THE INTERNET NEUTRALITY FREEDOM ORGANIZATION (INFO) HAS JUST BEEN ESTABLISHED ON FACEBOOK. ITS AIM IS TO STOP BIG ISPS FROM DEMOLISHING THE FREE AND DEMOCRATIC ARCHITECTURE OF THE NET.
INFO MISSION STATEMENT:
The giant Internet Service Providers such as Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon seek to:
1. Abolish the flat service fee. This means that you will pay for the amount of time you spend on the Net and the amount of data you download. For example, you will be charged for downloading a video from You Tube. If you don't have much money to spend, you will have less access to information than a person who has more money.
2. Make website operators pay for bandwidth. This means that companies with deep pockets like Fox and MSNBC will connect quickly whereas small website operators who can't afford the high costs will operate "in the slow lane." The Net result will be an Internet that will become much like cable TV. You will get only the information that the big media companies (and their governmental affiliates) want you to get. You will get a lot less, and you will pay a lot more for less.
These ISPs have now gotten the legal green light to go ahead with their plans and they WILL do so very shortly unless something is done to stop them. This is where you come in. The mission of INFO is to organize and plan peaceful cyber-protests, create petitions, and engage in other forms of constitutionally protected free speech and grass roots efforts aimed at preserving an open, free, and democratic Net. In particular INFO stands against the attempt by these giant ISPs to block, slow, censor, or otherwise restrict legal Internet content and Internet access.
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Elliot D. Cohen, Ph.D. is a political analyst and media critic. His most recent book is Technology of Oppression: Preserving Freedom and Dignity in an Age of Mass, Warrantless Surveillance(Palegrave Macmillan, 2014.) He is a Fellow at the (more...)
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