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Video:Obama Urges FCC To Adopt Rules Protecting Net Neutrality

Barack Obama

President Obama asks the Federal Communications Commission to change the classification of the Internet to a telecommunications service…which is a wonky way of saying he wants them to protect net neutrality. Enjoy the amusing “buffering” open in the video. Continue Reading →

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Corporate America Has Co-opted Weak and Complicit Fourth Estate


Speaking at his last National Conference for Media Reform as CEO, Josh Silver said that “after 40 years of methodical and well-organized organizing and financing, the largest corporations and wealthiest Americans have achieved near complete control of political discourse and policy-making in America.” Continue Reading →

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Free and Open Internet a Non-partisan Issue


At the National Conference for Media Reform, the UpTake’s Sam Mayfield spoke with Craig Aaron, the new CEO of Free Press, who says he entered this line of work because he cares deeply about journalism and the free and open Internet. “If we don’t fix media, then we won’t be able to fix any issue that we care about,” says Aaron. Continue Reading →

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Today’s UpTake: Obama to Approve START and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell


President Obama is expected to sign the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and also the START nuclear arms reduction treaty — both of which were approved by the Senate in recent days. Continue Reading →

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Today’s UpTake: Dayton Attends Food Fundraiser: Big Vote on Net Neutrality

Senator Al Franken

The big news in Washington, D.C. is that the Federal Communications Commission and hard-to-read Chairman Julius Genachowski will vote today on Net Neutrality. Senator Al Franken — perhaps the biggest Net Neutrality supporter on Capitol Hill — criticized the plan Friday, saying it wasn’t ambitious enough. Continue Reading →

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Al Franken Does His Kanye West Imitation (Sort Of)

Main Street Project's Steven Renderos and Senator Al Franken

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Even US Senators have to deal with relatives. Senator Al Franken has to leave the FCC hearing on Internet Neutrality early because he’s visiting his in-laws. But Franken knows he can catch up on the entire hearing later by watching it guess where? Yeah, that’s right– on The UpTake. Full video of the FCC hearing can be found here. Continue Reading →

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Franken: Net Neutrality “Biggest Issue Since Freedom of Religion”

Senator Al Franken

“Net Neutrality is the biggest issue since Freedom of Religion, which until last week I thought we had worked out” – Senator Al Franken

Al Franken is the only U.S. Senator with firsthand knowledge of TV networks. That knowledge has helped him forge a forceful argument about megamergers such as Google/Verizon and Comcast/Viacom. These mergers would abolish Net Neutrality, or equal access to the Internet despite the content or the size of the customer. “A corporation’s only obligation is to its bottom line, not to you and me” said Franken. He spoke August 19 at a public hearing in Minneapolis on the future of the Internet . Continue Reading →

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