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Tracks what is developing about net neutrality, the right to access the internet and information, and other multi-media news, mail, print, technological, radio, wifi, trends and any communication system.A watchful eye on communication policy is kept to report new developments and organized citizen efforts to push back and protect citizens' communication systems  from government and corporate over reaching.
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Here’s how a real teenager uses, and doesn’t use, social media

Here’s how a real teenager uses, and doesn’t use, social media | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
A description from 19-year-old Andrew Watts provides a fascinating glimpse into how some teenaged users approach different social-media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat Here’s how a real teenager uses, and doesn’t use,...
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FCC's Wheeler Confirms February Vote on Net Neutrality at CES 2015 - U.S. News & World Report

FCC's Wheeler Confirms February Vote on Net Neutrality at CES 2015 - U.S. News & World Report | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
A vote in February may reclassify the Internet as a utility.
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Net neutrality, phone unlocking make Obama's 'year in review' - The Hill

Net neutrality, phone unlocking make Obama's 'year in review' - The Hill | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
The two technology issues were featured on the White House's "2014: A year in review" on Monday.
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Two major technology issues Obama got right are these: Net Neutrality and unlocking our phones so we are not forced to buy new ones just to change providers....But it is up to us to have his back on this and look out for our own interest with steady watchful eyes and follow ups on the topics because large sums of money are being spent to make all this a win for the big telecoms and cable ISPs and a lose for the rest of us. Obama has been known to change his positions or drop the ball on occasion.....So it is up to us to make sure he and our representatives do not let us down on our communication system. Hold him to his statements and join in the fight to hold the internet in the primary control of the users of the services.

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China seems to have blocked Gmail entirely

China seems to have blocked Gmail entirely | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Gmail has been entirely blocked in China, with the country’s firewall being blamed after months of disruptions to the world’s biggest email service which is run by Google.
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Why the sharing economy could be the internet’s most divisive revolution yet

Why the sharing economy could be the internet’s most divisive revolution yet | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Concerns are growing that the supposedly benign philosophy behind the new wave of internet star names such as Airbnb and Uber simply disguises a rapacious business model You can not only find someone online willing to rent you a room in their...
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Facebook should stop cooperating with Russian government censorship | Ilya Somin | WashPost.com

Facebook should stop cooperating with Russian government censorship | Ilya Somin | WashPost.com | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it

The Washington Post reports that Facebook has complied with a Russian government demand to block access to a page supporting Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny:

In a sign of new limits on Facebook’s ability to serve as a platform for political opposition movements, Russian users appear to have been blocked from accessing a page calling for a protest in support of a prominent dissident.

In 2011, Facebook was hailed by opposition movements during the Arab Spring and in Russia as a powerful new tool to spread information beyond the control of repressive governments. That may no longer be the case, at least not in Russia. Russian Internet regulators said Saturday that they had sent Facebook a “demand” that it block access to a page calling for a demonstration in support of Alexei Navalny, the most prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin….

“At the moment, the demand” to block the page “is being fulfilled” by Facebook, Vadim Ampelonsky, a spokesman for the Russian Internet regulator, told the Interfax news service.

Facebook should be ashamed of cooperating with this demand for censorship by Russia’s repressive government, and should rescind that cooperation immediately. In fairness, the Post article quotes a Facebook spokeswoman to the effect that the company is studying the matter. But she didn’t deny the Russian government’s claim that Facebook has “fulfilled” its demand, and the site does indeed seem to be blocked for Russian users.


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Governor Cuomo's $500m broadband push to start in January | Will Brunelle | Capital New York

Governor Cuomo's $500m broadband push to start in January | Will Brunelle | Capital New York | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $500 million broadband expansion program is set to get underway after his 2015 State of the State address, said David Salway, director of the New York State Broadband Program office.

The expansion, announced Oct. 8, would create a “NY Broadband Fund” that would offer grants to any broadband company that offers to match public funding to expand and improve existing infrastructure.

The program will aim to accelerate economic development, according to the press release accompanying the announcement, which cited “the growth of the technology sector, education’s shift toward digital learning, and and the increase in consumer demand for greater internet connectivity at home” as the spurs for its development.

Salway will oversee development of the proposal’s blueprint and timeline.


In a Wednesday interview with Capital, he said the broadband fund will follow the same guidelines established by Cuomo’s 2012 “Connect NY Fund,” which initially offered $25 million in grants for largely the same purpose. That program operated as a public-private partnership, in which the state worked with vendors and companies to implement upgrades and expand services.


Salway said the broadband program office aims to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to download speeds of at least 100 megabits per second (Mbps) by 2018, and said this “unprecedented” effort has made Cuomo a “national leader” in expanding broadband services.


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Mobile coverage! Africa’s biggest service achievement - Blog KPMG Africa

Mobile coverage! Africa’s biggest service achievement  - Blog KPMG Africa | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
More Africans have access to a mobile phone network than to piped water, electricity or a health clinic, revealed last month’s Afrobarometer.
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Cuba Opening Shines Light on Obsolete Telecom Links - Wall Street Journal

Cuba Opening Shines Light on Obsolete Telecom Links - Wall Street Journal | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
As Cuba closes its gap to the U.S., one big task will be modernizing its telecommunications links with the outside world, which have languished amid tight control of information access on the island and the U.S.
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Why Google Fiber missed the mark with free internet - TechRepublic

Why Google Fiber missed the mark with free internet - TechRepublic | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Many know Google Fiber for its gigabit internet, but did you know it offers a no-cost option for internet access? Here's how Google dropped the ball on its ideal of free internet access.
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Comcast, Charter and Time Warner Cable all tell investors strict net ... - Washington Post (blog)

Comcast, Charter and Time Warner Cable all tell investors strict net ... - Washington Post (blog) | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
It's not just Verizon that's telling Wall Street and Washington different things.
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The 28 internet acronyms EVERY parent should know - Daily Mail

The 28 internet acronyms EVERY parent should know - Daily Mail | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
If you thought you had teen internet speak cracked by getting to grips with acronyms like LOL and LMK, think again. A new report reveals teenagers' secret online language.
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OVERNIGHT TECH: How many net neutrality comments were there? - The Hill

OVERNIGHT TECH: How many net neutrality comments were there? - The Hill | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
The FCC is standing behind its count that 3.9M public comments were submitted.
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The Web Poet's Society - The Atlantic

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Can an online course revive interest in the classics?
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What the US Airlines Can Teach Us About the Debate Over Net Neutrality - Nextgov

What the US Airlines Can Teach Us About the Debate Over Net Neutrality - Nextgov | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
In other words, it\'s the fast-lane effect.
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[I]n order for fees to work, there needs be something worth paying to avoid. That necessitates, at some level, a strategy that can be described as “calculated misery.” Basic service, without fees, must be sufficiently degraded in order to make people want to pay to escape it. And that’s where the suffering begins. … The necessity of degrading basic service provides a partial explanation for the fact that, in the past decade, the major airlines have done what they can to make flying basic economy, particularly on longer flights, an intolerable experience.

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Knight Foundation: Net Neutrality Report

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Net Neutrality Report - Knight Foundation http://t.co/RHcHjmwZ2x
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Read it.... if you want your voice and possible opportunity for a small or large business to matter in your future or the future of your children.

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Mass Traffic Attack: 7 Ways To Increase Traffic

Mass Traffic Attack: 7 Ways To Increase Traffic | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
49/ 7 Ways To Increase Traffic http://t.co/nvnohBjghs #business #consulting #traffic
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5G visionaries make a head start on the internet of things - Telegraph.co.uk

5G visionaries make a head start on the internet of things - Telegraph.co.uk | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
The creation of the first truly global mobile network represents a huge opportunity for innovators, says patent attorney Dr John-Paul Rooney
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46 Connecticut Cities And Towns Join Ultra-High-Speed Internet Project | Gregory Hladky | Hartford Courant

46 Connecticut Cities And Towns Join Ultra-High-Speed Internet Project | Gregory Hladky | Hartford Courant | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it

A total of 46 Connecticut cities and towns have now signed on to a project to bring ultra-high-speed Internet service to their communities, according to state Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz.

The goal is to provide Internet service connections that are as much as 100 times faster than what Connecticut Internet users now have. Advocates of the project say ultra-speedy World Wide Web service has triggered dramatic economic growth in several of the U.S. cities already.

New Haven, Stamford and West Hartford leaders joined with state officials in September to announce the plan, and they invited other Connecticut municipalities to get on board the effort to bring upgraded Internet service to the state.

“The response from the state’s towns has been overwhelming,” Katz said in a prepared statement Friday. “I’ve heard over and over that municipal officials are frustrated with available Internet speeds and the cost to their towns of upgrading Internet networks.”

“That so many Connecticut cities have joined this effort is heartening and confirms for me the pent-up demand for high-capacity digital connectivity in support of commerce, research and 21st Century life in our state,” said New Haven Mayor Toni Harp.

The next step in the project is to obtain formal proposals from Internet service providers interested in taking part in the cooperative public-private effort. Those proposals are due to be handed in by Jan. 13 to New Haven’s city purchasing department, which is administering the project.

William Vallee, who is the Office of Consumer Counsel’s broadband policy coordinator, said two international investment banks have already expressed interest in becoming involved with the high-speed Internet project. One of those financial institutions, Macquarie Bank, is also an owner of Aquarion Company, Connecticut’s largest water company, Vallee said.


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Comcast hands out "priority assistance" cards to Washington elite | Micha Singleton | The Verge

The controversial Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger hinges on regulatory approval from the FCC and the Department of Justice, both of which are based in Washington, DC. It will come as no surprise that Comcast is trying to ingratiate itself to the DC elite by passing out cards with "priority assistance" codes to select staffers, journalists, and other influential citizens of the nation's capital, which can help expedite service for the select few who posses the cards.

In an excellent report by Luke Mullins of the Washingtonian detailing how former Meet The Press moderator David Gregory lost his job, Mullins notes how Comcast is a much more hands-on corporate parent for NBC than GE ever was. Comcast executives show up to Washington events — something that GE executives rarely did — including the White House Correspondents' Dinner, where Comcast execs "mingled with lawmakers, Capitol Hill aides, and media muckety-mucks."

Comcast also had an even more personal way of sucking up to Washington. Its government-affairs team carried around "We’ll make it right" cards stamped with "priority assistance" codes for fast-tracking help and handed them out to congressional staffers, journalists, and other influential Washingtonians who complained about their service.

A Comcast spokeswoman says this practice isn’t exclusive to DC; every Comcast employee receives the cards, which they can distribute to any customer with cable or internet trouble. Nevertheless, efforts like this one have surely helped Comcast boost its standing inside the Beltway and improve its chances of winning regulatory approval for its next big conquest: merging with the second-largest cable provider in the country, Time Warner Cable.

As The Verge reported back in August, Comcast has been passing out these cards for years, and the company is using them to target Washington power players, perhaps in the hopes that it will shift negative opinions of the company and its $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable that will create an even larger conglomerate which will supply internet access to more than a third of US broadband subscribers.


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Please Do watch media issues... They matter! Here is some news you may want in on and we can make a difference if we all join together and make our voices heard till they cannot be ignored

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Likely Delay for US Handover of ICANN Web Domain Oversight - Corporate Counsel (registration)

Likely Delay for US Handover of ICANN Web Domain Oversight - Corporate Counsel (registration) | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
The United States is supposed to give up its oversight of the Internet's domain name system next year. But the planned move has made brand owners and members...
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Over half of internet traffic comprised of non-human bots - Telegraph.co.uk

Over half of internet traffic comprised of non-human bots - Telegraph.co.uk | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Only 44 per cent of web traffic is generated by humans – the rest comes from bots, some of which are malicious
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Net Neutrality: Wellspring Of Terrible Analogies - InformationWeek

Net Neutrality: Wellspring Of Terrible Analogies - InformationWeek | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
What is it about the net neutrality debate that inspires so many uninformed opinions and misguided comparisons?
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This is an interesting article with interesting comments....He is wrong about the black and white..NET NEUTRALITY IS THE BASIC WAY THE INTERNET WEB WAS DESIGNED...without it we are wiser to get rid of the whole thing. .I think the Man the invented the WEB Tim Berners-Lee has it right. It is time for a internet Bill of Rights and the Verizon suit proves the government has no authority to enforce any rights if the internet is not re-classified under the watch of the FCC.or some equal group set up just for the WEB...But the WEB is combined now into all our other communication systems so why would we separate it?

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How does the US government run the internet? This is how - The Register

How does the US government run the internet? This is how - The Register | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Step-by-step guide to IANA role in global DNS revealed
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The GOP tried again to stop Obama from giving up a key Internet oversight role ... - Washington Post (blog)

The GOP tried again to stop Obama from giving up a key Internet oversight role ... - Washington Post (blog) | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
The trillion-dollar spending bill has language to prevent from the Obama administration from giving up part of its Internet oversight, but it's likely to be ineffective.
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