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The Biggest Lie About Net Neutrality

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  • Reclassifying internet service providers (ISPs) under Title II of the Communications Act is the agency's only path forward to protect real Net Neutrality -- and one that millions of Americans have already urged the agency to take.
  • Next Step For Net Neutrality: Join Call For Regional Hearings

Timothy Karr, Free Press / Huffington Post

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08/07/2014 One of the most persistent lies told in Washington is the notion that common carriage is a heavy-handed regulation that transforms innovative businesses into antiquated, government-run utilities.

Any mention of restoring this time-tested principle to the Internet causes fits among phone and cable industry lobbyists.

It's a debate now raging throughout the record number of comments filed at the Federal Communications Commission, which has put the issue of common carriage back "on the table" as it weighs new rules to protect Net Neutrality. 

Timothy Karr: Senior Director of Strategy, Free Press

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

  • Outrage! FCC Official Says a million people commenting will not make much difference.
  • Join us in Urging Regional Hearings of the Commissioners throughout the Country
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The Presidency and the Press

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  • 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

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Nixon Is Gone, but His Media Strategy Lives On

Forty years after Watergate, presidential suspicion of reporters and attempts to keep the press at arm's length remain high.

Jon Marshall, The Atlantic

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Aug 4 2014 | Richard Nixon left the White House in disgrace 40 years ago this month, but the war he launched against journalists has continued under Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and other recent presidents.

Nixon’s resignation is remembered as a great victory for the media. Investigations by Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, and other reporters helped expose the White House crime spree that caused the president’s downfall. Even though he lost his battle to remain in power, Nixon’s way of handling the press has prevailed in American politics. Intimidating journalists, avoiding White House reporters, staging events for television—now common presidential practices—were all originally Nixonian tactics.

Jon Marshall is an assistant professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. He is the author of Watergate’s Legacy and the Press: The Investigative Impulse.

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Part 2: How Obama Administration-Controlled Media Is Used to Avoid Scrutiny from the Press

If reporters get in the way of the administration’s award-winning marketing campaign by engaging in investigative journalism, there will be hell to pay from disapproving officials, who are not afraid to come down hard on sources in ways aimed at bringing the news gathering process to a standstill.

Kevin Gosztola, FireDog Lake

Thursday October 10, 2013 | What makes the crackdown on leaks, increased denials of Freedom of  Information Act requests and surveillance of journalists even more pernicious is how this conduct by President Barack Obama’s administration has taken place as the administration simultaneously uses its own media to pump out its own message.

In a report from the Committee to Protect Journalists on, “The Obama Administration and the Press,” which details leaks investigations and surveillance in post-9/11 America, an entire section focuses on the administration’s promise of transparency.

Kevin Gosztola is a trusted author who publishes his writing regularly to OpEdNews and Open Salon and he is a 2009 Young People For Fellow. He is a documentary filmmaker currently completing a Film/Video degree at Columbia College in Chicago.  

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Comcast Confessions: when every call is a sales call

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  • More than 100 Comcast employees spoke to The Verge about life inside the nation’s largest cable and broadband company
  • "The customer is calling in to tell you what’s wrong, and you’re looking for ways to sell them service."
  • In Harm's Way: The Dangers of a World Without Net Neutrality

Adrianne Jeffries, The Verge  

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July 28, 2014 | When AOL executive and Comcast customer Ryan Block recently tried to cancel his internet service, he ended up in a near-yelling match with a customer service representative who spent 18 minutes trying to talk him out of it.

Rep: I’m just trying to figure out here what it is about Comcast service that you’re not liking.

Block: This phone call is actually a really amazing representative example of why I don’t want to stay with Comcast. Can you please cancel our service?

Rep: Okay, but I’m trying to help you.

Block: The way you can help me is by disconnecting my service.

Rep: But how is that helping you? How is that helping you? Explain to me how that is helping you.

Block: Because that’s what I want.

Rep: Okay, so why is that what you want?

Adrianne Jeffries: Reporter, writer, travel bug, East Village rat, New York Observer alum.

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In Harm's Way: The Dangers of a World Without Net Neutrality, April Glaser, Electronic Frontier Foundation

  • The Internet is one of the greatest things humanity has ever created, and who knows what we’ll be able to do with it next.  Let’s make sure there will always be plenty of room for the unexpected, by making certain no new business or service has to make a special deal to be able to meaningfully connect to users.
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Next Step For Net Neutrality: Join Call For Regional Hearings

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Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, www.PopularResistance.org

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FCC-HArris-from-the-Post-Save-The-Internet.jpgJuly 24th, 2014 | More than a million people have spoken out in favor of real Net Neutrality in public comments. More than 3.4 million took some kind of action urging Net Neutrality before the rulemaking began. This has been the biggest public response the FCC has ever gotten on a policy matter … but is the FCC listening? Will the voices of a million people make a difference?

Sadly, a top official at the FCC, Gigi Sohn, told NPR: “A lot of these comments are one paragraph, two paragraphs, they don’t have much substance beyond, ‘we want strong Net Neutrality.” So, 1,067,779 people commenting will not make much difference.  It is a very sad commentary on democracy in the United States and on the FCC.

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Join us in demanding that the FCC hold hearings to listen to the people.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers are participants in Popular Resistance, an online daily news and information service for people who want to play a role in improving the country, creating economic and social justice as well as to protect the environment. They also co-direct It’s Our Economy and are co-hosts of Clearing the FOG, shown on UStream TV and heard on radio.

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