October 30, 2009

Ed Markey (D-MA) Discusses Net Neutrality with Black Bloggers

I was pleased to receive invitation to join a conference call today with Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) regarding his Internet Freedom Preservation Act (H.R. 3458) bill. The Internet Freedom Preservation Act would protect Network Neutrality under the Communications Act, safeguard the future of the open Internet, and protect Internet users from discrimination online.

Rep. Markey is best known for his work in Congress on the global warming issue. However, he made it evident during the conference call that he feels the time for net neutrality legislation is now.

Rep. Markey is one of seven congressional leaders to co-sponsor HR 3458. He asked that bloggers and other online activists encourage other members of congress to co-sign this legislation. You can find online petition that allows you to write your congressional representative in the 'Take Action for Net Neutrality' section of this website.

Rep. Markey also suggested that villagers participate in the debate currently taking place within the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The conference call helped me to better understand the importance of supporting Net Neutrality. I appreciate Rep. Markey, Garlin Gilchrist II (The SuperSpade) and Timothy Karr (Free Press) for providing this open forum of discussion by Black bloggers!

What are your thoughts on the Net Neutrality movement?

3 comments:

msladydeborah said...

I have already signed a couple of petitions on this issue. I believe that it is really important for people who have an active on line life and presence to become aware of what is at stake. I don't want to be told what I can or cannot do on the internet. That is my call and I want the right preserved by me. I sincerely believe that there is going to be an attempt to censor users because of the impact that bloggers have had on public opinion.

I also believe that not a lot of information is currently being circulated among Black bloggers regarding this subject. A lot of us use our blogs to share issue orientated information. We also use our sites to organize for causes that are not always popular in the eyes of the "majority". POC's would definitely be impacted with this particularly law. I can also see the LGBT community and women in general having major problems with being free to move about the internet.

Villager said...

Lady D - I suspect that I won't be able to get more in-depth into this effort until after the holidays. I do think it is an issue that Black bloggers need to get more engaged in over the coming weeks and months...

Villager said...

Lady D - I think that this is an issue that we need to blog about again now (April 2010)...