New bill aims to protect Net Neutrality

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New bill aims to protect Net Neutrality

An important piece of media activism news, courtesy of the good people at Save the Internet :

Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Chip Pickering (R-Miss.) today launched the latest salvo in the struggle to keep the Internet free from gatekeepers with the introduction of the “Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008” (HR 5353).

The bipartisan bill protects Net Neutrality under the Communications Act and calls for a nationwide conversation to set policy about the future of the Internet.

The legislation gives hope to the millions of Americans who have called for action to ensure that the public — not phone and cable companies — control the fate of the Internet. Read more.

As media critics such as Robert McChesney have been saying for years, the mainstream media have been doing an abysmal job of keeping the public informed about important media policy issues. The issue of Net Neutrality may not sound sexy, but it's hard to overestimate its significance.