A major court case pitting Verizon against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could determine the future of Internet access in 21st-century America.
This battle for control of the internet, it's fortunes, power and our freedom of choice is one no person living in these times should ignore or sit out of.
This technology is already being used to spy on us and often used to train us at work and soon to be at school as well and many are raised today with it also entertaining them for hours a day. The internet and the policy that shapes it's use or abuse matter to all of us as it has become very much our voice to one another and also our informer of knowledge.
Please do not make the huge mistake of allowing our power to choose and control our own days and destiny through this technology be undermined and handed to unknown, uncaring, governmental or industrial third parties.
Read broadly on Internet policy as it is developing and make your voice heard locally, state side and nationally. This has made a difference in the past and will in the future if more and more citizens come into active participation in shaping policy. It is best to prevent bad policy, but when it slips through we need to grab it by the tail and pull it back under our control.
Our collective efforts have given the internet it's real power and our collective efforts need to ensure that power stays with us and is used to shape a better world and life for all of us not just a few. We must not allow the internet to become some future dictator or bully style leadership group’s dream tool of control or a few corporation’s link into everyone else's purse and our planet's shared resources. Some major ideas and policy need a new update and answer.
Here are other major policies that need updates for this age and the future:
1. Patents and copyrights need an update so they fairly reward creators but also allow patented achievements to not stifle new innovations and uses for patented ideas.
2. The privacy or our lives needs protections to be re-defined for a technological age.... It is clear the governments and industries the world over may walk all over our privacy if we allow that to become more sealed in policy and fail to set policy that protects our privacy and personal interest.
All this requires a neutral, open Internet and that is the first policy we need to set as the gold standard for all interested parties, citizens and consumers. Those critical interests to valuable to risk cyber attacks online need to go offline in contained technology and not put everyone else’s Internet interest aside for their online protection from predators. This would involve pentagon affairs and major services of water electricity and actual access to critical infrastructures.