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A clarification of Common Cause's stance on Net Neutrality. Common Cause herein respectfully urges the Commission to classify the Internet connectivity portion of broadband Internet service as a telecommunications service in order to protect the public interest, and establish enforceable rules that will keep the Internet open and non-discriminatory. "Net neutrality" is critical to preserving the free flow of information that enables us as a society to solve problems, innovate and most importantly, self-govern.
This Common Cause New York testimony concerning cable customer service issues reads, in part, 'The franchise renewal agreements that are being negotiated between the City and the incumbent cable providers offer a valuable opportunity for the City to push for new concessions, including improved services and expanded access to government information.'
As postings on 80,000 websites and messages from millions of internet users across America protested a Trump administration plan to end “net neutrality” rules, a band of lawmakers and activists gathered outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to join in the fight.
Today's proposal, if approved, will cut the open internet off at the knees. The majority at the Commission has invited a few telecom giants to design and control our communications future and relegates consumers and innovators to passive recipients of what the big boys deign to provide us. This is exactly the opposite of how the internet was supposed to function, with citizens empowered to frequent the sites and services of their choice - not subject to corporate censorship or slow lanes.
Sinclair's acquisition of Tribune Broadcasting is expected and disappointing. Expected because the new FCC majority is foaming at the mouth to rubber stamp more massive media mergers; and disappointing because Sinclair is not known for the best journalism in the land, to put it mildly. Our nation’s civic dialogue suffers yet another blow with this merger.