How to Support Internet Freedom
Freedom of electronic media publishers and communications may compare to that of the press news media and printing -- which are unlicensed enterprises in the U.S.A. and compare to all kinds of speech communications regarding:"Congress shall make 'no' law" restricting the freedom of speech and the press according to the U.S. Constitution?
The Internet is available all over the world, and is not regulated by the U.S. federal government as of December 2010. It is privately owned and managed by cooperation among the Internet content and access providers, associations and users. Would you like to Avoid Political Compromise andhelpsupport Internet freedom and to speak out against its being re-classified, regulated or licensed?
Do you think of the Internet as being a form ofe-publishingand is its issues of freedom comparable to the traditional press? The concept offreedom of informationis expressed about Internet censorship and possible controls or suppression of e-publishing and/or accessing information on the Internet.
As an individual and in cooperation with other individuals and in your personal employment or your business enterprise: do you want to work to protect and support the freedoms of the Internet including free speech, and press freedom for privately-owned or corporatecompetitive Internet?
The bureaucracies of local, state, central governments and/or regulators such as the Federal Communications Commission might impose strict Internet regulations if you and others did not help to vigorously protest it.
How can you help to support the Internet being as unregulated as possible and help work against individuals or any political entities that could work to censor your personal speech and your individual press freedoms. Read on.
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Consider adding voluntary child content protections on your computer such as your obtaining filtering programs.This is for your own family's security from viewing objectionable materials.
Consider supporting candidates who advocate freedom for private economic applications of the Internet.
Decide whether you favor supporting the Internet as a similar to a function of the press (in essence:and support "make no law to restrict it").
Consider working for democratic potential:
Help keep new information technologies to be realized by freedom of use but avoiding government license, design, regulation and/or management.
Help start an organization of/for, possibly school-aged, individuals and groups (local, state or national) to get your and their ideas of individual freedom heard and/or seen on the Internet -- or join an existing organization that seems effective.
Individually oppose re-classifying the Internet as a regulated public utility.If it is "the press" -- it can be free -- or as a utility it may be a channel of propaganda of despots/tyrrants. Consider whether regulation is, potentially, a government takeover of the Internet with political control, limiting of knowledge, and for governmental extremism, not the least being over-taxation?
Consider working and voting against candidates who support unnecessarily controlling your freedoms and that of others with possible interventions that may be dangerous to your freedom, if it were to tell you how the Internet may be restricted and "allowed" to be used.
Help elect candidates to make government efficient, with less duplication and less controlling, but instead to not hinder prospering through freedom of individual and private enterprise for Internet access:
- Support protecting telephone, wireless and cable Internet access;
- Encourage private investing in those facilities;
Work for your candidates who promote ease of private enterprise and individual freedom?
Oppose those who do not maintain (in all aspects) the individual and free enterprise system itself.
- Be a booster of the principles of liberty, and free rights by your own political efforts. Make your contributions to support press freedom / unregulated Internet.
Pursue individual and organized campaigns to encourage and promote higher speed connections for use at home:
- Telemedicine, medical "house calls" (by Internet);
- Distance learning, training, education;
- Consumer empowerment to work (and browse and shop) online.
"Decide whether" to oppose public-utility style regulation, ie:
Oppose government (sponsored) monopoly:as was the old "telephone company monopolies" -- and if so, would you then work for ensuring the following personal freedoms?
Help support the Internet freedom as the creator of wealth by not crippling freedom of access or of business use and investment -- or not.
Resist government interference in how the freedom of the market works in the Internet similar to the freedom of the press.
Consider joining with others to boycott certain malefactors, and work for your rights and ideas, ideals and beliefs
Work with others against "one size fits all," which does not fit, by possibly organizing
Resist central federal or state detailed economic planning.
Work to protect consumers access to and promote "free, critical journalism" by protecting the Internet from government censorship or a possible takeover of the Internet.
Support keeping information services like Internet access unregulated as possible.
Fight against reclassification that could lead to a government regulatory bureaucracy -- and would you consider that a takeover, good or bad?
See whether you are concerned that economic regulation could lead to content regulation as a Public utility infrastructure, tightly regulated, and subsidized with billions of taxpayer dollars, subject to content restrictions.
Consider left or right regulating public networks:
Would you support or oppose the taxpayers being required to support and force content that they object to be blocked?Perhaps that could be either left or right wing censorship which could lead to the pendulum swinging back and forth in content regulation (in turn and vice versa)...
Would you oppose coercing/forcing carrying of majority, minority or interest groups or certain voices on your Internet site to get through to major audiences -- really being forced onto websites -- like onto your individual page or even the big corporate site?Consider:
If your rights are not by virtue of being born, at birth, for one and all, and by virtue of your very existence (in essence: like given by God) -- then they are not "free rights"!
- When some talk about freedom, they may mean freedomfrom"religion" and from “private enterprise, business or global corporations."
- Remember family protections by voluntary options like your obtaining filtering programs for your and other children's protection from objectionable materials.
- Some may want government control of speech, of opportunities and business.
- Regulated "freedom of the press or Internet" would be whatever is provided by government. Would you call that freedom?
- Regulated "Internet," free press, or speech is by definitionnotreal freedom; so, who would decide it and how would that be fair:
treating everybody the same-- for example like a servant or as a child (when you are adult) -- does that make it equal rights -- freedom and rights?
Is freedom treating each one individually -- quite differently -- because of your own "self-determination," "freedom of choices" and "freedom of rights".
- treating everybody the same-- for example like a servant or as a child (when you are adult) -- does that make it equal rights -- freedom and rights?
History:Open Internetregulatory/court decisions, U.S.A.
- In 2005, when theFCC deregulated DSL, a form of broadband, as an information service -- it also adoptedOpen Internet principles. These principles state that consumers are entitled to:
- "access" the legal Internet content of their choice;
- "attach any device" that does not harm the network;
- "run legal applications and services" of their choice; and to
- "have competition" among network, application, service, and content providers
- all subject toreasonable network management(to be described).
- In 2008, the FCCfound Comcast in violation of the Open Internet principles for blocking peer-to-peer large file sharing (the Comcast/BitTorrent case). Comcast challenged the FCC’s legal authority to enforce its Open Internet principles.
- In April 2010, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Comcast and found thatthe FCC had not properly justified its legal authority to enforce the Open Internet principles.
- The Comcast decision involves more than open Internet regulation. Importantly, itraises questions regarding the Commission’s legal authority to transform the Universal Service Fund to support broadband.The U. S. Congress is considering laws and regulations that may impact your individual rights on thefreedom of the Internet, but to what extent is yet to be determined.
- The central questions: will you work for or against government force or for or against ensuring that certain voices are heard? So, would you call that "assured," or conversely "coerced," by government bureaucrats --ordo you want to continue the very successful experiment with a free-speech, free-market, privately owned, competitive Internet muchlike the private freedom of the press?
Slogan, regulation program:Net Neutrality
- In the US, and elsewhere as well, the possibility of regulations designed to mandate the neutrality of the Internet has been subject to fierce debate:
- Neutrality proponents claim that telecom companies seek to impose a tiered service model in order to control the pipeline and thereby remove competition, create artificial scarcity, and oblige subscribers to buy their otherwise uncompetitive services.
- Opponents of net neutrality characterize its regulations as "a solution in search of a problem", arguing that broadband service providers have no plans to block content or degrade network performance.
- Some critics of net neutrality also argue that data discrimination of some kinds, particularly to guarantee quality of service, is not problematic, but is actually highly desirable and some have called the term "net neutrality" aslogan.
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