Future of the Internet Public Hearing with Tribal Input

Save the Date: Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, 6 p.m.

Future of the Internet Public Hearing

On August 19, Free Press, Main Street Project and the Center for Media Justice are co-hosting a public hearing on the Future of the Internet. This important hearing is a valuable opportunity for those outside of Washington to share their ideas, experiences and concerns with the FCC.

The hearing will feature two public interest champions, FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn. Deliver your message directly to the commissioners and encourage them to bring it back to Washington.

The debate over the future of the Internet in America is at a critical juncture. On one side are the millions of people who have seen the Internet become a vital part of their daily routine. They’ve contacted elected officials and regulators demanding that Washington protect the open Internet and foster universal broadband access and adoption for all Americans.

On the other is a lobbying juggernaut that seeks to destroy this openness so that phone and cable companies can rebuild the Internet as a gated community that pads their bottom line.

The world is changing, and increasingly, having access to the Internet and knowing how to use it determine who stands to benefit from the new economy, and who is left behind.

They’ve had their say inside the Beltway, but the FCC needs to hear from the rest of us. Join us on Aug. 19, 2010, at a hearing to urge the FCC to protect Internet users, pass real Net Neutrality rules, and connect everyone to fast, affordable broadband service.

Location: South High School Auditorium, 3131 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN

Date/Time: Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, 6 p.m.

Featured SpeakersFCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn and Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie (All FCC commissioners are invited to speak, and other elected officials have also received invitations to speak. Additional speakers will be announced as they are confirmed.)

Tribal Participants: Native Public Media Advisory Council Member Sydney Beane, former NPM AC Member Laura Watterma Wittstock, Leach Lake Tribal Member Frank Reese. Others will be in attendance.

Contact: Steven Renderso for more information, steven@mainstreetproject.org

Event pagehttp://www.savetheinternet.com/mnhearing

To Watch Live:  www.mag-net.org (6-9 pm CT)

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