With breathtaking hypocrisy, the phone and cable companies' K Street lobbyists are fighting an all-out war against the Net Neutrality proposal at the FCC that would protect Internet users from government or industry censorship.
AT&T is once again swarming all over Capitol Hill getting their pet legislators to sign yet another disingenuous letter, this time claiming that consumer protection, universal service, and other much needed items are just a "distraction".
The big phone and cable companies are pulling out all the stops in their campaign against net neutrality. We want to make clear how important this issue is to the African-American community, and why it is a 21st century civil rights issue.
The Chairman had a little help from beloved Sesame Street character, Elmo. Here's a flavor of their conversation: Elmo has been complaining that his Internet is "too slow" and he doesn't like "buffering."
March 15 is the 25th birthday of the revolutionary dot.com. And as the celebratory site www.25yearsof.com points out: "1985's most lasting contribution turned out to be three letters and a punctuation mark."
The FCC recently proposed to modernize its policymaking framework for broadband, closing a loophole first created by the Bush Administration. So the industry fear-mongering we're now seeing isn't surprising.
The secret to the Big Lie -- that the government wants to take over the Internet -- is that if you repeat it sufficiently people will be accustomed to it and take it for truth. The industry knows this all too well.
We the people do have some power over what is broadcast in our own communities, at least in theory. But in fact, petitions to deny stations' licenses languish for years, and the FCC has no record of the last time any station's license has been pulled.
After years of clearly destructive consolidation and lawsuits, the FCC will hold a public hearing next week to debate modifying the existing anti-trust regulations for print and broadcast outlets. Does any of this matter any more?
In an age when corporations can spend limitless sums to influence policy, strong arm bureaucrats and sway election outcomes, the public must stand together in defense of the only open communications platform we have left.