisher
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11/29/2017 | In September 2016, Matt Lauer came under fire for his treatment of then–presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the NBC Commander in Chief Forum.

The format of the forum had Clinton answering questions for 30 minutes, followed by Donald Trump doing the same. During Clinton’s turn, Lauer focused one-third of that time on seemingly prepared questions about her private email server. He asked tough follow-up questions, and interrupted her answers more than once. By the time a veteran in the audience could ask Clinton a specific question about how she would deploy troops to combat ISIS ― the type of inquiry that would allow her to show Americans her understanding of foreign policy and her concrete plans should she become Commander in Chief ― Lauer cut in before she could answer, asking that her response be delivered “as briefly as you can.”

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Trump Is Quietly Making It Even Harder To Report Sexual Harassment And Discrimination, Emily Peck, Huffington Post

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  • The White House has been trying to shut women up this whole time.
  • Related: Actresses—and Millions of Other Workers—Have No Federal Sexual-Harassment Protections

FCC's net neutrality repeal sparks backlash on private data grabs by internet and telecom giants.

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  • Part 1:  FCC's net neutrality repeal sparks backlash
    • People from across the political spectrum are coming out of the woodwork to engage in this issue.
  • Part 2: Help Minnesota protect consumers from private data grabs by internet and telecom giants.
    • Weigh in against possible FCC action that would hinder the Legislature in this area. 
  • Related: The FCC sabotaged its own Net Neutrality public comments process and distorted the facts

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1:  FCC's net neutrality repeal sparks backlash

http://www.popularresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Net-neutrality-meme-e1398433124309.jpg“People from across the political spectrum are coming out of the woodwork to engage in this issue, and the real question now is if Congress is listening,” said Evan Greer, the campaign director for the pro-net neutrality group Fight for the Future said.

Harper Neidig, The Hill 

12/03/17 | The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) plan to scrap net neutrality rules governing how internet service providers handle web traffic has unleashed a wave of intense opposition.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, announced last month that the agency would vote to undo its 2015 net neutrality rules, which prevent companies like Verizon and Comcast from blocking or slowing down websites or creating internet “fast lanes.”

Harper Neidig, Staff Writer at The Hill

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Part 2: Help Minnesota protect consumers from private data grabs by internet and telecom giants.

https://d2omw6a1nm6pnh.cloudfront.net/images/net-neutrality-now-180.pngWeigh in against possible FCC action that would hinder the Legislature in this area. 

Paul Thissen, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

December 1, 2017 | As a state representative, my job under the Constitution is to work “for the security, benefit and protection of the people … ” Right now, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to make that job much harder.

The FCC wants to prohibit the Minnesota Legislature from protecting Minnesota consumers when giant internet and telecommunications companies want to take, sell and profit from their private data without consent.

Paul Thissen is a member of the Minnesota House.

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Related:

The FCC sabotaged its own Net Neutrality public comments process and distorted the facts, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1:  The FCC sabotaged its own public comments process.
  • Congress needs to stop them from voting to kill net neutrality on December 14
  • Part 2: Fight for the Future statement on Ajit Pai’s ridiculous speech
  • Pai’s distortion of the facts here can only be described as Orwellian. He’s citing free speech as his reason for gutting free speech protections.
  • Related: Special Project | How the Grinch Is Stealing the Internet

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The Consolidation of Media and Finance: Why the Media Are Lying to You

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  • Here is the chart on media ownership: note the interlocking companies who own the five big media plus Google and Facebook— and why it matters.
  • Related: The New York Time’s Assault on Press Freedom

Sue Ann Martinson, Rise Up Times

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Here is the chart on media ownership: note the interlocking companies who own the five big media plus Google and Facebook— and why it matters.

Sue Ann Martinson, Editor, Rise Up Times: Media for Justice and Peace; News, information, stories, commentary, videos and perceptive views on current events, actions, and media issues and links to calendars of Twin City Peace and Justice events.

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The New York Time’s Assault on Press Freedom, Daniel Lazare, Consortium News 


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  • The New York Times, which once postured as the champion of a free press, now is seeking crackdowns on news that the public gets from the Internet under the guise of combatting “Russian propaganda.”
  • Related: Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines, Week Ending October 28, 2017

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