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How the Loss of Net Neutrality Hurts Artists

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:05
Free Press

For the artist, the inventor and the dreamer, the Internet has been a continent of possibility.

Five Epic Fails in the FCC's New Net Neutrality Plan

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:04
Free Press

The FCC broke its silence and issued the agency’s first big announcement since a federal court struck down the Net Neutrality rules last month. Give the statement a speed-read and you might think the agency is moving in the right direction. There are some great buzzwords in there. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler talks about accepting the court’s invitation to “preserve a free and open Internet” as a “platform for innovation and expression.” But all this announcement does is kick the can down the road — the wrong road.

Netflix Blackout Fears on the Rise

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:47
New York Post

Get ready for a cable-style blackout of video-streaming darling Netflix.

Comcast-Time Warner Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:46
Washington Post

One thing is certain about Comcast’s proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable: It doesn’t pass the smell test. Comcast claims that the combination of the two largest cable companies will somehow enhance, rather than diminish, competition and lead to greater consumer satisfaction. Don’t worry, Godzilla will play nice on the playground.

Reaffirming the White House's Commitment to Net Neutrality

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:43
WhiteHouse.gov

Thank you to everyone who has signed on to this petition in support of a free and open Internet. Since his days as a United States Senator, President Obama has embraced the principle of Net Neutrality. As the President recently noted, his campaign for the White House was empowered by an open Internet; it allowed millions of supporters to interact with the President and each other in unprecedented fashion.

Face It, Comcast Doesn't Love You

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:37
Huffington Post

Though the proposal unveiled by Comcast earlier this week to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion might look sexy at first glance -- a closer look reveals the proposed merger's ugly side.

Snowden Documents Reveal Covert Surveillance and Pressure Tactics Aimed at WikiLeaks and Its Supporters

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:33
The Intercept

Top-secret documents from the National Security Agency and its British counterpart reveal for the first time how the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom targeted WikiLeaks and other activist groups with tactics ranging from covert surveillance to prosecution.

As Services Expand, Cable Bills Keep Rising

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:30
New York Times

Of the many benefits that Comcast executives said would flow to consumers from its proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable — more innovation, advanced technology, improved service — the one it did not mention is probably the one consumers care about most: their cable bills.

The Monster Comcast Deal

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:52
CNN

Brian Stelter and Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron analyze Comcast’s proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable; will it benefit or hurt consumers?

Merging Cable Giants Is 'An Affront to the Public Interest'

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:30
Moyers & Company

When it comes to media, bigger is not better. And when it comes to the control of the infrastructure of how we communicate now, the trend toward extreme bigness — as illustrated by Comcast’s plan to buy Time Warner Cable and create an unprecedented cable combine — is accelerating at a dangerous pace.

Big Questions in Comcast’s Time Warner Takeover Bid

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:28
On Point

When the two biggest cable companies in the country get the urge to merge, everybody pays attention. Cable is, for many, how we connect now. To television, yes, but also through broadband connections to everything on the Internet. Last week, giant Comcast announced a $45 billion deal to acquire giant Time Warner Cable. There is protest all over that the deal would cost consumers, cut competition, concentrate power and slow innovation at the heart of the economy. But Comcast argues just the opposite, and Comcast has clout.

Who Pays for My Netflix 'West Wing' Binge?

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:23
Marketplace

Reports are saying that Verizon and other Internet service providers are not giving Netflix the juice it needs to make my experience the seamless Sorkinian delight it should be. Verizon denies this, saying it treats all sites equally. What we do know is that Internet service providers want Netflix to pay up. Netflix requires a lot of data, and Verizon, which controls the pipes that bring you the Internet, wants it to pay extra.

Dear Comcast, re: Throttling Netflix and the Relative Value of Your Services

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:17
Tested

This is the letter I sent to Neil Smit, CEO of Comcast Cable, and Brian L Roberts, CEO of Comcast Corporation this morning in response to my experience streaming video on Netflix at lower than SD bitrates last night on my 50Mbit/sec Comcast connection at home. I've been a Comcast subscriber for 8 years and have been reasonably happy with the service, despite the high price and some availability hiccups, because of the high performance of my Internet connection. If Comcast is going to take that advantage away, I'll happily drop them for a more user-friendly local provider.

Apparently We Are All Confused and Killing Net Neutrality Will Be Just Great for Startups

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:14
TechDirt

What if I told you that the ham-fisted attempts by giant telecom corporations to abuse their gatekeeper positions anti-competitively are actually great for startups and consumers? Yes, I'd slap me too. Still, this appears to be the central thesis of a new Wired editorial by TechFreedom's Berin Szoka and George Mason University’s Mercatus Center's Brent Skorup, who insist that killing off Net Neutrality is just what Internet underdogs need.

Six Charts That Show Just How White and Male the U.S. Media Remain

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:10
Feministing

The Women’s Media Center has released its third annual report on the status of gender and racial diversity in the media. The conclusion reached, yet again, is that “the American media have exceedingly more distance to travel on the road to gender-blind parity.”

Why Our Internet Access Is Slow, Costly and Unfair

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 14:58
Moyers & Company

Susan Crawford joins Bill Moyers to discuss how our government has allowed a few powerful media conglomerates to put profit ahead of the public interest — rigging the rules, raising prices, and stifling competition. As a result, Crawford says, all of us are at the mercy of the biggest business monopoly since Standard Oil in the first Gilded Age a hundred years ago.

FCC Plans to Allow Online Discrimination

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 14:49
National Journal

The FCC plans to allow Internet service providers to offer varying speeds to websites in at least some cases, according to a senior agency official. The decision is a blow to open-Internet advocates, who argue that all websites should receive equal treatment. It could also be bad news for Netflix, which would be the most obvious target for Internet providers that would want to charge special fees to the data-heavy video site for an Internet "fast lane" to reach users.

The Game Changed in Venezuela Last Night – and the International Media Is Asleep At the Switch

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 14:43
Caracas Chronicles

Venezuela’s domestic media blackout is joined by a parallel international blackout, one born not of censorship but of disinterest and inertia. It’s hard to express the sense of helplessness you get looking through these pages and finding nothing. Venezuela burns; nobody cares.

Egypt Extends Its Crackdown to Journalists

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 12:54
New York Times

At least 60 journalists have been detained since the military ousted President Mohamed Morsi last July, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, with nine of them still in custody, including a Yemeni blogger arrested after interviewing attendees at a book fair.

Comcast-Time Warner Merger Would Be a Calamity

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 20:35
Seattle Times

Comcast wants to dominate cable TV and Internet service in a regulatory vacuum. Will Comcast political clout out muscle the FCC and DoJ?

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