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Telecom lobbyists, stop trolling on Netflix! 

Article by Techdirt

For years now, the broadband industry has worked tirelessly to villainize Netflix, painting the company as a bandwidth glutton, hungrily eating "more than its fair share" of Internet traffic resources. A growing assortment of fauxademics, editorial writers, consultants, revolving door regulators and other telecom sector PR tendrils have relentlessly tried to argue that Netflix is a dirty freeloader and a nasty company that is really the one to blame for most of the Internet's problems. 

A pigeon that's faster than broadband? This blast from the past reminds us we've been talking about low Internet speeds for way too long.  

Article by BBC 

Broadband promised to unite the world with super-fast data delivery - but in South Africa it seems the web is still no faster than a humble pigeon.

A Durban IT company pitted an 11-month-old bird armed with a 4GB memory stick against the ADSL service from the country's biggest web firm, Telkom. 

Winston the pigeon took two hours to carry the data 60 miles - in the same time the ADSL had sent 4% of the data. 

Hey look! It's the 50 year anniversary of 'hypertext', aka: what facilitates the link! Here's an interview with the man who coined the word.

Article by Byron Reese for GigaOm

On August 24, 1965 Ted Nelson used the word “hypertext” (which he coined) in a paper he presented at the Association for Computing Machinery. I was able to interview him earlier this month about the event and his early thoughts on the future of computing.  

And on Internet censorship news...


Mobile internet services have been blocked in the Indian state of Gujarat(home to nearly 63 million people), following violent protests led by the Patel community after one of its leaders was detained by local police in Ahmedabad.

22-year-old politician Hardik Patel, the convener of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti, led a rally to demand Other Backward Class (OBC) status for members of the Patidar community, in order to level the playing field in the competition for enrollment at universities and jobs in government organizations.

The way we use and access the Internet is changing, and  net neutrality provisions should adapt to those changes. Here's how the new net neutrality rules in the U.S. apply to the mobile market.

Article by Jessica Smith for the Business Insider

Americans are increasingly ditching their desktops and reaching for their mobile devices to access the internet instead. 

For this reason, mobile broadband – or internet access from any mobile device – was included in the FCC's recently adopted net neutrality proposal, making it subject to many of the same constraints and regulations as the wired internet.

The battle for ‪#‎NetNeutrality‬ rages on in India. But should Big Telecom giants be allowed to make competing apps and services more expensive than the ones they hand pick? Some major tech giants think so. Learn more here and speak out at

Article by Nikhil Pahwa for Medianama 

How do the new U.S. Net Neutrality rules apply to mobile devices? Find out here:

Article by Jessica Smith for Business Insider

Americans are increasingly ditching their desktops and reaching for their mobile devices to access the internet instead. This shift has ushered in the widespread growth and transition of online activities like video watching, banking, and online purchasing from desktop to mobile environments.

Motion Picture loves fair use, but hates it on the TPP. Double standards? Speak out now against this secretive, internet-censoring deal at

Article by Maria Sutton for EFF 

And there you have it. Comcast – one of the most hated telecom companies in the world – just admitted that data caps are bogus. 

Article by TechDirt

For years the broadband industry tried to claim that they were imposing usage caps because of network congestion. In reality they've long lusted after usage caps for two simple reasons: they allow ISPs to charge more money for the same product, and they help cushion traditional TV revenues from the ongoing assault from Internet video. Instead of admitting that, big ISPs have tried to argue that caps are about "fairness," or that they're essential lest the Internet collapse from uncontrolled congestion (remember the debunked Exaflood?). 

You can file this under 'absurd' or 'absolutely 100% not true' – your choice.

Article by Rusell Brandom for The Verge

In a remarkable feat, internet providers have apparently succeeded in making the net neutrality fight about terrorism. In a newly-published letter delivered to the Federal Communications Commission in May, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) raised concerns that the new net neutrality rules might be used to shield terrorists. In particular, Feinstein was concerned that Dzhokar Tsarnaev had studied bomb-making materials on the internet — specifically, online copies of AQAP's Inspire magazine — and that many broadband providers had complained to her that net neutrality rules would prevent them from honoring any orders to block that content.