F.C.C. long-anticipated bill to be public this week

…the commission’s recommendations will include a subsidy for Internet providers to wire rural parts of the country now without access, a controversial auction of some broadcast spectrum to free up space for wireless devices, and the development of a new universal set-top box that connects to the Internet and cable service. via Vast F.C.C. Plan Would Bring Net to More in U.S. – NYTimes.com. This is the bill that will outline how “net neutrality” and other issues play out for years to come. It includes plans to sell TV spectrum for mobile use, a shift that reflects how consumers are using these devices. The U.S. has been lagging behind most other technologically modern nations in broadband speed and penetration.

Secret copyright treaty debated in DC: must-see video Boing Boing

CTA is a profoundly undemocratic undertaking, as is amply demonstrated in the debate in this video. K-street lobbyists, corporate execs, and other movers and shakers know everything that's going on in the ACTA negotiations, but the public is frozen out of the debate. And as Jamie Love points out, public access to other copyright negotiations — such as those at WIPO — have fundamentally changed their directions, because the public doesn't want expensive gags and handcuffs put on the Internet in order to bolster the entertainment industry's profits. Watch this video. It may be the most productive 90 minutes you spend today.

Net Neutrality update

Google/Verizon say that the Internet should function as an “open platform.” That means, to them, that “when a person accesses cyberspace, he or she should be able to connect with any other person that he or she wants to—and that other person should be able to receive his or her message,” they write. The ‘Net should operate as a place where no “central authority” can make rules that prescribe the possible, and where entrepreneurs and network providers are able to “innovate without permission.” via DROID-buddies Verizon and Google offer net neutrality truce.

Our Goverment Committed to Engagement

These are the remarks of Judith A. McHale, Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs , Vilnius, Lithuania mad on Dec. 11, 2009

This means that the old hierarchies and barriers to communication are melting away. No one holds a monopoly on information. Those who try to control it can never be successful in the long run, as the young people of Iran have so powerfully demonstrated. People across the world, in all cultures, are no longer willing to be passive consumers of information.

Time to Speak Out on Net Neutrality

As our elected representatives line up on “Net Neutrality” and regulation of the Internet by the FCC, consider several important things. First, how much do these people know about high tech? Second, how much have the companies that have a stake in the outcome and regulation of FCC given to the various legislators. Net Neutrality is a natural resource concept. It is a public good, not a private commodity.