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Federal regulators are unveiling a plan that would create fast and slow lanes for content on the Internet. Guest host Barbara Bogaev examines how a "pay to play" broadband system would affect innovation, consumers, and the philosophy that everyone has a right to equal access to the flow of information on the web? Also, Iraq votes amid intensified sectarian violence, and Nigeria's stolen girls.

Banner image: Sinistra Ecologia Libertà

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Andrea Brody
Gideon Brower

Where Are the Kidnapped Nigerian Girls? 9 MIN, 5 SEC

More than two weeks ago a Nigerian militant group known as Boko Haram kidnapped 237 girls from a state school in the northern part of the country. So far the government hasn't been able to rescue the teenagers. Now there are rumors of mass marriages of the girls to their captors. This is just one of a series of attacks on schools and villages over the past five years of insurgency in the region. Alexis Okeowo is a freelance journalist based in Lagos, who's been covering the crisis for the New Yorker.

Guests:
Alexis Okeowo, freelance journalist (@alexis_ok)

Iraq Votes amid Intensified Sectarian Violence 7 MIN, 45 SEC

Iraqi voters headed to the polls today in the country's first parliamentary elections since the US troop withdrawal. Voters are choosing from among more than 9,000 candidates vying for just 328 seats. The election comes amid escalating sectarian violence. More than 3,000 people have died in Iraq this year alone. Matt Bradley, Middle East correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, joins us from Baghdad.

Guests:
Matt Bradley, Wall Street Journal (@MattMcBradley)

And the Internet Goes to…the Highest Bidder? 34 MIN, 14 SEC

On May 15 the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to announce new rules for the Internet. The FCC is proposing new rules that would create a faster transmission for telecom giants who pay top dollar, like Verizon or Comcast, and a slower one for the little guys. Internet activists say that this two-tiered system amounts to a body blow to a long cherished philosophy of net neutrality – the idea that all data on the web should be allowed to flow from data servers to users without discrimination by the network middlemen. Is the agency giving control of our access to corporate interests, or might new regulations create a more competitive market and better service for consumers? Whatever happened to President Obama's promise of a free and open Internet? We hear about "pay to play" broadband and how it might affect innovation and free speech.

Guests:
Gautham Nagesh, Wall Street Journal (@gnagesh)
Anna Eshoo, Congress (@RepAnnaEshoo)
Sam Quest, Bidness Etc (@SamQuest3)
Christopher Ali, University of Virginia (@Ali_Christopher)
Christopher Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance (@ilsr)

More:
Eshoo on FCC's proposed net neutrality rules
Institute for Local Self-Reliance on need to own means of distribution in order to save the Internet
Nagesh on web users mobilizing against FCC plan
Quest on industry being divided over net neutrality
TtP on the Court of Appeals striking down 'net neutrality'

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