Tomorrow, Saturday, February 12th, at the Alameda Free Library at 7:00 p.m., the Alameda Public Affairs Forum will sponsor a hearing on net neutrality and the Internet – will the information superhighway be a freeway or a toll road?
Peter Franck, former President of the Pacifica Foundation, and Former Chair, National Lawyers Guild Committee on Democratic Communications will moderate the forum.
Tracy Rosenberg, the Director of the Media Alliance and Michael Eisenmenger, Executive Director, Community Media Center of Marin will participate on the panel.
According to a release provided by the Alameda Public Affairs Forum:
The free and open internet brings with it the revolutionary possibility that any internet site could have the reach of a TV or radio station. The loss of net neutrality would end this unparalleled opportunity for freedom of expression.
The internet has always been driven by innovation. Websites and services succeed or fail on their own merits. Without Net Neutrality, decisions now made collectively by millions of users will be made in corporate boardrooms. The choice we face now is whether we can chose the content and services we want, or whether the broadband barons will choose for us.
The Alameda Free Library is at 1550 Oak Street, Alameda. Potluck refreshments for the event start at 6:00 p.m. and the forum will begin at 7:00 p.m.