Current Outstanding Issues
- May 2016: Rule 41 plans “seek to sidestep the legislative process while making sweeping sacrifices in our security.”
- GOP budget bill would kill net neutrality and FCC’s set-top box plan
Here are the most recent issues the internet is facing and that could become hot topics in 2016 again:
- Link Tax in EU
- Net Neutrality Not Guaranteed By Law In EU: Fast-Lanes Very Likely
- Ad-Blocking Monopoly Eyeo GmbH Is Forcing Webmasters And Companies To Pay To Be Put On Whitelist
- CISA passes, Gives Companies Immunity On Data Collection If They Share It With Government
What Is Net Neutrality
Net neutrality is a basic idea based on democratic principles:
That all internet traffic is treated in the same way without any prioritization by Internet Service Providers (Short: ISP).
In a world without net neutrality, providers can classify services such as Netflix differently and incur extra charges that would increase the costs for everyone. On top of that ISP’s may introduce prioritized connections. Should corporations ever have access to “fast prioritized lanes” that small businesses have no access to it will become a major obstacle to fair competition and threaten free markets worldwide. It would actively accelerate the global corporate movement that is already threatening thousands of businesses worldwide.
Regulators need to make it possible for small businesses to thrive on the internet. They are the backbone of a democratic society, else all power will fall in the hands of a few.
Global Internet Freedom Under Attack
Increasing surveillance by government agencies around the world and new regulations pose a significant threat to internet freedom.
US President Obama has recognized this threat stating:
“We cannot allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas.”
At the same time, the US government is forcing private companies to hand over data to circumvent encryption.
Internet Governance: Critical Decisions Due in 2015
SIGN NEW PETITION
You can sign the “American Commitment’s petition to Tom Wheeler” (chairman of the FCC) on the following site:
FCC receives 3 million net neutrality comments (still open)
The FCC asked for comments on net neutrality from consumers and has recorded over 3 million responses so far:
If you are a US citizen you can submit a filing at http://apps.fcc.gov/
The proceeding number is 14-28.
Filed comments can be read here: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment_search/execute?proceeding=14-28
- HuffingtonPost: Critics Pan FCC Chairman’s Net Neutrality Tough Talk
- Nationaljournal: Net Neutrality’s Death Could Spark Populist Revolt
- Forbes: Mozilla Proposes Third Way On Net Neutrality
- NPR.ORG: Reports: FCC Poised For Changes To Net Neutrality Policy
- DailyBeat: Killing Net Neutrality Kills the Dreams of Young Entrepreneurs
- NewYorker: GOODBYE, NET NEUTRALITY; HELLO, NET DISCRIMINATION
- NewScientist Brazil’s internet gets groundbreaking bill of rights
- Reuters: UPDATE 5-U.S. regulators to propose new net neutrality rules in May
- RT: FCC’s new proposal seen as abandoning net neutrality
- HuffingtonPost: New Details Emerge On The New, Neutered Net Neutrality Rules
- NewRepublic: Sad But True: The Only Way to Save the Open Internet Requires Sucking Up to Corporate Titans
What Can I Do?
You’re in the EU? Head over to www.savetheinternet.eu and contact a member of the European Parliament (short MEP):