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October 30, 2007 at 3:57 PM

Inslee and rockers for net neutrality

In advance of Wednesday’s FCC hearing on localism and media ownership rules, U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee joined Seattle music industry and advocacy group representatives on a teleconference calling for net neutrality principles.

The call was also a prelude to a sold-out fundraising Rock the Net concert tonight at the Crocodile.

Here’s Inslee’s statement:

We can’t allow phone and cable companies to hijack the Internet, which has been such a success due to its open architecture. Telecom companies shouldn’t be picking winners and losers among online content. That has been, and always should be, up to Internet users.

Here’s a link to Reclaim the Media (the flag of which is now planted in this tiny corner of the media world …), which will post the call at its Web site.

A great resource on the topic is The Democracy Papers, a Times editorial page project that includes a series of articles and essays.

Here’s the FCC hearing notice, with a list of speakers.

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