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Together we killed off the Internet Slow Lane and won strong Net Neutrality rules - and already Internet users are seeing the benefit.

Article by Karl Bode for Techdirt

The FCC's net neutrality rules don't even go into effect until June 12, but they're already benefiting consumers. You'll recall that the last year or so has been filled with ugly squabbling over interconnection issues, with Level 3 accusing ISPs like Verizon of letting peering points congest to kill settlement-free peering and drive Netflix toward paying for direct interconnection. But with Level 3 and Cogent hinting they'd be using the FCC's new complaint process to file grievances about anti-competitive behavior, magically Verizon has now quickly struck deals with Level 3 and Cogent that everybody on board appears to be happy with. 

“A snow job” - that’s the verdict of this Nobel Prize-winning economist on Obama’s efforts to sell his top-secret TPP.

Krugman: "Instead, the selling of the 12-nation Pacific Rim pact has the feel of a snow job. Officials have evaded the main concerns about the content of a potential deal; they’ve belittled and dismissed the critics; and they’ve made blithe assurances that turn out not to be true."

Hilary Clinton says she's waiting to see the final version of the TPP deal to decide what her stance is. So are we, Hillary.  

Article by Jennifer Epstein 

Hillary Clinton is waiting to see the final version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal before determining whether she supports it, she said Tuesday.

The world is speaking out against this fake version of the internet and withdrawing from the program. Add your voice at NoFakeInternet.org 

Article by Sophie Curtis by the Telegraph

Facebook's free internet project, Internet.org, is facing growing opposition, after a consortium of digital rights groups wrote an open letter to the company's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, claiming that the initiative violates the principles of "net neutrality". 

The secretive, internet censoring Trans-Pacific Partnership is what Obama envisions as his last legacy before leaving office. But, will he be able to get the votes?

Article by Kathleen Miller for Bloomberg Politics

President Barack Obama doesn’t have the votes at this point to win U.S. House passage of legislation that would expedite approval of trade accords, a Democratic leader in the chamber said.

The TPP is secretive, extreme, and it will break our digital future. Speak out at StoptheSecrecy.net

Article by Sam Thielman for The Guardian

More than 250 tech companies have signed a letter demanding greater transparency from Congress and decrying the broad regulatory language in leaked parts of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bill.

Our positive crowdsourced action plan to turn the Bill C-51 debate on its head and restore the privacy rights of every Canadian

Today’s the big day, folks: this morning, OpenMedia is launching our positive, pro-privacy action plan, packed with ideas from everyday Canadians about how to roll back Bill C-51, end mass surveillance, and restore the privacy rights of everyone who lives in Canada.

Check out Canada’s Privacy Plan right now at PrivacyPlan.ca or download the full 96-page report as a PDF right here. And join with leading experts today (Wed) at 11am PT / 2pm ET for a live Facebook discussion about the privacy challenges Canada faces.

Open networks, government investment, universal service funds/requirements, unlicensed spectrum, that's what people want. Ironically, Internet.org does the opposite -- deepens reliance and control on a telecom oligopoly. Speak out at NoFakeInternet.org

THE BACKLASH AGAINST Facebook’s Internet.org project is growing. 

On Monday, 65 advocacy organizations in 31 countries released an open letter to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg protesting Internet.org—an effort to bring free internet service to the developing world—saying the project “violates the principles of net neutrality, threatening freedom of expression, equality of opportunity, security, privacy, and innovation.”

The TPP would criminalize your online activity, invade your privacy, and cost you money. And it may soon become a reality.

Article by Shalailah Medora for The Guardian

The US Congress could soon pass legislation to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which may result in the 12-nation trade deal being passed within a fortnight.

President Barack Obama needs the Trade Promotion Authority to fast-track trade talks between TPP nations, which account for nearly 40% of the global economy. Australia is one of those nations.

Today 65 organizations from 31 countries and regions around the world released an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg detailing significant concerns about his plan to control what the next 3 billion Internet users do online through Facebook's controversial Internet.org initiative. You can see our concerns outlined in the full PDF below.

The letter was signed by tons of groups including our friends at Access, Bits of Freedom, EDRi, the Centre for Media Justice, Popular Resistance, and dozens more from around the world. The goal is to amplify the concerns of people in countries like India, Brazil, Zimbabwe, and Paraguay, who are outraged over Zuckerberg’s fake Internet, which blocks the websites, apps, and services the rest of the world loves from being available on equal terms.

To amplify the concerns of people around the world, your OpenMedia team has also launched an exciting new action platform so that Internet users around the world can speak out against Zuckerberg's Fake Internet service: https://nofakeinternet.org/

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