Well, it’s 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening. The Moyers on America documentary, “The Net at Risk” and the subsequent discussion ended one hour ago launching the online discussion framed by postings from men who represent the opposite side of the Net Neutrality debate. (In addition to the online discussion taking place in real time online, the Moyers on America Citizens Class includes additional information about Net Neutrality.)
Mike McCurry, co-chairman of Hands off the Internet, a coalition of telecommunication-related businesses, and Ben Scott, policy director of the nonpartisan public interest organization Free Press and representative of SaveTheInternet.com, answered these question as a start to their post-broadcast discussion.
1. Last year, the FCC eliminated the net neutrality rules and replaced them with principles. To date, what have been the real world consequences of that action? And what are the potential long term consequences of that action?
2. There’s been a lot of discussion about the potential of the Internet—for business, for communication, for democracy. What effect will the outcome of the net neutrality debate in Washington have on that potential?
3. Both those in favor of and those against net neutrality regulation argue that they have the best interest of the consumer in mind. Explain why you believe that net neutrality will or will not benefit Internet users.
OK, it’s now 11:15 p.m. The program ended 75 minutes ago and we have 222 posts. That’s almost three posts per minute and we are still on the air on the West Coast! Mike McCurry has gone to bed. I’m not sure if Ben is hanging in there for the West Coast, or not. We still have plenty of space in our Citizens Class for further comment.
My colleagues at Public Affairs Television in NY are taking off a couple of well-deserved days, but the full documentary will be available online soon. I’ll let you know in case you missed it.
In the meantime, I’m wearing down. I guess the West Coast is on their own! [note to self: Next time, recruit someone in the pacific time zone to monitor entries and act as guest bloggers for the debate!]