Media Articles from 2017
Killing Net Neutrality Has Brought On a New Call for Public Broadband
by Zaid Jilani
Posted December 26, 2017
The Federal Communications Commission’s 3-2 vote to repeal net neutrality rules has many worried that Internet service providers will now build the same sort of tiered Internet that some other countries have — where individual providers can collude to throttle traffic to certain websites and services in order to shake money from consumers or the companies themselves — or both.
For instance, in Morocco last year, multiple Internet service providers worked together to briefly block voice chat services like WhatsApp and Skype, in what was interpreted by some as an attempt to push consumers to subscribe to their phone subscriptions instead.
It may sound radical but it’s not unheard of. Today, around 185 communities in the United States offer some form of public broadband service. Because these services are controlled by public entities, they are also accountable to the public — a perk that anybody who has tried to get a broadband company on the phone can appreciate. More…
Posted December 20, 2017
As the net neutrality debate continues, Silicon Valley has increased its Washington presence, and heavy hitters like Comcast are making themselves heard on this issue. Below are some “fast facts” about the major money players seeking to influence lawmakers.
Comcast: Comcast, the cable, internet and content giant, is one of Washington’s most powerful influence-wielders.
For starters, at least 31 members of Congress owned shares in Comcast in 2015. In the 2016 cycle, 360 House members (out of 435) and 52 senators were recipients of campaign donations from either Comcast’s corporate PAC or employees of the company. Comcast donors gave a total of $3.9 million to congressional candidates. With Comcast’s sprawling empire of subsidiaries, including NBC and Universal Studios, not all of that money was necessarily directed by people with a direct interest in the net neutrality issue, but it’s hard to ignore the size of Comcast’s campaign cash largesse. More…
Conspiracy Theorists Were Right: Corporate Media Finally Forced to Admit America Armed ISIS
by Rachel Blevins
Posted December 19, 2017
While the mainstream media opted to protect the United States government by treating anyone who dared to question the government’s role in the rise of ISIS as crazy conspiracy theorists, a new report is forcing the MSM to admit that those “conspiracies” were true all along.
Now, mainstream media outlets such as Reuters and USA Today are suddenly reporting that the United States and its close ally, Saudi Arabia, were instrumental in supplying weapons and ammunition to ISIS. Both reports cite an investigation conducted by Conflict Armament Research (CAR), which looked at 40,000 items recovered from Islamic State militants between July 2014 and November 2017.
A final report from CAR titled “Weapons of the Islamic State,” concluded that the vast majority of the weapons used by ISIS were supplied in the thousands, given their origin and the fact that they were found “in numbers far beyond those that would have been available to the group through battlefield capture alone.” More…
The US Aristocracy’s Smear-Russia Campaign: Big Brother at Work
by Eric Zuesse
Posted December 18, 2017
Billionaires, both liberal and conservative ones, own, and their corporations advertise in and their ‘charities’ donate to, America’s mainstream (and also many ‘alternative news’) media. They do this not so as to profit directly from the national ‘news’ media (a money-losing business, in itself), but so as to control the ’news’ that the voting public (right and left) are exposed to and thus will accept as being “mainstream” and will reject all else as being “fringe” or even ‘fake news’, even if what’s actually fake is, in fact, the billionaires’ own mainstream ’news’, such as their ’news’ media had most famously ‘reported’ about ’Saddam’s WMD’ (but the ’news’ media never changed after that scandal — even after having pumped uncritically that blatant lie to the public).
Have America’s numerous foreign coups and outright military invasions (including Iraq 2003) been the result of fake-news that was published by the mainstream ’news’ media, or only by some of the ‘alternative news’ sites that mirror what the mainstream ones have been ‘reporting’ (passing along the Government’s lies just like the mainstream ones do)? Obviously, the catastrophic fake news — the fake news that ‘justified’ America’s invading and destroying Iraq, Libya, and many other countries — was all published in the mainstream ’news’ media. That’s where to go for the really dangerous lies: it’s the mainstream ’news’ media.
If those media, and their Government (whose lies they stenographically report to the public) will now censor the Internet, such as is increasingly happening not only in the US but in its allies including the European Union, then the only ‘information’ that the public will have access to, at all, will be the billionaires’ lies. Have we already almost reached 1984, finally, in 2017? More…
How to Stop ISP Throttling
by Bill Hess
Posted December 15, 2017
You’re in the 10th straight hour of a weekend House of Cards binge on Netflix, enjoying all of the 4K HDR goodness that is Frank Underwood on your new UHD Smart TV.
Suddenly, you notice the video isn’t quite as sharp as it had been. Is that pixelization? And why does Netflix indicate you’re watching their 1080p stream?
You pay for a 60 Mbps connection – and yet, you see speed numbers like this:
Later, you’re torrenting the latest episodes of your favorite comedy show – nothing illegal, of course. About halfway through your 3GB download, your formerly 56 Mbps download speed drops to 11 Mbps. What gives?
Welcome to the wonderful world of ISP throttling. More…
The FCC Votes to Let Monopolies Decide What Local News You See
By Sue Wilson
Posted December 12, 2017
Ten years from now, people could look at their local news reporting and wonder how it ever went so wrong. You’ve heard of fake news? You ain’t seen nothing yet.
What would happen if the politician you love to hate were indicted, but your local news didn’t report it? No newspaper stories, no TV news, no radio news on the hour, nothing.
Couldn’t happen? Think again.
The Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission voted on Nov. 16 to allow just one corporation to own the local newspaper plus nearly every commercial TV station in your town. Nifty way to reduce down to just one newsroom then dictate whatever information that corporation does — and does not — want you to know in this democracy. More…
Legacy Media Silent On Wikileaks’ Publication Of Vault 8
by Elizabeth Vos
Posted December 11, 2017
Despite the importance of Vault 8’s content, the legacy press has largely ignored news of its release.
Utter media silence surrounding Wikileaks’ latest publication may be somewhat explained by the shadow it casts on claims that Kaspersky Lab was involved in some sort of attempt at Russian interference, as establishment media claimed recently as part of their ongoing Russian hacking narrative. That the CIA actively impersonated Kaspersky Lab raises many questions regarding the impersonation of Russian and other groups by the CIA.
Increasing anti-Russia hysteria on the part of the media appears to have increased in recent weeks. This comes despite the issue having been largely debunked by the work of the Forensicator, first reported by this author at Disobedient Media. More…
Net neutrality supporters take protest to Verizon stores
by Sarah Tew
Posted December 8, 2017
On Thursday, people took to the streets outside Verizon stores across the country to protest FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s decision to end protections for net neutrality. Here are some of the signs we saw outside Verizon’s flagship location in New York City.
At the heart of the net neutrality debate is the question of how carriers can avoid playing favorites with internet traffic. Net neutrality supporters worry that the end of the FCC’s regulations will bring new costs and fees.
Some people are hoping Congress will step in to stop the FCC’s repeal of the rules. More…
Some additional stories on the protests:
Protesters Demonstrate Outside Verizon Stores, Congressional Offices To Save Net Neutrality
People protest for net neutrality across US
Madison protesters join nationwide demonstrations against changes to net neutrality
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