Friday, October 17, 2014

Netiquette IQ Blog of The Day - Role of Universal Internet Access in Global Demographic Equality

 The Head of the FCC spoke to some significant issues of equal Internet access recently. This is encouraging in light of what can happen with deregulating what Service Providers can some day begin to implement. As I have mentioned time and after time, all of us as net citizens need to keep aware and contribute to keeping the Internet available globally to all demographics!

Austin Allen, Broadbandbreakfast October 10th, 2014

Hearkening Back to Civil Rights Era, Wheeler Discusses Role of Universal Internet Access

 WASHINGTON, October 10, 2014 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said Tuesday that access to high-speed broadband is crucial to civic and economic participation in our society, his remarks at the 32nd annual Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture.

This year’s lecture celebrated the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Parker’s petition to the FCC to revoke a television station’s license because its coverage of events during the civil rights movement in the South didn’t meet “public interest” requirements.

Wheeler emphasized the analogous circumstances of the past and the present. In the 1960’s, TV and radio most powerful sources for information, news and entertainment programming. Today, the internet is not only the most powerful source for information and news, but also for entertainment programming, education services, health care, social networking and economic opportunities.

“Access to broadband internet,” Wheeler said, “is critical to full and fair participation in our society and our economy.” People of color and low-income individuals are underrepresented online as a result of cost and lack of digital literacy, and the FCC’s push for universal access underscores their belief in providing every American with the ability to participate.

He also reaffirmed the five principles of his recently-announced Network Compact, which include access to and on networks, interconnection, consumer protection, public safety and national security. These principles, Wheeler said, should continue to help keep the nature of the internet democratic during the move from analogy networks to internet protocol networks.
The FCC has also been continuing to promote and protect diversity. During his remarks, Wheeler cited the FCC’s move in March to ban sidecar agreements used by broadcasters. Wheeler recently blogged about the importance of diversity in media ownership on the FCC website.

Wheeler ended his speech by praising Everett Parker as an individual motivated by a dream that the principal means of communications in this country should serve everybody, regardless of the color of their skin or the size of their paycheck.
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