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Comcast ghost-wrote politicians' letters in support of Time Warner Cable merger

Letters sent to the FCC in favor of Comcast's proposed Time Warner Cable merger came from Mayor Jere Wood of Roswell, GA; Councilor Todd Wodraska of Jupiter, FL; Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown and many other politicians -- all written in whole or part by Comcast's staffers and lobbyists.

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One month to Net Neutrality showdown at FCC: add the countdown to your site!


Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "Today is exactly one month before the FCC's much anticipated vote on new net neutrality rules -- this could be the most important vote for the future of the Internet in our lifetimes."

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The FCC will vote on Net Neutrality in February

Tom Wheeler, head of the US Federal Communication Commission. (REUTERS/JASON REED)


Tom Wheeler, head of the US Federal Communication Commission. (REUTERS/JASON REED)

In an announcement ending weeks of speculation, Federal Communications Commission officials today said that federal regulators will introduce and vote on new proposed net neutrality rules in February.

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Marriott plans to block personal wifi hotspots

The hotel chain petitioned the FCC for changes that could let venues shut down personal networks. Microsoft, Google, and the cell industry are opposed.Read the rest

FCC seems to have lost hundreds of thousands of net neutrality comments

Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "The Sunlight Foundation released a study based on data that the FCC had released to the public about the most recent batch of net neutrality comments. We at Fight for the Future worked really hard to deliver more than 750,000 comments of our own to the FCC, but when we looked at the data, hundreds of thousands of them were missing. Our CTO Jeff Lyon just took to Reddit to try to get to the bottom of this. Maybe you can help?"

Fight for the Future gives the FCC a holiday break, asks you to write Congress about Net Neutrality instead


Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "In the last two months, net neutrality supporters (like you?) have helped us drive more than 55,000 phone calls to desks at the FCC demanding real Title II net neutrality."

That's a lot. Like, 1,000 phone calls per day. Best part: we're going right around the FCC's switchboard and connecting people directly to FCC officials.

FCC employees are people too. So, we're going to give the FCC a little holiday break this week. But if they don't show us on their December 11th meeting that they're headed in the right direction, we'll be back, and in greater numbers.

Want to help the fight right now? Send an email to Congress telling them not to be idiots about net neutrality, it's not a partisan issue.

We're giving the FCC a holiday break!

(Thanks, Evan!)

Net Neutrality activists blockade FCC Chairman Wheeler's house


They showed up at 6:55am outside cable-lobbyist-turned-dingo-babysitter Tom Wheeler's house and blocked the end of his driveway with a banner reading "SAVE THE INTERNET!"

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Symbolic FCC/Net Neutrality square-wheeled longboard

Andreas made this square-wheeled longboard featuring FCC chairman (and former cable lobbyist) Tom Wheeler, to symbolize the plan the FCC and Big Telco have for the future of our Internet.

New Net Neutrality tool connects you directly to the phone of senior White House staffers

Did Obama Break the Net? -- from the good people at Demand Progress and Fight for the Future.

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EMERGENCY! Protest FCC sellout on net neutrality across the USA!


Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "Internet users! It's time to get angry and get active. The FCC just leaked their net neutrality proposal -- and it's TERRIBLE. After nearly 4 million people spoke out demanding strong net neutrality rules against Cable company censorship, throttling, and discrimination, the FCC is pushing rules that would explicitly open the door for that kind of abuse."

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URGENT: Call the FCC every day from now until they make their decision on net neutrality


Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "Hey Internet, this is it. We are going to win or lose the fight for net neutrality and online free speech in the next few weeks. Cable companies have money to send armies of lobbyists to whisper in the FCC's ear. We don't have that, but we have you!"

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Giant net-neutrality videoboard at FCC's front doors wants YOUR videos


Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "Fight for the Future and Namecheap just parked a truck directly across the street from the FCC with a huge video billboard mounted on top facing the agency's main entrance; we're playing net neutrality videos all day today and tomorrow."

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#Internetslowdown: FCC receives record-breaking 1.75M comments on Net Neutrality

It's the largest number of comments ever filed in an FCC docket, blowing past the 1.4M comments received on Janet Jackson's Superbowl "wardrobe malfunction" (and how f-ed up is it that wardrobe malfunction held the top place until now?).

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Meet the anti-Net Neutrality arms dealers who love network discrimination

IBM, Cisco, Intel, and Sandvine make huge bank selling ISPs the networking gear needed to discriminate against online services that haven't paid bribes for access to the "fast lane" -- but it's totally a coincidence that they've told the US government to make sure that the FCC doesn't ban the corrupt practice.

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Today is #InternetSlowdown Day

All across the Internet, websites and services are staging a mass denial of service attack on themselves, to show the world what the world would look like if Big Cable and AT&T solicit bribes to decide which websites you can reach quickly, and which ones are going to go in the Internet slow-lane. Read the rest

Net Neutrality video: don't flush our rights away!

Teddy from Namecheap domain registrar sez, "Net Neutrality is a super complex issue and we wanted to create a video that makes it a bit more accessible. Don't Flush Our Rights Away is a stop-motion music video with a pretty chill catchy beat. We hope that we can get people to take action and tell their friends how important it is to have a free and open Internet."

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More than 99% of FCC commenters support Net Neutrality

Nicko from the Sunlight Foundation writes, "The Sunlight Foundation recently analyzed the more than 800,000 comments to the Federal Communications Commission about its net neutrality proposal; here are some of the key findings: We estimate that less than 1 percent of comments were clearly opposed to net neutrality."

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Sept 10 is Internet Slowdown day: save the net from Cable Company Fuckery!


Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "If you woke up tomorrow, and your Internet looked like this, what would you do?"

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Republican FCC commish defends states' rights to ban municipal ISPs


Ajit Pai's chief of staff says that the FCC shouldn't allow cities to set up public ISPs where state law prohibits it, even when no other broadband is available, and warns Democratic commissioners that they shouldn't do things that future Republican administrations might object to.

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Comcast, Time Warner make huge "donations" to party honoring their FCC overseer


FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn (who's in charge of overseeing the proposed Comcast/Time Warner merger) is receiving an award, for which Comcast and Time Warner Cable are "presenting sponsors," paying $110K and $22K respectively.

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FCC Net Neutrality deadline extended to Friday

DEADLINE
The FCC's site has been so hammered by comments from people angry about its plans to enact Cable Company Fuckery that many haven't been able to get through.

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Congress wants to shut down broadband competition - ACT NOW!


An amendment introduced by Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) will block the FCC's plan to allow cities to set up their own broadband connections, competing with Comcast and other monopoly/duopolies.

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College Humor explains Net Neutrality - ACT NOW!

You've got just hours to write to the FCC and stop the plan to nuke Net Neutrality, putting your phone company in charge of which of the services you love will go in the Internet "slow lane." College Humor's got a great take on the issue. Watch, then do. (Thanks, April!)

Short documentary explains Net Neutrality

Brian Knappenberger, who made the Internet's Own Boy Aaron Swartz documentary, has made an excellent, vital short film about network neutrality (or cable company fuckery).

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Broadcaster claims that Star Trek, Rawhide and Wagon Train are "community affairs programming"


The FCC let KJWP move from Wyoming to Delaware on the condition that it broadcast "community affairs programming" for its new home in Wilmington.

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Former FCC commissioner to Washington: "You should be ashamed of yourself"


Former FCC commissioner Michael Copps has publicly excoriated Congress and the FCC for the state of Internet access in America, which he called "insanity," saying that America's political class "should be ashamed of ourselves." Copps was speaking at a DC event examining the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which created the short-lived practice of requiring American telcoms operators to share their lines with new entrants, allowing many competing DSL providers to flourish. This practice ended in 2005, and led to today's situation in which most Americans have 0, 1 or 2 broadband options.

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John Oliver to FCC Chairman: prove you aren't a dingo!

When John Oliver smote the FCC over its pro-cable-company-fuckery policy, he compared hiring Tom Wheeler away from his job as top cable lobbyist to run the FCC to hiring a dingo to babysit your kids. Wheeler responded by assuring the American public that he was not a dingo (because metaphor). In his latest segment on the matter, Oliver challenged Wheeler to prove it.

FCC Chairman's competition promise means nothing


Cable lobbyist turned FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has tried to "balance" his attempt to nuke Net Neutrality by promising to override state laws that prohibit cities from setting up their own broadband networks. But it's a largely meaningless gesture: practically every big city in America is locked into a decade-long contractual "franchise" arrangement with a big cable company.

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FCC's website crashes, John Oliver's army of Cable Company Fuckery trolls blamed

The FCC's website has fallen over, and many blame John Oliver's incandescent exhortation to Internet trolls to flood the Commission with comments about its assault on Net Neutrality (or support of "Cable Company Fuckery"). The comedy potential is rich ("Hey, FCC, you shoulda paid Comcast for the fast lane, huh?") but to be fair, I think it's equally possible that the site's been brought to its knees by a denial-of-service attack.

FCC Website Hobbled By Comment Trolls Incited By Comedian John Oliver

It's not Net Neutrality that's at stake, it's Cable Company Fuckery

John Oliver was incandescent on the subject of Net Neutrality, Time Warner and Comcast on Saturday, and he has a new, less-boring term for Net Neutrality: "Cable Company Fuckery." This is not only brilliant, it's hilarious. John Oliver is a perfect blend of Jon Stewart and Charlie Brooker. A reminder: you can reach out and touch the FCC on the subject of Cable Company Fuckery, and EFF can explain how to do it.

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