Net Neutrality: Where Do We Go From Here?
by Ethan Strimling, Wed Mar 26, 2008 at 08:37:37 AM EDT
JonB had a great diary at TurnMaineBlue the other day about how keeping the internet free and fair will continue to be a boon for democracy, and I wanted to follow-up in that.
Last year, I sponsored a bill that became the first-in-the-nation resolution regarding Net Neutrality. It ordered the Maine Public Advocate to prepare a report monitoring state and federal level initiatives to protect what has been a driving principle since the creation of the internet: that all content should be treated fairly and equally, regardless of source, destination, or who owns the lines through which the content passes.
Last month, the Public Advocate Office released its report, "Resolve, Regarding Full, Fair and Nondiscriminatory Access to the Internet".
This report documents efforts by various state legislatures, the FEC, the FTC, and Congress, both for and against fair access. If you are at all interested in Net Neutrality, I would encourage you to check out this report. As with every legislative battle, victories only come when when there is true grassroots support from the people that these laws will affect the most.
That's where you come in.
I'd appreciate getting your input and feedback on the report. There are some great recommendations that the MPAO made, but I want to hear what you think. What else can we do on the state level to ensure free and fair access, and where do we go from here?
I'm in session today, but I'll be checking in after I get back Augusta to read your comments and respond.
Thanks in advance for you help and work,
-Sen. Ethan Strimling