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Setting the Chicken Little ISPs Straight

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554
United States
Recommendation:
2

The opponents of a truly Open Internet are spending millions of dollars to transform the debate over what should be a no-brainer regulatory finding into something analogous to dropping a hydrogen bomb. The big Internet Service Providers (ISPs) would have us believe that Title II net neutrality is regulatory strangulation, government-by-dictatorship, wholesale infringement of their First Amendment rights, and on and on, ad infinitum, ad nauseum. Listening to the rants and wails of Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T over net neutrality reminds me of Chicken Little, Henny Penny, and Ducky Lucky rushing to warn their friends of impending doom. “The sky is falling, the sky is falling,” they clucked and quacked; the world is ending. But the sky wasn’t falling; it was just a tiny acorn bouncing harmlessly off Chicken Little’s head. ‘Twas quite the ruckus they raised; it just wasn’t reality. The net neutrality decision facing the Federal Communications Commission is much less dramatic than “The Sky is Falling ISP Threesome” endlessly contend.

Are the political winds shifting in favor of net neutrality?

Location:
Washington, DC
United States
Recommendation:
2

Advocates shouldn't declare victory yet. This is Washington, after all, where money talks. And the would-be tollkeepers on the information superhighway already are very, very rich.

Rep Eshoo: Reclassify broadband for network neutrality

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554
United States
Recommendation:
2

Rep Anna Eshoo (D-CA) called on the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify broadband Internet service so new network neutrality rules can stand up to legal challenges while still banning “fast lanes.”

The right wasn't always opposed to regulations protecting online innovation

Location:
Washington, DC
United States
Recommendation:
2

To understand today's network neutrality debate, it is important to understand the history of how of the government has regulated the telecom industry.

A Warning for HBO and CBS: Danger Lurks in the Stream

Location:
USA
United States
Recommendation:
2

Do HBO and CBS know what they got themselves into? Do Lionsgate and Tribeca have a clue? Think parlor, spider, fly. Or, if you're of a more cinematic state of mind, think of a deal they can't refuse. Pick your metaphor.

USDA Announces Funding for Rural Broadband and Telecommunications Infrastructure

Location:
Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington 20250
United States
Recommendation:
2

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $190.5 million in grants and loans to make broadband and other advanced communications infrastructure improvements in rural areas.

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