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My Letter to the FCC #netneutrality

Here it is, my email to the FCC and their response (which comes first because email):

DoNotReply@fcc.gov <OpenInternet@fcc.gov>

May 2 (3 days ago)

to me

Dear Consumer,

Thank you very much for contacting us about the ongoing Open Internet proceeding. We’re hoping to hear from as many people as possible about this critical issue, and so I’m very glad that we can include your thoughts and opinions.

I’m a strong supporter of the Open Internet, and I will fight to keep the internet open. Thanks again for sharing your views with me.

Tom Wheeler
Chairman
Federal Communications Commission

——-  Original Message  ——-
From:      tomasek_kathryn@wheatoncollege.edu
Subject:   Net neutrality

Dear FCC members:

Last week’s news about proposed rules that would allow internet service providers to tier services could not have disappointed me more.  These proposed rules constitute a crushing blow to the very medium in which I educate my students and publish my intellectual work.

Tiered services would on the one hand privilege content providers who would pay for fast lane distribution and on the other disadvantage small websites like the ones on which my students share their intellectual work.  One of the primary goals of the kind of liberal arts education to which I have dedicated my life is to teach students what they need to know in order to be responsible citizens in our digital age.  On the open internet, young Americans practice the freedom of speech and access that are essential to the practice of well-informed citizenship.

The internet was built with public resources.  It is a public utility and should be regulated as such.  It should emphatically not be treated as a commodity to portioned out and sold to the highest bidder.

The proposed rules will hobble our nation’s democracy in the service of commerce.  Please act in the public interest, as is your responsibility, and keep the internet open.

Sincerely,

Kathryn Tomasek

Sent from my iPad

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Migrating

Hah! Just set up my new domain and migrated my old WordPress blog here. I confess that I used the one-click install rather than just working through breaking things as Patrick Murray-John recommended at the DHCommons workshop at last week’s MLA convention.

But setting up the domain has been a goal of mine ever since I started the blog a couple of years ago. Soon, I’ll be php-ing with the best of ’em…. Well. With the rest of them, at least.

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