Skip to main content

Massive corporations are cooking up backroom deals right now that could end this era of online innovation and fundamentally alter how we use the Internet.

And there is little to stop them -- unless we act now.  

I firmly believe that Congressional action is the only way to truly protect our online rights. For years, I've done everything I can in the halls of Congress to find the support for legislation that will protect the open Internet, and unfortunately the will is just not there -- the telecoms hold too much sway.

We must demand the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which has the power to protect the open Internet, step up to the plate and act immediately.  My colleagues Ed Markey and Anna Eshoo have joined me in sending a letter to the FCC laying out a set of guiding principles that will prevent corporations from hijacking our open Internet for their own profits.

Join us: Sign on to our letter demanding that the FCC act to protect a free and open Internet.

The most recent threat to a free and open Internet (and the first of what could be a string of these backroom deals) hit a little over a week ago, when Google and Verizon laid out a policy proposal that would do everything to expand service providers' profits but nothing to protect a free and open Internet.  Worse, it would have closed down the open model for wireless, the real future of online access.  Many of us were deeply disappointed in Google's participation in this proposal -- they have long been advocates for an open Internet.  

Google and Verizon are businesses trying to make a buck -- I guess that's their job.  But it's now time members of Congress stand with me and tell the FCC to do its job.

This should serve as a wake-up call to us all.

Let's be clear what's at stake here.  Currently, Americans pay an Internet service provider for the ability to get online.  Once online, they are free to browse as they choose, pick their online shopping experience, interact with friends and family, play games, etc.  The service provider you pay each month lives under a generally accepted rule that they will not discriminate against any site or information, as long as it is legal.  They can't slow down access to one site simply because they own interest in a competitor or another site is paying them a fee.  

But recent legal cases have destroyed the rules governing the Internet, and action by Internet service providers has clearly demonstrated that these companies are looking to turn access to the Internet into something completely different. They want to be able to capitalize on and control where you go on the Internet, solely based on what benefits their bottom line.  

It won't be entrepreneurs, artists, and regular Americans deciding who wins and loses online, it will be your Internet service provider.

If we wait on Congress to act, we could already be beyond the point of no return.

Thousands of you joined me to call on the FCC to do something back in May, but we can't let up now.  They need to see how important this issue is to our future.  If this new deal doesn't light a fire under them, and us, to get something done -- nothing will.

Sign on to our letter today demanding FCC action now– Democrats, Republicans, Independents, political or non-political -- anyone you know who uses the Internet. This affects us all, and we all need to join together to stop it. We need everyone involved if we're going to stand up to corporations the size of Verizon and Google.

This is the FCC's job right now, and their lack of strong enforcement is unacceptable. The free-flow of ideas and innovation online is in danger.

I'll be back around 11:15 PST to answer questions on this urgent issue -- I hope you can stick around and join the discussion.  Thanks -- Jay

Originally posted to Jay Inslee on Mon Aug 16, 2010 at 11:01 AM PDT.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

N in Seattle, Bob Johnson, Tookish, JekyllnHyde, Aexia, Alumbrados, leap, Ed in Montana, cdreid, BrooklynBoy, Sylv, Mike D, Alfred E Newman, opendna, Terri, smallbrain, RF, Mogolori, Odysseus, eugene, murphy, ogre, slinkerwink, deben, jennybravo, assyrian64, Adam B, KingOneEye, TaraIst, Joan McCarter, Danno11, Bob Love, tnichlsn, Emerson, karlpk, tommurphy, sara seattle, Heimyankel, LynChi, genethefiend, shayera, GayHillbilly, eeff, Raven Brooks, MackInTheBox, frisco, blogswarm, bumblebums, mataliandy, expatjourno, sardonyx, erinmblair, agoldnyc, evilstorm, sponson, BlackSheep1, Loquatrix, nudger, Agathena, SlowNomad, boadicea, stevej, Stumptown Dave, rickpickett, Aquarius40, chimpy, taonow, someRaven, nargel, standingup, limae, bwren, jalbert, oceanview, Nate Roberts, enough already, splashy, Cedwyn, arreay, lirtydies, SnyperKitty, Quege, Redfire, danthrax, Winnie, DeadB0y, pat bunny, 2laneIA, brainwave, jsquared, astronautagogo, churchylafemme, BMarshall, Chirons apprentice, betson08, Calidrissp, arielle, lcrp, alizard, Pohjola, walkshills, zerelda, side pocket, Curt Matlock, Kitsap River, mungley, sfbrentb, lhuynh, randallt, Lefty Mama, Steven D, homogenius, jim bow, babaloo, greeseyparrot, Gowrie Gal, Julie Gulden, Brecht, soros, joanneleon, Recovering Southern Baptist, ExStr8, Bluesee, marina, 3goldens, Kewalo, NoMoreLies, LarisaW, JanetT in MD, relentless, Chinton, irate, aikea guinea, Flint, BCO gal, elkhunter, DocGonzo, Valtin, RequestedUsername, ChemBob, snacksandpop, Brooke In Seattle, YucatanMan, EJP in Maine, Laurence Lewis, ratzo, eru, Mz Kleen, LNK, Pam from Calif, aaraujo, cassidy3, Overseas, markdd, Sandino, deep, Savvy813, WisePiper, neroden, coolbreeze, Lisa Lockwood, dsteffen, Cory Bantic, Unduna, peacestpete, Alan Arizona, Snud, soyinkafan, Jim P, maryru, reddbierd, Reality Bites Back, SoulCatcher, Denny in Seattle, martini, LeftOverAmerica, Showman, tarheelblue, Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, myboo, 417els, Clytemnestra, nj frank, BlueInARedState, tobendaro, sfsalty, smokeymonkey, J Chang, luckydog, kck, blueoasis, bess, triv33, tecampbell, MJ via Chicago, global citizen, jasonbl, Sagebrush Bob, ER Doc, doinaheckuvanutjob, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, fiddlingnero, cherryXXX69, shaharazade, airmarc, Statusquomustgo, sgbean, bstotts, Johnathan Ivan, pseudopod, Temmoku, markthshark, ZenTrainer, AntKat, BentLiberal, jopo, pale cold, out of left field, lightfoot, I voted for Kodos, byDesign, dmh44, ninkasi23, WeBetterWinThisTime, suburi, gloriana, vets74, linkage, Blue Letter, dotcommodity, Mary Mike, wildweasels, yowsta, HeartlandLiberal, noofsh, Jimdotz, ezdidit, Calvin Jones and the 13th Apostle, DWG, bornfighting, aliasalias, Kentucky Kid, getlost, letsgetreal, Kiamichi, jnhobbs, millwood, Moderation, carpunder, uciguy30, word player, journeyman, JML9999, Terra Mystica, roguetrader2000, on the cusp, TomP, MKinTN, Blue Boy Red State, Mr SeeMore, railsplitter, ScottyUrb, zerone, Unique Material, elwior, CDH in Brooklyn, treesrock, jamess, Jake Williams, pickandshovel, Missys Brother, MsWings, Jeff Y, TheGreenMiles, mofembot, PMA, o the umanity, luckylizard, James Kresnik, aigeanta, palantir, DavidW, watercarrier4diogenes, Robinswing, greenpunx, GrannyOPhilly, LaFeminista, jodyr33, Celtic Merlin, maggiejean, pileta, artmartin, cybrestrike, Ripeness Is All, Ruth Serum, J in the Bay, DeepLooker, Dirtandiron, greengemini, cantelow, dark daze, Methinks They Lie, notrouble, Partisan Progressive, m4gill4, Daily Activist, John Shade, Bonsai66, NWTerriD, ZilV, allep10, kevinpdx, winkk, IreGyre, ArthurPoet, xylem, Livvy5, Tommymac, porchdog1961, angry liberaltarian, grassrootsnm, rb137, marabout40, p gorden lippy, flitedocnm, roadbear, dorkenergy, LaughingPlanet, amk for obama, fidellio, angelajean, KS 65 woman, RJP9999, Eddie L, Klaus, Lady Libertine, SoCalHobbit, DailyDrew, debbieleft, Funkygal, sluggahjells, Unenergy, roystah, MsGrin, Jason Rosenbaum, Bobbysmom, Loose Fur, Chase Mohney, Mike08, praying manatheist, BrowniesAreGood, Colorado is the Shiznit, CornSyrupAwareness, Bluefin, Oldowan, poorbuster, firemage, ardyess, the national gadfly, UtahLibrul, Eclectablog, kevin k, page394, gongee, tkwasny, Lorikeet, grannysally, Cinnamon Rollover, RadicalRoadRat, KVoimakas, williamjustin, Vtdblue, PhilJD, poliwrangler, randomfacts, JacksonStreet Dan, mfprtoo, Vatexia, Dbug, lincoln deschain, Anthony Page aka SecondComing, RLMiller, ParkRanger, allergywoman, Monsieur Georges, Dom9000, rtcfrtc, Patric Juillet, ridemybike, BeyondNovember, Williston Barrett, delmardougster, Eric Nelson, jarrettf, oldcrow, peachcreek, teabaggerssuckbalz

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site