Net Neutrality and the Future of Internet Access

Net Neutrality and the Future of Internet Access

A Panel Discussion organized by Somerville Community Access Television

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 7:00pm

Because of a recent rule change, Internet provider companies like Verizon and Comcast can now block or slow down any website, application, or service they like. And they'll be able to create tiered pricing structures with fast lanes for those websites that can afford the tolls, and slow lanes for everyone else. Previously, all websites had to be treated equally by the Internet providers, a policy known as Net Neutrality.

According to the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order, Net Neutrality allows for an Open Internet, which "is the Internet as we know it, a level playing field where consumers can make their own choices about what applications and services to use, and where consumers are free to decide what content they want to access, create, or share with others."

On Jan. 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., struck down the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order. This means that Net Neutrality is no longer required by law. To help explain this new situation and its likely effects, Somerville Community Access Television has organized a special event with an expert panel to discuss this issue, which will impact many Internet users who use the web each day.
The event on March 25 at Tufts University is free and open to the public. Learn more about net neutrality, tiered Internet packages, media ownership, future Internet policy and how all of this will affect our future Internet access. For more information, contact Erica Jones at To RSVP:

Panelists Include:
David Talbot, Chief Correspondent, MIT Technology Review
Candace Clement, Advocacy & Organizing Manager, Free Press
Daniel Lyons, Assistant Professor, Boston College Law School
Cara Lisa Berg Powers, Co-Director Director, Press Pass TV
Moderator: Nina Huntemann, Associate Professor, Suffolk University

This event is co-sponsored by Wicked Local Somerville, Arlington Community Media, Inc., Cambridge Community Television, Boston Neighborhood Network Television, and Massachusetts Pirate Party.

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