Monday, December 11, 2017
TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY JAMES STANDS UP FOR NET NEUTRALITY!!!
Tonight we find common ground with the top ranking elected official at City Hall as he offers his perspective on a controversial new effort to subvert the architecture of the Internet for the benefit of corporate monopolies that will undoubtedly crackdown on free speech.
The Blog Of Mayor Sly James: The FCC Must Focus on Digital Inclusion
Thesis . . .
"The Lifeline program and net neutrality rules are integral to creating digital inclusion in Kansas City. Without these policies, Kansas City’s low-income residents could be unable to access the Internet to apply for jobs, affordable housing and job permits, as well as find public transportation routes, Medicaid and Medicare information and education options for their children. Many of these processes are now only available online, unless the user is willing and able to travel or pay additional fees. Kansas City’s students and schools could face even greater hurdles, no longer having access to the full world wide web, but rather a selection of sites made available by the ISPs, depriving them of a 21st century education. Kansas City’s small businesses could struggle to find customers if their website and social media pages are placed behind a paywall or made completely inaccessible by ISPs. Kansas City’s veterans and military families could find it harder to stay connected with one another when the cost of the Internet services they rely on become prohibitive and services like Lifeline are cut. Without access to affordable Internet services, many Kansas Citians could be excluded from the digital economy, which is becoming a larger and larger chunk of the economy at large, and deprived of the opportunity to be a part of their community."
Read the whole thing.
You decide . . .