Net Neutrality and Occupy Wall Street – Making A Connection

CHICAGO - The U.S. Senate may vote this week on overturning Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules aimed at guaranteeing an open Internet, whereby corporations were forbidden to give some people better access to the Web than others. And the fate of the so-called "net neutrality" rules could affect future protests like Occupy Wall Street.

At Occupy Chicago, communications volunteers count more than 33,000 Facebook "likes," 20,000 Twitter followers, and several thousand website hits every day.

So, some are asking, what would happen if the corporate entities that are the targets of protests were able to limit Internet traffic? That was tried at one point by the Egyptian government during the Arab Spring protests, and Betty Yu with the Center for Media Justice says it's a legitimate concern.

"A lot of this organizing that happened - sure, it was organic - but it would not be able to happen the way it happened, the way it flourished, if there wasn't an open Internet, period."

Opponents of net neutrality rules say they're not necessary and stifle business growth. Yu says the consolidation of wireless phone companies - like the proposed AT&T and T-Mobile merger - could also lead to a situation where the companies - or the government - could hamper Twitter communications.

Andrew Smith volunteers in the communications area of Occupy Chicago, where he says social media are used not only to mobilize demonstrators, but to make sure mainstream media report accurately on the protest

more

Vote to overturn net-neutrality rules expected on Thursday

 

By Brendan Sasso - 11/07/11 04:12 PM ET 
 
The Senate plans to debate a resolution to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's net-neutrality rules on Wednesday and will vote on the resolution on Thursday, according to a spokesman for Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) office did not immediately return a request to confirm the vote's schedule.


 Broadcasting and Cable first reported the timing of the vote.

The House passed a resolution to repeal the rules in April. If the Senate approves the resolution, it would then go to President Obama for his signature. Obama, who made passing net neutrality rules part of his campaign in 2008, is expected to veto the resolution if it clears Congress.

The resolution has 42 Republican co-sponsors in the Senate.

Unlike most legislation, the resolution is not subject to the 60-vote threshold to overcome a filibuster

more






Views: 149

Replies to This Discussion

That's tomorrow no? The day before the FEMA "test"?

RSS

"Destroying the New World Order"

TOP CONTENT THIS WEEK

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE SITE!

mobile page

12160.info/m

12160 Administrators

Doc Vega, Chris of the family Masters, cheeki kea and 3 more were featured

 

Latest Activity

luggnutz posted a photo
24 minutes ago
luggnutz posted a status
"Stress is a glass of water. Longer you hold it, the more the pain. 2 years of covid. Now, monkeypox! Turn off the news, put down the glass."
38 minutes ago
Doc Vega posted blog posts
1 hour ago
Parrhesia posted photos
1 hour ago
Chris of the family Masters posted blog posts
3 hours ago
cheeki kea commented on Parrhesia's photo
Thumbnail

Azov Mariupol Headquarters

"https://telegra.ph/NATIONALISM-FOR-EXPORT-05-19  Azov fighters have failed and now resort to…"
4 hours ago
Parrhesia replied to Parrhesia's discussion Michigan Teacher on Leave After Assignment Displays Barack Obama with Monkeys – Asks Students to Identify a Primate
5 hours ago
Parrhesia posted discussions
5 hours ago
cheeki kea commented on Parrhesia's photo
Thumbnail

The Making Of A Pandemic Under New WHO Rules

"Mercks turn to profit I wonder. Starts to look like they've already got their finger in the…"
6 hours ago
cheeki kea commented on Parrhesia's photo
Thumbnail

Looks Like Monkeypox Is The Next Plannedemic

"Correct. Some of these truth diggers are so good they get the Full truth out there before the lie…"
6 hours ago
Parrhesia posted videos
6 hours ago
Ragnarok posted a status
"World Wide Freedom Rally: Live: The Cleanest Stream in London https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zji8Kj04oTQ"
8 hours ago
Ragnarok posted a status
"LIVE: World wide freedom rally #forourchildren https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8NeCZ4wptQ"
8 hours ago
Ragnarok posted a status
"LIVE: Worldwide Freedom Rally | LONDON | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz-g2TTeqzE"
8 hours ago
Ragnarok posted a discussion

African scientists surprised by spread of monkeypox cases

African scientists surprised by spread of monkeypox casesBy Rédaction Africanews with AP - May 20,…See More
10 hours ago
tjdavis favorited Parrhesia's photo
13 hours ago
tjdavis favorited Parrhesia's photo
13 hours ago
tjdavis favorited Parrhesia's photo
13 hours ago
tjdavis posted photos
13 hours ago
tjdavis posted a blog post
13 hours ago

© 2022   Created by truth.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

content and site copyright 12160.info 2007-2019 - all rights reserved. unless otherwise noted