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As the Internet becomes more and more vital to modern life, the battle over so-called "net neutrality" is heating up more than ever in Washington. Will new regulations guarantee "fast, fair and open" access, or get in the way of investment in new technology?

Also, Secretary of State John Kerry and European leaders head to Kiev as the Ukrainian crisis intensifies, and NBC News anchor Brian Williams has a credibility problem.

Photo: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler addresses the American Library Association, April 17, 2014 (ALA Washington Office)

Kerry, Europeans Head to Ukraine as Crisis Intensifies 6 MIN, 30 SEC

As casualties mount in Eastern Ukraine, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Holland met in Kiev today with Secretary of State John Kerry.  Kerry announced $16 million in humanitarian aid for Ukraine, but there was nothing about what are referred to as "defensive weapons." Judy Dempsey is editor-in-chief of, "Strategic Europe," a blog published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe (@Judy_Dempsey)

Kerry's remarks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko after their meeting
Kerry with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk after their meeting

New Rules for the Internet 36 MIN, 17 SEC

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is advocating that Internet providers be required to maintain "net neutrality." The one-time chief lobbyist for the cable industry has turned on former employers, including Comcast and Time-Warner. That means cable and phone companies could not increase their profits by selling faster access to some websites while denying it to everyone else. Google, Netflix, Amazon, many businesses and consumer groups call that a major victory. But another battle in 10 years of warfare is just beginning.

On a video that went viral last summer, comedian John Oliver told his viewers the FCC was asking for their opinions. Oliver may or may not deserve credit, but the agency has received four million public comments. And now, the joke may be on him. Tom Wheeler, the very man Oliver said wanted to "fix" a system that wasn’t broken, has now proposed what Oliver wanted.

Alex Byers, Politico (@byersalex)
Berin Szoka, TechFreedom (@BerinSzoka)
Craig Aaron, Free Press (@freepress)
Marvin Ammori, New America (@ammori)

Byers on the FCC chair's Internet pivot
TechFreedom on the net neutrality debate
Free Press on why Title II reclassification for net neutrality is the biggest deal ever
Ammori on the problem with Obama's Internet policy
TtP discussion on Verizon v. the FCC
National Cable and Telecommunications Association v. Brand X Internet Services

Brian Williams Was Not in an Apache Helicopter that Was Shot Down 7 MIN, 4 SEC

Brian Williams of NBC News is taking heat for claiming he was aboard an Apache helicopter that was hit by gunfire and almost shot down during the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.  In March of 2013, he appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, where he repeated the story. Now -- on the air, on Facebook and in the military newspaper Stars and Stripes -- Williams admits he was not aboard that helicopter after all.

Judy Muller is a former ABC News correspondent, now an NPR commentator and professor of journalism at USC's School of Journalism.

Judy Muller, University of Southern California (@judusc)

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