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Every Indian should care about Net Neutrality because the world's largest economy needs an open internet. 

Article by Thane Richard for the Daily Dot

Last year at this time I was in Mumbai watching one of the most humbling expressions of free will that humanity has ever conceived. India’s election, the largest in human history, unfolded in ways that often clouded my American eyes with jealousy; I saw things happening that I wished were commonplace back home. Consistent electronic voting was one source of envy. The existence of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was another.

Unlike what Sen. Wyden claims, the Fast Track bill and the TPP agreement will be a major threat for Internet users. 

Article by Maira Sutton for EFF

Sen. Ron Wyden took to Wired yesterday to argue that the Fast Track bill he co-sponsored to rush approval for trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement will help protect the free and open Internet. Sen. Wyden has long been a staunch defender of the Internet and users' rights, and more recently, he has renewed his efforts to reform the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the draconian Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). We heartily applaud these endeavors—which is why his stance on Fast Track and the TPP is so disappointing.

Everyday people standing together in the U.S. managed to stop Big Telecom getting even bigger. This proves by working together we really can succeed in taking on Big Telecom’s high prices and abysmal service. 

Article by Emily Steel for The New York Times

Regulators declared victory on Friday after Comcast and Time Warner Cable confirmed that they had aborted their $45 billion merger, which would have created a truly national cable company with unprecedented control over the future of the country’s television and broadband markets.

The unraveling of the deal came after Attorney General Eric Holder told Justice Department lawyers at a meeting two weeks ago that they had his support in deciding to challenge the transaction, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

The net neutrality debate is raging in India, and internet users have flooded the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to protect net neutrality in the country. 

Article by Pranav Dixit for the Hindustan Times

We cannot fulfill the Digital India dream without an open internet, write Indian startups in their open letter to Prime Minister Modi 

Over 60 Indian startups have written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to preserve the fast-growing startup ecosystem in India by protecting net neutrality.

Having a neutral internet is crucial for startups because most of them rely on the level playing field that the internet offers to compete against established services in the market. 

It looks like Comcast is going to withdraw it's controversial mega-merger with Time Warner Cable. Had the $45 billion deal gone through it would have led to drastically less choice in Internet providers and higher prices across the country. The story is still developing so we'll keep you posted.

Article by Alex Sherman for Bloomberg Business

Comcast Corp. is planning to walk away from its proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said, after regulators planned to oppose the deal.

Comcast is planning to make a final decision on its plans Thursday, and an announcement on the deal’s fate may come as soon as Friday, said one of the people, who asked not to be named discussing private information.

FCC poised to move against gigantic Time Warner Cable-Comcast merger. If the news from the agency is true, it would mean that Internet users can breathe a sigh of relief as the $45 billion dollar mega-merger could be against the ropes. 

Article by Brooks Boliek for Politico.com

Federal Communications Commission staff want the agency to block Comcast’s $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable, in another sign of trouble for the deal in Washington, according to multiple sources with knowledge of an internal FCC briefing Wednesday.

If the FCC chooses to throw up a roadblock, it would send the issue to an administrative law judge for a hearing, a step that could drag out the review for months or even years and is widely seen as tantamount to killing the deal. Such a move would need approval from the five-member commission.

The merger is also facing skepticism at the Department of Justice. A report from Bloomberg News last week said staff attorneys in the DOJ’s antitrust division are poised to recommend against the deal due to concerns it would stifle competition in the cable and broadband industries.

Millions of people have demanded an end to unconstitutional mass surveillance. Governments have gone too far and must be reined in to protect our fundamental rights.
Yet before Congress even considers reforms to the USA PATRIOT Act — including provisions that the NSA claims allow it to collect private data about all of our phone calls — representatives are rushing through legislation that would enable cyber surveillance.
Masquerading as “cybersecurity” legislation, these bills reward companies that share our private data with the government, which often must give it to the NSA and the FBI. 
We need President Obama to veto any bill that violates our rights.

- Learn more and sign the petition to Stop Cyber Surveillance at stopthespying.com

As millennials grow in influence, so too will the demand to rein in the surveillance state.  

Article by Anthony D. Romero for LA Times

About a year ago, a thirtysomething sculptor in Los Angeles began working on a bust of Edward Snowden. When he was done, he shipped the bust to his artist friends on the East Coast. Just before dawn April 6, the artists crept under cover of darkness into Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park and installed the 100-pound bust atop a Revolutionary War memorial.

"We chose to pay tribute to Snowden through the medium of a bust because that is one of the visual pieces society uses as a guidepost to who a hero is," one of the artists said in a video released after the bust was installed.

Right now, Congress is moving forward on legislation that would allow the government to Fast Track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and its extreme Internet censorship plan without any scrutiny of what’s in the agreement.

Why? Because if Americans knew that the TPP would make their Internet more expensive, censored, and policed, they’d hate it.

This is why we need to take a stand for full transparency.

Letting these giants consolidate will lead to less choice and higher costs for Internet users. 

Article by Jonathan Tamari for Philly.com

WASHINGTON – Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.) and five other liberal senators wrote federal regulators Tuesday urging them to block Comcast’s proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable.

Should the deal win approval, “we believe that Comcast-TWC’s unmatched power in the telecommunications industry would lead to higher prices, fewer choices, and poorer quality services for Americans—inhibiting U.S. consumers’ ability to fully benefit from modern technologies and American businesses’ capacity to innovate and compete on a global scale,” wrote Franken and Sens. Bernard Sanders (I., Vt.), Ed Markey (D., Mass.), Ron Wyden (D., Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.).

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