New Internet-Privacy Bill to address Ad Tracking or Online-Data Collection

digital-ad industry says that if it passes it could mean ‘Facebook won’t be free’

Tennessee Congresswoman Martha Blackburn says she wants to give consumers control of their internet experience.

She’s introduced a bill — the “BROWSER Act” — that would require internet users to actively opt in to say yes to any sort of ad tracking or online-data collection.

“Facebook won’t be free,” said Scott Howe, CEO of the data company Acxiom. Acxiom collects consumer data on millions of Americans — where they live and the kinds of things they shop for — that marketers and media companies use to target consumers and deliver more-relevant ads. So it’s looking out for any legislation in this realm closely.
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Richard Stallman discusses Copyright at UofC

Richard Stallman lecturing about copyright at University of Calgary on 2009-02-03. Free/Libre formats & raw footage can be found here, as per Stallman’s request. (Transcode-SR1 contains wireless mic audio.)

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FCC sets Broadband minimum to 10Mbps/1Mbps

This is good news for many that could only get a connection less than 10Mbps down.

The FCC’s release goes to say that:

Rural Consumers Must Receive Broadband Delivering At Least 10 Mbps Downloads, 1 Mbps Uploads from Providers Who Benefit from Connect America Support.

Congress directed the FCC to make available in rural areas communications services that are reasonably comparable to those in urban areas. Increasing the Connect America speed requirement means that rural Americans, like urban Americans, can tap the benefits provided by broadband through faster web downloads, improved video streaming, and service capable of supporting multiple users in a household.

 

AT&T and Verizon have both pleaded with the FCC to keep the definition of ‘broadband’ locked at the 4:1 threshold.

“Given the pace at which the industry is investing in advanced capabilities, there is no present need to redefine ‘advanced’ capabilities,” wrote AT&T. “Consumer behavior strongly reinforces the conclusion that a 10Mbps service exceeds what many Americans need today to enable basic, high-quality transmissions,” AT&T wrote later in its filing. Verizon made similar arguments.

John Oliver: Stop Calling It Net Neutrality; It’s ‘Preventing Cable Company F**kery’

This is the most honest talk about this topic I have heard since the issue started to be debated. In my opinion, instead of allowing companies to merge; they should force them to compete. Competition brings better service and better prices for consumers like me and you and that is really what should be happening as well as protecting the right of the consumers, NOT corporations.

On the Jun 1, 2014 John Oliver show (technically “Last Week Tonight”), his “top story” was all about net neutrality. This is both surprising (because the issue has received little mainstream attention) and awesome, because it needs much more mainstream attention. He has an amusing call to action for “internet commenters” who he suggests have been training their whole lives for this moment, when the FCC has asked people for comments on its proposal. It’s just too bad he pointed them directly at the confusing FCC.gov site, rather than the EFF’s much better interface at DearFCC.org.

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Netflix flexes muscles on NetNeutrality fight

With the recent court decision to overturn the Government’s NetNeutrality regulations you would thing that providers like Netflix were on the loosing end right? Well, Netflix for one has decided to flex it’s muscles for it’s users and in turn other users of the internet.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells sent a letter to it’s investors stating that if broadband providers started to charge a toll fee for reaching their subscribers they would revolt.

“Were this draconian scenario to unfold with some ISP [Internet service provider], we would vigorously protest and encourage our members to demand the open Internet they are paying their ISP to deliver,” Hastings and Wells wrote.

Net neutrality has, until now, ensured that telecoms groups charge the same rates to data and content providers regardless of the amount of data being downloaded or streamed.

The company’s subscription service and its portfolio of original programming – such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black – have won critical acclaim and driven subscriptions.

Net Neutrality, Why You Sould Care

The DC Court of appeals has smacked down the FCC’s Net neutrality rules, why should you care? Because these rules were meant to protect the openness of the internet.

The ways this decision affects the Internet and it’s users be it good or bad vary greatly depending on who you ask and in essence it allows for the potential to alter the future of the internet as we know it.

The FCC guidelines set in 2010 was done to ensure that Broadband Providers preserved open access to the internet. Continue reading Net Neutrality, Why You Sould Care