Originally published: September 30, 2011
Last updated: September 30, 2011 - 3:45pm
[Commentary] As democracy movements worldwide struggle to speak out via the Internet, many here in the U.S. may have overlooked an effort in Congress to undermine this basic freedom. It takes the form of an arcane "resolution of disapproval" now wending its way through the Senate.
If it passes, the resolution would void a recent Federal Communications Commission rule that seeks to preserve long-held Internet standards that protect users against blocking and censorship. The resolution would remove these protections. It was put forth by industry-funded members of Congress who don't mind letting the few corporations who sell Internet access in America decide what we get to see, hear and read on the Internet.
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