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Comcast Continues to Blow Smoke
Last Friday, Comcast’s Executive Vice President David Cohen sent a letter to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin filled, as usual, with lies and half-truths. Cohen’s letter was in response to Chairman Martin’s statement on the recent Comcast and BitTorrent, Inc. agreement to end the cable company’s blocking of BitTorrent’s file-sharing applications. [more]
Your Internet: Open or Closed?
During a Friday briefing in the chambers of the House Commerce Committee Tim Wu, Ben Scott, Marvin Ammori, Jef Pearlman and Markham Erickson laid out the central struggle in our campaign to save a free-flowing Internet. [more]
Internet Bill a Blow to the Gatekeepers
Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Chip Pickering (R-Miss.) today launched the latest salvo in the struggle to keep the Internet free from gatekeepers with the introduction of the “Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008” (HR 5353). [more]

APRIL 1, 2008 - This morning, Chairman Martin announced that he is considering dismissing Skype’s Petition, which would protect a consumer’s right to use any application and any device on a wireless network. The Skype Petition helped lay the foundation for the FCC’s recently concluded 700 MHz auction and has generated more industry discussion of greater openness. It is important to recognize that despite the wireless carriers’ discussion of increasing openness, the existing wireless handset marketplace for all consumers still remains closed. It would be a serious mistake for the FCC to dismiss Skype’s Petition before we’ve seen whether the telcos will follow through on their promises.

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FEBRUARY 13, 2008 - The bipartisan Internet Freedom Preservation Act, co-sponsored by Representatives Ed Markey (D-MA) and Chip Pickering (R-MS), is an important step in ensuring the Internet remains open for consumers and innovators. This bill, expected to be introduced today, will make Net Neutrality the law of the land, and will require the FCC to protect Internet freedom from the predatory efforts of the telco and cable gatekeepers.

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The Open Internet Coalition represents consumers, grassroots organizations, and businesses working in pursuit of a shared goal: keeping the Internet fast, open and accessible to all Americans.

Our coalition speaks for tens of millions of Americans and spans the entire political spectrum. In Washington and state capitols across the country we’re working for policies like network neutrality and universal access to high-speed Internet connections that will benefit all of us, not just the large phone and cable companies who sell connections to the Internet.

The Open Internet Coalition stands for:

An Open Internet
Access to broadband networks should be open to all producers and consumers of Internet content on fair and equal terms.

Universal Affordable Access
Broadband Internet access should be universally available and affordable.

Quality through Competition
A competitive marketplace creates jobs, helps the American consumer, fosters innovation, and drives economic growth.

We invite you to explore our site to learn more about what the Open Internet Coalition is doing to promote an Open Internet. If your organization shares our goals, please join our effort.


The Case for Universal Broadband in America: Now! The failure to achieve President Bush’s 2004 goal of universal broadband access to the Internet "in every corner of America by the year 2007" has cost our nation hundreds of billions of dollars in added economic development and over a million newly-created high-paying jobs, according to a report by the nonprofit Center for Creative Voices in Media.

On March 11, The House Judiciary Committee Antitrust Task force held hearings on free speech on the Internet. Read testimony from Michelle Combs of the Christian Coalition, Caroline Fredrickson of the ACLU, and Susan Crawford of Yale Law School on the need for protection for the open Internet.

Vuze, a distributor of high-res digital content, has filed a petition to establish rules governing network management practices by broadband network operators in response to Comcast’s discriminatory blocking of competing video technologies over the Internet. Read Vuze’s petition for rulemaking as well as comments by the Open Internet Coalition, Free Press, Public Knowledge, and coalition of five other public interest groups, and CCIA.


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