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):
Click here to add your name: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!
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: