InternetForEveryone.org - LA Town Hall Recap
December 6, I attended the InternetForEveryone.org coalition's first town hall, in Los Angeles, CA. Organized by Free Press, they are seeking input and participation from everyone interested in the future of the itnernet, and are particulary interested in finding ways to extend broadband access to all homes, businesses and organizations, preserve Net Neutrality, create choice and foster innovation and entrepreneurship. Studies show that broadband access increases productivity and contributes to economic growth; the U.S. is currently in 22nd place in broadband access. Tell the Obama transition team what you want them to do for the internet, and how important it is.
InternetForEveryone.org is a U.S. "national initiative of public interest, civic and industry groups"- organized by Free Press. This coalition is hosting a series of "town halls"- across the U.S. to raise awareness about internet-related issues, and to solicit feedback and involvement from people and communities on ways to improve the Web. I participated in the first town hall, held December 6, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA, and I highly recommend that you attend when it comes to your area, if you're concerned about the future of the internet in the U.S. Sign up to be notified at InternetForEveryone.org
InternetForEveryone.org outlines four main principles at stake, which most attendees and myself are in favor of:
1) Access: "Every home, business and civic institution in America must have access to a high-speed, world-class communications infrastructure."
2) Openness: "Every internet user should have the right to freedom of speech and commerce online in an open market without gatekeepers or discrimination."
3) Choice: "Every internet user must enjoy real choice in online content as well as among high-speed internet providers to achieve lower prices and faster speeds."
4) Innovation: "The internet should continue to create good jobs, foster entrepreneurship, spread new ideas and serve as a leading engine of economic growth."