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Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) has introduced a bill that would prevent the FCC from reclassifying Internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon as common carriers. This is the exact opposite of what will protect the open Internet.

Josh Levy, FreePress.net

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https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.freepress.net/outreach/May 30, 2014 Support for Net Neutrality is building — in the streets, in Congress, in Silicon Valley and at kitchen tables around the country. But the more traction it gets, the more vicious the attacks on the open Internet have become.

Enter Rep. Bob Latta who has just introduced a bill (H.R. 4752)1 that would stop the FCC from taking the necessary step to protect real Net Neutrality. It's a move that borders on insulting and actually forbids the FCC from doing what millions of people, companies, innovators, artists and organizations have been urging it to do: reclassify broadband providers as common carriers.

Take%20Action%20button%20with%20arrows.jpg Tell Congress to say no to this toxic bill.

Reclassification is the only way to stop companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from creating fast and slow lanes online. If the FCC fails to take this simple step — or if it's restricted from doing so — the Internet as we know it could be lost. That's exactly what AT&T, Comcast and Verizon want. These companies are paying good money to make sure Congress does their bidding.

Take%20Action%20button%20with%20arrows.jpg Tell Congress: A vote for this bill is a vote against the open Internet.

In Washington, the only thing more powerful than lobbyists' cash is the united voice of the people. Let's stop this thing in its tracks.

Josh, Candace, Misty and the rest of the Free Press Action Fund team

Reference: H.R.4752: To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to limit the authority of the Federal Communications Commission over providers of broadband Internet access service: http://act.freepress.net/go/16045?t=9&akid=4795.8906785.HK8D0W

P.S.: Does this image look familiar? It should ... it's the same one we used the last time Congress tried to destroy Net Neutrality years ago. We won then and we can win again, but we need your help.

Josh Levy leads Free Press’ campaigns to restore Net Neutrality, stop government and corporate surveillance, curb media consolidation and promote press freedom. Before joining Free Press, Josh was the managing editor of Change.org.

 

Basically Every Big Internet Firm Signs Letter Against FCC's Net Neutrality Plan

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The consortium of technology and Internet companies, which ranged from household names to small startups, called on the FCC to "take the necessary steps to ensure that the Internet remains an open platform for speech and commerce."

Alina Selyukh, Reuters

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/Net-neutrality-meme-e1398433124309.jpg  May 8, 2014 | More than 100 technology companies, including Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Amazon.com Inc, have written to U.S. telecom regulators to oppose a new "net neutrality" plan that would regulate how Internet providers manage Web traffic.

The letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler and the agency's four commissioners, warning of a "grave threat to the Internet," came as one FCC commissioner called for a delay of a vote on the plan scheduled for May 15.  

Starting as a journalist in her native town of Samara in Russia, Alina Selyukh spent five years in Lincoln, Nebraska before moving to the East Coast to work for Reuters. A former intern and graduate trainee, Selyukh has covered energy, IPOs, healthcare policy and FDA."

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Related:

Don't Let Net Neutrality Become Another One of Obama's Broken Promises, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The campaign has pushed the door open, now we all have to go through it and raise our voices louder than Comcast’s lobbyists to save the people’s internet.
  • btn-take-action.gifSubmit your comment to the FCC here.  At the end of Part 1 is suggested language you can cut and past as your comment to the FCC on their Open Internet Rules (Proceeding Number 14-28)
  • Part 1: What Next In The Campaign To Save The Internet?
  • Part 2: A Primer: Just What Is Net Neutrality — and Why All the Fuss?

 

The fake patriotism of Fox News

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  • When conservative pundits accuse Obama of "disrespecting" the military, they're missing what's really important.
  • What the right doesn’t understand about Memorial Day
  • Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart

Paul Rosenberg, Salon

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Saturday, May 24, 2014 | Memorial Day — or Decoration Day, as it is also known — is a day of remembrance. But what, exactly, are we remembering? That is a question worth pondering this Memorial Day weekend. But first, to get warmed up, here’s an easier one: Which of these is not like the others?

 

(A) On Memorial Day, 1983, President Ronald Reagan attended a summit meeting in Williamsburg, Va., with leaders of the industrialized democracies, while Deputy Secretary of Defense W. Paul Thayer laid a wreath at Arlington Cemetery during the Memorial Day ceremony.

Paul Rosenberg is Senior Editor at Random Lengths News, an alternative bi-weekly newspaper in the Los Angeles Harbour Area. Prior to that, he freelanced primarily as a book reviewer, specialising in serious non-fiction - history, science, culture, politics, public policy, etc. Rosenberg runs the site, Merge Left - a community of progressive thinkers free to submit their own content.

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Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart, Matthew W. Hughey and Gregory S. Parks, Salon

What If We Really Knew What Media Does to Us

The methods and tools for measuring the differences that media make are dramatically evolving, with consequences that are both encouraging and discomfiting.

Marty Kaplan, Huffington Post

05/05/2014 | What if we knew that the fictional rapes in HBO's mega-hit Game of Thrones caused real rapes in the real world? What if we knew that the portrayals of gay characters in Modern Family caused actual states to legalize same-sex marriage?

The catch, of course, is causation. Medical research can prove that cigarettes cause cancer, but the best social scientists can do is to say whether there's a "correlation," or not, between media and behavior. And sometimes even that isn't clear. When you comb communication research for evidence for or against a correlation between violent video games and violent behavior, for example, you can find enough on both sides to muddy any conclusion.

Marty Kaplan: the Norman Lear Professor of Entertainment, Media and Society at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. His uncommonly broad career has also spanned government and politics, the entertainment industry and journalism. 

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The End Of Net Neutrality Means The Death Of Your Internet.

 

By providing a so-called “fast lane” for carriers to hike fees on sites trying to reach customers, it means that we will continuously start paying more to use each of those sites. Imagine paying a fee for your ISP, and then paying a separate tariff for Google, and then Facebook, and so on, and so on, ad nauseum, ad infinitum.

 

Inquisitr

 

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has penned a proposal that will gut the current net neutrality laws, effectively authorizing cable and phone companies to discriminate among websites, charging the current Web giants for “fast lanes” while keeping the rest of us in a “slow lane.”

 

Here’s how the death of net neutrality is going to kill your internet, blow by blow.

 

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