National Day of Out(R)age BOSTON Press Conference
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Click here to listen to the podcast from the ACMEBoston May 24, 2006 press conference on the Grand Staircase at the Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA (Recorded by Greg Mailloux).
(photo by Andy Carvin)
On May 24, a statewide coalition in Massachusetts joined thousands across the country for a National Day of Out(r)age to protest the telephone companies’ lobbying efforts in Congress to rewrite the nation’s telecommunications laws, in the wake of recent press reports that reveal that these same companies provided information on tens of millions of American citizens to the U.S. government!
Two bills (House Bill 5252 and Senate Bill 2686) are being considered in Congress RIGHT NOW that would:
* Reduce local control of video franchising and our public rights of way!
* Open the doors for the telecommunications giants to discriminate against low-income communities!
* Undermine the ability for PEG access centers to receive adequate funding, channels, and facilities—negatively impacting thousands of access centers across the U.S.!
* Create a two-tiered Internet: (1) A fast lane for those who can afford to ride on it, and (2) a dirt road for everybody else. This action would threaten the openness of the web, bringing the Internet as we know to an end!
Members and Supporters of the Massachusetts Save Access Coalition include:
Joe Dalton (District Director for Congressman Ed Markey’s Office), State Representative Gloria Fox, Boston City Councilors Jerry McDermott, Sam Yoon, and Chuck Turner, Mel King, David Isenberg (Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School), Communications Workers of America – District 1, MASSPIRG, Alliance for Community Media, Community Change Inc., Boston Neighborhood Producers Group (BNPG), Project: Think Different, Action Coalition for Media Education, Boston Chapter (ACMEBoston), Public Access Centers in Worcester, Fall River, Beverly, Lowell, Boston, and Cambridge, teachers and students from UMass Boston, Boston College, and Emerson College and local bloggers, podcasters, and videobloggers.
This event is part of a nationwide day of protests coordinated by SaveAccess.org, a national coalition of community media organizations and individuals.
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