SXSW 2011: Al Franken warns of ‘outright disaster’ over net neutrality

Democratic senator Al Franken has has issued a rallying cry to “innovators and entrepreneurs” at SXSW to fight back against Comcast and other companies lobbying to pave the way for a two-speed internet.The principle of net neutrality, under which all content is delivered equally to internet users’ homes, is “in big trouble”, Franken warned in a passionate rallying cry at the conference on Monday.To read this report in The Guardian in full, see: see:TechCrunch Interview: Senator Al Franken Talks Net Neutrality (And His Morning Workout Routine)
If you care about the well-being of the Internet, you care about net neutrality. You just might not realize it yet.This morning, Senator Al Franken took to the stage at SXSW Interactive to talk about the issue in front of a crowd of tech-savvy entrepreneurs and creatives, where he urged them to reach out to their representatives in Congress and let them know just how important net neutrality is to keeping the web healthy. Franken has previously described it as the most important free speech issue of our time, and he’s worried that the equality we’ve come to expect on the web may soon be undermined by major corporations. Chief Barry Diller: We Should Be ‘Screaming’ For Net Neutrality
Barry Diller says we should be “screaming” for net neutrality.The IAC chief stated his stance at SXSW, according to Business Insider.”The Internet came together as a miracle, really,” he said. “Anyone with a wire can publish, we need to keep it that way.” He compared charging Netflix for more bandwidth use to “asking a toaster manufacturer to pay for electricity.” Protect Net Neutrality
Telecom lobbyists are driving efforts in the House to overturn rules aimed at guaranteeing equal speed for all on the Internet, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said on Monday.The House Energy and Commerce Committee is beginning consideration of a Republican-led effort to change the Federal Communications Commission regulations, with a vote scheduled for Tuesday.

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