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  1. The FCC’s Approved Net Neutrality Rules Are Finally Here for Public Viewing

    Commence scrutiny and angry comments!

    The FCC already voted to instate its new Net Neutrality rules and classify broadband Internet as a utility, but exactly which parts of the Telecommunications Act Title II they'd be applying to the Internet wasn't clear to the public—until now.

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  2. The FCC Upholds Net Neutrality, Votes to Reclassify Broadband Internet as a “Title II” Utility

    Victory!

    The people—and the president—have spoken, and the FCC has listened. They just voted to approve their new "Net Neutrality" rules and reclassify broadband Internet as a utility in the eyes of regulation.

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  3. The FCC’s Newest Net Neutrality Plan Is Finally What We Wanted

    Finally, some "Net Neutrality" rules that actually uphold Net Neutrality.

    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has just announced the agency's new Net Neutrality proposal, and it'll finally reclassify broadband Internet as a public utility. You did it, trolls!

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  4. President Obama Just Advocated the Best Net Neutrality Solution, So Get on It, FCC

    Or: How the President Saved Christmas the Internet.

    As President Obama has pointed out, this one is entirely on your shoulders, FCC. We don't want another set of half-assed rules that can just get struck down in court. We want you to go back to the plan that would actually work to keep the Internet free and open, and that plan is reclassifying Internet service as a utility.

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  5. Urgent Net Neutrality Protests Are Taking Place Across the Country Today, Here’s How to Join

    Don't you get between me and my 'net!

    If you've got a vested interest in the future of the Internet (which, as a blog-reader, you presumably do), today is a big day.

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  6. FCC Asks for the Internet’s Help Parsing 2.5 Million Net-Neutrality Comments. This Should Be Good

    BRB. Grabbing popcorn.

    Yesterday, the FCC released the full text of the citizen comments from their hotly debated set of Internet rules that would give the go ahead for ISPs to charge sites and services for faster connection speeds to users and hurt the open Internet. And whose help are they looking to enlist for the almost 2.5 million comments just from the most recent batch? Why, the Internet's, of course.

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  7. Today the Internet Bands Together to Institute Fake “Slow Lanes” and Fight for Net Neutrality

    Damn the man. Save the Internet.

    When you head to your favorite websites today, you may notice some annoying popup graphics. Before you roll your eyes and click the little X, take a moment to note that these are not ads—they're pleas to help save the Internet from the death of net neutrality, and you can help.

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  8. It’s Your Last Day to Yell at the FCC About Net Neutrality. Make It Count, Trolls

    This is what you've been training for, YouTube commenters.

    The FCC's proposed rules to govern Net Neutrality (and basically ruin it) have been awaiting public comments for further action, and today is the last day of that public comment period. If you want to help make sure that the Internet remains a level playing field for everyone's traffic, tell the FCC how important it is to you before it's too late—if their site doesn't crash again, that is.

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  9. John Oliver’s Call to Action on Net Neutrality Crashed Part of the FCC’s Website. Good.

    Well done, trolls.

    We posted John Oliver's explanation of Net Neutrality from Last Week Tonight yesterday, and in it he called on shitty Internet commenters to ply their trade on the FFC's comment page -- saying, "Turn on caps lock and fly, my pretties!" And they listened. FCC.com/comments crashed as a result.

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  10. Net Neutrality Is Critical but Boring, Let John Oliver’s Hilarious Take Unleash Your Fury, Internet Commenters

    At least if net neutrality fails, you can reply, "You had one job!" to angry Internet commenters forever.

    Most discussions on Net Neutrality get too bogged down in specifics and FCC document sections for anyone to want to pay attention, so John Oliver will cut through all of that for you on Last Week Tonight and tell you how to make your voice heard. This is your moment, Internet. It's all been leading up to this.

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  11. You Can Now Read the FCC’s Full “Net Neutrality” Proposal for Yourself

    Net neutrality is in giant sarcasm quotes.

    In case you weren't already angry enough about the FCC's vote to put through its new rules that would damage net neutrality, they've now published the entire proposal online for you to hate-read. That is, if the site it's hosted on loads fast enough for your tastes. If not, maybe you can find one that's wiling to pay up.

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  12. FCC Voted in Favor of Proposal That Could Allow ISPs to Charge Sites for Better Delivery to Customers

    This isn't good news.

    The FCC has voted three to two in favor of chair Tom Wheeler's (above) proposal to beginning shaping the framework of Net Neutrality. More votes will be coming in the next few months to work out the details, but this opens up the possibility of ISPs charging sites for better reach of their customers.

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  13. Why the Frak Don’t People Say “Fuck” on Cable? It’s All About the Money

    Wait... the FCC doesn't monitor blogs, right?

    With the exception of premium channels like HBO, people don't say the word "fuck" on television. It's either bleeped out or replaced with another word. But why? Many people assume it's because of FCC regulation, but the FCC only controls over-the-air broadcasts. Shows on cable can say whatever they want. So what fucking gives?

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  14. FCC Fines Networks Millions for Airing Olympus Has Fallen Emergency Alert Trailer

    I guess they're taking a break from the important work of stopping people from saying dirty words.

    When the Olympus Has Fallen trailer aired last year, you were being subjected to dangerous desensitization to more than just crappy movies: Your innate ability to be mildly inconvenienced brought to a state of alert by the Emergency Alert System was damaged when networks aired the trailer. But don't worry, the FCC is on it.

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  15. FCC Considers Lifting Bans on Cellphones on Airplanes

    Oh, great.

    In a 3-2 vote today, the Federal Communications Commission has officially decided to consider lifting the ban on cellphones in airplanes, citing that there's no technical reason for their use to be impermissible. So prepare yourselves now, folks -- one day, you might have to listen to somebody's entire phone conversation while in flight. Whee.

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  16. TV Networks Tell FCC That Indecency Rules Are Obsolete Because No One Watches Television

    This seems like the argument of a very sad industry.

    The major broadcast networks' revolt against the FCC's regulation of indecent content on broadcast television has taken a weird turn courtesy of the TV provider's latest argument against the fines. Is it that indecency fines undermine freedom of speech? Are they making the case for the artistic value of sex and profanity in TV shows? Or just pointing out the hypocrisy that you can show a gruesome murder on CSI, but can't show sex or nudity? Actually, none of those. They're arguing that the FCC should not hold them to the existing standards because broadcast TV ratings have dropped so much that they're no longer culturally relevant.

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  17. Google Media Player FCC Filing Includes Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Reference, Gets Our Hopes Up

    We don't know a lot about the Google-built media player, other than the fact that Google made it, and it's a media player, but the device's FCC filing does reveal one interesting tidbit: The model number is H2G2-42. Yeah, you're not seeing things, it's absolutely a reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Someone has a sense of humor, or we're getting a really awesome media player at some point.

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  18. Julius Genachowski Steps Down As FCC Chair

    Look, no one expects being the chairman of any major government agency to be a walk in the park, but Julius Genachowski has had a notably turbulent run during his nearly five year long run as chairman of the FCC. Considering the time he's had, during which he's managed the impressive feat of earning the ire of both public interest groups and industry CEOs, it's not a surprise to see the often embattled chairman announce that he will step down in the coming weeks. The real question now is who will succeed him in what promises to be a thankless job.

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  19. The FCC Wants Free Nationwide WiFi, Shockingly ISPs Do Not Want That

    The Federal Communications Commission is said to be considering a plan that would buy back some frequencies from television stations and use those frequencies to give the country free and ubiquitous "super-WiFi." That sounds amazing. Obviously, the companies providing non-free, non-ubiquitous "ordinary-WiFi" are pretty set against the whole thing. Thankfully, companies like Google and Microsoft want to see this happen. It's just a matter of which giant companies bully the FCC into bending to their will.

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  20. FCC Makes Getting Wi-Fi on Planes Simpler, Will Likely Still Cost Way Too Much for Passengers

    Sure, Louis C.K. wasn't wrong when he chastised folks for complaining about in-flight Wi-Fi connections, but that doesn't mean they're wonderful either. Some airlines have them, others don't, and it always seems to be a weird and different method to connect every single time you fly. Then it goes down, or it costs way too much to even bother with, but sure, it's still a cool thing to have. Now, more airlines should start to embrace in-flight Wi-Fi thanks to updated regulations from the Federal Communications Commission. You'll be able to complain on even more flights soon enough!

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