net-neutrality-in-the-us-now-what

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Interactive video lesson plan for: Net Neutrality in the US: Now What?

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Comprehensive info. Time is of the essence, so forgive my inevitable errors.

Much links and fun times below:

We've stopped things like this before! You have power if you bother to take it.

Video script and better formatted version of the links below can be found on my blog: http://vihart.com/net-neutrality-in-the-us-now-what/

Politicians love when you personally contact them! It is a fact. If you're not in the US, make sure your local government considers this state of affairs an embarrassment for the US, not something to model your own rules on.

List of FCC commissioners and their twitters, emails, blogs, instagrams, etc: http://www.fcc.gov/leadership

Don't know how to contact your representative? Find out who they are and let them know you're watching them! http://whoismyrepresentative.com/

Comment form for proceeding 14-28 "Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet"
http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/display?z=ixfld

Comment form for proceeding 14-57 "Applications of Comcast Corporation and Time Warner Cable Inc. for Consent to Assign or Transfer Control of Licenses and Applications"
http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/display?z=v67j6

The above proceeding has

List of all proceedings available for comment: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/hotdocket/list

General "open internet" FCC inbox: openinternet@fcc.gov

whitehouse.gov petition for net neutrality in general: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/maintain-true-net-neutrality-protect-freedom-information-united-states/9sxxdBgy

whitehouse.gov petition for reclassifying broadband as common carrier, specifically: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/reclassify-internet-broadband-providers-common-carriers/4MrqLTlV

Once you have a whitehouse.gov account, you can sign petitions about all sorts of things you care about!

There's a rally in Washington DC on May 15 2014 if you're around: http://act.freepress.net/survey/DC_May_15/

Learn more about all this stuffs:

Court case ruling cable internet as an "information service" rather than "telecommunications service": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Cable_%26_Telecommunications_Association_v._Brand_X_Internet_Services
Communications act of 1934, describing common carriers under title II: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communications_Act_of_1934
Telecommunications act of 1996, including Title V, the CDA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommunications_Act_of_1996
Communications Decency Act, part of the Telecommunications act of 1996, which protected ISPs from liability: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communications_Decency_Act

The FCC's Open Internet Order 2010:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FCC_Open_Internet_Order_2010
Verizon had the above overturned in 2014 as not applying to non-common carriers:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verizon_Communications_Inc._v._Federal_Communications_Commission_(2014)

A couple other attempts at net neutrality things:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Freedom_and_Nondiscrimination_Act_of_2006
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communications_Opportunity,_Promotion_and_Enhancement_Bill_of_2006

Data on internet speed from study "The Cost of Connectivity": http://oti.newamerica.net/publications/policy/the_cost_of_connectivity_2013

Terms to know
Antitrust law: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_antitrust_law
Cartel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartel
Common carrier: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_carrier
DMCA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DMCA
FCC: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Communications_Commission
Game theory: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_theory
ISP: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISP
Monopoly: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monopoly
Net neutrality: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net_neutrality
Oligopoly: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oligopoly
Telecommunication: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommunications

Also see these other videos on the topic:
BlinkPopShift: http://youtu.be/bzUuOscaDbI
CGPGrey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtt2aSV8wdw
Extra Credits: http://youtu.be/wQtiIazfoQM
Hank Green: http://youtu.be/mc2aso6W7jQ


Thankyou Emily Eifler and Christopher Hart for their advice!

This video is Creative Commons non-commercial share-alike.

Tagged under: Net Neutrality,comcast,time warner cable,merger,ISP,internet,The Internet (Issue),common carrier,telecommunications,FCC,U.S. Federal Communications Commission (Organization)

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