Green Party Criticizes FCC Decision to End Net Neutrality

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The Green Party issued a statement on December 14th criticizing the FCC decision on ending Net Neutrality, and called for establishing public ownership of internet services. The statement reads as follows.

Green Party blasts FCC’s repeal of Net Neutrality rules, demands public ownership of Internet access

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party strongly condemned the Federal Communications Commission’s decision on Thursday and called for a national movement demanding restoration of Net Neutrality rules and public ownership of access to the Internet.
The FCC’s decision will leave consumers vulnerable to discriminatory control by Internet service providers (ISPs) over what web sites they may visit, with a choice between restricted access and higher fees.
“It’s not enough just to fight for reversal of the FCC’s decision. We demand public ownership of services that provide Internet access. The Internet was created with taxpayers’ money. We should all be enjoying the benefits of a free and open Internet,” said Andrea Mérida-Cuéllar, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States.
“Here in Colorado, voters in 19 cities and counties approved measures in the November election to enable city-owned Internet services, joining nearly 100 others that have already done so,” said Ms. Mérida-Cuéllar, who also serves as co-chair of the Green Party of Colorado.
Greens noted that the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, established a publicly owned Internet service in 2010 that offers 10 gigabit-per-second download speeds at $70 a month, with discounts for low-income residents and free WiFi in downtown neighborhoods. The city installed fiber-optic cables and quickly made back its investment.
Green Party leaders called on states and municipalities to provide unrestricted Internet access for all residents.
“Even if it’s restored, Net Neutrality will always be in danger as long as the private ISP cartel can purchase influence in Congress and the White House. The FCC’s decision is one of the results of concentrated corporate ownership and the growth of gigantic media monopolies ever since President Clinton signed the 1996 Telecommunications Act. It’s time for us to take back the Internet,” said Green Party co-chair Chris Blankenhorn.

Green Party of the US
http://www.gp.org/

2 thoughts on “Green Party Criticizes FCC Decision to End Net Neutrality

  1. Thomas Knapp

    So: Do the Greens favor corporate welfare and Internet censorship on principle? Or only if both are implemented as “Net Neutrality?” Or did they just make the statement encouraged by the corporate welfare queens’ well-crafted propaganda campaign without actually giving the issue a real once-over?

  2. dL

    Network neutrality is an anachronism from the days of the academic internet expropriated now by self serving arguments. It is comical the extent the likes of NetFlix have succeed in bamboozling people to conflate NetFlix’s private interest with the public interest. I suppose I can understand it for people who don’t know a protocol form a hole in the hall(e.g, the Green Party), but I’m at a loss to explain an organization like EFF. An organization, mind you, that just resigned from the W3C b/c it capitulated to Netflix over subverting the open web w/ DRM.

    I’ve been on the internet since the 90s and I’ve had one ISP block my traffic once…TW blocked my business account from sending out bulk business email. Meanwhile the champions of “Network neutrality” are busy blocking one another’s apps from each other’s respective app platforms. lulz

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