Thursday, May 15, 2014

"Net Neutrality" going down the drain (video)

Ashley Wells, Pat Macpherson, Crystal Quintero, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly; Amy Goodman (, May 15, 2014); Sarah Jaffe, Joel Serino (; OccupytheFCC
Net: it's a utility, the "People's Platform," not a portable TV for corporate media (occupy)
Not until a fair accounting of votes does anything happen in a democracy. (It sure would be nice to live in a democracy). All those who say otherwise are stirring up anarchy. Destroy the deviants, troublemakers, and perverts! Corporate profits depend on it. That should keep the police state busy. In the meantime, what about our Internet?
The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is voting today on new rules that may effectively abandon "Net neutrality," the concept of a free and open Internet. (Watch this).

(CGP Grey/ Let's tell the FCC to reclassify broadband Internet as a public utility, a Title II common carrier telecommunications service. (Discuss). Music: Broke for Free.

The FCC proposal would let Internet providers charge corporate media companies extra fees to receive preferential treatment, such as faster speeds for their products and content.

Under previous regulations struck down earlier this year, providers were forced to provide ALL content at equal speeds, including Wisdom Quarterly, Democracy Now!,, FEMEN, CodePink, and other outlets.

The encampment begins with activists from and Fight for the Future
Just steps from the vote, demonstrators have set up an "Occupy the FCC" ( encampment calling for federal regulators to reclassify broadband service as a public utility.

"Trust me; I'm a banker!"
This will allow for the requirement of "Net neutrality" rules.

The CEOs of 28 U.S. broadband providers and trade groups told their FCC not to classify broadband as a utility, explaining that regulating broadband would "impose great costs [to our private corporations], allowing unprecedented government micromanagement of all aspects of the Internet economy."

Save the Internet (
This debate on Net neutrality features guests Timothy Karr of the media reform group Free Press, who want corporations to be regulated for the good of everyone who uses the Net, and Joshua Steimle, a tech entrepreneur who argues that the government should not be entrusted with regulating the Internet. More

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