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The Internet: Wired to whose advantage?


Proposed regulation could decrease incentives for private-sector investment in broadband build-out.
An open Internet for all

Donna Champion and Nicole Palya Wood, Star Tribune | MN

The benefits of broadband technology are undeniable. However, about 6 percent of Minnesota's homes have little or no access to broadband Internet. In May, state officials passed a law setting a goal to give every resident access to a high-speed broadband connection by 2015.

Minnesota has been awarded about $60 million in federal Recovery Act funds to help extend broadband services in the state. While these funds will help provide broadband access to thousands of households, businesses and community facilities in 11 rural Minnesota counties, government can't be expected to bear the full cost of rural broadband deployment.

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An open Internet for all, Mignon Clyburn and Michael J. Copps, Star Tibune | MN
The power must be in the hands of consumers, because corporations will press their advantage if they can.

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CNN Most Trusted Name in News?

  • Political analysts Hilary Rosen, Alex Castellanos tied to BP oil
  • CNN Situation Room Social Security Scaremongering
  • Should CNN cede its trademark as the Most Trusted Name in News to the Huffington Post?

Frank DiGiacomo, New York Daily News | NY

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

Hilary Rosen has reportedly done work for oil giant BP but is also employed by CNN. Morigi/WireImage

Despite poor ratings, the cable news network that Ted Turner founded in 1980 has long prided itself on journalistic integrity. But media insiders say CNN's continued ties to lobbyists and special-interest consultants - whom it bills as political analysts - now threaten its sterling reputation. And one source says the network's parent company, Time Warner, is paying close attention to the matter.

Two names that repeatedly come up are Hilary Rosen, a former recording-industry lobbyist who was hired to be a D.C. navigator for public relations consulting firm The Brunswick Group, and Alex Castellanos, a founder of public-affairs PR firm Purple Strategies. As political blogger Greg Sargent reported in the Plumline Monday, BP has retained the services of Rosen, a Democrat, who has farmed out some of the work to her fellow CNN talking head Castellanos, a Republican.

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CNN Situation Room Social Security Scaremongering, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

  • CNN's Social Security 'crisis'
  • Ask CNN's Situation Room to bring on Social Security experts who would challenge the alarmist views featured recently on the show.
  • Top 5 Social Security Myths

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FCC should reject the Google-Verizon net-neutrality plan

  • The Google and Verizon net-neutrality plan is bad policy that will only benefit the two companies. The FCC should quickly reject the proposal.
  • Stop Google And Verizon From Setting Our Public Internet Policy

Ryan Blethen, Seattle Times | WA

The only thing transparent about the Google and Verizon plan for net neutrality is how disingenuous it is.

The proposal from the two outsized corporations would essentially starve the open Internet in favor of a well-maintained, pay-to-play Internet and completely wall off wireless Internet from even the most minimal open-access rules.

What I find most maddening about the Google-Verizon plan is that it could have been headed off if not for the lethargy of the Federal Communications Commission, the regulatory agency charged to work in the public's interest. Google and Verizon filled the void with a proposal that would harm consumers and restrict innovation while ceding control of the Internet to broadband oligarchs.

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Stop Google And Verizon From Setting Our Public Internet Policy, The Pen

  • Since when is it the place of special interest corporations to determine what public policy should be?
  • Tell Google: Don't be evil
  • FCC Hearing on Net Neutrality Comes to Minneapolis Thursday August 19


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FCC Hearing on Net Neutrality Comes to Minneapolis Thursday August 19

  • Since when is it the place of special interest corporations to determine what public policy should be?
  • Stop Google And Verizon From Setting Our Public Internet Policy
  • Tell Google: Don't be evil


Andy Driscoll and Lynnell Mickelsen, Truth to Tell
, KFAI-FM

“The FCC recently announced that up to 24 million Americans don't have access to broadband. The exclusion of millions of people from the defining technology of our time only widens the existing gulf between those that have and those that don't. Everyday people like you and me must have a voice in shaping the future of the Internet. This hearing will give members of the public the chance to communicate their ideas, experiences and concerns directly to the commissioners.” – Amalia Deloney, grassroots policy director for the Center for Media Justice.

A recent court decision left the FCC’s authority over Internet providers in legal limbo. Without this authority, the agency cannot protect Net Neutrality, the principle that guarantees free speech online, and cannot ensure that every American has access to affordable broadband service.

In a recent speech, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken called Net Neutrality “the free speech issue of our time.”

The FCC will hear from Minnesotans on Future of Internet Thursday, Aug 19 at Minneapolis' South High School (map). TruthToTell's Andy Driscoll and Lynnell Mickelsen explore the issues and testimony Minnesota media justice types will deliver to Federal Communications Commissioners Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn at a hearing on the future of the Internet on August 19 at 6PM at South High School Auditorium in Minneapolis.

Guests: Steve Renderos, Media Justice Coordinator, Main Street Project
Margaret Kaplan, Operations Director, MN Center for Neighborhood Organizing (CURA)
Chaka Mkali, Director of Organizing and Community Building, Hope Community, Minneapolis
Laura Waterman Wittstock, Author, Consultant, Co-Producer/Host - First Person Radio (KFAI)

Broadcast: in Minneapolis/St. Paul KFAI-90.3/106.7/Streamed @ KFAI.org 9-10AM, Monday, August 16

Archived: Click here

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Stop Google And Verizon From Setting Our Public Internet Policy, The Pen

  • Since when is it the place of special interest corporations to determine what public policy should be?
  • Tell Google: Don't be evil

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