A True Open Internet for All New Mexicans is Coming
On Wednesday, Feb 4 something amazing happened. The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Tom Wheeler, finally released his proposed open Internet rules that would reclassify the Internet as a Title II service under the Communications Act.
For years now, organizations in New Mexico and across the country have been fighting to prevent Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Comcast, from having more power over the Internet. What kind of power? The power to charge you more if you want your website to load faster; the power to slow your website down if you don’t pay ISPs more money; the power to give you fewer options; and the power to charge you more for the websites you already visit today for free, whether it’s on a computer, on a cell phone, or on a tablet.
The chairman’s new proposed rules would give the FCC the authority to keep the Internet open and not allow this takeover of the Internet by Internet Service Providers. If passed, these rules would be a huge victory for New Mexico.
Last year, Chairman Tom Wheeler of the FCC came to Albuquerque and heard from hundreds of New Mexicans about the need to keep the Internet open and not allow companies to have more power. Their voices and many others across the country have been heard.
It’s decision time! The rules will be voted on at the FCC’s next public meeting, scheduled for February 26. Media Literacy Project is hosting a live FCC vote watching party the morning of February 26 beginning at 9 a.m. at the offices of Encuentro (714 4th St. SW, Albuquerque). Join us as we watch Internet history happen.
For more information please contact Neza, our media justice organizer at 505-307-5034 or neza [at] medialiteracyproject [dot] org.