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Whose Internet Is It?

06/08/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

First, we had the Supreme Court affirming the free speech rights of corporations.

Now we have the DC Court of Appeals telling us Comcast owns the Internet.

But they don't.

We do.

A year ago, after a guy like you filed a complaint that Comcast was choking his file-sharing exchanges, the agency that regulates the telecom giants did an amazing thing. They got out of Washington DC, came to Northern California, listened to the people, and said the Internet is not a corporate plaything.

They sanctioned Comcast for arbitrary behavior and told them to treat all data, all content, and all applications on the Web -- equally.

The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) did that because it was the right thing to do. They stood up for the public interest.

Now, thanks to a lawyer's battle in DC, and a 15-year old decision to regulate cable broadband providers differently than telephone companies, they've been slapped back by the courts.

This can be fixed.

But it will take courage. It will take an outraged public that says no.

No to corporate control of the Web.

No blocking, throttling, choking or censoring of content. No pay-to-play future of slow lanes and fast lanes on the Internet.

An Internet that treats all content equally -- no matter where or who it comes from - and builds relationships, communities and social movements.

If that's what you want to keep, you have to tell them ..... right now.

Fighting for the public interest only works if the public shows they are interested.

Here's what to do: Make a comment. It's easy. You can do it right here.

Proceeding # 09-191

There are 9,900 filed.

We need to make that 99,000 and soon.

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