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Friday, December 3, 2010

Standing up for open internet = standing up for everything you care about!

Free Press writes: "After more than a year of waffling on Net Neutrality, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski just announced plans to issue weak regulations that give just about everything to giant phone and cable companies, and leave Internet users with almost nothing."

This rule goes to a vote on Dec. 21, so now's the time to sign the Free Press petition!  

I think this is *the* issue of the moment.  Here's my soapbox pitch on why true net neutrality is so important:

With a privatized internet, communities who work toward every other type of social and political change won't be able to connect and move as freely. People who can't afford to pay for 'privileged internet' will fall behind in education, job searching, cultural production, and more.  Companies who now champion free, open source internet tools will probably cave to deals with multi-national corporations...

Augh!  The same transition happened to TV back in the day -- don't let it happen to the internet!  We don't need one more venue where companies can push products and values on us.  We need a venue where people can speak freely, connect with each other, and make media that reflects the diverse face of our nation.

Sign, Tweet, post, stand on chairs and shout about it.  This is our last chance.

1 comment:

  1. Great catch phrase "net neutrality" speaks straight to the core issue. Now lets get people to adopt this philosophy more frequently. Nursing schools