Obama, just like he campaigned on a promise to end Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy, also promised America net-neutrality. Today, the FCC and Julius Genachowski will hold a vote on their FCC’s proposed “Net Neutrality” rules and it is expected to pass. When it does, Obama will more than likely claim that he has protected the internet for everyone and fulfilled his campaign promise. … Continue reading Obama’s FCC Sells Out Internet Freedom and Calls it Net-Neutrality
I grew up in the church. My father is a minister which meant I went to church every Sunday, did the whole baptism, confirmation, altar boy thing and when I was twelve, he took a new job at a church populated with a lot of people who had a lot of money. Not all, granted, but enough of them and I remember being about fifteen … Continue reading Nothing Makes a Cynic Like a Wealthy Church…
Hey all… A great column by Chris Hedges that asks a lot of questions that as a Communications major, I can appreciate and as a citizen of this country and the world, feel must be explored. It actually came out a month or so ago, but upon first read I enjoyed it so much I printed and taped it to the wall of my office … Continue reading A PSA: Chris Hedges “Retribution for a World Lost in Screens”
Ed. Note: Today (Sep 30th) this legislation was tabled…so for now, never mind. It’s back in the FCC’s court. From Rawstory: Legislative text put forward by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) under the banner of mandating network neutrality would instead prevent the government from requiring broadband providers to treat all Internet traffic equally. Waxman, who has vowed that he would support the so-called ‘Net Neutrality’ policy … Continue reading Rep. Waxman Turns Back on Net-Neutrality, Consumer’s Internet Freedoms
Regarding Democratic Underground, from Rawstory: The practice of excerpting news and linking to its source is what drives the blogosphere, engages millions in political discussion and aides the dissemination of information the world over. However, if the so-called “copyright troll” company Righthaven LLC is successful, a vibrant political forum for American progressives could be shut down, all thanks to a five sentence excerpt from the … Continue reading Progressive political forum fights lawsuit over five sentence news excerpt
Fish research vessel drafted for use at BP oil spill site – Times Picayune Feds order more pressure tests before relief well drilling can restart – Times Picayune WikiLeaks: We Won’t Be Threatened by Pentagon – AP BP clears itself over oil spill disaster – Daily Mail Yes, a British Paper Just How Badly Have We Screwed Up the Gulf Ecosystem? Maddow on Vitter: Hooker, … Continue reading Headlines: Gulf Coast and Beyond…
Two days ago, Verizon and Google went public with their vision of the “free and open” internet, but as people are quickly learning, free and open is the last way to describe their ideas. They propose zero net-neutrality on wireless networks – what many people understand to be the future of the internet – and a standard for “non-discrimination” so empty discrimination will most certainly occur. Their … Continue reading Spine to spare? Please donate to the FCC, act now!
Imagine a group of paid lobbyists behind closed doors engaged in secret negotiations regarding the internet, your internet. Sure, you may not own it, more than likely you haven’t personally purchased any of the wires or organized any of the companies that have created the structure and framework that allows the internet to function, speeding information to your computer, but it is your internet. It … Continue reading FCC Net-Neutrality Meetings Crash to a Halt…Good.