Save the internet!

Local politics are important, but venues like YPP would not exist without the degree of freedom and openness the internet offers us. The current principles that guide how content is shared and accessed online are encapsulated by one term: net neutrality.

Yet thanks to some major telecom players--like Comcast and Verizon--our way of online life is in jeopardy. From Free Press:

Who wants to get rid of Net Neutrality?

The nation's largest telephone and cable companies -- including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner Cable -- want to be Internet gatekeepers, deciding which Web sites go fast or slow and which won't load at all.

They want to tax content providers to guarantee speedy delivery of their data. And they want to discriminate in favor of their own search engines, Internet phone services and streaming video -- while slowing down or blocking services offered by their competitors.

These companies have a new vision for the Internet. Instead of a level playing field, they want to reserve express lanes for their own content and services -- or those of big corporations that can afford the steep tolls -- and leave the rest of us on a winding dirt road.

The big phone and cable companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars lobbying Congress and the Federal Communications Commission to gut Net Neutrality, putting the future of the Internet at risk.

The FCC is set to institute a new national broadband plan which would formalize some net neutrality rules. But that plan is now in trouble because of a court ruling today challenging the FCC's authority.

A long-time daily reader (who, despite my urging, refuses to write comments here herself) asked me to post a link to Free Press' Save the Internet petition. This petition is chance for you to make the case for a free and open internet to the FCC.

Can you take a minute yourself to sign it?

https://secure.freepress.net/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&i...

Chris Bowers has more to say here on the court ruling. Ant if you'd like to learn about the basics of net neutrality and the reasons we've got to tack action to save the internet, click here.

internet - thanks, Ray

I've been pushing this repeatedly in my tiny circles. I fear people can't understand a future in which corporate interests determine what and how this phenomenal technology can be used - in corporate self-interest to the exclusion of academic, independent, open-internet public uses.
Thanks again.
Bill

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