And what has this to do with Church? It is CONNECTED in the same way that the Occupy Movement has created a space in which the Church should be and NEEDS to be present. The issue of Net Neutrality and protecting it from the hegemony of the monied interests. If we do not, the Church itself will find its communication efforts severely curtailed and its opportunities for ANY kind of presence in the communication media SEVERELY hampered. If big money is allowed to further restrict the priveleges and bandwidth of the “non-big money” players, then we will be prisoners once again, This is beyond and WORSE than people imagined when they questioned the wisdom of allowing ANY commercialization of the Internet. I hope we know better now. “Commercialization” is inevitable aided (aka “restricted”) by the control exercised by the power of mega dollars, just as it does in the political arena. The hegemony of the 1% is thoroughly represented in the telecommunications industry by the proposed Comcast “Borging” of Time Warner; the merger of the two biggest behemoths that will create an even more powerful, inflexible, ominous power “Mother Ship”.
The FCC needs to be called to account. Ostensibly, the FCC is the “protector” of the people’s interest against undue monied interests in the Telecommunications industry. We see now how that has worked out. The head of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, was appointed by Obama directly out of his lobbying for the Telecomm companies. Nice help, Mr. Obama. Sold out. We need to highlight this and say NO NO NO. It’s ridiculous.