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  • Why We Must Protect Net Neutrality

    December 2017

    The FCC is voting Thursday on whether to repeal the “Net Neutrality” rule adopted in 2015.

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  • How Net Neutrality Works

    December 2017

    This video from CNN money gives a succinct explanation of the Net Neutrality issue. 

    It begins with a metaphor: Internet is currently provided like a highway "vehicles, or content providers, can't pay more to use a special fast lane." Under current FCC rules, the internet is treated like a public utility. The video then outlines the issue if those net neutrality rules were to go away: "if Net Neutrality ends, some companies are going to be stuck in the slow lane and customers might stop using sites that never seem to load."

    The video then covers both sides of the Net Neutrality argument: the current FCC administration or telecom companies argue that government regulation stifles innovation, while tech companies and consumer advocacy groups argue that freedom is the paramount issue and that getting rid of net neutrality would allows internet providers too much control over internet use. 

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  • Swamped: More Than Half the Members of Washington’s Lobbying Corps Have Plunged Into the Tax Debate

    December 2017

    This report from Public Citizen investigates whether the Trump administration has in fact "Drained the Swam"

    It finds that lobbyists are still an overwhelming presence in D.C. Specifically, "In all, 6,243 lobbyists have been listed on lobbying disclosure forms as working on issues involving the word “tax” through the first three quarters of 2017...That is equal to 57 percent of the nearly 11,000 people who have reported engaging in any domestic lobbying activities at all in 2017.Put another way, this equals more than 11 lobbyists for every member of Congress."

    The report lists and analyses how many lobbyists are hired by large companies, and what type of lobbying they do. 

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  • The Bernie Sanders Show: What Is The Future Of Digital Media?

    November 2017

    In this video, Senator Sanders interviews four journalists from digital media sources: NowThis, The Young Turks, AJ+, and ATTN.

    They begin by discussing the evolution of news and especially their role in the 2016 election: covering stories that were largely ignored by mainstream media, and resonating with people who do not feel represented in traditional media (racially, or through their socioeconomic backgrounds.)

    The conversation then addresses Net Neutrality. The journalists explain the importance of Net Neutrality and what would happen to internet access without neutrality: "Wealthy corporations get to decide what you get to see. What the public is aware of is no longer the same. Its no longer fair."

    The video ends with a conversation about what the media can do better - to better inform and educate Americans.

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  • Robert Reich and Ro Khanna In Conversation

    November 2017

    In this conversation, Robert Reich and Ro Khanna talk about how net neutrality relates to anti-trust regulation and its relevance to the 2018 elections, and also how expanding the earned income tax credit (EITC) will lead to bottom-up economic growth. Congressman Ro Khanna is a leader in the fight to preserve net neutrality. 

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  • A New Grand Coalition for Germany and Europe

    November 2017

    With America AWOL and China ascendant, this is a critical time for Germany and the European Union to provide the world with vision, stability, and global leadership. And that imperative extends to Germany's Christian Democrats and Social Democrats.

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  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Calls on FCC to Protect Net Neutrality

    November 2017

    Washington, DC-Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the following statement in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) plan to dismantle landmark net neutrality rules.

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