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From savetheinternet.com:

We are in a unique moment in history when we can help to decide whether we have a closed Internet controlled by a small handful of giant corporations, or an open Internet controlled by the people who use it. Now is the time to speak up for an open internet free from corporate gatekeepers.

It is rare for all five members of the Federal Communications Commission to leave Washington, D.C., and they want to hear from you. There will be a public comment period - come speak up to save the Internet!

Comcast has been caught blocking BitTorrent, Verizon has been caught blocking text messages, AT&T wants to inspect and filter Web traffic. These big companies' efforts to discriminate online are crushing competition, slowing innovation, and endangering free speech. With so much at stake, it's encouraging that the FCC's first move is to quickly seek public feedback and expert counsel about the future of the Internet.

Last time they tried to hold a hearing on the future of the Internet, Comcast hired people to fill the room and keep the public out (read more about Comcast's dirty tactics here). We need to stand up to the big phone and cable companies and fight for Internet freedom for all people.

Late last year, the Associated Press caught Comcast secretly using Web filtering technologies similar to those used in China to censor the Internet. AP called the violation “the most drastic example yet of data discrimination.”

Comcast’s defense is flimsy. The company’s blatant and deceptive blocking is exactly the type of problem Net Neutrality supporters warned would occur without open Internet protections. Public pressure is now forcing the FCC to act.

In recent months, more than 23,000 SavetheInternet.com activists sent letters to the Federal Communications Commission demanding an end to Comcast’s practice of blocking peer-to-peer traffic on its network. The FCC responded by launching a formal investigation of Comcast's practices.

Comcast’s meddling with user content is the canary in the coal mine for corporate efforts to control the Internet. The FCC must send a stern message to stop other phone and cable companies that want to follow Comcast’s lead. Blocking access to the Internet should never be tolerated.

Read the FCC announcement (.pdf).

SaveTheInternet.com Blog

[editorial comment:

this is not something I know a great deal about, but I plan to learn quickly and decide whether a CalTrain trip to Stanford on Thursday would be justified. I doubt that ATT and Comcast have democratic ideas about access to the internet. just a hunch. read for yourself and decide what to do.]

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zoe_1418
Apr. 18th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Hi. Can I add you as a friend? We have mutual LJ friends in heyfoureyes, beardedpunk (both of whom I now know in real life as well), and daisydumont.
eriktrips
Apr. 18th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
friend away! in fact, I'll add you back, so that you can see every stupid internet meme that I succumb to.

hi!
zoe_1418
Apr. 18th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks, and hi!
(Anonymous)
Apr. 26th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
it's a bad situation you're describing
for taste of it check out Radio Free Berkely who have a neat website and some good FCC history. The blurring of trademark, copyright, and patent law under the misleading nom-de-plume of 'intellectual property' is the key the cops want to come knockin'. The Digital Millenium Copyright Act, the FCC refusal to allow micropower FM radio stations, the now rediculous length of time copyrights are held (Sony Bono Copyright act and others backed by Disney in particular)is pretty much a direct attack on the idea of a library. Speaking of which Bushco are destroying millions of hardcopy environmental records every day as a way of 'modernizing' (NASA's earth sciences budget was halved this year in favor of 'manned spaceflight' a.k.a. military apps). Orwell's revisionism is right on schedule. drool drool i'm not cohesive like you are, it's maddening. we can have our little web comments as long as we don't upset the apple cart.
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