Save The Internet from Internet Neutrality

While folks were arguing over the use of the “N” word by Dr. Laura, the big boys are having meetings behind closed doors about controlling the Internet and putting some restrictions on the net that should get your feathers in a ruffle….about now I can give a hoot about what a celebrity is doing. Net neutrality should be the main conversation on everyone lips and blogger should take to their blog spewing their opinions on the net neutrality proposal.  Sen. Al Franken spoke at a hearing on Net Neutrality attended by Federal Communications Commission Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael Copps. Franken explains the two- or three-tiered Internet that could result from an abandonment of the principle that no sites and services have priority over any others.

“Today a blog can load as fast as The Wall Street Journal and if the blog is good, it can get more traffic than any media conglomerate. But if bigger companies can pay for faster priority Internet access that blogger no longer has a shot… “

In Google-Verizon’s proposed “policy framework that would protect net neutrality… they wrote the framework so that it wouldn’t apply to wireless…. The net theoretically would be neutral at home but not on a wireless network or when you’re on the phone…. any Internet service provider could decide to open up a fast-lane Internet of only certain websites or applications and, if the FCC had a problem with it, Google and Verizon’s plan has empowered them to — get this — “publish a report.”

But there’s an even bigger issue here and it’s that when government does not act, corporations will. … and the only thing that corporations have a legal duty to promote is their bottom line. That’s the purpose of a corporation… So we can’t let companies write the rules that they’re supposed to follow. Because if that happens those rules are going to be written only to protect corporations.”

“But protecting an open internet isn’t just about developing new and enforceable net neutrality standards, it’s also about making sure that the Internet isn’t effectively owned by a handful of companies. That’s why I believe that preventing media consolidation is a big part of the fight for a free and open internet, and that why’s I’m opposed to the Comcast-NBC Universal merger. Because when the same company own the programming and runs the pipes that brings us the programming we have a problem…”

He quotes Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black (“Freedom to publish is guaranteed by the constitution but freedom to continue to prevent others from publishing is not.”) and talks at some length about what he saw happening from his perch at NBC’s Saturday Night Live when media rules preventing networks from owning their own programming were relaxed.

Save The Internet is all over this issue, and seeks your participation. The Fight over the Internet goes to the Inner City. Growing storm: a group of people gather outside Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California to protest the company’s decision to join with Verizon in proposing that net neutrality rules should not apply to wireless access and to outline rules for the wired internet that critics say are riddled with loopholes.

Background: Net Neutrality – The New York Times

The concept of “net neutrality” holds that companies providing Internet service should treat all sources of data equally. It has been the center of a debate over whether those companies can give preferential treatment to content providers who pay for faster transmission, or to their own content, in effect creating a two-tier Web, and about whether they can block or impede content representing controversial points of view.Currently, Internet users get access to any Web site on an equal basis. Foreign and domestic sites, big corporate home pages and low-traffic blogs all show up on a user’s screen in the same way when their addresses are typed into a browser. The Federal Communications Commission has come out in favor of keeping things that way, but its ability to do so has been in doubt since a federal appeals decision in April 2010 restricted its authority over broadband service.

Some large Internet and telecommunications companies are talking, however, about creating a two-tiered Internet with a fast lane and a slow lane. Google and Verizon, two leading players in Internet service and content, came out with a joint proposal that took a different approach. In a joint policy statement they issued in August 2010 they proposed that regulators enforce those principles on wired connections but not on the wireless Internet. They also excluded something they called “additional, differentiated online services.”

In other words, on mobile phones or on special access lanes, carriers like Verizon and AT&T could charge content companies a toll for faster access to customers or, some analysts worry, block certain services from reaching customers altogether…check out another video

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