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Fight the Gatekeepers!
Cable and phone companies plan to offer broadband Internet access through their high speed pipes to millions of American homes. But the cable companies don't just want to get into the Internet business, they want to become its gatekeepers.
Archived Cybercast on Impact of Recent Media Mergers on Future of Internet
Wednesday February 23, 1999
National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
If Cable and phone companies are permitted to restrict competition, limit consumer choice, and dictate the terms of access to their networks, consumers will be the ones who suffer. Openness, diversity, and consumer choice have allowed the Internet to flourish. Don't let the Gatekeepers take control of the Internet. Join us in the fight to preserve diversity and choice online.
NEW! Broadband in the Public Interest
Feb 10, 2000 - Broadband in the Public Interest, Vol. I, No. 7
In this issue: an analysis of the AOL/Time Warner merger, commentary on the merger from the Media Access Project's Andrew Schwartzman, and the latest news from around the country on open access.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Find out what's at stake.
- Stay Informed!Read summaries of events in different battlefields at the Federal, State, and Local levels.
Consumer Groups Challenge Cable Industry's Promises of Open Access
The Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, and Media Access Project challenge the promises of the cable industry to provide open access. [Posted Feb 28, 2000]
This lecture by Lawrence Lessig outlines the importance of ensuring open access through an enforceable regulatory mechanism. [Posted Feb 10, 2000]
IN THE NEWS
US Internet Industry Association Applauds FCC Open Access Inquirty
The US Internet Industry Association (USIIA), a leading association of Internet Service Providers, applauded FCC Chairman Kennard's recent announcement that the FCC was considering opening an inquiry into the Open Access issue. [Posted Jul 7, 2000]
FCC Chairman to Propose Proceeding on Open Access for Cable Broadband
FCC Chairman Bill Kennard announced today that he will be proposing that the FCC further explore the issue of open access to cable broadband. The announcement comes in the wake of a recent court decision determining that cable broadband is a telecommunications service subject to FCC regulation. [Posted Jun 30, 2000]
AT&T's win means open access
The Ninth Circuit Court ruled today that AT&T's cable modem service is a telecommunications service, and hence Portland cannot require open access. However, other telecommunications services are open access, which means that consumers should have their choice of ISPs soon. [Posted Jun 22, 2000]
New Database of Broadband in Communities
The National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI) has opened a new database of broadband projects around the country. Follow this link to input information about that's going on in your community. [Posted Jun 7, 2000]
ExciteAtHome Offers Preferential Web Treatment
Excite@Home is now officially offering preferential treatment to certain sponsors, making their websites even faster over the cable modem. This "service" allows Excite@Home, the nation's largest cable modem service provider, to discriminate against non-affiliated content. [Posted Jun 1, 2000]