It’s easy to get mired in hopelessness and despair as thousands of fired journalists close their reporters’ notebooks, shelve their AP Stylebooks, and leave their posts, their beats often left unfilled.
It’s easy to feel a sense of righteousness as newspapers across the country crumble under a greedy business model that puts profit before quality journalism and protecting the public’s interest. And it’s easy to simply hope that the Internet provides a new vehicle for a robust press.
At the close of yesterday’s FCC comment period about a national Internet plan, thousands of you filed comments in support of an open, affordable Internet. This could be the biggest docket in the FCC’s history.
While we were ushering your comments to the FCC, we also took a moment (or, more accurately, hours of our research director’s time) to submit our own.
We know it was frustrating yesterday when our links went haywire and you couldn’t post your comments to the FCC. But look at it this way – so many people were trying to contact the FCC, our servers were having trouble keeping up with the rush.
With its most recent demonstration of “Comcastic” behavior, the cable giant is competing for yet another medal in the Sneaky Olympics. So in addition to having paid people to fill the seats at public FCC hearings on the future of the Internet last year, Comcast can now add slanted polling practices to its record.
The Federal Communications Commission is busy crafting America's first national broadband plan, and they're asking for your input. Now's your chance to tell the FCC to support an open, fast, affordable and people-powered Internet without corporate gatekeepers.
If Massachusetts is leading the nation in broadband expansion, we should be worried.
Last year, Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill to extend affordable high-speed Internet to thousands of Massachusetts residents. He has authorized $40 million in state bonds to develop public-private partnerships to connect the dozens of towns that still don’t have broadband access.
President Obama has done it again – re-affirming his unyielding commitment to an open Internet. It happened this time during an announcement on Friday of a new initiative to beef up the nation's defenses against cyber-attacks.