War for the Web

‘Network Neutrality’

12 03.15

Freedom 2 Connect

War for the Web had the good fortune to attend David Isenberg’s Freedom 2 Connect conference last week and as always we never cease to be struck by the incredible activist community surrounding the Internet. Freedom 2 Connect’s audience encompasses everyone from Lawyers and lobbyists to grass roots activists to tech geeks and grizzly old time computer experts. It’s amazing to watch a single man bring together such a diverse group of people and unite them in a common cause, and our hat is off to David to making it happen. While the conference covered many different topics and sessions examined everything from the surveillance state to the recent FCC reclassification decision, War for the Web was struck by a very specific observation, and one that we think resonates not just in regards to the Internet, but American society as a whole. Read more
01 03.15

Title 1, Title 2, and the future of the Internet

Here at War for the Web, we’ve been very excited to follow the progress of the activist groups pursuing a “title 2” strategy for the Internet. We’ve felt from the very beginning of this project that Title 2 is an important regulatory change for the Internet and we’re glad to see the FCC begin this process. This is a major victory for the forces of net neutrality and those interested in keeping the Internet competitive and available. We celebrate our friends at Fight for the Future, Democracy Now, Demand Progress, the EFF, and the variety of other institutions that fought and ultimately won this battle; but the war for the web isn’t over, not by a long shot. Title 2 isn’t a panacea, but rather a framework into which we can build more effective rules to govern the Internet’s infrastructure. Read more
23 09.13

Taken Down

Piracy is a big issue, there's no doubt about it. Certainly with Hollywood blockbusters flopping all summer, there's more concern than ever about pirated TV content, movies, and music eating into the profits of the studios and record labels. Read more
16 09.13

The War for the Web is heating up

When we, as filmmakers, talk about the War for the Web, we are not talking about some abstract battle taking place, but about real battles taking place behind closed doors. The latest update on that front is the FCC and Verizon court case taking place now, which will determine whether the FCC can regulate the Internet, and by the same token, whether Verizon has the right to restrict access to its customers based on how much content providers are willing to pay. Read more
30 10.12

Hurricane Sandy and the Internet

As many of you probably know, New York City got hit with a pretty major hurricane yesterday. War for the Web is happy to announce that we've all survived, and we are obviously very concerned about our neighbors all over New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. We hope everyone and their families is safe, secure, and if not with power, then getting it back soon. Read more
05 01.12

Internet as a Human Right

Internet access is not a human right. It should not be considered as such. To call something a Human Right gives it an importance that a piece of technology should not have. Rather, the Internet is a tool for achieving a human right. It allows free speech, it allows freedom of access to information. As curators of this tool, Vint argues that engineers have an obligation to the entire community to ensure that this platform is safe and secure. Read more
12 12.11

Verizon to buy Netflix?

Recent chatter on the market, and a subsequent uptick in Netflix stock price suggests that Verizon may be interested in purchasing Netflix. This is interesting for a lot of reasons. Netflix is struggling currently in the face of rising content costs and an exodus of subscribers, and as they expand into European markets they have projected a loss for 2012. For beleaguered investors hoping to see the stock price rise, the news of a Verizon takeover is good. Suggestions of a Verizon takeover of Netflix, however, mirrors the January merger of Comcast and NBC Universal. This is vertical integration of content and content providers and it has potentially scary consequences for every day consumers. Read more
28 10.11

Wireless Spectrum

The CEO of Verizon Communications wrote an Op-Ed for the New York Times recently about the looming bandwidth crisis. The point he makes is a good one. Wireless usage is on the rise. It is expected to multiply 60 times by 2015, which is only three years away. Read more
10 10.11

Rethinking Telecomm Regulations

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski has been busy in recent weeks. The FCC is putting together a proposal to restructure subsidies for Telephone companies to reorient them towards providing broadband services. Read more
04 10.11

Telcos across the world unite…… in opposition to regulation.

Two things. First, Verizon has filed suit against the FCC, claiming that the FCC has no right to regulate the Internet based on the 2005 rule change that reclassified all telcos as "Information Services." As Ars Technica notes, this is the second time that Verizon has sued the FCC in the last several months. The first time the case was dismissed because the rules that Verizon is suing over had not been published yet. Ars Technica has the details. Read more