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<nettime> Net Neutrality Rules Struck Down by DC Court (fwd)
Alan Sondheim on Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:08:50 +0100 (CET)


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<nettime> Net Neutrality Rules Struck Down by DC Court (fwd)


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Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:49:47
From: NAMAC <jack {AT} namac.org>
To:  <sondheim {AT} panix.com>
Subject: Net Neutrality Rules Struck Down by DC Court


                 Connecting You to the Media Arts Community

Court Strikes Down Net Neutrality

In a blow to Net Neutrality, today the DC Circuit Court struck down
the Federal Communications Commission?s Open Internet Order that
prevents Internet service providers from giving preferential treatment
to some online content over other.


This is a huge blow to all who currently make independent media
works that rely on an open Internet. Media works created outside the
commercial industry may now be relegated to the ?slow lanes?, thereby
marginalizing public interest and artistically expressive works. We
cannot allow this to happen!?? The Internet must remain open and
available to all, as it currently is, to ensure that Internet users
have equal, unfettered access to content, and creators may distribute
their work without artificial constraints.??

The ruling?s only good news is that the Court established that the
power to create and enforce rules for the Internet rests with the FCC.
The time is now for the FCC, under the direction of the new Chairman
Tom Wheeler, to reclassify broadband service as a telecommunications
service rather than an information service.

Add your voice to our allies at Free Press?s petition to Restore Net
Neutrality!

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