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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Protect the Open Internet

If you think the courts in America and in fact world wide have run amuck and that things couldn't get much worse you need to read the article surrounding the FCC newly proposed rules around net neutrality. If we don't act it will become solely a for profit center and cut our lines of communication.   

Corporate colonisation of cyberspace

 click on the link above for the full article and then click on public comment before it's to late they are still accepting comments. 

"There has never been a more important time for civil society to step into this crucial role of reframing the internet as more than simply a profit centre. The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) newly proposed rules around net neutrality remain open for public comment until July 15. Should these rules come into force in their current form, the open internet as we know it would become a thing of the past. Able to charge extra fees to content companies like Google for preferential treatment, internet service providers would be able to create a two-tiered service with fast lanes for those who could afford them and dirt tracks for the rest of us. They would be able to block or slow down websites and applications and they would be free to monitor everything we do and say online and sell the information to the highest bidder.

If we are to protect the internet as an emancipatory and empowering tool, it must be a space in which we are afforded our basic rights. Access to the minutest details of our private lives has become the price we pay for connectivity. Already, the risks of this are complex; should the forces of capitalism succeed in obliterating net neutrality, they will become greater still."

My Comment:

FCC The Internet is the only forum that truly allows open communication about what is going on in the world today. The News, TV, Radio, Newspapers all have bias slants and are corporate driven. To block the Internet from the masses; undermines the United States and the growing number of other countries that allow freedom of speech and expression. There is nothing that makes your rules plausible except to step back in time; creating a New Dictatorship.

Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens.
William Beveridge

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