Net Neutrality

Many of you have probably heard about the whole “net neutrality” regulations that were just passed by the FCC.  It matters.  It matters to you and to me. The FCC has opened up the ruling to a 60-day  comment period.  If you want to write a short comment, you can do so here: http://www.fcc.gov/comments or http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/begin?procName=14-28&filedFrom=X Here’s the Deal: “Net neutrality” relates to free speech.  In over-simplified terms, the new regulation allows big companies with lots of money to use the internet to speak louder, faster, and to a wider audience than companies or people without that cash.  It’s not that  your free speech is taken away, it’s that no one is allowed to hear it. The reason this is happening is that for the moment, internet access is not considered a utility like phone or electricity.  There is legislation afoot to change that, and you should support it.  Contact your senator or congressperson.  It’s not like the internet is some fringe technology, or reserved for techno-enthusiasts.  It’s how people communicate, how they speak.   UPDATE- George Takei posted this SHARE THIS MESSAGE: Despite receiving 150,000 signatures petitioning for net neutrality, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler (former lobbyist for his industry cronies) isn’t listening–yet. His proposal granting big telecom and cable the right to charge different rates and put users who won’t pay up in the SLOWLANE advanced out of his committee yesterday. But there’s still time to act. Let’s flood his email inbox with angry missives. Write to him with the subject line: WE DEMAND NET NEUTRALITY His email is here: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov Tell him we’ll also demand his resignation as FCC Chairman...