While this dynamic is understood by those working in the beltway, people outside of Washington remain largely unaware of the relationship between civil rights organizations and the interests of telecom industry players.
Yes, we're talking about preserving Net neutrality, preventing the FCC from allowing the Internet to be split into fast lanes for the rich and slow lanes for the rest of us, lanes that could be clogged or blocked to prevent word from getting out about corporate and government malfeasance.
I'm pro-net neutrality, but anti-1934-style strangulation. Where does that leave me? According to the approaches under consideration, I may soon be a man without a country. Good thing the Internet, at least for now, doesn't require a passport.
The Federal Communications Commission is looking to raise revenue - and the agency is in full pitch mode. The company is injecting itself as the middleman between buyers (wireless carriers) and sellers (TV broadcasters) of spectrum.
If you pay a telephone bill, then you have seen, and have paid, the "Universal Service" charge. Where does that money go? You may have thought it went to the Federal Government, but actually it does not.
Very soon the Federal Communications Commission will either empower minority voices on the Internet and help close the digital divide, or it will make it easier for communications giants to silence and exclude those communities from the free or low-priced content now on the web.
As a national community, we debate and think often about the impact of the Internet on our lives. The issues that emerge in those conversations are tied to real needs - for affordable connectivity, access to laptops and mobile tech for learning and business.
While Verizon has continuously told anyone who will listen that using the Title II classification for its broadband networks would harm innovation and investment, Verizon appears to have failed to disclose a basic fact to regulators and the courts.
Having worked as a film/television producer for 17 years, I'm fascinated, almost feverishly obsessed with the radical changes in the entertainment industry. Confabs like these are to me what Vidcon is to YouTubers.