imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Fighting for Internet Freedom

by Stephen Lendman Friday, May. 16, 2014 at 12:05 PM
lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

Net Neutrality

Fighting for Internet Freedom

by Stephen Lendman

A previous article discussed Obama's war to destroy it. In 2008, he pledged support. He called "preserv(ing) the benefits of open competition on the Internet" essential.

He lied saying so. He's waging war on free expression. He prioritizes intellectual property protection over Internet freedom.

He's targeting it for elimination altogether. He appointed corporatist Tom Wheeler FCC chairman. He deplores Internet freedom.

He wants pay-to-play fast lanes. They're polar opposite Net Neutrality. They play favorites. They banish others to slow lanes.

Pay more, get more. Pay less, get left behind. Doing so weakens Internet freedom en route to destroying it altogether.

Prioritizing Internet data is a zero-sum game. Unless congestion exists, web sites don't pay extra for special treatment.

Wheeler's scheme encourages congestion. It does so through artificial scarcity. It charges more per bit. It denies Internet fairness.

It undermines level playing field conditions. Existing ones made the Internet a powerful opportunity engine.

Wheeler's pay-to-play scheme profoundly damages competition. Internet startups can't afford extra costs.

They're prevented from reaching customers at competitive speeds. Nor can most web companies.

Wheeler rules make ISPs subscriber gatekeepers. An April 24 FCC statement lied, saying:

Proposed new rules won't let ISPs "act in a commercially unreasonable manner to harm the Internet, including favoring the traffic from an affiliated entity."

At the same time, ISPs will decide how "commercially reasonable" will be interpreted. They'll take full advantage. Maximizing profits matters most.

On May 15, Free Press.net headlined "The Fight to Save the Internet in ON." It called it "historic."

"The rally outside the FCC was inspiring: Hundreds of people (and even some kids) chanted, drummed and streamed into the FCC demanding reclassification and real Net Neutrality," it said.

Thousands more are taking action online at: may15.savetheinternet.com.

For weeks, millions of Americans put FCC officials on notice. They demanded Net Neutrality be preserved.

They called an Internet without it unacceptable. FCC procedure requires a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).

It's a four month window. People are invited to comment. Protecting Net Neutrality demands it. FCC members must respond. Much depends on their final ruling.

They betrayed millions of Net Neutrality supporters. Obama was disturbingly silent. He broke his campaign pledge. He breached all other major ones.

On May 15, FCC commissioners voted 3 -2 against Net Neutrality. They endorsed pay-to-play rules. They discriminate unfairly.

They let telecom giants charge unjustifiably higher prices. They'll do so for service everyone deserves.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation urged everyone "to speak up, early, and often." It created a tool to do so. Visit http://www.DearFCC.org.

"It's our Internet," it says. "We made it, and it has re-made us, changing the way we communicate, learn, share and create.
We want the Internet to continue to live up to its promise, fostering innovation, creativity and freedom."

"We don't want regulations that will turn our ISPs into gatekeepers, making special deals with the few companies that can pay to play and inhibiting new competition, innovation and expression. Start your letter to the FCC:

"Dear FCC,

Net neutrality, the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data that travels over their networks equally, is important to me because without it users may have fewer options and a less diverse Internet.

ISP could have too much power to determine my Internet experience by providing better access to some services but not others.

A pay-­to-play Internet worries me because ISPs could act as the gatekeepers to their subscribers. New, innovative services that can't afford expensive fees for better service will be less likely to succeed.

Use this space to explain why the future of the Internet matters to you. Tell your story. Here's an example:

The Internet is important to me because, as a college business student, I need to know that there will not be barriers to entry for the new ideas and services that I hope to bring to the marketplace.

If ISP subscribers have an easier time loading websites of existing companies than my new innovative product, there's no way that I will be able to compete or succeed."

Sincerely,

Name

Address

City

State

ZIP Code

Email address

Free Press urged speaking out for Internet freedom. "As this fight stretches into the fall, we'll repeat our demands over and over again," it said:

"No fast lanes on the Internet. We need REAL Net Neutrality."

"We'll file comments with the FCC. We'll urge President Obama to reiterate his support for the open Internet."

"We'll step up our organizing - online, in the streets and on Capitol Hill."

"We'll keep the issue front and center in the news and in people's minds. At every turn we'll remind the FCC that it works for us, not the ISPs."

"We won't stop fighting until we win, no matter how long it takes. With you by our side we know we'll get there."

Free Press created a web site to highlight its activity. To get everyone involved. Go there. Use it:

Go to may15.savetheinternet.com to take action and spread the word.

Act now. Demand Wheeler scrap his rules. Demand Congress back Internet freedom. Urge members to support Net Neutrality.

Tell others to do the same thing. Prevent telecom giants from destroying level playing field fairness.

We're all in this together. It's our fight to win or lose.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Local News

Large Turnout for Dakota Pipeline Protest N16 3:35PM

NODAPL N15 2:24PM

Cruel Teacher Taunts 6th Grade Kids, Fired N12 8:47PM

How Cities Can Protect People Threatened By Trumpism N12 8:17PM

What ThisMeans, How This Happened, What to Do Now N12 5:03AM

PROTEST TRUMP TONITE N11 2:55PM

Westside Thanksgiving for everyone in LA ! N11 12:36PM

FOR A WORLD WITHOUT NUCLEAR RISKS   N10 5:05AM

Non-violent protest ideas; hooch bomb recipe N09 7:42AM

Nuclear Shutdown News October 2016 N05 6:17PM

State Legislature is where it's at N03 10:16PM

Tom Hayden on The Unfinished Business of Democracy O28 4:49AM

Video: Tom Hayden, Listen Yankee! 2015 O25 10:56AM

Art About Privilege Censored on Facebook O23 3:16AM

SAG-AFTRA video game performers on strike O22 11:04PM

Stop Circus Animal Suffering – Protestors Urge Audiences to Shun the Wild Animal Circus O20 3:04PM

KPFK LSB statement on DAPL arrests O19 10:25AM

Transit Dependent Residents Need a Guaranteed Right to Stay O15 11:36PM

My letter to JJJ on JJJ O11 12:33PM

Prop 60, Condom Law O10 12:43PM

KPFK-Pacifica Radio Archives being sold off on ebay? O10 10:31AM

KPFK struggles without re-solutions O07 2:25PM

Problems with Measure M O05 5:24PM

Stop Circus Animal Suffering – Protestors Urge Audiences to Shun the Wild Animal Circus S07 5:57PM

Nuclear Shudown News Aufust 2016 A30 3:46PM

WIKIpedia is not what we readers Thought nor is it even current about Pacifica or KPFK A24 3:10PM

"KPFK has a $500,000 deficit “ !! Can this be true? A19 6:10AM

Nuclear Shutdown News July 2016 A01 1:36PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Paraphysique du cyberespace D05 10:39PM

Require a Citizenship and Constitutionality test for all Lawmaking Bodies – Robert George D05 1:17PM

Mobile Combat Generator D05 6:14AM

Stop Jeff Sesssions From Making U.S. into a Sadistic State! D05 5:04AM

Democracy and the Uncanny Power of Money D05 4:29AM

Global Warming / Climate Change - What's it all About? D04 10:22PM

Mobile Combat Live Generator D04 2:15PM

Don't Deforest For The Holidays D04 10:20AM

Movies and Series Online D03 8:04AM

Dissymétrie symétrique D03 1:19AM

Dissymétrie symétrique D03 1:12AM

Human rights Group applaudes Anti-Semitism Awareness Bill D02 9:39PM

Philippines: Marcos burial forms part of pattern towards authoritarianism D02 6:51PM

The Shortwave Report 12/02/16 Listen Globally! D01 5:58PM

Bullet Force Live Hack D01 8:14AM

Gamification d'incommunicabilité N30 10:21PM

Fukushima quake rock's Japan's and the globe's N30 5:37PM

Award Winning Action Documentary "Lion Ark" Available on DVD N30 10:50AM

Donald Trump as the Antithesis of Liberal Politics N29 6:23AM

Paraphysique du suicide N28 10:10PM

Giving Tuesday celebration great news for animals N28 5:24PM

Geofeedia Exposed for Police Monitoring of Social Media N28 5:02PM

Community Organizations Rally for launch of "Empowerment Fashion Show" N28 3:21AM

Crashing the Party N27 10:53AM

Why Mainstream Economists are Responsible for Electing Donald Trump N25 5:48PM

An Uncertain Future for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau N25 12:56PM

Précis du négatif N24 10:29PM

The Shortwave Report 11/25/16 Listen Globally! N24 3:54PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy