Posted by: Ryan McDonald | April 14, 2008

NorCal nerds unite! FCC public comment on Net Neutrality at Stanford.

Speak up for a free internet


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!

WHAT: Public Hearing on the Future of the Internet
WHEN: Thursday, April 17th
TIME: 12:00pm to 7:00pm
WHERE: Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University
(471 Lagunita Drive, Palo Alto, CA)

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.

What is Net Neutrality?

Net neutrality is the promise that networks should be free of restrictions, in content and distribution.  Bottom line: Nobody can tell me what I can or can’t put online and nobody gets a faster page than anyone else.

Good descriptions are available from Google (along with an open letter from their CEO) and of course there’s always wikipedia.

If you live in Northern California or know people who do, let them know they can speak out on this issue to the people who are deciding how it’s going to turn out…

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