Do not ask for whom the COPE tolls...

Posted by Mitchell - June 8, 2006 (entry 462)

Our friends at, which helped to organize the National Day of Outrage on May 24, are holding an online vigil of breaking developments about the bill we love to hate.

Current signs are that network neutrality in the U.S. House may actually be snatched from the jaws of defeat, seeing as how the profile has gained a tremendous high profile and that the Markey bill actually was introduced for a vote.

However, it may seem that public access / PEG cable programming may get screwed over big time by this legislation, as one do-no-harm amendment was defeated, and another controversial (and perhaps ultimately harmful amendment) was approved.

The dismal COPE Act is slated for a vote now on Friday, June 9. We encourage you -- as other communities are doing likewise -- to speak out on this issue.

This round might be coming to a close, but the fight continues.

Speaking of which, there's an anti-DRM rally outside the Apple store in downtown Chicago on Saturday morning, June 10.

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