Help Save the Internet! Deadline is July 15

Here’s what you can do! The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to restore protections for the Internet to keep it open for grassroots innovation and democratic communications. These protections are known as “net neutrality.”

This is not a partisan issue.  Supporters of “net neutrality” include the Christian Coalition, National Religious Broadcasters, and Gunowners of America.

With a pass from corporate media, the cable and telephone companies have quietly consolidated their control over the Internet in recent years. How this happened is outlined in my column, “The Battle for Broadband.” Additional background is available in my July 1 presentation, “Who Will Control the Internet in the 21st-Century?” The video of this presentation will be available soon.

You can help win this battle! The FCC has set a July 15 deadline for public comment on a modest proposal to restore its authority over broadband. A legal challenge by Comcast has cast doubt on this authority. (Imagine BP or Goldman Sachs suing to emasculate their federal watchdog agencies!)

The FCC must assemble a compelling public-comment record showing widespread support for open Internet rules and protections.

Without this support, it’s possible that the FCC – under ferocious attack by cable-telco lobbyists and “astro-turf” groups – could get cold feet and back away from this goal as the November elections approach.

To facilitate your public comment, following are five suggested talking points:

1. We need an FCC with strong enforcement authority to ensure broadband rules and protections for a fair and open Internet.

2. As we have seen on Wall Street and in the Gulf of Mexico, free markets do NOT work without fair, clear and enforceable rules.

3. We need a strong FCC to ensure the implementation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP), which Congress ordered the FCC to publish earlier this year.

4. The NBP includes strategies for solving the broadband crisis in rural and other underserved communities. With little or no authority over broadband, the FCC will be powerless to implement these strategies.

5. One of these strategies is support for community broadband networks. Tell the FCC that rural and underserved communities prefer self-reliance over dependency on absentee-owned networks, whose Wall Street business models do not work in these communities.

With your help, this is one battle against the big corporations we can win!

You can file your public comment at one of these three FCC sites:

1. http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/ 2. http://blog.broadband.gov/?categoryId=494971

3. http://broadband.ideascale.com/a/ideafactory.do?discussionID=11271

All public-comment filings should refer to GN Docket No. 10-127.

If you are a business owner or nonprofit leader, please join the hundreds of other small businesses and nonprofits who have signed onto this letter to the FCC.

Remember:   The deadline for public comment is Thursday, July 15 at midnight!

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20 Responses to “Help Save the Internet! Deadline is July 15”

  1. Anne Rosplock says:

    Leave the the community broadband networks alone–they are a necessity to those that cannot afford the high priced high speed servers and in most cases here in the mountians we cannot recieve any of the servers—
    Can’t any of us have an affordable available server due to the selfish high priced servers??????

  2. Suzanne Varn says:

    Leave the the community broadband networks alone–they are a necessity to those that cannot afford the high priced high speed servers and in most cases here in the mountians we cannot recieve any of the servers—
    We don’t need a ‘one shoe fits all!’ Let small business serve those like me who enjoy and appreciate and benefit from a community broadband network.

    Thank you. I hope you are listening!

  3. Lacy Bullard says:

    Provision of community broadband networks serving rural areas is an economic development issue. Denying service to those not covered by big commercial providers, or who don’t want or can’t afford the high profit/high priced/high speed servers helps create an underclass of computer illiterate citizens lacking access to Internet based learning and job/entrepreneurial opportunities.

    Strong FCC regulation is necessary to healthy community broadband opportunities for all citizens no matter where they live.

  4. Elizabeth Bandy says:

    Please do not mess with the community Broadband Networks. Let the FCC regulate as necessary.

  5. Wendell Harms says:

    Please do not mess with the community Broadband Networks. Let the FCC regulate as necessary.

  6. Why is it that corporation continue to make promises and break them at will to the publics expense. Consolidation was supposed to increase jobs and make things better and less expensive. Instead we have seen the erosion of our broadcasting news organization, a bank crisis, and the demise of American manufacturing. Where is the public intrest in public policy and the political debate. Net neutrality is just another grab by the corporate intrests to mke their voice louder and making comercial intrests out weigh the public intrests. Only if we want to be silenced and marginalized would we support the current proposals. Just follow the money… corporations rule, communities crumble and remain in the dark.
    What is wrong with the diversity of voices as they are heard now???

  7. Barry Clark says:

    Provision of community broadband networks serving rural areas is an economic development issue. Denying service to those not covered by big commercial providers, or who don’t want or can’t afford the high profit/high priced/high speed servers helps create an underclass of computer illiterate citizens lacking access to Internet based learning and job/entrepreneurial opportunities.

    Strong FCC regulation is necessary to healthy community broadband opportunities for all citizens no matter where they live.

  8. We need an FCC with strong enforcement authority to ensure broadband rules and protections for a fair and open Internet. As we have seen on Wall Street and in the Gulf of Mexico, free markets do NOT work without fair, clear and enforceable rules.

  9. Mary Webb says:

    We need strong FCC enforcement authority to develop fair and wide-reaching broadband service to rural areas like ours. We need affordable high-speed internet service just as much as people in large cities do. Are we to be discriminated against because of where we live? Self-enforcement by large corporations is a joke. We need the FCC to do it’s duty to all Americans and protect broadband service for all.

  10. The internet is basic now to democracy and the American Way of Life. We must NOT permit any organization or power to break it down or to get a monoply on it. It belongs to all people–not just Americans. Joe
    Joe

  11. Deb Burks says:

    A free market is about competition, without which the largest broadband providers have no incentive to keep prices in check or to service areas that are not profitable. Small companies, communities, and cooperatives should be allowed to provide high speed internet access; consumers will have choices and unserved areas will have service.

    Government regulation is the only way to protect the rights of the average citizen. It is extremely important that the internet is a fair and open medium for all.

  12. Country Workshops, a non-profit woodworking school, is located in the north-east corner of Madison County, North Carolina. We have been offering classes in traditional woodworking with hand tools since 1978.

    During that time we have experienced the many changes in communication experienced by schools, businesses, individual and government. Bill Clinton promised the “Information Highway” for all of our country.

    As of now, at our location we have (don’t have):

    cell phone service
    digital television
    broadband internet

    Our mountain view obstructs all existing communication towers. One of these mountains is perfectly located to serve most of our community (called Shelton Laurel), and the neighboring community of Flag Pond, Tennessee.

    A community based organization, such as Mountain Area Information Network, could co-ordinate and possibly operate the system we need. This would require strong support from the FCC and some public funding. (A return investment for us local tax payers.) We are not are of any corporate effort to rectify our situation.

  13. John Bloch says:

    Dear FCC members,
    it is time to reclaim the commons which is the public air space. It is further time to restore and protect the public and their respective communties from the extortion that is currently the case with the large media. They in their quest for gold are snuffing out the access by citizens from expressing their interest and points of view. On reflection of recent events in the last eighteen moths it has become quite clear that a republic such as ours can not thrive and defend its self until and unless there is easy access to the video and sound air waves. Further the cable companies must be regulated to stop their gouging of communties with their fees and perversion on supporting Community Access stations around the country.

  14. Marie Spengler says:

    Please protect NET NEUTRALITY, and keep control over the telecommunication industry. Concast is not my idea of a socially responsible company! We’ve seen devastation from the banking industry and the oil industry, If we loose Net Neutrality, we’ve lost our democracy. PLEASE KEEP CONTROL OVER THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY, BREAK UP THEIR CONSOLIDATIONS, AND GUARANTEE US FREE AND UNCENSORED COMMUNICATIONS.

  15. Edward Bennett says:

    Community broadband networks are necessary for many who can not afford the more expensive means of connecting to the internet.

  16. Donna Justice says:

    Please don’t take this sevice away from all the people that need it. This service is very important to people who can not get out because of disabilties and other health issiues. This is their only source to services and information that they need to use in their day to day living.

  17. isaac coleman says:

    Save the internet. Everyone needs it.

  18. Rual internet users need net neutrality. Protect those who can’t afford broadband or it isn’t available. GNDocket No. 10-127

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  20. TOMMY LIPE says:

    SAVE THE INTERNET!!