Tuesday, April 15, 2008

FCC Net Neutrality Hearing in California.

Our friends at Common Cause and Save the Internet wanted us to help spread the word about the upcoming FCC hearing on Net Neutrality at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. So this post is mostly for our West Coast readers, but if you feel like traveling, it's certainly a good cause:

The FCC is coming to Stanford Univeristy — make your voice heard!

Now is the time to show your support for an open Internet, free from discrimination by big telecom corporations.

The Federal Communications Commission will hold a public hearing on the management of the Internet at Stanford University on Thursday, April 17th. These hearings were triggered by an AP article about Comcast that verified active interference with legal peer-to-peer sharing uploads between individual users.

Full details on the hearing and how to participate can be found here.

This hearing is a do-over of the February hearing at Harvard, which was marred by an audience partially composed of seat warmers paid by Comcast to hold seats for employees who never arrived. Several of these individuals were photographed sleeping during the hearing.

Learn more about Net Neutrality here. And musicians and labels should sign up for FMC's Rock the Net campaign.

Attendees can prepare themselves for the public comment period by attending a pre-hearing workshop. Pick up talking points, ask questions about the hearing and practice your rap for public comment. It's fun, it's empowering and it'll make a difference:

Sunday, April 13th, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
The Media Center 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Monday, April 14th, 6:00-7:30 p.m. KPFA, 94.1 1929 Martin Luther King Way, Berkeley, CA (between University and Hearst)

Tuesday, April 15th, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) 2727 Mariposa Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco (between Bryant and Florida)

This is a rare opportunity to have your voice heard by the five decision-makers at the FCC. Please be sure to attend and spread the word to all your friends who care about net neutrality and preserving the open Internet.

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