A lot of people think the internet is a free and open environment,
where you can say what you want and visit, build, and use the sites and
services you want. And it is. But that's only because the government
protects us from the large cable and phone companies. These companies
want to block, slow, or degrade services and sites that don't pay them
money. This means that, absent government protection, any site or
service might be slowed down and made unusable, if the owner won't or
can't pay off the corporate bullies.
When President Obama ran for office, he promised to protect the
internet from these kinds of predatory practices. But his Federal
Communications Commission, chaired by an ex-cable lobbyist named Tom
Wheeler, may allow an internet which discriminates against web sites and
That's the bad news.
Now here's the good news.
Chairman Wheeler also says that he wants YOUR feedback before making
this pivotal decision. I've set up a site where you can submit your
comments to the FCC.
I've been in touch with the FCC over the past few months. In a letter
to me, Chairman Wheeler acknowledged that the FCC has the legal
authority to protect free speech on the internet. It's just about
whether he wants to do so. So let's tell him to do exactly that.