The head of the FCC just proposed the strongest net neutrality rules ever

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday proposed the “strongest open Internet protections” the Web has ever seen.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said by placing broadband Internet providers such as Comcast and Verizon Wireless under a stricter regulatory regime, consumers would be ensured an open Internet. Under the new regime, broadband providers would be explicitly banned from blocking content or creating fast lanes for Web services that can pay for preferential treatment into American homes.

The proposal is the latest in a year-long struggle by Wheeler, a former lobbyist for the cable and wireless industry, to create so-called net neutrality rules, amid great public interest in the creation of strong rules and fierce opposition by deep-pocketed telecom and cable companies.

The head of the FCC just proposed the strongest net neutrality rules ever – The Washington Post.

President Tweaks the Rules on Data Collection

We can hope.

A year after President Obama ordered modest changes in how the nation’s intelligence agencies collect and hold data on Americans and foreigners, the administration will announce new rules requiring intelligence analysts to delete private information they may incidentally collect about Americans that has no intelligence purpose, and to delete similar information about foreigners within five years.

President Tweaks the Rules on Data Collection – NYTimes.com.

Transparency is Necessary to Ensure the Copyright Industry Won’t Sneak Policies Through the Back Door

Policy makers intending to promote creativity have always overemphasized the importance of “copyright protection” without addressing the wide range of other concerns that are necessary to consider when making comprehensive innovation policy. In an era where everyone, with the use of their computer or mobile device, can easily be a consumer, creator, and a critic of art, we can not afford to ignore this digital ecosystem of artistry and innovation. Yet copyright remains completely out of touch with the reality of most creators today, while the rules that do pass seem to stray even further from addressing their needs.

Transparency is Necessary to Ensure the Copyright Industry Won’t Sneak Policies Through the Back Door | Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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