Local Battle Starts to Save Internet ‘Neutrality’

December 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Two Los Angeles City Council members introduced a resolution Tuesday calling on their colleagues to oppose the Federal Communications Commission’s proposed actions to eliminate net neutrality.

“The internet is a resource organized on the principles of openness, fairness, and freedom. It is an essential resource that fuels the creative engine of our city’s economy and preserves our right to communicate freely,’” Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez said.

“Abandoning net neutrality would be an abandonment of the principles on which this country was founded.”

The FCC is expected to vote Dec. 14 on a plan that would dismantle regulations put in place by the Obama administration that requires all internet traffic be treated by service providers equally.

The rules prohibit providers from charging websites different fees that could create a “fast” or “slow” lane of traffic that critics say would harm small startups that cannot afford larger fees. Critics also say doing away with net neutrality would allow providers to censor content, prioritize its own content or block the content of a competitor.

“We need to find ways to make the internet more affordable and accessible to Angelenos. What the FCC and the Trump administration are proposing to do is a huge step backwards and only serves the stockholders of major communication companies,” Councilman Bob Blumenfield said

“The reality is that there are kids in Los Angeles and across the country who have limited access to the internet and we owe it to them to bridge the digital divide.”

At a rally Tuesday in front of the Los Angeles Federal Building, supporters of net neutrality called on the public to reach out to their elected officials and demand they protect a free and open internet.

Net neutrality rules prohibit providers from charging websites different fees that could create a “fast” or “slow” lane of traffic that critics say would harm small startups that cannot afford larger fees.

Net neutrality rules prohibit providers from charging websites different fees that could create a “fast” or “slow” lane of traffic that critics say would harm small startups that cannot afford larger fees.

Carlos Marroquin, one of the event’s organizers, said the change would give too much power to the service providers, who will be able to charge large website owners big bucks to make that site load faster – something of a toll-road system that puts small business, personal and nonprofit sites at a big disadvantage.

“They will purposely be able to slow things down, especially if it is against their corporate agenda,” he warns.

President Trump’s FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who used to be an attorney for Verizon who is leading the effort to wipe away net neutrality, has said the rules are unnecessary regulation that can stifle innovation.

“For almost 20 years, the internet thrived under the light-touch regulatory approach established by President Clinton and a Republican Congress,” Pai said in a statement last week.

“This bipartisan framework led the private sector to invest $1.5 trillion building communications networks throughout the United States. And it gave us an internet economy that become the envy of the world.”

Hundreds of protests are planned between now and then, including dozens in California, many in front of Verizon stores.

Verizon has pledged not to discriminate. But Marroquin says he fears that ISPs could make it difficult for political activists to marshal their forces into action.

“That is contrary to freedom of speech,” he says. “If you have providers that are friendly to a political party that usually sides with corporate America, they may actually block certain information to undermine democracy. We would be targeted to slow down our sites.”

Information from the California News Service used in this report.

 

 

Miembros del Ayuntamiento Oponen las Medidas Propuestas por la FCC

November 29, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Dos miembros del Ayuntamiento de Los Ángeles presentaron el martes una resolución pidiendo a sus colegas que se opongan a las medidas propuestas por la Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones (FCC) para eliminar la neutralidad de la red.

“El Internet es un recurso organizado en los principios de transparencia, equidad y libertad. Es un recurso esencial que alimenta el motor creativo de la economía de nuestra ciudad y preserva nuestro derecho a comunicarnos libremente”, dijo la concejala Mónica Rodríguez.

“Abandonar la neutralidad de la red sería un abandono de los valores sobre los que se fundó este país”.

Se espera que la FCC vote el 14 de diciembre sobre un plan que desmantelaría las regulaciones establecidas por la administración Obama que requiere que todo el tráfico de Internet sea tratado por los proveedores de servicios por igual.

Las reglas prohíben a los proveedores cobrar a los sitios web tarifas diferentes que podrían crear un carril de tráfico “rápido” o “lento” que según los críticos dañaría a las pequeñas empresas que no pueden pagar tarifas más altas. Los críticos también dicen que eliminar la neutralidad de la red permitiría a los proveedores censurar contenido, priorizar su propio contenido o bloquear el contenido de un competidor.

Se avecina una batalla sobre si los proveedores de servicios de internet deberían poder dar servicio prioritario a ciertos sitios. (Foto Cortesía de Max Kohler/ iStockphoto)

Se avecina una batalla sobre si los proveedores de servicios de internet deberían poder dar servicio prioritario a ciertos sitios.
(Foto Cortesía de Max Kohler/ iStockphoto)

“Tenemos que encontrar formas de hacer que el Internet sea más asequible y accesible para los angelinos. Lo que la FCC y la administración Trump proponen hacer es un gran paso atrás y solo sirve a los accionistas de las principales compañías de comunicaciones”, dijo el concejal Bob Blumenfield.

“La realidad es que hay niños en Los Ángeles y en todo el país que tienen acceso limitado al Internet y les debemos a ellos cerrar la brecha digital”.

El presidente de la FCC, Ajit Pai, quien lidera el esfuerzo para eliminar la neutralidad de la red, ha dicho que las reglas son una regulación innecesaria que puede frenar la innovación.

“Durante casi 20 años, el Internet prosperó bajo el enfoque regulador ligero establecido por el presidente Clinton y un Congreso republicano”, dijo Pai en un comunicado la semana pasada.

“Este marco bipartidista llevó al sector privado a invertir $1.5 trillones en la construcción de redes de comunicaciones en todo Estados Unidos. Y nos dio una economía de Internet que se convirtió en la envidia del mundo”.

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