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FCC to Discuss Net Neutrality Rules Tuesday


By Jeff McEvoy, United States Senate Photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Jeff McEvoy, United States Senate Photographer
The Huffington Post ran a column Monday by Minnesota Senator Al Franken on the topic of net neutrality. The concept favors a level playing field online for businesses large and small and small publishers like MHMSM.com and large media conglomerates. Franken says the draft regulations written by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski come under fire and fall far short of protecting net neutrality.  Franken writes that the draft order would effectively permit internet providers to block lawful content, applications, and devices on mobile internet connections. “Mobile networks like AT&T and Verizon Wireless would be able to shut off your access to content or applications for any reason. For instance, Verizon could prevent you from accessing Google Maps on your phone, forcing you to use their own mapping program, Verizon Navigator, even if it costs money to use and isn’t nearly as good.” The FCC will be meeting Tuesday to discuss those regulations, Franken says, “and we must make sure that its members understand that allowing corporations to control the Internet is simply unacceptable.”

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