Next on CLBR: What Next For Net Neutrality with FreePress’ Timothy Karr



What does the DC Circuit’s Opinion Mean Going Forward?

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With Timothy Karr – Senior  Director of Strategy with Free Press’ Senior Director of Strategy


Timothy builds on Free Press’ grassroots and policy work to advance the organization’s strategic goals and reach new communities. Before joining Free Press, Tim served as executive director of and vice president of Globalvision New Media. He has also worked extensively as an editor, reporter and photojournalist for the Associated Press, Time, Inc., the New York Times 

and Australia Consolidated Press. Tim critiques, analyzes and reports on media and media policy for the Huffington Post and on his personal blog, MediaCitizen.

Free Press believes the FCC can fix the Net Neutrality rules to pass court scrutiny.

The FCC just lost during its day in court — but not because the principle of Net Neutrality is anything less than essential. (In fact, the court agreed with the FCC’s reasoning about the need for such protections.) The agency lost only because it chose the wrong legal theory to establish that principle.

It may be true that there are no easy options here, especially considering the political climate millions of dollars in ISP lobbying has created. But there is a simple solution. As the court itself indicated, the FCC needs to clean up the mess it created.

My view is similar:

Net Neutrality lost this week not because of the strength of the FCC’s arguments, but rather because of the weakness of their stomach. It was Voltaire who said, “declare the truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.”

This is no time for the timid, too much is at stake. It is still our Internet and together we can save it if enough of us persuade President Obama and Chairman Wheeler to dare and be bold.


Free Press’ Matt Woods discusses the ruling and its consequences..

Other Responses:

  • JAN 30 – Coalition delivers more than 1 million signatures to the FCC demanding that they restore net neutrality rules
  • FEB 1 – Obama expresses hope that FCC will act to save net neutrality.
  • FEB 5 – Report that Verizon is slowing down Netflix traffic.
  • FEB 5 – Report that AT&T is seeking patent to enable it to discriminate against types of traffic.
  • FEB 12: Ars Technica report ISPs have  already succeeded in getting limits in 20 states on municipalities ability to offer competitive broadband