October 25, 2006
Liz published this at 7:46 am
Net Neutrality Links
I’m adding this link to the Net Neutrality Page.
. . . What is at stake here is nothing less than the future of the Internet, and whether the future Internet will be open or closed to independent and diverse voices and viewpoints. Not just creative voices â€“ all voices. Will consumers retain the freedom to access any website, as they could when government policies were in place that ensured nondiscriminatory access, or will they be restricted to visiting sites approved by â€“ or in business with â€“ the â€œgatekeeperâ€ that provides high speed Internet access? As creative media artists, we’ve seen this closed business model now being proposed for the Internet take over both broadcast television and cable television. Been there, done that, and seen that it is extremely harmful to diversity, creativity, and free expression. Letâ€™s keep the Internet a real â€œlevel playing field.â€
The market power of the proposed combined company over Internet content and services, along with recent regulatory and legislative developments, requires that the Commission attach substantial and enforceable conditions to its approval of the transaction to ensure that the Internet remains that real â€œlevel playing field.â€ The companiesâ€™ offer to abide by the FCCâ€™s Broadband Policy Statement for a period of 30 months is not merely insufficient; it thumbs its nose at the American public and this Commission. By definition, approval of this transaction cannot be in the â€œpublic interestâ€ if the combined company retains the right to ignore and violate after just 30 months the public interest in net neutrality, as expressed in the Commissionâ€™s Policy Statement. . . .
Want to know what you can do?
MA Bell Monopoly Versus the Free Internet â€” Tell the FCC Net Neutrality Is Not Negotiable
–ME “Liz” Strauss
NET NEUTRALITY PAGE