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 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

Indivisible local events F16 4:07PM

RACE RELAY - race relations dialogue F16 7:01AM

LA County Greens Oppose S F09 8:52PM

Our Revolution L.A Organizing Meeting F08 12:23AM

First We Marched. Now We Huddle F06 10:54PM

Indigenous, Sacred Lands Disrespected at L.A. Women's March J24 1:52PM

Massive Women's March Los Angeles Tells President Donald Where To Go J23 8:22PM

Massive Women's March Los Angeles Tells President Donald Where To Go J23 8:00PM

Massive Women's March Los Angeles Tells President Donald Where To Go J23 7:42PM

Massive Women's March Los Angeles Tells President Donald Where To Go J23 6:04PM

Massive Women's March Los Angeles Tells President Donald Where To Go J23 5:48PM

Massive Women's March Los Angeles Tells President Donald Where To Go J23 5:30PM

Massive Women's March Los Angeles Tells President Donald Where To Go J23 5:02PM

Massive Women's March Los Angeles Tells President Donald Where To Go J23 4:23PM

Massive Women's March Los Angeles Tells President Donald Where To Go J23 4:03PM

Massive Women's March Los Angeles Tells President Donald Where To Go J23 3:39PM

University of California Riverside Students Walkout J22 10:41PM

San Gabriel Valley Anti-Repression Committee Action J22 10:07PM

Staggering Turnout for Women's March L.A. J22 1:09PM

Los Angeles Braves Extended Downpour to Tell Trump Hell No J21 3:32AM

Los Angeles Braves Extended Downpour to Tell Trump Hell No J21 3:04AM

#J20 CalArts in SoCal Plan Walkout; NY Galleries & Nonprofits Plan Art Strike J18 5:25PM

Camp 120 Will Hold Space in Front of City Hall Until Inauguration Day to Protest the Inac J18 5:03PM

Teamsters Local 2010 Initiates Mass Walkout and Strikes at University of California J18 4:12PM

Nurses Storm The Boulevard To Pressure Trump on the ACA J17 4:49PM

Nurses Storm The Boulevard To Pressure Trump On the ACA J17 3:12PM

Jane Fonda Divests From Wells Fargo J03 8:27PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Summon Rush Hack Cheats F20 2:22PM

Kucinich Warns of Deep State's Plans for War Post-Trump Impeachment F20 4:54AM

MY TESTIMONY ON HOW I GOT MY LOAN F19 10:55PM

KLM refuses seven passengers following Trump's muslim ban/KLM accomplice to discrimination F19 3:50AM

Radio Libertaire ou Persona grata F18 3:47AM

Resistance Recess F17 2:21PM

Congress Moves Slowly on Bipartisan Puerto Rico Recommendations F17 9:30AM

The Shortwave Report 02/17/17 Listen Globally! F16 5:01PM

Help Wanted: How You Can Act Locally To Stymie Trump’s Agenda F16 11:24AM

Paraphysique de l'emprise F15 10:34PM

107 More Groups Oppose Neil Gorsuch F15 4:38PM

Cloudflare’s Transparency Report for Second Half 2016 - FBI National Security Letter F15 10:26AM

Attempt the Impossible! Theses for a New Left Majority F15 4:57AM

Breaking: Miller On Bakersfield Incident F15 1:56AM

Trump Voids Dodd-Frank 1504 Transparency Rule F14 1:49PM

Les mafias du capital F13 11:38PM

The Sleazy Corporate Nazi Tactics of Public Storage F13 3:11PM

Geral Sosbee Presents F12 4:58PM

Théodore dit Théo, violé par la police F11 6:44AM

Igor Sadikov urges students to "Punch a Zionist" F11 6:06AM

The Lie of the Civilized Western World F11 5:49AM

Rescue Team Head Straight From Peruvian Mountains To Durham Movie Screening F10 1:38PM

Trumpism and the Working Class F09 8:05PM

The Shortwave Report 02/10/17 Listen Globally! F09 5:14PM

Please Say No To Serially Executing Neal Gorsuch F09 4:27PM

Paraphysique du crétinisme institutionnel F08 10:47PM

Strategic Emergency Declared Upon Eastern Europe F08 8:29AM

War Without End F08 4:32AM

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