Some of the world’s largest internet companies are joining a day of action in defense of open internet rules now under attack by the Trump administration

Dominic Rushe, The Guardian: Net neutrality: Amazon among top internet firms planning day of action

Some of the world’s largest internet companies are planning a day of action in defense of open internet rules now under attack by the Trump administration.

Ajit Pai, new head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), pledged last year to take a “weed whacker” to rules that regulate internet service providers like any other companies providing utilities such as water or electricity, arguing they were too onerous on cable companies and stifled innovation. CONTINUE READING

* Sign up here to join the Battle for the Net on July 12!

Dane Jasper, San Francisco Chronicle: Why you should support net neutrality

When we use the Internet, we have the expectation we can access any content freely whenever, however we want. In short, we expect our Internet traffic to be treated with neutrality. This basic principle protects our rights to equal access to all legal content and applications on the Internet. In the same way we all have equal access to basic utilities like water and electricity, the current rules prohibit Internet service providers from charging content providers more money for faster lanes or slowing down access to companies or content that are not able or willing to pay higher fees. CONTINUE READING

Bruce Gustafson, The Hill: Dear Congress: Please don’t make us live through the net neutrality nightmare again

Spoiler alert: regardless of how the net neutrality debate unfolds at the Federal Communications Commission, we’re headed back to where we were at the start of this fiasco, prolonging the agony of ordinary people, including developers, who rely on a stable and healthy internet for their jobs. Do we need rules? Yes. Do we need rules that change every four years? Please, please no. We need sensible, long-term solutions so everyone knows what rules to play by now and 10 years from now.

But the fix is simple: Congress must establish a permanent set of net neutrality rules and remove the FCC from the game. CONTINUE READING

Net Neutrality Explained: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Equal access to online information is once again under serious threat. John Oliver encourages internet commenters to voice their displeasure to the FCC by visiting and clicking “express” to file your comment.

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