Tag Archives: net neutrality

Where should we send your card, from the President? (Our answer)

By Honest Elections Cow
with additional comments (in red) by Rady Ananda

Please send my thank you card from the President to the people of Afghanistan and Iraq, and wherever else we are still causing death and suffering and tell them I am so sorry this Presidency has failed to stop the war the last regime started, with the approval of Democrats. Then send a copy to all the poor of our nation  and indeed of all the world and tell them I am so sorry that corporations are still more important than people, and that greed still rules the world and that it doesn’t seem to make any difference whether we have Democrats or Republicans in power over here.

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There Goes the Internet

By Glen Ford
Black Agenda Radio

With the “compromise” on Internet neutrality, President Obama has betrayed another campaign promise, and this time has no excuse that the Republicans made him do it. The outcome was really never in doubt, since Obama named as his FCC chairman a man who helped make radio and television into a corporate wasteland, under Bill Clinton’s administration.

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“74 Democrats sold you out to AT&T, Verizon and Comcast”

74 Democrats signed a joint letter to the FCC supporting internet throttling by Verizon, ATT and Comcast. Throttling lets carriers slow or block internet traffic. This is a clear attack on net neutrality.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just endorsed net neutrality. But The Money Party is busy buying votes. Here’s a Top Ten list of the biggest rake-offs by the 74 Democrats. They had a total take of $2.8 million with an average of $37,000 a piece from industry sources and lobbyists. No telling how many jobs, trips, and other favors were provided. The Money Party is nothing, if not thorough.

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Congress just sold you out to Comcast, Verizon and ATT

Free Press Action Fund

74 House Democrats and 37 Senate Republicans have signed industry-written letters telling the FCC to abandon efforts to protect Internet users and stop big companies from blocking Internet traffic.

It’s yet another example of dirty politics destroying our democracy, and it has to stop.

Tell Washington: Congress Doesn’t Speak for Me

The nasty little secret that everybody knows? Almost every one of these representatives has accepted massive contributions from the phone and cable lobby. Now the industry is demanding a return on its investment.

By signing the industry letter, these members of Congress have drastically undercut the FCC’s ability to get a fast, affordable and open Internet to everyone in America. They are actually taking a position against the interests of rural and low-income communities.

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Comcast Defeats FCC Net Neutrality Powers; Censorship Reigns with Impunity

Action links in 1st comment. Buzz this: http://www.buzzflash.net/story.php?id=1085998 so more people see it and take action.

By William McQuillen and Todd Shields
Business Week (Bloomberg)

Federal regulators lacked authority to censure Comcast Corp. for interfering with subscribers’ Internet traffic, a U.S. court said in a decision that could limit the government’s power to police companies’ Web behavior.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a unanimous decision by a three-judge panel, vacated the Federal Communications Commission’s 2008 order against the largest U.S. cable company.

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Astroturf and Net Neutrality

Will ‘Astroturf’ Groups Block Net Neutrality Reform?

global-web-network webBy MEGAN TADY

Chris, McGreal, a reporter for Britain’s Guardian newspaper, took to the road last month to report on how Americans living along Route 66—made famous in John Steinbeck’s fictional Grapes of Wrath journey—are faring during the recession.

You might think McGreal quickly encountered “real Americans” protesting President Obama’s “socialist” healthcare agenda by hurling insults at town hall meetings. Cable news channels are full of these images, which together portray the United States as a giant angry grassroots rally against reform-minded policies.  Odd, then, that McGreal reports this:   Continue reading