AT&T just filed a patent that would help it define which Internet traffic is “permissible” and “non-permissible” on its network. This is exactly the scenario that supporters of Net Neutrality (read: everyone but the Internet service providers and their friends in Congress) have feared.
At a community town hall in Oakland earlier this month, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said, in reference to his previous gig, “I was a typical Washington player.”
“My goal now,” he added, “in my new job, with my new responsibility, is to learn by listening.”
The Electronic Frontier Foundation says we shouldn’t trust the FCC to properly enforce Net Neutrality rules. As a close friend and ally of EFF, we at Free Press offer a respectful counter-argument to the notion that the FCC should not be in charge of ensuring the Internet remains free and open.
Amazing! On Thursday, Free Press led a coalition of organizations — including the ACLU, Avaaz, ColorOfChange, Common Cause, CREDO, DailyKos, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, the Harry Potter Alliance, MoveOn, RootsAction and the Sierra Club — that delivered more than 1 million petitions to the Federal Communications Commission urging the agency to restore Net Neutrality.