Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Action Alert: Save the Internet!

Most of the time I concentrate on the message: torture is wrong, telecom immunity is wrong, an attack on Iran is wrong, global warming is wrong, etc.

However, for me the time has come to focus on the medium, i.e., the way I get information on the issues I care about and how I spread the word about these issues. That medium is the Internet.

If, you, too, value access to the Net, please do the following:

1. Go to The Fight for Internet Freedom Comes to Stanford. If you need to know more about Net Neutrality, watch the four-minute video clip. Then follow blogger Chris Borland’s recommendations.

2. If you live in the Bay Area, are you willing to take a day to help save the Net? Join me at Stanford University on April 17th, where the Federal Communications Commission will be holding its West Coast hearing on Net Neutrality. If you’re concerned about your carbon footprint and want to use public transportation, go to Transit 511 Trip Planner to help you figure out what you need to do. For me, it will involve taking the bus from Healdsburg to San Francisco and the train to Palo Alto, an eight hour round trip.

3. Only have time to sign one online petition? Go here and let your Congressional representative know you support H.R. 5353, the “Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008.”

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John in Cincinnati said...

Finally, Gail, combining you and Chris Borland, an explanation and an action I can appreciate and take.

Especially since the next hearing is at Stanford, it would be timely to find out where Larry Lessig is on this. Lessig is the Creative Commons principal.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Gail, your comment and links were very informative. Now I understand your concerns about corporate capture of the only non-corporate means of mass communication. I did send comments on the proposed legislation to the FCC and my Congressional representatives.
Here's the other side's thinking: "Everything for profits, nothing for the Common Good."
Janis in Healdsburg