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Open Letter to FCC Calling for Real Net Neutrality (marxists)
freepress ^ | December 10, 2010 | marxists

Posted on 12/17/2010 11:45:32 AM PST by bronxville

Open Letter to FCC Calling for Real Net Neutrality

More than 80 grassroots organizations, consumer groups, civil rights organizations, innovative businesses, technology experts and public interest advocates filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission on Friday, signaling broad support for strong Network Neutrality rules. The letter highlighted five key areas in which rules proposed by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski must be improved to protect the free and open Internet. The Commission is slated to vote on Net Neutrality on Dec. 21. FCC_Letter_Real_Net_Neutrality.pdf

freepress = reform media. transform democracy.

TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: censorship; clampdownoninternet; doublespeak; freepress; freespeech; netneutrality; orwelliannightmare; revisionisthistory

Note the Islamic looking logo.

1 posted on 12/17/2010 11:45:37 AM PST by bronxville
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To: bronxville
More than 80 grassroots organizations

How many funded by Soros?

2 posted on 12/17/2010 11:46:37 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: bronxville

Hey want war?

Make our day.

May as well get this over with.

3 posted on 12/17/2010 11:47:33 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: bronxville

Sean McLaughlin
Executive Director
Access Humboldt

Josh King
Board Member
Acorn Active Media Foundation

Jay April
Akaku: Maui Community Television

David S. Bennahum
President & CEO
The American Independent News Network

Scherazade Daruvalla King
Executive Director

Barbara Kooyman
Artists For Media Diversity

Charles Benton
Benton Foundation

Jim Miller
Executive Director
Brave New Films

Donna L. Gacek
Executive Director
Cape Ann Regional Cable TV Access Corporation

Randy Paynter

Susan Fleischmann
Executive Director
Cambridge Community Television

Lauren-Glenn Davitian
Executive Director
CCTV Center for Media & Democracy

Jeffrey Chester
Executive Director
Center for Digital Democracy

Malkia Cyril
Executive Director
Center for Media Justice

Dee Davis
Center for Rural Strategies

Ben Rattray
Founder & CEO

James Rucker
Executive Director

Bob Edgar
Common Cause

Thom Clark
Community Media Workshop

Dan Meredith
Founding Board Member
CUWiN Foundation

Markos Moulitsas

Levana Layendecker
Communications Director
Democracy for America

Jennifer Mercurio
Vice President & General Counsel
Entertainment Consumers Association

Rob Stuart
Evolve Strategies

Miriam Zoila Perez

Josh Silver
President & CEO
Free Press

David Hirsch
Managing Director
Friends of the Earth

Casey Rae-Hunter
Communications Director & Policy

Future of Music Coalition
Christopher Mitchell
Director of the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative
Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Lauren Hauser
Manager of Youth Programs

Steven Renderos
Program Director, Media Justice
Main Street Project

Tyrone Brown
Media Access Project

Tracy Rosenberg
Executive Director
Media Alliance

Tracy Van Slyke
The Media Consortium

Ariel Dougherty
National Project Director
Media Equity Collaborative

Andrea Quijada
Executive Director
Media Literacy Project

Todd Wolfson
Media Mobilizing Project

Annie Folger
Executive Director
Midpeninsula Community Media Center

Margaret Kaplan
The Minnesota Center for Neighborhood Organizing

Chris Csikszentmihalyi
MIT Center for Future Civic Media

Jed Alpert
Mobile Commons

Steve Katz
Mother Jones

Wally Bowen
Executive Director
Mountain Area Information Network

Peter Rothberg
Associate Publisher for Special Projects
The Nation

Iván Román
Executive Director
National Association of Hispanic Journalists

Kathryn Galan
Executive Director
National Association of Latino Independent Producers

Maxie C Jackson III
President & CEO
National Federation of Community Broadcasters

Alex Nogales
President & CEO
National Hispanic Media Coalition

Catherine Tactaquin
Executive Director
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Loris Taylor
Executive Director
Native Public Media

Peter Hussmann
Newton Independent

Holly Ross
Executive Director
Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN)

Nick Grossman
Director of Civic Works
Open Plans

Eddie Geller
President & Founder
Open Source Democracy Foundation

Sascha Meinrath
Open Technology Initiative New America Foundation

Jeff Cohen
Park Center for Independent Media

Nicholas Reville
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Participatory Culture Foundation

Duke Schempp
The People’s Press Project

Carlos Pareja
Trainings & Policy Director
People’s Production House

Gretjen Clausing
Executive Director
Philadelphia Community Access Media

Roberto Lovato

Cara Berg Powers
Co-Director, Curriculum and Outreach
Press Pass TV

Brandy Doyle, Danielle Chynoweth,
Pete Tridish, and Vanessa Graber,
Leadership Team,
Prometheus Radio Project

Gigi Sohn
President & Co-Founder
Public Knowledge

Steve Ranieri
Quote...Unquote, Inc

Allyson Kapin
Rad Campaign

Jonathan Lawson
Executive Director
Reclaim the Media

Clothilde Le Coz
Washington D.C. Director
Reporters Without Borders

Louis Massiah
Executive Director
Scribe Video Center

Justine Bateman

David Cohn
Executive Director

Phillip Dampier

Belinda Rawlins
Executive Director
Transmission Project

Jason Barnett
Executive Director
The UpTake

Cheryl Leanza
Policy Director
United Church of Christ Office of Communication, Inc.

Miller Puckette
Chair, Music Department
University of California, San Diego

Ed Mierzwinski
Consumer Program Director
U.S. Public Interest Research Group

Jaclyn Friedman
Executive Director
Women, Action & the Media

Jennifer Pozner
Executive Director
Women in Media & News

Allyson Kapin
Women Who Tech

Fran Korten
Executive Director
YES! Magazine

Venky Srinivasan
Founder & CEO

4 posted on 12/17/2010 11:55:26 AM PST by bronxville
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To: a fool in paradise

Good question. There’s a few here one can see at a glance...

I also see David Fenton...he’s never around unless there’s big money involved. Whose the client?

5 posted on 12/17/2010 11:57:57 AM PST by bronxville
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To: bronxville

Enjoy not being able to stream netflix unless you sign up for the most expensive plan. Or better yet, enjoy not being able to get to freerepublic as your ISP blocks the site.

I swear, some people are 100% clueless when it comes to net neutality. What do you think this is? Free Internet for everyone, paid by the telcos?

You people have no idea the ways companies are going to carve up the Internet and make it unusable.

6 posted on 12/17/2010 12:06:00 PM PST by SengirV
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To: bronxville

Who really funds FreePress and its net neutrality allies?

Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2009-10-02 18:16

Conflict of InterestFCCNet NeutralityOpen Internet

I posted the comment below on the Washington Post’s IT blogpost where FreePress urged the the Post to disclose its financial interests in cable systems.

FreePress hounds any voice that doesn’t support ‘net neutrality’ regulation to disclose their financial interests, like they did with urging the Washington Post to disclose that they owned cable systems in their editorial opposing net neutrality. I agree they should have disclosed, but I don’t agree that disclosure is only important for net neutrality opponents, but not for proponents like FreePress and its allies. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

FreePress has frequently attacked me as a shill and Astroturf. They ignore that I openly, unabashedly, and regularly disclose that my firm Precursor LLC is an industry consulting firm that works for companies and that I am Chairman of which is funded by broadband interests. It is not news that I strongly agree with the broadband sector view that markets produce better outcomes for consumers than regulation.

If transparency is truly important to Free Press, why doesn’t FreePress lead by example and openly disclose who all their major funders are and also demand that other prominent activist organizations in the net neutrality debate like New America Foundation, Public Knowledge, and the Media Access Project also fully disclose their corporate funding directly from Google, eBay, Amazon, or indirectly from their executives, employees or friends?

FreePress and its allies would have more credibility if they lived up to the standard they demand from everyone else and publicly disclosed who their corporate or wealthy sponsors are. FreePress doesn’t trust the representations of anyone else, why should anyone trust FreePress’ claims of being free of big money interests — be they corporate or individual?

So self-appointed astroturf-busters Mr. Tim Karr and Mr. Derek Turner of FreePress, be principled, take the high road, lead by example, and paste your major contributor list here and insist that your net neutrality regulation allies do the same. Come clean.

7 posted on 12/17/2010 12:06:34 PM PST by bronxville
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To: bronxville

“Note the Islamic looking logo.”

Note the slogan! Reform media? Heh heh ... NPR good, Fox bad, I’m guessing. Transform Democracy. Yeah, we’ve got a good glimpse of that right now.

These bastards aren’t going to let up, we will be at it soon if they keep this up.

Wonder how Third Manassas will turn out?

8 posted on 12/17/2010 12:09:00 PM PST by jessduntno (Want US national secrets safe? Store them with Obama's transcripts and birth certificate.)
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To: bronxville

Comment from the above article -

“In denial

Submitted by Brett Glass on Sat, 2009-10-10 22:55.

At, Harold Feld, besides launching an ad hominem attack against Scott, also denies that Free Press expunges the names of its contributors from its published Forms 990.

But as one can see on page 16 of the PDF at -,

Free Press really does blot the names out.

We do know the identities of some of Free Press’ funding sources, because while Free Press does not publish their names, some of the funders disclose that they’re giving money to Free Press.

For example, the Ford Foundation says that it has given Free Press several hundred thousand dollars. (This puts the lie to Free Press’ claim that it does not accept money from corporations, because the Ford Foundation is a corporation, albeit a nonprofit one.)

But who else is contributing? Does Free Press use the all-too-common ruse of listing corporate contributions as personal contributions from their executives? Is this why Free Press won’t reveal the list?”

One wonders if Benton has anything to do with them as I think they do “work” for some Muslim countries.

9 posted on 12/17/2010 12:10:57 PM PST by bronxville
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To: bronxville

Do REAL grassroots groups ever have to describe themselves as such?

10 posted on 12/17/2010 12:12:00 PM PST by relictele
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To: bronxville

Media Mobilizing Project’s Facebook page is full of the usual impenetrable Marxist blather: “The central tenets of MMP are 1) issues of media democracy, justice and reform cannot be detached from larger socio-economic questions, and 2) new participatory media tools offer the possibility of fusing otherwise fragmented struggles for justice.”

11 posted on 12/17/2010 12:18:32 PM PST by relictele
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To: SengirV

I know that the Julien guy -> Harvard w/ Obama, aide to marxist judge Abner Mikva, aide to Schumer, etc, on the FCC worked for billionaire Diller who just sold some stuff to Comcast. There are many facets and even more greedy people involved.

12 posted on 12/17/2010 12:20:18 PM PST by bronxville
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To: All

Free Press is a “national nonpartisan organization working to increase public participation in crucial media policy debates, and to generate policies which will produce a more competitive and public interest-oriented media system with a strong noncommercial sector.” Its founder and president is Robert McChesney.

Executive Director - Josh Silver

Salim Muwakkil - Advisory Board
Craig Aaron - Communications Director


Mobilizing Media Reform “was made possible with generous support from:

Acra Foundation
Glaser Progress Foundation
Nathan Cummings Foundation
Otto Haas Charitable Trust
Overbrook Foundation
Park Foundation
Quixote Foundation
Schumann Center for Media and Democracy
and many individual donors.”
(source: enclosed brochure)
Ford Foundation

From the lefties at sourcewatch...

Salim Muwakkil - Advisory Board?

13 posted on 12/17/2010 12:29:17 PM PST by bronxville
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Salim Muwakkil “is a senior editor at IN THESE TIMES magazine. He is an Op-Ed columnist for the CHICAGO TRIBUNE, a member of the editorial board, and a columnist for, the Madison-based Progressive Media Project, an advisory board member of Free Press and a 2000 Media Fellow of the Soros Open Society Institute. He was a contributing columnist for the Op-Ed page of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES from 1993 to 1997. His work has won him many awards - including the Studs Terkel Award for journalistic excellence.


“From 1986 to 1990 he taught journalism at Chicago’s Columbia College. He has also been an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Film Center, Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest’s Urban Studies, and the University of Illinois in 2001.

“From 1995-96 Muwakkil was a co-host of Pacifica News’ network daily “Democracy Now” program and from 1993 to 1996 he hosted a weekly talk show on Chicago radio station WVON-AM. Muwakkil is a frequent guest on CHICAGO TONIGHT, a public affairs program on PBS, BEYOND THE BELTWAY, a nationally syndicated radio program of political commentary. He has provided on-air political analysis for Fox TV News in Chicago and is an occasional commentator for the Pacifica News Network, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Monitor Radio.” [1]

And, of course, Bill Moyers interviewed him...

Another Chicago guy.

14 posted on 12/17/2010 12:33:38 PM PST by bronxville
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To: bronxville

Muakkil - Advisory

Craig Aaron - Communications

They are consistent in mentioning nonpartisan (Ha!) but say nothing about nonprofit...

15 posted on 12/17/2010 12:38:26 PM PST by bronxville
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How this got started (so they say).... ..."I proposed a grassroots political organization: One that wouldn’t be beholden to any party or politician, just solely dedicated to political action on behalf of the issues we care about. That organization is now the Open Source Democracy Foundation (OSDF). Net Neutrality was a natural choice to tackle as our first issue... First issue? Here we go - be ready to button down the hatch because we're in for a rocky ride over the next two years. I would bet 5 bucks it's the dark knight Soros who strikes - he owns the "Open" word. Open to what exactly one might ask...
16 posted on 12/17/2010 12:55:39 PM PST by bronxville
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To: bronxville

If they would just define “net neutral”, the providers could be forced to only use the “net neutral” term to describe services that are within that definition. After that; free market.

17 posted on 12/17/2010 2:48:51 PM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: bronxville
I would bet 5 bucks it's the dark knight Soros who strikes

Strikes what? The telco's wanting to monetize every bit on the internet? Forcing customers to buy the highest tier product to approach the speed/delivery we experience now? Blocking sites they simply don't like?

I think you need to take a look at what this is really about, besides simply looking for a boogie man.

18 posted on 12/17/2010 9:36:23 PM PST by SengirV
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To: SengirV

I posted 6-7 posts with lots of info and you attack me on twelve words... lol

19 posted on 12/17/2010 11:47:06 PM PST by bronxville
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To: bronxville

Info? What info? Anything pertaining to the core issues about net neutrality, or only ramblings about the boogie man behind everything the dems do? You sound like the dems talking about Rove years ago.

Can you please describe the future with no net neutrality? How will it benefit consumers? I can list 1000 ways it will make for a MUCH worse user experience. Let me guess, you answer will be soros. No facts, just soros.

20 posted on 12/18/2010 7:47:12 AM PST by SengirV
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