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FCC and Net Neutrality

I sent the following to the FCC about Net Neutrality.  I encourage everyone to pass this around and encourage letters to the FCC to keep Net Neutrality going. Click here to contact the FCC.

Protecting the neutrality of the Internet is the biggest First Amendment issue facing us today. I am a blogger. Without Net Neutrality, Internet providers can make it difficult to find my site. They can charge me extra to guarantee a lane from a reader’s home into my site. I pay an Internet fee to my broadband provider. I pay another fee to have my site hosted. Without Net Neutrality, Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon could all demand that I pay them a fee to allow traffic through. This will end the ability for new ideas to be fostered. A large company could essentially pay to kill a news story, simply by out paying for traffic.

Further, from a consumer standpoint, killing Net Neutrality means that small Mom and Pop shops will not be able to compete with larger, well funded stores. Traffic can be slowed, delayed or even re-routed entirely because a small consumer store will not be able to pay extra fees. This kills competition and innovation.

Finally, Internet access is very much like phone access. By disabling Net Neutrality, you are allowing companies to decide where and who their customers see and talk to. Imagine if this was the phone company. AT&T cannot prevent their customer from calling a Verizon customer. In reverse, Verizon cannot block calls to their customers from AT&T customers. Without Net Neutrality, that’s exactly what these companies can and will do. They already skirt the issue by making their customers pay more for faster service – imagine what they will do when they can become the traffic cops of data and information.

Sincerely,

 

FCC Rules…Time for them to change

I posted the following on my facebook profile.  If you’ve experienced a blackout on a channel due to the stupid network non-duplication protection, pass the word around.  It is time to have the FCC change this rule.  It gives local station’s a monopoly.  It kills competition.  The rule is from FCC 76.122.  I’m trying to find it on the FCC website to post a link here.

Enough is enough. Bones didn’t record last night because WITI Fox 6 Milwaukee has exercised their right to network non-duplication protection. Per FCC rules, Time Warner cable is required to blackout the program. Tune to channel 6 or 1006 for FOX programming.
What about MY right to watch the show on whatever channel I want? How is this fair to consumers? I should be allowed to choose the channel – not a broadcaster! Who is with me to contact the FCC and have this rule changed? I pay for the channel out of Chicago, I want to WATCH the channel out of Chicago!

Further – if you live in the Milwaukee Area – BOYCOTT WITI FOX 6.  They don’t deserve our business, since they’re so scared of competition.

UPDATE:

Here are the names and email addresses of the five chairmen of the FCC.  Let’s load up their inboxes with complaints regarding network non-duplication protection.

Chairman Julius Genachowski: Julius.Genachowski@fcc.gov
Commissioner Michael J. Copps: Michael.Copps@fcc.gov
Commissioner Robert McDowell: Robert.McDowell@fcc.gov
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

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