Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:52:05 -0800 From: The Pen
Subject: Action Page: Tell The FCC To Save Net Neutrality Dear Friends and Activists, Thanks to the many who took us up on our invitation to suggest the next issue we should jump all over . . . and net neutrality was number 1 by a good margin. So we created a special server function to submit your comments directly to the FCC in the docket they have created just for this purpose. No other activist group has anything like this, we can pipe you right in. Save Net Neutrality action page: http://www.peaceteam.net/action/pnum1163.php The "petition" in this case is just 7 words. "Reclassify The Internet As A Common Carrier" Please feel free to add your own comments, as this helps demonstrate that each and very one of our submissions was done by a real person. The background is this: On January 14, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down the FCC's Open Internet rules on a technicality, that the internet was not classified as a common carrier by the FCC. This threatens the whole future of net neutrality, and would allow big telecom companies to discriminate in how they carry internet traffic. But all the FCC simply needs to do is correct this classification oversight, entirely within their own administrative power, and reclassify the internet as a common carrier, which all common sense says that it is. More than 100,000 people signed a petition on the White House website asking President Obama to take action. But while expressing his support the president declined to intercede with the FCC himself. So it's all up to us now. Please submit this form to send your comments supporting net neutrality directly to the FCC. Save Net Neutrality action page: http://www.peaceteam.net/action/pnum1163.php And after you do, feel free to request one of the new "Net Neutrality" bumper stickers we created just for the occasion. It features a dreamlike background of a female figure with arms outstretched evoking the feeling of freedom, and the simple bold words "Net Neutrality". And we'll send you one for no charge, not even shipping, if only you submit the form. Net Neutrality bumper stickers: http://www.peaceteam.net/all_bumper_stickers.php Of course if you can make a contribution of any amount, this is what makes it possible for us to send free stickers to anyone who cannot make a donation right now. This is a fight we can win. We need everyone to really pile on this one to show the FCC how strong the support is for protecting net neutrality. You may forward this message to any friends who would find it important. Contributions to The People's Email Network are not tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes. If you would like to be added to our distribution list, go to http://www.peaceteam.net/in.htm Or if don't want to receive our messages, just go to http://www.peaceteam.net/out.htm usalone552b:224817
I looked up "common carrier" in wikipedia.org, and then briefly looked at "private carrier" in wikipedia.org. I found this interesting sentence in the "private carrier" article:
"Private carriers may refuse to sell their services at their own discretion, whereas common carriers must treat all customers equally."
That's what I thought, and so wikipedia confirms it. This is a topic near to my heart: a distinction between what is "public" and what is "private". It's closely related to "rights". Some things should be public, and some things should be private. At issue is how to decide which is which.
My own comment which I submitted with the 7-word petition is:
"Among all goods, services, and resources, some are regarded as "public" such that everyone has equal rights to them, and some are regarded as "private" such that some people "own" them and others don't. The internet and the web have historically been publicly accessible; but more recently some powerful people have begun to try to assume private ownership of the public's ability to access the internet, and to charge for service, deny service, and and filter people's access to the internet according to how much they pay these powerful people. I say the internet should be public."