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Say hello to TISA, another trade agreement that makes secret rules for the Internet.

Article by EFF

A February 2015 draft of the secret Trade In Services Agreement (TISA) was leaked again last week, revealing a more extensive and more recent text than that of portions from an April 2014 leak that we covered last year. Together with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), TISA completes a trifecta of trade agreements that the administration could sign under Fast Track without full congressional oversight.

This a serious development especially when there are absolutely no policies to govern net neutrality in Pakistan – Speak out now at http://NoFakeInternet.org?src=blog

Article by Aamir Attaa for Propakistani

Facebook, in collaboration with Telenor Pakistan, is launching its internet.org initiative in Pakistan tomorrow, we have checked. Official launch will be made at an event planned for tomorrow where high-ups from Telenor and Facebook will be announcing their plans about internet.org in Pakistan.

In response to pressure from our community, OpenMedia launched a new campaign called No Fake Internet, inviting people from around the world to stand with open Internet advocates in places like IndiaBrazilZimbabweParaguayPanama, and others, who are demanding access to the full, real, open Internet.

As many of you are already aware, their pleas come in response to growing outrage over Internet.org, a controversial new platform from Facebook and large telecom providers where selected services are prioritized over others. This is, of course, a move by Zuckerberg to make Facebook a gatekeeper of the Web that currently knows no boundaries.

Big Telecom giants might still get their way. ​Just weeks after the huge Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal collapsed, French telecom giant Altice SA wants to buy TWC. 

BY LIANA B. BAKERLEILA ABBOUD AND GREG ROUMELIOTIS for Reuters 

French telecommunications group Altice SA has held talks to buy Time Warner Cable Inc, and is close to buying smaller peer Suddenlink, moving into the U.S cable market, according to people familiar with the matter.

Together we killed off the Internet Slow Lane and won strong Net Neutrality rules - and already Internet users are seeing the benefit.

Article by Karl Bode for Techdirt

The FCC's net neutrality rules don't even go into effect until June 12, but they're already benefiting consumers. You'll recall that the last year or so has been filled with ugly squabbling over interconnection issues, with Level 3 accusing ISPs like Verizon of letting peering points congest to kill settlement-free peering and drive Netflix toward paying for direct interconnection. But with Level 3 and Cogent hinting they'd be using the FCC's new complaint process to file grievances about anti-competitive behavior, magically Verizon has now quickly struck deals with Level 3 and Cogent that everybody on board appears to be happy with. 

“A snow job” - that’s the verdict of this Nobel Prize-winning economist on Obama’s efforts to sell his top-secret TPP.

Krugman: "Instead, the selling of the 12-nation Pacific Rim pact has the feel of a snow job. Officials have evaded the main concerns about the content of a potential deal; they’ve belittled and dismissed the critics; and they’ve made blithe assurances that turn out not to be true."

Hilary Clinton says she's waiting to see the final version of the TPP deal to decide what her stance is. So are we, Hillary.  

Article by Jennifer Epstein 

Hillary Clinton is waiting to see the final version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal before determining whether she supports it, she said Tuesday.

The world is speaking out against this fake version of the internet and withdrawing from the program. Add your voice at NoFakeInternet.org 

Article by Sophie Curtis by the Telegraph

Facebook's free internet project, Internet.org, is facing growing opposition, after a consortium of digital rights groups wrote an open letter to the company's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, claiming that the initiative violates the principles of "net neutrality". 

The secretive, internet censoring Trans-Pacific Partnership is what Obama envisions as his last legacy before leaving office. But, will he be able to get the votes?

Article by Kathleen Miller for Bloomberg Politics

President Barack Obama doesn’t have the votes at this point to win U.S. House passage of legislation that would expedite approval of trade accords, a Democratic leader in the chamber said.

The TPP is secretive, extreme, and it will break our digital future. Speak out at StoptheSecrecy.net

Article by Sam Thielman for The Guardian

More than 250 tech companies have signed a letter demanding greater transparency from Congress and decrying the broad regulatory language in leaked parts of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bill.

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