100 Million People Are Connected to Facebook’s Walled-Garden Internet

Facebook is connecting the world to the internet, for better or worse. According to the company’s earnings report for the first quarter of 2018, Facebook has now connected more than 100 million people to its very narrow version of the internet provided by Internet.org. Read More >>

Facebook Already Spent £2.4 Million Lobbying this Year

Facebook spent $3.3 million (~£2.4m) on lobbying in the United States during the first quarter of 2018, disclosures filed with the government Friday showed. The multi-million dollar effort marks the largest tab the company has ever racked up on lobbying in a single quarter. Read More >>

Ofcom is Investigating Three and Vodafone for Allegedly Throttling Traffic, Amongst Other Things

While the American government might not have enough sense to understand the benefits of net neutrality, and the idea that all web traffic should be treated equally, it's still a thing here in the UK. And because it's still a thing here (and in the rest of the EU) Ofcom has launched an investigation into both Three and Vodafone to ensure their practices actually comply with net neutrality rules - specifically the EU Open Internet Access Regulation 2015. Read More >>

Vodafone Passes Are a Dystopian Glimpse of a World Without Net Neutrality

The past few years there have been huge, huge arguments about the concept of net neutrality. The general idea that all internet data is the same and no company or website should be able to get preferential treatment - and they certainly shouldn't pay internet providers money in exchange for that preferential treatment. Read More >>

Net Neutrality’s Champion Offers One Last Plea

The future of net neutrality looks pretty fucking bleak right now. Next week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will step down after leading the commission for the last three years. During his time as chairman, Wheeler issued the 2015 Open Internet Order, a set of rules that protests net neutrality by prohibiting internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking or throttling web traffic. All indications show the new FCC will work to undo the current commissions work “as soon as possible.” Read More >>

FCC Says AT&T’s DirecTV Now Service Violates Net Neutrality

One of the features of AT&T’s new DirecTV Now streaming TV service is that using the service won’t count against AT&T wireless users’ data caps. AT&T also also exempts mobile app usage for regular DirecTV customers on its wireless network. Now, the FCC says that feature violates net neutrality rules. Read More >>

Net Activists Open Support Hotline for the Idiots Who Write Tech Laws

Have you or someone you love been appointed to an important government position, where technology is on the agenda, despite being a total dumbass? If so, Fight for the Future is here to help. Read More >>

Is Facebook’s Free Internet Plan Totally Doomed?

Thursday’s Falcon 9 explosion prompted headaches for two very powerful people. The first was Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder, whose company’s future is now in question. The second was Mark Zuckerberg. Read More >>

Facebook’s Free Basics Banned For Good in India

Late last year, the Indian government temporarily banned Facebook’s 'Free Basics' program over net neutrality concerns. Now, it’s banned for good. Read More >>

A Week After India Banned It, Facebook’s “Free Basics” Shuts Down in Egypt 

Facebook’s “Free Basics” program in Egypt has been shut down, according to Facebook. It’s unclear why the new free internet service stopped working, but the news arrives a week after the Indian government temporarily banned the programme in the wake of on-going net neutrality concerns. Read More >>

What is Net Neutrality, and Why Should You Even Care?

It was all going on at the European Parliament last week. After threatening and deliberating for what seems like an age, they finally put an end to networks charging extortionate roaming fees when people use their phones abroad. Pretty great right? Well it didn't come without its downsides, because by putting an end to roaming fees the European Parliament also put an end to net neutralityThat's really not a good thing.  Read More >>

Mark Zuckerberg Warns of Too Much Net Neutrality

There is such a thing as too much freedom. If nothing was illegal, people would rob and kill each other, right? There’s no such thing as too much net neutrality, however. Unless you’re talking to the billionaire son of a dentist who’s trying to make every person on the planet sign up for his internet website. Read More >>

The EU Tried to End Roaming Fees and Ended Net Neutrality Instead

The internet is a global network. That means if one part of the world decides to start pulling the wrong levers, others have to deal with the consequences. And the European Parliament just pulled a very big lever by voting down amendments to net neutrality rules that include dangerous loopholes. Read More >>

BlackBerry Tries to Guilt Everybody Into Making Apps for Its Platform

BlackBerry has jumped into the debate on net neutrality the way that BlackBerry does just about everything these days: arse-backwards. Last night, BlackBerry CEO John Chen wrote a blog post that contorted the standard definition of net neutrality into a complicated pretzel of crazy, insisting that Apple and Netflix are violating the principle of net neutrality by... not making iMessage and Netflix available for BlackBerry customers. Read More >>