Protect Internet Freedom

    More Than a Quarter-Million Concerned Americans File Comments Exposing FCC’s New Internet Privacy Farce

    FCC called out for exempting the web’s leading data collectors from proposed rule Washington, DC – More than a quarter-million internet users across the country have spoken out against the FCC’s baldly transparent proposal on expansive new privacy rules that regulate certain companies while exempting some of the web’s biggest data collectors. An online platform designed by Protect Internet Freedom (PIF) provided users a direct line of communication to tell the FCC that they’ve been caught red-handed seeking regulations that would do nothing to actually protect consumer online privacy as the Commission claims – regulating only a small part of the internet ecosystem, while exempting others from the rules. A total of 259,539 opposition comments were filed against the FCC NPRM, an overwhelming majority of the 271,669 total comments filed…

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    Obama’s Great Internet Giveaway

    By Drew Johnson As the Obama presidency winds down, political forces are determined to tie up a flurry of policy loose ends before a new administration comes into office. Among several actions on a fast track is the White House’s intention to transfer the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), which assigns and maintains domain names and IP addresses worldwide, from U.S. oversight to the global community this September. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration plans to release a review of the transition proposal this Friday. Ceding vital pieces of the internet’s core functionality to the open international stage, where China, Russia and other authoritarian governments will be able to directly influence and shape internet policy, while undercutting internet freedoms is concerning, especially when you consider the expanding tentacles of online…

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    Liberal elites at it again to block free Internet for consumers

    Remember a few months back when an international cabal of liberal elites got India to embrace their severe net neutrality dogma and blocked free Internet access in India? Well, the same folks are at it again and this time they have set their sights on the U.S. This week a group from the net neutrality priesthood sent a letter to the FCC in opposition to zero rating plans (drafted from the Zero Access Country Club, no doubt.). These are offers from Internet providers and popular web sites that give you access to their sites and content without counting it against your data plan. In essence, it is free data. They are pushing the same backwards argument they used in India that it’s better to have no access than have companies…

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    More Than 30 Organizations Demand the FCC Extend Current Comment Periods in the Wake of a Massive Backlog of 74,000 Comments

    Americans will be silenced if their comments are not considered before FCC decides on new regulations Washington, DC – Protect Internet Freedom (PIF) today delivered a coalition letter of more than 30 organizations to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting the agency extend comment periods and refrain from rulemaking in the wake of revelations of a massive backlog of public comments. On May 12, an FCC spokesperson admitted the agency faced a backlog of 74,000 comment filings across all of the FCC’s proceedings. These backlogs are expected to exist until the implementation of a new electronic filing system. Unless the extension to the comment period is granted, the FCC will make decisions about regulations that impact millions of Americans without the opportunity to consider the will of the public. Public…

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    UPDATE: Throttled! Why is the FCC Throttling and Blocking More Than 2,200 Opposition Comments from PIF Members?

    May 13th (2:30 pm) – After the FCC’s reporting of a “software glitch” that prevented the filing of over 2,000 PIF member comments in the privacy docket, we decided to deliver comments the old-fashioned way – by hand delivering them to the FCC. After all, during PIF’s numerous phone calls with the FCC, the agency officials still have not been able to pinpoint for us the technical issue preventing our comments from populating the privacy docket, despite their often conflicting public statements. Upon arriving at the FCC building in Washington, D.C., PIF team members were stopped by a hostile security team who informed us we would not be able to deliver the comments to the filing secretary without a contact at the FCC. After several minutes of confusion and a…

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    Throttled! Why is the FCC Throttling and Blocking More Than 2,200 Opposition Comments from PIF Members?

    Facebook may not be the only one making headlines this week for potentially blocking online content that runs contrary to its views. Protect Internet Freedom members have been very vocal in their opposition to the FCC for new privacy regulations that bind everyone else in red tape while excluding Google, and other corporate cronies that supported Obama’s Internet takeover. Over the last several weeks we’ve rallied our supporters to submit more than 2200 comments to the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) questioning Google’s special treatment. As of today, not one of those comments has been posted publicly in the official docket.  At the same time, comments supporting the FCC’s privacy proposal are often posted to the docket in as little as 24 hours after submission. Protect Internet Freedom recently…

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    New Survey: Majority of Americans Want Individual Control, Not More Government Regulation, When It Comes to Data and Privacy

    By a 2 to 1 margin, Americans prefer to be empowered to take control of their online data and privacy instead of having the government adopt new rules for Internet providers, according to a new Protect Internet Freedom (PIF) survey conducted by Morning Consult. The PIF national survey of 2,040 registered voters was conducted by Morning Consult April 8-11.

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    FCC Chairman Wheeler flip-flops on rate regulation

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler made a point, over and over and over, to insist he and the FCC had no interest in regulating broadband rates. Turns out, he was just #cartWheeling. Watch our video to learn more: A bill banning Wheeler’s rate regulations is hitting the floor soon. Please, urge your Congressman to vote for HR 2666 to protect the future of the Internet from the FCC’s out-of-touch price-setting. You can find your Congressman’s contact by clicking here or by calling 202-224-3121.

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    Government Internet Grab Goes Global

    The editorial cartoon we recently ran at CPAC earlier this month became even more relevant this week, as the ropes restraining Internet freedom grew tighter. The U.S. is relinquishing oversight control of ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) to the global stage and a cabal of worldwide “multi-stakeholders.” Giving a seat at the Internet governance table to China, Russia and other authoritarian regimes that relish information control a is alarming. But oppressive governments aren’t the only ones that see benefit and opportunity in reining in Internet freedom. Just last week, India made a power play fresh on the heels of its Net Neutrality rules and rejection of Facebook’s Free Basics offering as a pretext to becoming more involved in the Internet’s workings. According to India Express: “At…

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    Corporate Charades: U.S. Corporate Fight Blocking India’s Poor from World Wide Web

    By Jerri Ann Henry For the millions of those around the globe that have never logged on to a computer or swiped an iPhone it must be a pretty incredible proposition to learn that a debate is raging about whether they should be allowed to access vital Internet services like communications, health care, news, education, job listings and yes, Facebook, if they can’t pay for it all on their own. In India, the long running debate between Facebook and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has come to an end and the American tech giant’s Free Basics offering has been soundly rejected. It’s really no surprise when you consider the domestic and foreign-based forces aligned against Facebook’s zero-rating plan. In April of last year, Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web Foundation filed comments with India’s telecom regulators…

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