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Call the FCC TODAY (1-888-CALL FCC) … To Defeat Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 21st’s Vote to Destroy Net Neutrality

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http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/12/call-fcc-today-1-888-call-fcc-to-defeat.html

The FCC will vote tomorrow morning between 10:30 and 12:30 Eastern time on a proposed rule written by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski which would gut the Internet. It would allow the big carriers to create different tiers of mobile Web access and speed depending on how much you pay, allow them to block what you can access on the web, and would destroy net neutrality.”

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New York Times, posted tonight.

 Level 3 Communications, a central partner in the Netflix online movie service, accused Comcast on Monday of charging a new fee that puts Internet video companies at a competitive disadvantage.

Level 3, which helps to deliver Netflix’s streaming movies, said Comcast had effectively erected a tollbooth that “threatens the open Internet,” and indicated that it would seek government intervention…

Net neutrality, which posits that Internet traffic should be free of any interference from network operators like Comcast, is thought to be on the December agenda of the Federal Communications Commission.

…under pressure from Comcast, “Level 3 agreed to the terms, under protest, in order to ensure customers did not experience any disruptions,” Mr. Stortz said…Mr. Stortz implied that Comcast was taking the action to impair companies that compete with its own cable and Internet services.


 ”Our warnings are no longer speculation. Google, Verizon, ATT and Comcast are about to turn the Internet into cable TV —- where their favored websites and content will move fast, and everyone else will be left without a voice. These companies will kill the Web as an engine for free speech and equal opportunity. It is time for us all to stand up or get rolled." - Al Franken speaking Thursday evening before an FCC public hearing on “Net Neutrality,” Franken insisted that the U.S. government cannot allow companies to write the rules by which they’ll later be forced to play.

more at rawstory


President Barack Obama hasn’t reviewed the court’s decision yet, but he remains “committed” to net neutrality, press secretary Robert Gibbs said.

A federal appeals court dealt a major defeat to proponents of net neutrality on Tuesday morning, ruling that the Federal Communications Commission does not have the power to require internet service providers to treat different types of content equally. The ruling strengthens the hand of service providers who want to create “fast lanes” and “slow lanes” for different types of content on the internet. (So-called “net neutrality” rules would prohibit that practice.) 

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White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer Compares Censorship In China To American ISPs
AT&T did not take kindly to remarks made by White House Deputy CTO Andrew McLaughlin comparing oppressive Chinese censorship to the practice of American ISPs.
McLaughlin, a major supporter of net neutrality rules, made the comment in a telecom law conference last Thursday by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln law school. Reaction was swift from AT&T’s chief lobbyist, Jim Cicconi…
read AT&T’s response…  Gizmodo

White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer Compares Censorship In China To American ISPs

AT&T did not take kindly to remarks made by White House Deputy CTO Andrew McLaughlin comparing oppressive Chinese censorship to the practice of American ISPs.

McLaughlin, a major supporter of net neutrality rules, made the comment in a telecom law conference last Thursday by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln law school. Reaction was swift from AT&T’s chief lobbyist, Jim Cicconi…

read AT&T’s response…  Gizmodo