Last week, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals finally issued a decision on a challenge to the Trump administration's "Open Internet" rule, which ended Net Neutrality protections in 2017. While the court reversed and remanded important parts of the rule, it upheld the reversal of Net Neutrality regulations. This decision opens the next phase of the struggle in the Battle for the Internet -- a battle between control of the Internet by a handful of big corporations versus an Internet that serves the people. The Internet freedom movement enters this conflict in a strong position as there is a public consensus that the Internet should be open and neutral, i.e. people should be able to go to websites without Internet Service Providers restricting their access. Millions of people have shown they will take action on behalf of a people's Internet.
Today, 85 companies urged Congress to pass a measure (S.J.Res. 52) that uses the Congressional Review Act to retain the net neutrality rules that the Federal Communications Commission repealed six months ago. The companies, organized by New America’s Open Technology Institute, include many high-growth businesses in a broad cross-section of industries, such as Yelp, Warby Parker, Sonos, ADT, Etsy, and Vimeo. “Congress should protect the internet by passing a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, thereby restoring strong net neutrality rules at the federal level,” the companies wrote in a letter to congressional leadership. The Senate is expected to vote on the measure on Wednesday. Sarah Morris, Director of Open Internet Policy at New America’s Open Technology Institute, said, “Strong rules that protect an open internet ensure that business owners and consumers can reach one another without harmful manipulation or demands for payment from internet service providers.
By Matt Wood for Free Press. Net Neutrality advocates are fighting back in the courts, in Congress and in the streets. We’re seeing nationwide protests to stop Pai’s plan, and people will sue the FCC if the rules are overturned. Net neutraity has existed in some form since the Internet began. Our laws have always said that two-way communications networks must be nondiscriminatory. And as former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler came to understand in 2015 after a lot of good advocacy from people like you, the communications rights the law grants do not and should not change even as the technology advances and evolves. Net Neutrality in a nutshell is a nondiscrimination law. Equal access to the Internet for all -- Internet Freedom.
By Fight For The Future for Battle for the Internet. The FCC is set on killing net neutrality. But Congress is key. They can stop the FCC and block the bigger threat: ISP-backed bills that would end net neutrality forever. We're organizing Internet users to meet with members of Congress—in DC, or locally—and we're helping to cover travel costs. Are you in? On September 26-27 Internet users from across the country will converge on Washington, DC to meet directly with their members of Congress, which is by far the most effective way to influence their positions and counter the power of telecom lobbyists and campaign contributions. First you can attend a training hosted by Public Knowledge who will share years of experience on how to be effective in these meetings. Participants will be paired with a guide to show you where to go on Capitol Hill to participate in meetings with key lawmakers. If you can't make it to DC, join us by getting involved locally.
By Staff. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is threatening to undermine the free and open internet as we know it. In May, the FCC voted to begin a rulemaking that would undo the Open Internet Order, which ensures that Internet Service Providers (ISP) treat all online traffic equally. To raise awareness, involve more constituencies and continue to promote net neutrality, we plan to focus each week on one theme or aspect of net neutrality and amplify that message online. Strong net neutrality protections are in place to prevent broadband providers from blocking, throttling, or prioritizing internet content. Net neutrality rules protect the free flow of ideas that are creating new industries, educating our youth, promoting free speech, and supporting the communications that we rely on every day. President Donald Trump and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s want to hand control of the internet to a few big broadband companies that will serve as broadband gatekeepers. Without the Open Internet Order, ISPs could discriminate against certain websites, distort competition, stifle innovation, and undermine user choice and free expression.
A large network of over 50 organizations from 21 countries is coming together to “Save The Link”. Today, the network is launching a multilingual international campaign aimed at pushing back against efforts by powerful media conglomerates to censor links and stifle free expression on the Internet. One of the proposals being advanced could make users personally liable for the content of websites they link to online. The campaign launches as legislators in the EU are considering a major copyright review, including amendments to the European Union’s Copyright Directive that experts say would fundamentally undermine the right to link. In addition, a recent leak from the European Commission reveals measures that could force online companies to monitor the activities of Internet users in order to block content in other countries. Popular Resistance has signed onto this campaign because the sharing information is the heart of the Internet's ability to provide a citizen's media that informs and educates more widely than the commercial media. By making it more difficult to share links and other information on the Net, government will be shutting down freedom of speech for the 21st Century.