Continuing efforts regarding Net Neutrality: Free Web Banner Ads

Posted by Mitchell - September 28, 2006 (entry 409)

You'll be pleased to hear that a coalition of bloggers has assembled to promote the issue of net neutrality. They've started a series of conference calls. This is not insignificant; bloggers have become a growing and increasingly influential political force. What is encouraging is this post from Timothy Karr's blog. This campaign to preserve net neutrality needs to grow much larger across public consciousness, but the opportunity for victory is ripe. I'm heartened by the words of former U-Chicago guy Lawrence Lessig:

"One thing I saw at the hearing, when I was testifying, is that it just didn't sit right, either with Republicans or Democrats, to imagine the Internet changed into a place where you basically could control what people had access to, or the networks had the right to control what people had access to. There really is an opportunity to do something successful in this context if there really were a movement."

I think we're on the cusp of becoming a movement on Net Neutrality. But what winds up happening with this movement, and for the future of internet and the media in the U.S., is up for us -- each of us -- to determine.

So, get involved. Here's one quick way how: Spread the word. We've asked a New York graphic designer to design a series of website/blog ads about the issue, pointing to the Net Freedom Now campaign, with hopefully more ads coming. If you have a website or a blog, we encourage you to link to the campaign. (Plus, look for more actions in the coming days.)

If the telcos get away with abolishing or maiming net neutrality, it'll amount to strangulation of innovation of the internet and the coming digital media transition through economic means. It would, quoting Ben Scott, "banish hundreds of thousands of bloggers to the slow lane".

Freedom: Use it or lose it.

UPDATE: I think this qualifies as a breakthrough of sorts. Let's keep it going.

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed on this website are those of the individual members of Chicago Media Action who authored them, and not necessarily those of the entire membership of Chicago Media Action, nor of Chicago Media Action as an organization.

FAIR USE NOTICE: This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.