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Franken: Open Internet Is An Independent Producer’s Last Best Hope

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 15, 2011

Why I like my junior senator, part #2792374973:

Net neutrality means that content-a web page, an email, a download-moves over the Internet freely, and it moves at the same speed no matter what it is or who owns it.

So an email from President Obama and an email from your Tea Partier uncle come in at the same speed. You can buy a song from an indie band just as quickly as you can buy a song from a band on a major label. And if you start a website for your small business, your customers can have their orders processed just as easily with you as they could if they were buying from a multi-national conglomerate.

We take this basic fairness-this equality, this, shall we say, neutrality-for granted, because that’s how it’s always been. The Internet is democratic. Not capital-D Democratic, although, for that annoying uncle of yours who still insists that government has never created a job, the Internet was developed by the government at public expense.

No, what I mean is that the Internet is small-d democratic. Everyone has the same say. If you want to be heard above other people-if you want your argument to prevail, or your song to be popular, or your product to sell-the only way to do it is to have a better argument, or a catchier song, or a more useful product.

I think this is a good thing. I think most people think this is a good thing. And that’s why your Tea Partier uncle might hear that Al Franken is fighting for net neutrality and say something like, “Leave the Internet alone!”

And that’s exactly what I want. We have net neutrality right now. And we don’t want to lose it. That’s all. The fight for net neutrality isn’t about improving the Internet. It’s not about changing the Internet at all. It’s about ensuring that it stays just the way it is.

It’s the big corporations who now own the physical infrastructure that makes the Internet work, the pipes through which content is distributed-the tubes, if you will-who want to change the Internet by ending net neutrality.

Read the whole thing. It’s excellent.

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Henry Waxman Signs On for Net Neutrality

Posted by MEC on September 18, 2009

Henry Waxman has signed on as a co-sponsor of the Net Neutrality bill introduced by fellow Democrats Ed Markey and Anna Eshoo. His support is important. Mr. Waxman is chair of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which oversees the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates the Internet in the U.S.

The bill is H.R. 3458, the Internet Freedom Preservation Act. The only other co-sponsors are Joe Sestak and Lynn Woolsey. We need to ask our representatives why they’re not co-sponsoring this bill.

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Good News (and Maybe Not So Good) for Internet Users

Posted by MEC on November 17, 2008

When I saw this CNET article about the people selected for President-Elect Obama’s FCC review team, I immediately did a Google search to find out whether they’d taken positions on Net Neutrality.

The team’s two leaders, Professor Susan Crawford of the University of Michigan Law School and former FCC staffer Kevin Werbach, are long-time Net Neutrality advocates.

Professor Crawford believes Internet access is a utility, “like water, electricity, sewage systems”. I foresee some policy changes, and some unhappy telecom executives when those policies give universal, affordable access priority over corporate profits.

Now for the “maybe not so good”. The Wired article that gave me the good news for Net Neutrality listed members of other tech-related review teams. The review team for Justice and Civil Rights includes Tom Perelli, a partner in the D.C. office of the Jenner & Block law firm. Jenner & Block are the Recording Industry Association of America’s lawyers. That would be the RIAA that has had such a repressive effect on copyright legislation, protecting the profits of big corporations at the expense of consumers and artists. The Obama Administration needs to include defenders of fair usage and the free flow of ideas, not just allies of the corporations on this issue.

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Ellison, Walz Cosponsor Net Neutrality Bill

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 20, 2008

From Minnesota Monitor:

A bill co-sponsored by Minnesota DFL Reps. Keith Ellison and Tim Walz aims to keep the Internet a level playing field for all users and charge the Federal Communications Commission with ensuring that telecoms do not offer content based on how much a company pays them to display their content.

Introduced by Reps. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Charles Pickering, R-Miss., the Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008 would bar “unreasonable discriminatory favoritism for, or degradation of, content by network operators based upon its source, ownership, or destination on the Internet.”

A useful video explanation of Net Neutrality can be found here.

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Comcast Sucks Up The Oxygen — And Seats

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 27, 2008

Charming. Comcast paid a bunch of people to take up seating space at public hearing on the Internet in Boston, just to make sure no reporters or Net Neutrality advocates could get in.

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HEADS UP! Net Neutrality Bill Needs Your Support

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 14, 2008

Congressman Ed Markey explains here.

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So Much for Net Neutrality

Posted by MEC on October 19, 2007

And so it begins.

Comcast Blocks Some Internet Traffic

Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high-speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally.

The interference, which The Associated Press confirmed through nationwide tests, is the most drastic example yet of data discrimination by a U.S. Internet service provider. It involves company computers masquerading as those of its users.


…Comcast subscribers can download BitTorrent files without hindrance. Only uploads of complete files are blocked or delayed by the company, as indicated by AP tests.

But with “peer-to-peer” technology, users exchange files with each other, and one person’s upload is another’s download. That means Comcast’s blocking of certain uploads has repercussions in the global network of file sharers.

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