Category Archives: Network Neutrality

Did your US House Rep Sell Out the Internet?

After reading MediaGeek’s blog post about how his US Representative voted on COPE (Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act) I was inspired to make a list. I’m happy to say that my Representative David Price voted against it. So did Rep. Brad Miller who represents part of Wake County (Raleigh). It’ll be interesting in the future to create a graph on how they voted on all the bills set to protect and destroy Network Neutrality. COPE is one of the bad ones. Incase you were wondering voting ‘Yea’ for COPE is bad.

This controversial telecommunications legislation would permit phone and cable companies to operate Internet and other digital communications service as private networks, free of policy safeguards or governmental oversight.

via: Democracy Now!

North Carolina

District Representatives Party Vote
1 Frank Balance D ?
2 Bob Etheridge D Yea
3 Walter Jones R Yea
4 David Price D Nay
5 Virginia Foxx R Yea
6 Howard Coble R Yea
7 Mike McIntyre D Yea
8 Robin Hayes R Yea
9 Sue Myrick R Yea
10 Cass Ballenger R ?
11 Charles Taylor R Yea
12 Melvin Watt D Yea
13 Brad Miller D Nay

Source for data above

House pannel voted for a Net Neutrality bill

C|net news.com is reporting that a US House of Reps panel voted in favor of a Net Neutrality bill.

By a 20-13 vote Thursday that partially followed party lines, the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would require broadband providers to abide by strict Net neutrality principles, meaning that their networks must be operated in a “nondiscriminatory” manner. All 14 Democrats on the committee–joined by 6 Republicans–supported the measure, while 13 Republicans opposed it.

I don’t think we’ve won this war yet, but this seems like a decisive victory.

Tactical Media Group

Found this neat blog by a group called the Tactical Media Group. They’re outa UMASS Boston home of the CTC VIST project. (That’s who sponsored my year of service in AmeriCorps. Good people!)

Here’s what the Tactical Media Group says they’re about:

The Tactical Media Group was formed in Fall 2005 to promote awareness and understanding of media and technology policy. We will engage area communities through educational initiatives in that arena with an eye towards fostering social activism and using media and technology to help bridge the digital divide.

Need to learn why communications policy is urgent and important? Want to know why this Telecom Policy debate is happening? Download the Telecommunications Legislation Toolkit [PDF] made by the Tactical Media Group. Lots of good info clearly laid out. Good job ya’ll!