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Re: [xmca] FW: Net Neutrality
We in the US have lost a round in the fight to preserve an open internet
that privileges non-commercial speech like XMCA exactly to the extent of
commercial speech, or speech promoted by corporate interests.
The problem with saying it like that is that it's not just "We in the US"
who have lost this round.
Although this round _WAS_ lost in the US Federal Communications
Commission, the losers are all of us around the world.
Some have argued that the world's population should be able to vote in
U.S. elections, since so often US Gov't decisions affect so many outside
the US, as much as those inside our own country -- and besides, people
voting from outside the US would often be better informed about what's
We might also see some improvement if we could elect somebody like Lula,
now that he is finishing his job in Brasil.
On Tue, 21 Dec 2010, David H Kirshner wrote:
We in the US have lost a round in the fight to preserve an open internet that privileges non-commercial speech like XMCA exactly to the extent of commercial speech, or speech promoted by corporate interests. The battle continues, with links, below, to those who want to get involved.
From: Timothy Karr, FreePress.net [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 5:16 PM
To: David H Kirshner
Subject: Not Good Enough
Pledge to protect the open Internet today! <http://act2.freepress.net/go/1486?akid=2195.8767180.plRL1X&t=4>
Today, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski gave AT&T a decision that was gift-wrapped for the holiday season. By a 3-to-2 vote, the FCC passed a rule that, in the chairmanÿÿs words, ÿÿprotects Internet freedom.ÿÿ
If only it were true.
After a year of promises to deliver on Net Neutrality, this chairman has pushed through a rule that favors the very industry his FCC is supposed to regulate, leaving Internet users with few protections.
The chairman chose to ignore your voice ÿÿ and those of more than 2 million people who have urged Washington to support real Net Neutrality. His rule, for the first time in history, allows discrimination over the mobile Internet, paving the way for widespread industry abuses.
Now, the chairman is trying to spin the media that his toothless decision is a win for Internet users. Weÿÿre not going to let him get away with that.
Pledge to keep fighting for real Net Neutrality; and use the Internet to spread the word via Twitter, Facebook and e-mail.
Donÿÿt let the FCC get away with fake Net Neutrality. Spread the truth about this bad rule. <http://act2.freepress.net/go/1486?akid=2195.8767180.plRL1X&t=5>
Weÿÿd be lying if we didnÿÿt tell you that this vote was a major setback. The new rule doesn't do enough to stop the phone and cable companies from dividing the Internet into fast and slow lanes, and it fails to protect wireless users from discrimination. It lets AT&T block your access to third-party applications and require you to use its own preferred applications.
But this bad rule is not the end of the story. Free Press and our many allies are going to keep fighting to secure your right to an Internet without gatekeepers.
By taking action <http://act2.freepress.net/go/1486?akid=2195.8767180.plRL1X&t=6> and spreading the word <http://act2.freepress.net/go/1486?akid=2195.8767180.plRL1X&t=7> , youÿÿre telling the FCC that this isnÿÿt good enough.
Misty, Craig, Tim and the Free Press Team <http://act2.freepress.net/o.gif?akid=2195.8767180.plRL1X>
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