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Amy Goodman | Get Ready for the 'Internet Slowdown'

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  • Large Internet service providers, or ISPs, like Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T and Verizon are trying to change the rules that govern your online life.
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Amy Goodman,  truthdig.com 

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Net-neutrality-meme-e1398433124309.jpg Sep 3, 2014 | (This coming) Wednesday, Sept. 10, if your favorite website seems to load slowly, take a closer look: You might be experiencing the Battle for the Net’s “Internet Slowdown,” a global day of grass-roots action. Protesters won’t actually slow the Internet down, but will place on their websites animated “Loading” graphics (which organizers call “the proverbial ‘spinning wheel of death’”) to symbolize what the Internet might soon look like. As that wheel spins, the rules about how the internet works are being redrawn. Large Internet service providers, or ISPs, like Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T and Verizon are trying to change the rules that govern your online life.

The fight over these rules is being waged now. These corporate ISPs want to create a two-tiered Internet, where some websites or content providers pay to get preferred access to the public. Large content providers like Netflix, the online streaming movie giant, would pay extra to ensure that their content traveled on the fast lane. But let’s say a startup tried to compete with Netflix. If it couldn’t afford to pay the large ISPs their fees for the fast lane, their service would suffer, and people wouldn’t subscribe.

 

Amy Goodman is an American award-winning broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman's investigative journalism career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement and Chevron Corporation's role in Nigeria.

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Sign and send the petition: Demand FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler hold public hearings on net neutrality.

  • Join the voices calling for Wheeler to hold large, open public field hearings. Sign and send the petition to the FCC demanding the Chairman come out and face the public support for real net neutrality. 
  • Next Step For Net Neutrality: Join Call For Regional Hearings

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public%20hearingsxcf.pngAugust 29, 2014 | In the past few weeks, an overwhelming number of comments have been filed at the FCC in favor of protecting an open internet and real net neutrality. Despite this, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has not scheduled large, public field hearings.

Before Chairman Wheeler considers passing rules which could end net neutrality and open the door for pay-to-play lanes, he should face the American public by holding large, open public meetings across the country.

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Please take a moment to add a personal statement to the Chairman before sending the comment. The Chairman and staff are more likely to listen to personal messages. This message will placed into the public record at the FCC.

Daily Kos is the premier online political community that is at once a news organization, community, and activist hub. 

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Next Step For Net Neutrality: Join Call For Regional Hearings, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, www.PopularResistance.org

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Lee Camp | One Group of Looters Is Not Like the Other

August 21 | Which kind of looting do you prefer? (I'll give you a hint - one of these groups of people steal 1,000 times more from you.)

 

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The U.S. government’s creeping war on journalists

 

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  • A new poll reveals that three quarters of reporters agree the public isn't getting the information it needs.
  • The Presidency and the Press

David Sirota, Salon

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 | As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists they don’t like from accessing information. The news comes as 47 federal inspectors general sent a letter to lawmakers criticizing “serious limitations on access to records” that they say have “impeded” their oversight work.

The data about public information officers was compiled over the past few years by Kennesaw State University professor Dr. Carolyn Carlson. Her surveys found that 4 in 10 public information officers say “there are specific reporters they will not allow their staff to talk to due to problems with their stories in the past.”

David Sirota is a senior writer for the International Business Times and the best-selling author of the books "Hostile Takeover," "The Uprising" and "Back to Our Future." 

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The Presidency and the Press, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • A  toxic relationship
  • Part 1: Nixon Is Gone, but His Media Strategy Lives On
  • Part 2: How Obama Administration-Controlled Media Is Used to Avoid Scrutiny from the Press

 

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