Net Neutrality Information

NET-NEUTRALITY INFORMATION

  THEY WANT TO TAKE AWAY OPEN-ACCESS TO THE INTERNET!

Who are “They”?

 The 5 major corporate media companies control over 90% of TV and radio stations and newspapers.  They want to control Internet content as well.

Why do “they” want to do this?

 To make a ton of money and to promote political agendas which censor opposing points of view.

What is protecting citizens from “them” now?

 “Net-neutrality”.  This means everything on the Internet is equally accessible and the Internet should be a place where many ideas compete equally with big money.  In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) put into place protections to ensure that service providers could not be allowed to discriminate against content without a court order.  The Trump Administration wants to do away with this protection.

How can “they” do this?

 The FCC has the power to change or discard the rules governing the Internet.

What can we do?

 Public hearings and correspondence can be used to stop the process of destroying the open-Internet.  You may write the FCC at:  Federal Communications Commission, Washington, D.C. 20554 about the Friends of Community Media letter –

or post a comment on the Friends of Community letter which can be found here:

https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/10718681816260/FCC%2017-60A1.pdf

on the FCC Website at:

https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=17-108&sort=date_disseminated,DESC

Net Neutrality Links

 

What is Net Neutrality?

When people use the Internet, they expect something called “net neutrality” This is keeps telecommunications companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from slowing down or blocking any content or websites they don’t like.

In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted net neutrality rules that keep these companies from censoring the Internet.  A decade earlier, Comcast was caught doing that.  When this was revealed, in 2014, it contributed to activism that generated 3.7 million comments to the FCC about this issue.

On May 18, 2017 President Trump’s FCC approved a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)” “on restoring Internet freedom” to restore the “freedom” of telecoms to censor your Internet.  The deadline for original comments on that NPRM was July 17 with a deadline for “reply comments” of August 16.

No matter what a person’s Internet concerns are, preserving it should be important.   If the new FCC rules are allowed to stand, progress on many issues facing our nation will be blocked.  Net neutrality threatens many of the world’s elites because their attempted control over the media is threatened.

On July 15, FCM hosted a Forum that featured Ernesto Falcon, an attorney and Legislative Council with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a leading citizen advocacy group focused on the law of the Internet.  Falcon was interviewed by FCM’s Spencer Graves and Tom Crane with additional comments Gordon Elliott.

On August 5, FCM will update the audience on the arguments presented on both sides and what they might do to better protect their interest. 

Interesting links about Net Neutrality:

Battle For The Net (Coalition of Freepress.net, Demand Progress, and Fight for the Future)

https://www.battleforthenet.com/    (This has some excellent videos.)

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/11/activists_plan_mass_day_of_action

FCC Head Not Amused

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/07/ajit-pai-not-concerned-about-number-of-pro-net-neutrality-comments/

Internet Service Providers also not Amused

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2017/07/14/internet_service_providers_were_not_amused_by_the_net_neutrality_day_of.html

Electronic Frontier Foundation and Net Neutrality

https://www.eff.org/issues/net-neutrality