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I'm out of town for Memorial Day weekend so I don't know if I'll be able to write a lot of diaries but I wanted to pass two along.  The first one is from Senator Al Franken (D. MN):

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., questions Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor during her testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday July 15, 2009, before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
If you haven’t seen the news: The Federal Communications Commission is moving forward with draft regulations that would allow big telecom companies to open up special “fast lanes” on the Internet.

As you know, this is a serious threat to net neutrality. And it’s never been more important that we raise our voices to object -- the FCC’s decision kicks off a “comment period” where the public needs to make it clear that “fast lanes” are a bad idea.

Please click here to add your name to our petition -- it’s already gathered more than 50,000 signatures.

By voting 3-2 to allow these draft regulations to move forward, the FCC made it official: net neutrality is in deep trouble.

Remember: With these “fast lanes” in place, it could get harder to access the content you want to see online. It could also get more expensive -- if the big telecom companies are able to gouge content providers for access to these special “fast lanes,” you could see those costs passed on to you.

So this is not good. But it’s also not the end. This “comment period” is the people’s chance to raise a ruckus in support of a free and open Internet -- and let the FCC know that you won’t stand for selling out net neutrality.

We need your help -- click here to add your name to our petition opposing “fast lanes.”

I’ll be in touch soon with an update -- but, for now, thanks for helping out.


P.S.: The FCC is now in a “comment period” where the public gets a chance to speak up against this proposal. We can’t afford to waste this opportunity. Click here to add your name TO OUR PETITION!

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P.S. Check Franken discuss net neutrality and his opposition to big telecom mergers like DirecTV/AT&T and Comcast/Time Warner Cable on Democracy Now! here:

Originally posted to pdc on Sat May 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Sat May 24, 2014 at 11:00:41 AM PDT

  •  While I support net neutrality, I think we (2+ / 0-)
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    thomask, kurt

    should expect to be joined by some rather unexpected allies.

    The fact is, "fast lanes" are good news for a very few. Everyone, those who access or provide expedited streams, as well as those who don't, will end up paying more in the long run if they are allowed.

    A growing number of companies and individuals (from a variety of political perspectives) are questioning the value of this scheme. Many of them have pockets much deeper than mine are.

    It may be a bit uncomfortable, in some ways, having some of these allies. Realistically, if we want to maintain a neutral net, we have to be willing to work with people we may disagree with about literally almost everything else. That's just a fact.

    Worst case scenario: The fast lanes are allowed. I think we then need to think about life after the internet (as we know it).

    The optimist in me insists that we will be able to preserve the most democratic forum for mass communication ever.

    Somewhere there are bright folks who are already devising ways to sneak onto the fast lanes or to render them obsolete. I'd bet on it.

    If your strategy depends on having fewer people show up to vote, that is not a sign of strength. That is a sign of weakness. President Obama

    by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sat May 24, 2014 at 11:29:54 AM PDT

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