Creative Voices Call For Stronger Net Neutrality Rules

October 25, 2006

The Center for Creative Voices in Media filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission yesterday calling for “strong and enforceable” Net Neutrality conditions for the AT&T – BellSouth merger.

What is at stake here is nothing less than the future of the Internet, and whether the future Internet will be open or closed to independent and diverse voices and viewpoints. Not just creative voices – all voices. Will consumers retain the freedom to access any website, as they could when government policies were in place that ensured nondiscriminatory access, or will they be restricted to visiting sites approved by – or in business with – the “gatekeeper” that provides high speed Internet access?

The entire comments can be found by following this link.


“The Net at Risk”

October 18, 2006

Tonight on PBS, Moyers on America presents “The Net at Risk“. Following the program there will be a live online debate here about the future of the Internet with Hands Off The Internet‘s Mike McCurry and Ben Scott of Free Press.


ACME Board President Rob Williams at Wednesday’s Save The Internet – Vermont Event

September 1, 2006

Pictures from VPIRG’s SavetheInternet Coalition’s Net Neutrality Event

From Vermont PIRG:

“August 31, 2006 in front of Senator Jeffords office in Montpelier, Vermont

Press release here includes speaker bios

Go Rob, ACME, and VPIRG!

For more, read “National Outpouring of Support for Net Neutrality” from the blog.

Save Public Access!

August 31, 2006

(From Cambridge Community Television‘s E-mail Update for Sept. 1, 2006)

“When the US Senate reconvenes, it is expected to consider H.R. 5252, the Advanced Telecommunications and Opportunity Reform (ATOR) Act.

This is the bill that has been pushed through Congress by Verizon, in an attempt to remove local control over cable franchising and allow telecommunications service providers to pick and choose which neighborhoods and communities they wish to serve. The bill also threatens internet neutrality. (See Save The Internet for more information.)

We need you to call our Senators and say ‘I urge the Senator to do everything within his power to keep H.R. 5252 from being voted on. If it IS brought to a vote, I urge the Senator to vote against the bill.

To take action:

Call Sen. Kennedy now at 617-565-3170.

Call Sen. Kerry now at 617-565-8519.”

Sign Up to Deliver the Internet Freedom Petition to Senator Kennedy!

August 28, 2006

Sign Up to support Internet Freedom now and help deliver a petition to Senator Kennedy’s Office in Boston this Wednesday! Here are the details from

Senator Kennedy’s Boston Office
30 Aug 12:00 PM

“Senator Kennedy needs to know his constituents are paying attention to his upcoming vote on Net Neutrality and expect him to vote the right way. We will deliver thousands of petition signatures from Massachusetts residents asking him to support Net Neutrality. Media will be invited.” – “Internet Freedom Petition Delivery“,

Location: Senator Kennedy’s Boston Office, 2400 JFK Building, Boston, MA
Host: Adam Green
Status: Public, open for RSVP, 52 Guests (Max 100)

Save The Internet : Act Now

Call to Action in Boston to Support Internet Freedom!

August 24, 2006


“Internet freedom is under attack. The House of Representatives has voted to give giant corporations more control over what you see and do online, and corporate lobbyists are pushing for a quick vote in the Senate. Senator Edward Kennedy could be the deciding vote, but he has remained silent on Net Neutrality. We can change that next Wednesday at noon.

In Boston, we will deliver thousands of petition signatures from Massachusetts residents to Senator Kennedy’s office. The media will be invited, and we need a big crowd to show Senator Kennedy how important protecting Net Neutrality is to constituents.

Can you help deliver the petitions next Wednesday—asking Senator Kennedy to protect Net Neutrality? Please RSVP below.

What: Internet freedom petition delivery to the senator’s office
Where: Senator Kennedy’s Boston Office, 2400 JFK Building, Boston, MA
When: Wednesday, 30 Aug 2006, 12:00 PM

Link to RSVP:

Some senators think the public doesn’t care about this issue. They think we don’t know companies like AT&T and Verizon are spending millions lobbying Congress to eliminate Net Neutrality and give them more over control of the Internet. But petition deliveries in 50 locations across the nation next week will prove them wrong.

We will deliver thousands of petition signatures to Senator Kennedy along with the diverse Coalition—which includes local small businesses, consumer groups, Craig from Craigslist, MoveOn, the Christian Coalition, Gun Owners of America, Free Press, musicians REM and Moby, and over 750 other organizations.

Just last week, a similar petition delivery event in New Mexico was covered by local TV, newspapers, and radio. That senator’s staff was surprised at the large crowds outside their office, and even invited local residents inside to discuss why Net Neutrality was important to them. The senator definitely got the message that his constituents care—and that message will help us in upcoming Senate votes.

Can you help us deliver a message to Senator Kennedy that he should support Net Neutrality? Sign up for Wednesday’s petition delivery by clicking here:

Thanks for all you do.

–Eli Pariser, Adam Green, Noah T. Winer, and the Civic Action team
Thursday, August 24th, 2006

P.S. Here’s some more information about Net Neutrality:

1. Where your senators stand:

The petition to Congress can be signed at:

2. What is Net Neutrality?

Right now, your Internet company doesn’t get to choose which websites open quickly on your computer. They can’t decide that Google will open more quickly than Yahoo, or that the website of a company they own will open more quickly than a competitor. That’s because of Net Neutrality—the rule that’s been in place since the Internet was created that says Internet service providers can’t discriminate between websites.

Telephone and cable companies (like AT&T, Verizon, BellSouth, Comcast, and Time Warner) want to eliminate Net Neutrality so they can put tollbooths on the Internet and speed up sites that pay them the most. They’ve been quite blatant about it—here’s what one top executive told the Washington Post:

“William L. Smith, chief technology officer for Atlanta-based BellSouth Corp., told reporters and analysts that an Internet service provider such as his firm should be able, for example, to charge Yahoo Inc. for the opportunity to have its search site load faster than that of Google Inc.” (Washington Post, December 1, 2005)

Some informative links:

Executive Wants to Charge for Web Speed,” Washington Post, December 1, 2005

Net Losses,” New Yorker, March 20, 2006

How Net Neutrality affects you

Joint Op-Ed on Net Neutrality, MoveOn and Christian Coalition, Washington Times, June 16, 2006

Who supports Net Neutrality?

Over 1 million Internet users

Over 750 grassroots organizations across the country

Political groups from left and right

Small businesses

Bigger businesses

College football teams

Video gamers

Jon Stewart

The Daily Show correspondents



The “Broadband”

Techno fans

17,000 MySpacers

Thousands of bloggers


Video Franchising and the FCC

August 5, 2006

(via Benton Foundation Headlines)

Faltering Telecom Bill May Spur FCC Action on Video Services

(Wednesday, August 2) “The prospect that Congress may not pass telecom overhaul legislation this year could spur the FCC to help the Bell telecommunications companies more rapidly enter the video market.

The FCC is considering two potential vehicles for obtaining regulatory relief, although action is not imminent.

One item concerns municipalities’ review of cable franchises, and the other addresses the definition of Internet-enabled services, including video programming.

The proposals could put the FCC at the core of faltering telecom legislation by undercutting municipal review of the Bells’ video services.

The House-passed bill, H.R. 5252 — which would pre-empt municipal cable franchises with a nationwide franchise — is stuck in the Senate over the issue of whether some telecom firms could be empowered to have tighter control over network providers’ content.”

Read the article here.