EFF Calls On FCC To Close Net Neutrality Loopholes

January 19th, 2010 | Posted in Censorship, Current Events, Entertainment, Internet, Net Neutrality, News, Opinion | Comments Off on EFF Calls On FCC To Close Net Neutrality Loopholes

As the FCC continues to work on it’s Net Neutrality rules, the issue of loopholes was inevitable.  Sooner or later it had to turn up.  The EFF has filed comments with the FCC urging them to address this before it gets out of control because if it does, the RIAA, MPAA and Hollywood’s big content machine will end up having way too much ability to censor and control internet content.

“The central goal of the net neutrality movement is to prevent ISPs from discriminating against lawful content on the Internet,” said EFF Civil Liberties Director Jennifer Granick. “Yet the FCC’s version of net neutrality specifically allows ISPs to make those discriminations — opening the door to widespread Internet surveillance and censorship in the guise of copyright protection and addressing the needs of law enforcement.”

This makes about as much sense as the manufacturers of skin care products suddenly being able to outlaw the use of homemade acne remedies.  Of course, to be honest, I think that the skin care industry has more sense than the RIAA and “big content” in general anyway.  At least THEY understand that they’re not the center of the universe, even if they are very important to some people’s lives.

However “big content” is a monster of unprecedented proportions that MUST be made, as in forced, to realize that this is the 21st century and things just are not the same as they were back in the1930’s when they controlled everything that had anything to do with content.  “big content” needs to understand that there are now millions of “little content” types out there and that we the viewing, listening and reading public don’t NEED “big content” anymore.

Take a second and Tell the FCC: Don’t Let Hollywood Hijack the Internet.  It’s free, takes about 30 seconds, and will help make a difference.

[tags]net neutrality, fcc, eff, big content, riaa, mpaa, hollywood[/tags]

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