Saturday, April 26, 2014

Web Alert: Urgent: Save Net Neutrality from Verizon, ATT&T and Comcast.

Verizon struck a mortal blow against Net Neutrality by persuading a federal judge to throw out the Federal Communication Commission’s Open Internet Order.
And now FCC Chair Tom Wheeler faces a choice -- he can stand up for Net Neutrality or help Verizon kill it for good. The fate of the open Internet rests on this choice.
Over a million of us asked him to implement strong new Net Neutrality rules that will both pass legal muster and ensure Americans have access to a free and open Internet.
But instead Wheeler recently proposed a new set of rules that will put the final nail in the coffin for Net Neutrality. This is wrong.
We only have until the May 15 FCC meeting to push back hard enough to get Wheeler to change course.
Tell Chairman Wheeler: Don't help Verizon kill Net Neutrality.
Net Neutrality is a principle that says that Internet users, not Internet service providers (ISPs), should be in control. It ensures that Internet service providers can’t speed up, slow down, or block web content based on its source, ownership, or destination.
Net Neutrality is dead for the time being – but the FCC could stand up to Verizon and AT&T and pass strong rules.
Instead, Wheeler's proposed rules would divide the Internet into fast lanes for wealthy corporations and slow lanes for the rest of us. Internet service providers (ISPs) would be allowed to relegate content to the slow lane unless the content provider paid up.
That means that the speed you could stream a video, for example, would not just depend on the kind of Internet plan you purchase from your ISP. It would also heavily depend upon whether the entity hosting the video paid for the express lane so that it didn’t take forever to download. Not only is this anti-consumer, allowing corporations to decide what kind of content you can access on the Internet is fundamentally anti-democratic.
Sign the petition telling Chairman Wheeler: Don’t help Verizon kill Net Neutrality.
Back in 2010, this latest court decision was utterly predictable. A federal court had already ruled that unless the FCC reversed the Bush-era decision to deregulate broadband, the FCC couldn’t enforce Net Neutrality rules. Then FCC Chair Genachowski tested the waters with a proposal to re-regulate (or in the jargon of the FCC “reclassify”) broadband. Genachowski himself said that, according to the FCC General Counsel, pushing ahead with policies without reregulating broadband would be unwise given the tenuous legal footing the FCC would find itself in.
But the Obama administration's support for Net Neutrality was so weak that his FCC declined to reclassify broadband as a prerequisite to passing Net Neutrality rules. Without providing this legal framework, the Open Internet Order was never anything more than a cynical ploy by Democrats to claim a victory on Net Neutrality while actually caving on real protections for consumers.
New FCC Chair Tom Wheeler has a chance to change this. He recently made a strong statement in support of Net Neutrality and the necessary legal framework to defend it, saying that “it is essential that the FCC continue to maintain an open Internet and maintain the legal ability to intervene promptly and effectively in the event of aggravated circumstances."
Now we need to hold him to it. If he wants to ensure the FCC maintains an open Internet, he needs to do far better than proposals that will allow for the corporate takeover of the Internet.
We need him to muster the political will to take action immediately and save Net Neutrality by reversing the deregulation of broadband and giving teeth to the FCC’s ability to enforce Net Neutrality rules and force Internet service providers to treat all traffic equally.
Tell FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: Stop the corporate takeover of the Internet and save Net Neutrality.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Web Alert: Stop President Obama Surrender the Internet.

Hi my Cyber Zombies,

I received an email form Liberty Counsel Action that President Obama want to surrender the internet.

The administration’s plans to surrender Internet oversight is yet another of President Obama’s misguided actions that will further undermine the United States’ power and influence in the world. 
According to several experts, this give-away will suppress the free flow of information necessary to today’s global economy, oppress religious expression, and invite extreme censorship in the world’s portal of information. 
Liberty Counsel Action strongly contests turning over Internet governance to world communities and leaders who may intend to do us harm! 
We are aggressively urging congressional action to ensure that our oversight of the Internet is NOT ceded to the international community.

The Issue:

The Obama administration is surrendering key functions of the United States’ oversight of the Internet in 2015 to unnamed members of the international community. This new "control group" may be comprised of enemies of our nation, enemies of liberty, and/or radicals who oppose our freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

If the United States gives up control of the Internet’s administration, international censorship or a worldwide shutdown in a time of crisis will become a very real possibility.

This action underscores President Barack Obama’s ongoing subversion of the United States’ role on the world stage. 

Here is the link to the petition below.

Mathew Staver, Chairman
Liberty Counsel Action