Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too
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Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too
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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Controversial Internet bill passed, raises concerns over freedom - Today's Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news

Controversial Internet bill passed, raises concerns over freedom - Today's Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
A controversial law on the regulation of Internet news portals and websites was accepted by a majority of the votes in Parliament in a session held late on Wednesday, leading to concerns over Internet freedom and people's right of access to...
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The trend to hand the internet control over to governments and ISPs is Global and a threat to global freedom. Aavez is the global community connection for contacting those we need to send a message to on behalf of global citizens and freedom.

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New Net Neutrality Bills Introduced in House and Senate | Future of Music Coalition

New Net Neutrality Bills Introduced in House and Senate | Future of Music Coalition | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
RT @future_of_music: Our take on proposed legislation to preserve a level online playing field: http://t.co/5GkFbeWyWV #netneutrality
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Want to make your music heard, your writing read and your art and other creations seen? Then stand up for Net Neutrality!

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Innovation And Our Better Future Depend On Preserving Net Neutrality

Innovation And Our Better Future Depend On Preserving Net Neutrality | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Troma Entertainment would never have reached its 40th year as arguably the world's longest running independent movie studio if Net Neutrality or the Open Internet did not exist. I know, I know, some might say, "That would be a good thing." Haha!
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The volume online about the fight for control of the internet  and net neutrality should give folks a hint and warn people they better get into the fight or be told forever more what they will think and what information and content be allowed to get or share.

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Verizon using recent Net Neutrality victory to wage war against Netflix - Dave's Blog

Verizon using recent Net Neutrality victory to wage war against Netflix - Dave's Blog | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
UPDATE:
The team over at Speedchecker Ltd has created a speedtest oriented around this issue.
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Update to how things might and indeed seem to slowly but surely change without anyone being fully aware of what ISPs feel THEY CAN DO TO "THEIR" paying customers without net neutrality protection from the FCC or anyone else.

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Twitter 'considering legal options' over US government data requests

Twitter 'considering legal options' over US government data requests | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
The latest transparency report by the social network shows a 66% increase in government requests, but the company claims government restrictions 'seriously undermine the objective of transparency'.
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Go Twitter!

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Democrats Fighting for Net Neutrality While Republicans Seek to End ‘Open’ Internet

Democrats Fighting for Net Neutrality While Republicans Seek to End ‘Open’ Internet | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Yesterday, Democrats continued the fight for net neutrality by introducing the Open Internet Preservation Act. If passed, this bill would at least temporarily restore the net neutrality lost last month.
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

Let our Republicans and any doubting Democrats know that only people that stand for a open internet WITH the people will be left standing FOR the people! Anyone else will be viewed as standing against the interest of the people of this nation! Our voice matters and we will keep expressing it on our vast internet communication system.  


We all helped build it with our taxes, our customer payments, our massive attention of uploading, sharing, coding, developing, marketing and expression. We are all stake holders. Anyone that doesn't get that is just to brain dead to serve as a public servant or representative! Call up  and let them know in large numbers...


We will not have our communication services and thus our own voice controlled by telcoms, and cable companies. We seek to have them unchartered and replaced with businesses we caan trust to deliver what we pay them to do. They work for us or we cancel our deal to let them offer the services. They do not own our air waves, our shared grounds and waterways or our machines in our home we allow them to enter our homes and our lives through.

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Toxic Avenger's brilliant rant about the importance of Net Neutrality

Toxic Avenger's brilliant rant about the importance of Net Neutrality | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Lloyd Kaufman, cofounder of Troma Entertainment (the people who brought us such films as the Toxic Avenger) has a brilliant, profane, and stirring editorial in support of Net Neutrality on Techdirt.
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Great Rant! Don't just read it follow through with calls to representatives and also the FCC and contact the White House as well!

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Jimmy Wales: 'It's true, I'm not a billionaire. So?'

Jimmy Wales: 'It's true, I'm not a billionaire. So?' | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
The co-founder of Wikipedia on why he believes enriching the mind is more important than profits
On Wikipedia, you're "Jimbo", are you called that in the real world too?
No. Just Jimmy in the real world.
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Not everyone sees profit as the end game desire of a life well lived.

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Pete Seeger and the NSA

Pete Seeger and the NSA | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
 "I am not going to answer any questions as to my association, my philosophical beliefs, or how I voted in any election, or any of these private affairs. I think these are very improper questions for any American to be asked, especially under such compulsion as this." Pete Seeger, 1955, testimony pursuant to subpoena before the House Un-American Activities Committee.  
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So True!

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Q&A: How can I lower my cable, Internet, phone bills? - USA TODAY

Q&A: How can I lower my cable, Internet, phone bills? - USA TODAY | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Q&A: How can I lower my cable, Internet, phone bills?
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Q. I'm paying too much for too little — almost $200 for cable, Internet and phone. How can I cut those costs? A.
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Q. I'm paying too much for too little — almost $200 for cable, Internet and phone. How can I cut those costs?


A. You're definitely overpaying, and you're not alone: I've heard this lament from many people, up to and including my own mother.


Your easiest and first option should be to threaten to fire your current service, then see what kind of a discount it offers you to stay. If it isn't sufficiently generous — as in, compare its proposed price break to the deals its site touts for new subscribers— it's time to look for alternatives and then make good on your threat.

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Net Neutrality Supported By President Obama

President Obama says he supports net neutrality and that the FCC Commissioner he appointed does too when asked about the topic during his 2014 Google+ Hangou...
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Time will tell and it would  be great if they really do something to lock net neutrality and "the all bits are treated equal rule" the WEB was founded and built on into the law of the web. That would create a hands off our internet to prevent both industry and government from abusing the control of the web..

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Kan. bill would outlaw public broadband service - MiamiHerald.com

Kan. bill would outlaw public broadband service - MiamiHerald.com | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Kan. bill would outlaw public broadband service MiamiHerald.com The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/1fByK2r ) reports that a lobbyist for the cable TV industry introduced the bill, which would prohibit cities and counties from building public...
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

If citizens in a community decide they want to use their funds and taxes for the purpose of a broadband that is public there is no reason to make that illegal any more than if a rich guy or guys came to town that owned ATT or a Cable company to sale the same services should be illegal as long as the service is good for the public and consumers. Very fishy law to try to pass as corporations try to set up a coup to turn the internet into the old blah sponsored models.



I bet ALEC law makers are at work on this or maybe the money cable companies are donating is enough for the bribe. Why are we not firing people and locking them up when they try to undermine people? The good folks of Kansa should do a non-profit co-op industry to provide broadband services and then they can still own and control their own broadband even if this corrupt law is passed.

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Goodbye Net Neutrality, Hello Gilded Age Internet - San Francisco Chronicle (blog)

Goodbye Net Neutrality, Hello Gilded Age Internet - San Francisco Chronicle (blog) | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Goodbye Net Neutrality, Hello Gilded Age Internet
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)
Did you hear about the recent federal appeals court ruling that shot down the terribly-named “net neutrality?
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Here's more on the latest smooth move from Verizon to have it's way with the country's interent.

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Verizon Escalates Assault on Net Neutrality

Verizon Escalates Assault on Net Neutrality | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
This week David Raphael stumbled on the reality of an Internet without Net Neutrality.

Raphael today alleged that Verizon is deliberately slowing down traffic coming from his company’s servers.
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

This is a WAKE UP CALL! HELLO! WAAAAAKE UUUUUUUPP!

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Innovation and Our Better Future depend on Preserving Net Neutrality » Lloyd Kaufman

Innovation and Our Better Future depend on Preserving Net Neutrality » Lloyd Kaufman | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Innovation and Our Better Future depend on Preserving Net Neutrality (@rumblebeelove @Return2NukeEm @TromaArmy Thanks Stacey http://t.co/ke9DGKrNch)...
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I can't believe the amount of input coming on the feeds about the fight for the control of the net! Wow!

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AT&T Wants to Charge Extra for Certain Data

AT&T Wants to Charge Extra for Certain Data | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
RT @DealNews: This is us not saying AT&T is evil. Thanks #DealNews legal team! http://t.co/o0bkRG59u4
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And here's what ATT feels THEY CAN DO TO "THEIR" PAYING CUSTOMERS. Net Neutrality is off for one week and our ISPs decided they own and control the internet .....It's theirs in their opinion!

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The illusions of Net neutralityBusiness French | Business French

The illusions of Net neutralityBusiness French | Business French | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
The illusions of Net neutrality Since the early 2000s, a small but influential cohort of policy wonks and pundits has argued that the Federal Communications Commission should prohibit Internet service providers (ISPs) such as Verizon, AT&T and...
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This link offers several different links to different opinions of net neutrality. 

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Turkey Increases Control Over Internet Amid Corruption Probe

Turkey Increases Control Over Internet Amid Corruption Probe | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Turkey’s parliament approved a bill giving Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government broader powers to block access to websites, as wiretaps allegedly documenting official corruption were being shared on the Internet.
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Openness of accurate information and freedom to connect with each other are critical to all people.

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Back to the Digital Drawing Board

Back to the Digital Drawing Board | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
The F.C.C.’s approach to net neutrality is dead, and that’s a good thing. (Back to the Digital Drawing Board, via @nytimes. Easy to restore net neutrality, FCC. Common carrier now.
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

Are there not laws that can be enforced for people that have serious or even criminal conflict of issue situations and use connection and influence to make huge personal gains from corrupt connections that play favorites?We know there are!


So let's demand our internet providers are considered common carriers and regulated as common carriers. Powell went straight to work for those he regulated as other shave done. The new Chairman of the FCC comes from the industries he is now is to regulate. We need to make sure the FCC remembers they are there to ensure corporations stay in line with what is good and fair for the communities, the nation and the consumers as citizens as well as customers. 


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The problem began in 2002, when Michael K. Powell, the F.C.C. chairman who now heads the cable industry’s trade association, decided to exempt high-speed Internet access from so-called common carriage regulation. Those rules, applied most notably to phone service, bar providers from discriminatory service — everyone who pays a phone bill gets the same quality of service.

But Mr. Powell reasoned that Internet access was an information service, distinct from the traditional communications infrastructure, and that competition would be better than oversight at protecting Americans from any abuses by access providers.

It’s a good thing the F.C.C. is staffed by so many lawyers, because it was soon faced with complaints by consumer groups and Internet content providers alleging that companies like Comcast, far from being checked by competition, were using the lack of competition in local Internet service, combined with the lack of oversight, to favor their own commercial interests.




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The Internet is rising up in protest on February 11th

The Internet is rising up in protest on February 11th | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Thousands of websites are planning a massive online protest against surveillance on February 11th.
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Please join in standing up to ensure our 1st and 4th amendments are upheld!

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Make ISPs into "common carriers," says former FCC commissioner

Make ISPs into "common carriers," says former FCC commissioner | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Not every former FCC member is a telco industry lobbyist.

Via Coffee Party USA, Monica S Mcfeeters
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

We need more people like Cobbs on the FCC and also in all public servant positions all the way to the white house. Too many leave to be lobbist and cut deals for those same groups while in public service  after coming from the industries they regulate others go to work with those they regulate soon after they are regulators.

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by Jon Brodkin - Jan 24 2014, 11:50am EST


It's time for the Federal Communications Commission to correct its past mistakes and get tough on broadband providers, a retired FCC commissioner says.


Michael Copps, an FCC commissioner from 2001 to 2011 (and acting chairman for several months in 2009), is proof that not every former FCC member becomes a lobbyist for the industries the commission regulates. The only commission member to vote against allowing the Comcast/NBC Universal merger, Copps is now a self-described public interest advocate who leads the Media and Democracy Reform Initiative at Common Cause.

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Greg Russak's curator insight, February 4, 2014 11:00 PM

"The good news is that the solution is pretty simple," Copps wrote. "It doesn’t require a new telecommunications statute replete with time-consuming years of legislative horse-trading and special interest lobbying. All it requires is an FCC big enough to own up to its previous mistakes and courageous enough to put our communications future back on track." - Michael Copps, an FCC commissioner from 2001 to 2011 and now a self-described public interest advocate who leads the Media and Democracy Reform Initiative at Common Cause.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 5, 2014 12:49 AM

We need more people like Cobbs on the FCC and he is so right to call for the openness of the internet to be enforced.

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Disruptions: Paying to Travel in the Internet's Fast Lanes - New York Times (blog)

Disruptions: Paying to Travel in the Internet's Fast Lanes - New York Times (blog) | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
New York Times (blog)
Disruptions: Paying to Travel in the Internet's Fast Lanes
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For a subject that sounds mind-numbingly dull, “network neutrality” is the most important issue facing the Internet since, well, the Internet.
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Count on it: This battle isn’t over yet. On Friday, President Obama said the F.C.C. was considering an appeal with the goal of maintaining “a free and open Internet.”

The premise behind net neutrality goes back to the days of the telegraph. Even then, everything moved at pretty much the same speed. Since the 1970s, the F.C.C. has prevented telecommunications companies from playing favorites on long-distance telephone lines. And it’s not as if your electric company charges you one rate for the electricity to power your refrigerator and another for the electricity to use a washing machine — or offer special, high-price options to those who want power during shutdowns.

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Web video’s new middlemen: here’s what’s wrong with consumer electronics

Web video’s new middlemen: here’s what’s wrong with consumer electronics | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Millions of videos at your fingertips, from publishers big and small — that was always the promise of online video. In the living room, it’s been broken by backroom deals.
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Millions of videos at your fingertips, from publishers big and small — that was always the promise of online video. In the living room, it’s been broken by backroom deals.

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12:06 - New Internet bill to limit freedom of information, sparks reactions - Cihan News Agency

12:06 - New Internet bill to limit freedom of information, sparks reactions - Cihan News Agency | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
12:06 - New Internet bill to limit freedom of information, sparks reactions Cihan News Agency In remarks to Sunday's Zaman, Johann Bihr, the head of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk of the RSF, said, “The draconian Internet bill recently...
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The government of Turkey is afraid of internet freedom but the youth continue to push for the open internet.

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Net neutrality petition gets a million signatures - The Verge

Net neutrality petition gets a million signatures - The Verge | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Adweek Net neutrality petition gets a million signatures The Verge The advocacy group Free Press, along with a broad coalition of organizations, has delivered the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a petition with a million signatures asking...
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

A million should get some attention...but now let's shoot for 2 million and when we get there let's keep going!

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Intriguing Networks's curator insight, January 31, 2014 2:27 AM

Keep them coming.

Coffee Party USA's curator insight, February 1, 2014 12:09 PM

One of the best ways we can all keep our voices heard is to ensure our media services are not controlled by a few.


We need to fight just as hard as citizens to make sure that old style of media controlled by the few and the rich does not corrupt the influences and connectedness of the internet and our modern communication networks as those with money and power are fighting to get their way with it and us.


Without the balancing, citizen push back the others dancing on the planet floor knock us off our feet and out of the dance. Let’s stay in the dance and stay connected!


 We need to win on this one and stay connected to ensure success with any other fights yet to come.  I don't know what it sounds like if a tree falls when no one can hear it....but I do know what happens if the cititzens and individuals of communities cannot be heard and connected. Even if we have to build our own public internet and communication system as suggested by Susan Crawford, to avoid one that becomes corrupted by the influence and designs of too few, then that is what we should do! Why do we charter companies that really are not operating in our best interest as a nation unless we decide it’s just their nation anyway and we are content to be allowed to live in only a tiny back room somewhere in their nation , out of sight and unimportant? We must stay on our feet, alert and stay in the dance!


Coffee Party USA's comment, February 1, 2014 12:14 PM
By the way...OK!......NEXT! ......ON TO TWO MILLION THAN FOR THREE!