The D.C. Circuit’s decision in the Verizon case dealt a huge blow to the open Internet.
Right now there is no one protecting Internet users from ISPs that block or discriminate against online content. Companies like AT&T, Time Warner Cable and Verizon will be able to block or slow down any website, application or service they like. And they’ll be able to create tiered pricing structures with fast lanes for content providers and speakers who can afford the tolls — and slow lanes for everyone else.
On Sept. 9, 2013, Verizon faced the Federal Communications Commission in court over the agency’s 2010 Open Internet Order. In its challenge to the FCC’s Net Neutrality protections, Verizon claimed that it has “editorial discretion” over content that travels on its network.
As Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Michael O’Rielly arrive at the Federal Communications Commission, they face historic challenges and opportunities to shape the ways we connect and communicate for decades to come.
Here’s how the FCC should ensure that our public network and public airwaves provide better choices and more voices — by maintaining universal communications service, increasing media diversity, supporting local news and emphasizing political transparency.
On Sept. 9, the D.C. Circuit Court heard oral arguments in Verizon's lawsuit seeking to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order. If Verizon prevails in this case, the FCC's rules protecting Internet users from corporate abuse will disappear. Click here to hear the full arguments.
AT&T wants the Federal Communications Commission to dissolve federal and state rules requiring universal, reliable, affordable and open networks. This will jeopardize existing communications infrastructure that carries our conversations, family connections, ideas and commerce. AT&T promises this sweeping deregulation will bring substantial consumer benefits, but there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
Free Press, Public Knowledge and the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute notified AT&T of their intent to file a formal complaint against the company. In the complaint, the three organizations will assert that AT&T is violating Net Neutrality by blocking the popular video-conferencing application FaceTime. The groups will file the complaint with the Federal Communications Commission in the coming weeks.
Comcast recently announced major modifications to its so-called “excessive use” policies for Internet users. The company scrapped its 250 gigabyte (GB) per month usage cap, and said it will trial new 300 GB monthly allotments in two markets. The trials come with steep overage fees of $10 as soon you exceed this arbitrary cap. These changes follow the uproar over Comcast’s decision to exempt from the cap its own “Xfinity” streaming video on the Xbox while subjecting competitors’ streaming video services like YouTube and Netflix to the cap.