Testifying at yesterday's FCC hearing on Net Neutrality, Media Access Project's Andrew Jay Schwartzman emphasized that the Commission should implement policies to promote the public’s First Amendment right to free expression and civic participation. He argued that the FCC should give little credence to Internet service providers' demands for unfettered discretion over speech on their networks.
The cable industry is saying that Network Neutrality would violate the First Amendment because it would prohibit them from “expressing themselves” by distorting the flow of information over the Internet wires they control.
Millions of AT&T customers have been griping about your service from the moment they were forced to join your network to use their iPhones. Complaints run from consistently dropped voice calls to slow and erratic data speeds to a lack of service in huge swaths of the country. Did I mention dropped calls? Can you hear me never?
There is a silent battle occurring in Washington, D.C., over our ability to freely access and exchange information through our last unbiased medium, the Internet. The telecom industry is feverishly buying up policy-makers in an attempt to block new, unanimously approved FCC regulations on Internet service providers.
The cable and phone industry keep making the offensive argument that the First Amendment belongs to them, not you--and that the First Amendment empowers them to stifle your online speech just so they can make more money.
As a young owner of a small business -- a New York-based startup company called onebluebrick -- I rely on an open Internet, and I’ve experienced firsthand what will happen if Net Neutrality is not preserved.
We at SaveTheNews.org and Free Press learned today that the eminent communications law scholar C. Edwin Baker died this week at the age of 62. Baker was a passionate defender of the First Amendment and a longtime advocate for media and democracy.
Baker took part in the early planning meetings before SaveTheNews.org was launched, and his ideas have helped to shape much of our work. Robert McChesney and John Nichols, the co-founders of Free Press, offered remembrances of Baker.
Bill Densmore is Vice President, Director & Co-Founder, CircLabs Inc. The following is an excerpt of his remarks delivered at the Federal Trade Commission’s “News Media Workshop” held on December 1 and 2, 2009.
The defining challenge for news organizations in the 21st century is no longer managing proprietary information, but helping the public manage our attention to ubiquitous information. In less than a decade, we have moved from a world of relative information scarcity -- access restricted by a variety of technical choke points -- such as presses -- to a world of such information abundance that the average user's challenge is not how to access information, or even how find it, but how to personalize and make sense of it.
Andrew Jay Schwartzman is President & Chief Executive Officer of the Media Access Project. The following is an excerpt of his remarks delivered at the Federal Trade Commission’s “News Media Workshop” held on December 1 and 2, 2009. Read his full FTC comments here.
The Internet is neither the problem nor the solution, but it is a central part of the future of journalism. Cutbacks in journalism predate the Internet, and have been driven by the incessant demands of Wall Street for short-term results and ever-greater rates of return.