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.