CLBR Seg 1: Flowers and Zeese on Occupy the FCC

THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT IS BACK TO SAVE NET NEUTRALITY

Margaret Flowers of Popular Resistance and Kevin Zeese from Our Economy are spearheading the “Camp Out to Save Net Neutrality” or “People’s Firewall FCC Camp” (aka “Occupy FCC”) to protest the FCC’s failure to push for Net Neutrality following the DC Circuit’s decision in Verizon v FCC.

They are urging citizens to  submit their comments to the FCC here (the proceeding number is 14-28) or via email: openinternet@fcc.gov.  They supply suggested language at the end of the article, “What Next in the Campaign to Save the Internet

Movement Draws Visit from FCC Chairman

The movement has been visited by a majority of the FCC Commissioners including FCC Chairman Wheeler himself.

Kevin Zeese had this to say about the event:

It is great that Wheeler came to the encampment to talk with us but he is still in favor of a solution that will not work. Section 706 does not give the FCC the authority it needs to ensure real Net Neutrality protections. This approach has lost in court twice. The only reason he will not take the approach necessary, reclassifying the Internet as a common carrier, is because the mega-telecom companies — whom he used to work for — do not want it.”

We want the Chairman to understand that we won’t settle for anything less than making the last mile of the Internet net neutral.  Chairman Wheeler, saying that you promise to keep pre-peer  ‘open,’ meaning according to your rules that there will be fast and slow lanes, is obviously not enough. The only way to ensure that we have a net neutral Internet is to reclassify under Title II.

Margaret Floimagewers added:

“Wheeler came to the encampment because public pressure is mounting. . . He has received more than a million emails favoring net neutrality as well as thousands of phone calls while our encampment has been growing on his doorstep. It is going to take escalating public pressure to respond to the telecom giants who will be fighting the public interest every step of the way.”

 

 

The Play’s The Thing . . .

On Tuesday, July 1, they will be at the FCC at noon for a picket and street theater performance of “Which Side Are You On, Tom?”

Margaret Flowers, MD is the co-director of Its Our Economy and a Maryland pediatrician. After graduation from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1990 and completion of pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Flowers worked first as a hospitalist and then in private practice. She left practice in 2007 to advocate full-time for a single payer health care system at both the state and national levels. Flowers co-hosts, Clearing the FOG radio which airs on We Act Radio, 1480 AM. Her twitter is @MFlowers8.

Kevin Zeese is co-director of Its Our Economy and an attorney who has been a political activist since graduating from George Washington Law School in 1980. He works on peace, economic justice, criminal law reform and reviving American democracy. His twitter is @KBZeese.

He has been active in independent and third party political campaigns including for state legislative offices in Maryland, governor of California and U.S. president, where he served as press secretary and spokesperson for Ralph Nader in 2004. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 2006 and was the only person ever nominated by the Green Party, Libertarian Party and Populist Party.  Zeese serves as president of Common Sense for Drug Policy. He is a co-founder of the Drug Policy Foundation, now known as Drug Policy Alliance.

 

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