Add your voice: Keep the Internet open and free.

June 4, 2009 | By | Reply More

The context for this post is provided by Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Pictures, who recently stated:

I’m a guy who sees nothing good having come from the Internet. Period.”

Now, in light of that bizarre, politically motivated statement, what’s going on at the FCC?  FreePress advises:

At this very minute, the Federal Communications Commission is crafting America’s first national broadband plan. Whether the plan will give more control over our Internet to the likes of Sony Pictures, Comcast, AT&T, Time Warner Cable and Verizon depends on what we do right now.

These companies’ well-heeled lobbyists are flooding the FCC’s public docket with comments in support of policies that let them:

  • Tilt the Web’s level playing field to favor the Web sites of corporate partners;
  • Deploy content-sniffing devices that would randomly open and sift through our private Web communications;
  • Impose usage penalties on people who use the Web for more than simple e-mail and Web surfing;
  • Block innovative Web services that compete against their phone, cable and entertainment products; and
  • Disconnect users for any reason or without justification

What can you do to keep things on track at the FCC?   Write a comment to the FCC. It will only take a minute.  Let your voice counter-balance the monied corporate interests that are trying to grab hold of the Internet for the sole purpose of squeezing out profits, just as they grabbed hold of all other electronic media during prior decades.

Note that we now have a president who is committed to keeping the Internet open and free:

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Category: Civil Rights, Communication, Internet, Networking, Politics

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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