The story around "net neutrality" has probably already given you more than your fair share of whiplash at this point. It's alive! It's dead. But not yet! But more than likely soon. But not there's one more step! After which it will probably be dead. But—! You get the point. Well, get ready for another round.Read More
"Paid prioritization" is kind of a telling phrase for how this is all going down, tbh.
When the FCC decided that it would roll back the "net neutrality" rules enacted under the Obama administration—rules aimed at preventing paid data prioritization and the blocking or throttling of data from specific sites and services—that wasn't necessarily the end of the fight. Congress could still write laws that could protect the openness of the internet, but we're not too surprised to see that the Republican-controlled legislature's ideas for doing that include undermining the entire principRead More
We only need one more senator to support net neutrality.Read More
And they're doing a surprisingly good job.
Burger King "employees" change the prices on their "actual guests," forcing them to wait exceptionally long times for their Whoppers unless they order the faster, more expensive Whopper plan. Or they always have the option to order chicken.Read More
Senate Democrats now have the 30 cosponsors they need to force a Senate floor vote on a bill to preserve net neutrality.Read More
Mark Hamill Reminds FCC Chairman Ajit Pai That He’s No Jedi, No Matter How Many Cringey Videos He Makes
You're a Sith Lord
Mark Hamill reminded Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai him that corporate shills who sell out the American people to benefit Verizon aren't Jedi.Read More
It's been a while since we talked about the Mary Sue Rejection Hotline, so it's extra exciting to see it popping up in the wild. And by wild, we mean public restrooms.Read More
Today, the FCC did exactly what a large portion of the public, as well as U.S. lawmakers, have been asking them not to do: They repealed the agency's own 2015 Open Internet Order that put broadband internet under utility-style regulation and prevented internet service providers from prioritizing different content or blocking access. That's bad, but it's only one step that doesn't mean all is lost. It just means that the fight moves elsewhere.Read More
FCC chairman Ajit Pai has been extremely disingenuous in his arguments for removing the "common carrier" classification from broadband internet providers. He's also a big fan of Parks and Rec's ultra libertarian Ron Swanson—who one might imagine to be a fan of deregulation—to the point of hanging the character's "Pyramid of Greatness" outside his office. He seems to have missed, however, Swanson's penchant for honesty.Read More
Things We Saw Today: The Entire Front Page of Reddit Showcases Which Senators Sold Us Out Over Net Neutrality
And the ones who didn't.
It's striking to see the names and faces of the Congresspeople who might destroy net neutrality like this, alongside the telecom $$$ they happily pocketed.Read More
Today is Giving Tuesday, the day after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Sunday and Monday where we forget about being capitalist consumers for five minutes and remember that there are amazing causes that need our help. Here at TMS, there are many issues about which we're passionate, and we love supporting the organizations entirely devoted to helping those causes and communities.Read More
On December 7, Protesters Will Gather Outside Verizon Stores to Remind Us Who Really Benefits from Ending Net Neutrality
(Hint: It's Not Consumers)
The Trump-appointed chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, recently revealed his plan to end net neutrality in the United States. And so, on December 7, activists are organizing protests against this dangerous decision at Verizon stores across the country.Read More
We see you.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is reportedly planning to overturn the 2015 Open Internet Order, and they're reportedly hiding their plan to do so by releasing it the day before Thanksgiving.Read More
The Chair of the FCC wants to gut net neutrality rules, but you have until August 30 to let him know that's a terrible idea.Read More
The FCC, under Trump-appointed Chairman Ajit Pai, has been looking to roll back protections on net neutrality intended to make internet service providers treat all services fairly and equally. They've done that with a lot of disingenuous talk about regulations that are simpler for customers to understand and making everyone play by the same rules, and now some U.S. Senators and Representatives have sent the FCC a letter explaining that they're not buying it.Read More
Truly instilling us with confidence.
The FCC, led by Trump appointee Ajit Pai, is still on its crusade to roll back Obama-era net neutrality rules in the name of doing what's best for the internet, but the FCC's information policies haven't been nearly as transparent as their lies. They're now being sued for breaking the Freedom of Information Act with respect to records about net neutrality, which is certainly a reassuring respect for accountability from an agency that now thinks looser regulations are the answer.Read More
Among the many horrible things worth worrying about in politics right now, including the potential ruination of health care, the FCC is still moving towards reversing President Obama-era rules on net neutrality. Whether for altruistic reasons or out of self interest—or likely both—many entities across the web will be making a show of their support for actual net neutrality, rather than what the current FCC is peddling.Read More
In a web-exclusive Last Week Tonight update, Oliver goes through the flood of comments on the FCC website which reached 1,612,752 filings. As was expected, comments ranged from those in passionate support and fierce opposition to net neutrality, to pleas to not add lag to their streaming porn from a user who called themselves the "International Space Station (iss)."Read More
Do Your Thing, Internet Trolls: It’s Time to Defend Net Neutrality Again, Because Time Is a Flat Circle
It's 2014 again! QUICK, warn everyone about the 2016 election!
A few years back, John Oliver called on the Internet to do what it does best: comment endlessly on something to a point of unimaginable over-saturation. Whether that worked or the FCC would've done the right thing without Oliver's help, broadband Internet providers were reclassified as "Title II" common carriers, but that reclassification is back under attack now that the FCC is under the control of someone who believes giant corporations have the people's best interests at heart.Read More
We all remember how this played out last time, yeah?Read More