According to this FCC Commissioner, new FCC regulations are intended to prevent Internet providers from blocking online traffic, but could easily be used to control internet content.
George Mason University in Fairfax, VA has earned the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s (FIRE) green light rating for free speech on campus. And here’s why that matters for freedom of speech in general.
Students in the YAL chapter at Dixie State University in Utah were handing out fliers when a university security guard approached and started to read comments posted on the group’s “Free Speech Wall.” They were prevented from handing out the fliers, prompting them to file a lawsuit against the university.
Facebook goes the extra mile to mention that the challenge of ideas and social commentary are allowed on the site, however, when one reads the regulations under “Attacks on Public Figures.” Guidelines state that while critical discussion is permitted, “credible threats to public figures, as well as hate speech directed at [public figures]” are not.
This past Saturday, Generation Opportunity’s Director of Outreach Patrice Lee shared her story with hundreds of young Americans. Originally from the Caribbean British island called Montserrat, Lee’s family moved to the United States so Lee and her siblings could have a chance to get a college education and pursue a meaningful career, something that the large government and insider politics on the island prevented them from doing.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced a new plan to regulate Internet service providers (ISPs) as a utility under Title II regulations. Currently, ISPs are regulated as an “information service” under the less restrictive Title I rules.