Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sen. Al Franken wants you to fight for the Internet

Posted By on Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Minnesota's Sen. Al Franken wants you to pay attention to what the Federal Communications Commission is up to today, calling the issue of net neutrality, "the most important free speech issue of our time."

Here's a snip from Franken's Huffington Post piece:

This Tuesday is an important day in the fight to save the Internet.

As a source of innovation, an engine of our economy, and a forum for our political discourse, the Internet can only work if it's a truly level playing field. Small businesses should have the same ability to reach customers as powerful corporations. A blogger should have the same ability to find an audience as a media conglomerate.

This principle is called "net neutrality" -- and it's under attack. Internet service giants like Comcast and Verizon want to offer premium and privileged access to the Internet for corporations who can afford to pay for it.

The good news is that the Federal Communications Commission has the power to issue regulations that protect net neutrality. The bad news is that draft regulations written by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski don't do that at all. They're worse than nothing.

That's why Tuesday is such an important day. The FCC will be meeting to discuss those regulations, and we must make sure that its members understand that allowing corporations to control the Internet is simply unacceptable.

Read the rest of this piece by Sen. Al Franken here.

Further reading:

FCC set to back Internet traffic rules: Decision would allow Internet providers to restrict network traffic — MSNBC

Here's Franken on the Senate floor discussing the same topic:

Rhiannon "Rhi" Bowman is an independent journalist who contributes snarky commentary on Creative Loafing's CLog blog four days a week in addition to writing for several other local media organizations. To learn more, click the links or follow Rhi on Twitter.

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