"Some issues are neither right nor left." I'd never vote for Marine Le Pen, President of the National Front in France and consider it tragic her party is doing so well. But when she's right, she's right. In her vote at the EU and in her statement below, she strongly supports Net Neutrality. Meanwhile, the "socialist" French government waffled on the subject and the "liberal" U.S. Obama regime actively opposed NN at the U.N.
Danny Sepulveda's State Department insisted that the words "Net Neutrality" be removed from the ITU & WSIS resolutions. I was horrified by this, especially after Net Neutrality was a strong part of the President's campaign. I said so on the State Department ITAC, where I'm a member and I urge you to also join.
"I believe Barack Obama and the U.S. government continue to support net neutrality, a major plank of Obama's platform since 2007. So we should have been happy that WSIS + 10 included two references. Instead, our draft strips out both. I asked what was going on on the ITAC call and was told "we believe NN is too controversial'' by a corporate lobbyist. Someone tried to change that to the more bureaucratically correct "this isn't the right place" but that's obviously not the real issue.
The U.S. is not a credible defender of the open Internet if we keep making decisions like this.
I make a point of reporting what I say at ITAC but I keep "off the record" other people's comments. I urge all of you to join, filtering the (voluminuous) email into a folder to read at your convenience. Ambassador Phil Verveer testified to Congress, that ITAC is “open to all interested parties to review and advise." Julie Zoller writes
Company/Organization/Community you are representing:
I've been assured there will be minimal bureaucratic difficulty but be considerate if there's a short delay because the staff is very busy.
Below, my earlier article confirming with State that ITAC is open, Ms. Le Pen's official statement that is more progressive than two "liberal" governments and some miscellaneous rules of State committees.
Uncle Sam wants you, as Ambassador Terry Kramer makes clear below and confirmed to me in a brief phone call. “We welcome all interested stakeholders to participate in our WCIT preparatory process and help the U.S. Government form positions in advance of the conference. We solicit this input and feedback through the United States International Telecommunications Advisory Committee (ITAC).” His colleague, Ambassador Phil Verveer testified to Congress, that ITAC is “open to all interested parties to review and advise on the regional and national contributions to WCIT as they are submitted.”
To my amazement, the discussions are substantive. With almost no one outside the system, it's become a convenient forum for State to share information with NTIA, FCC, and others, as well as two dozen or so corporate people who are on the inside. So it's actually a useful point to express your opinion. Being on ITAC gives you access to the main ITU and WCIT documents, along with a painful number of exceedingly boring emails. The meetings are in D.C. at State and generally have call-ins.
Defending freedom and neutrality on the Internet
Explanation of vote Marine Le Pen, French MEP, the report Pilar Del Castillo Vera "Single European Electronic Communications Market"I voted with my colleagues, the texts in the European Parliament to defend freedom and neutrality in particular on the internet. I considered it my duty to preserve this rare area of ??freedom of expression with respect to requirements, at least suspicious of certain lobbies telecom operators and their allies-Europeans within the Industry Committee " ".