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Internet, Interrupted

Free Press

We often take the internet for granted: you may get a small surprise when you stop by some of your favorite websites today.

If you visit websites like Netflix, Reddit or Vimeo, you'll see the spinning wheel that pops up when the exchange of information slows down. But it's a symbolic gesture to rally support for 'net neutrality' - equal internet speed for all

Timothy Karr is with Free Press, a nonpartisan organization with offices in Florence, Mass., and Washington, D.C.

"What internet service providers, companies like AT&T and ComCast and Time Warner Cable want to do is get in our way - they want to be able to favor access to certain websites over others."

Of course, it's all about money - Karr says since May, the F-C-C has been inundated with public comments on the proposal to divide the net into fast and slow lanes. The comment period ends next Monday, September 15th.

To date, more than one million comments were sent into the FCC about this issue, the most of any rule-making measure in the agency's history. The vast majority of the comments support stricter enforcement of net neutrality.

You may still comment. Again, Monday is the last day the public can weigh in on the process by submitting comments to the commission.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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