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FCC's Net Neutrality Announcement & Freifunk at GSOC 2015

on Wed, 02/04/2015 - 7:59pm

A couple exicitng things happened over the past few days!

First, FCC Chairman Wheeler confirmed that the agency plans to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act and implement bright line rules that apply to both wired and wireless networks.  (We're fans of this happening.)  You can also read the statement from the New America Foundation here.  Interesting comment from Russell Senior of Personal Telco, however, about how this doesn't quite go far enough for the last mile.

Second, the happy Leute over at Freifunk are getting ready for the

Today is Internet Slowdown Day

on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 9:25am
Top sites on the Internet, including Netflix and Reddit, will display today a constant "loading" symbol -- the so-called "loading pinwheel" or, alternately, the Spinning Wheel of Death.  It's part of Internet Slowdown Day.
 
They believe in the "free and open Internet, with no arbitrary fees or slow lanes for sites that can't pay. All of the people, companies, and organizations below have taken taken a stand for 'Title II reclassification,' the only option that lets the FCC stop cable companies from breaking the key principles of the Internet they love.
 

What Can You Do About Net Neutrality?

on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 6:04pm

As you have likely already read, recently the FCC's "net neutrality rules were partially struck down today by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which said the Commission did not properly justify its anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules."  Read more on the Ars Technica story.  Likewise this longer, more critical story from the Verge goes into more detail about the background of this issue.