Protect Net Neutrality | Join The Fight – Demand Congressional Support For a Free and Open Web

The Fight to Protect Net Neutrality

 


The FCC votes on net neutrality in 13 DAYS

Yesterday, I e-signed this petition from Mozilla. This is important. The web needs to remain free from any government control or interference. If you live in the United States, and you haven’t done so, you also need to sign this. Takes but a minute and Mozilla protects your privacy. If you aren’t in the US, you should familiarize yourself with pending net neutrality laws in your country and make your own stand for a free web.

The rest of this post is taken directly from Mozilla’s page urging us as netizens to take action.

We Are Close to Victory: Take Action Now

This is our final stand because the Web is not owned by any one of us; rather, it is shared by all of us. That’s why net neutrality is so important.

Sign the petition

If you live or vote in the United States, please add your name to the petition using the form below (if not, please forward this to anyone you know in the U.S.A.)

[This is the letter Mozilla will send on your behalf]

Dear Member of Congress,

The Federal Communications Commissioners will take a vote February 26th on net neutrality rules. I want the FCC to do all it can and put strong protections in place. I expect you to do the same.

As American citizens, we have been clear about what we want. To date, the public commented nearly four million times demanding that the FCC support full net neutrality. More than 300,000 of those comments were by phone — at one point reaching 1,000 calls per minute.

Clearly I am not alone in my belief that the Web is a global engine of innovation and entrepreneurship — a level playing field from which we can learn, connect and create. I stand with the millions of others in the global Web community that have opposed fast lanes which leave the majority in the slow lane, restricting freedom of choice online. There should be no blocking and discrimination of content online. If the FCC votes to uphold these protections, I am asking you to stand in support of full protections, and to leave a legacy that will ensure a free and open Web for generations.

Sincerely,
Your name will go here

The Fight to Protect Net Neutrality

We are so close to victory after a long, sustained fight to get strong, effective protections for net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission is slated to vote on net neutrality rules on February 26th. Time is running out for us to speak out. That is why it is so important for every American to call or write their member of Congress now.

Momentum has been on our side, but the handful of powerful companies are pulling out all the stops between now and the FCC’s vote. The corporate Goliaths and their lobbyists are using their influence to get politicians to gut net neutrality as we know it and undermine the open nature of the Web. Don’t let them do this.

We’re so close to victory, but we’re not there yet.

The biggest weapon we have in the fight for net neutrality is you. Will you make a last stand with us to make sure the FCC votes for strong net neutrality protections?

We’ll make sure to send your message — along with those of everyone else who speaks out — directly to members of Congress. Let’s protect the open Internet for all.

The poll is mine – not from Mozilla.

Please take a minute to respond.

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Writing Success on WordPress

In my last post, I talked about the “Perfect Reader” from the point of view of the writer. I discussed several things that I believe define you and I as writers, because, truth be told, if you are reading this, you are probably writing something in your own blog – which makes you a writer. Maybe I have read it, maybe I haven’t; maybe I am your “perfect reader” and maybe I’m not. Either way, I applaud you for taking a chance writing and publishing what you wrote. Whether one person read it or one hundred thousand people read it, what does it matter? The most important thing is you wrote it and put it out in your little corner of cyberspace for someone else to read. For what you want is someone to read it. You really want someone to like it, maybe like it a lot, and in doing so, validate your existence as a writer. You might want to get paid for your writing – and in doing so, validate yourself even more as a writer.

I know I do. I would like that very much.

The question is, can you and how do you do it on WordPress? I don’t know if you can or not, but I believe I’ve figured out a couple of things in the nearly three years I have been blogging here. First thing is this: I believe writing your blog here on WordPress.com is probably the best place one can write and get the most exposure for their writing. Certainly it is for a novice writer. But, it is not the perfect place, and here is why.

Unless you are already an established writer with a huge following, your ability to capture readers, especially a lot of readers, is dependent on three things. First: your topic and the quality of the writing about your topic. Let’s face it, nobody is going to read atrocious writing, at least not for very long. Second: your timing and the tags you use must be spot on. Exposure, I believe, is a momentary piece of timing and luck. In other words, you have a very short period of time for readers to view your post and be compelled enough to read it and decide if it merits enough effort to investigate your blog further. Third: I believe anything you post is going to fail the timing and exposure tests unless you have a great, or at least good photo to go along with it. I believe this based on my own experience: To date, I have published 88 posts to this blog. Of those 88, the top three posts with the most “Likes” all included decent photographs. In descending order, they are: Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life | 2, “Super Sport” | Photo Challenge – Letters, and Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life.

So, there you have it – my little three cents worth on how we as writers might, if we are lucky, and we write well enough, and we can either take, borrow or steal a great photo, we might just make it as writers on WordPress…and if we are really, truly, remarkably lucky…we might just get our piece Freshly Pressed.

So go out there and do it. Give it your best shot. And, good luck!

A WordPress Boo-boo?

WP Poll Error

Just a few minutes ago, I started working on a new poll for a post I am writing. I found an interesting error, and I started wondering if I’m the only one who’s seen it, or if WP knows about it but hasn’t fixed it. As the picture shows, to the right of the title box and each answer selection box, there are three icons for inserting a picture, video, or audio. The icon graphics are common and self-explanatory. The thing is, when you hover your mouse, as I did, over the video icon (the center one), the alternate text that displays says “Add Audio.” When you hover over the audio icon (the musical notes), the text displayed says “Add Video.” The mystery is compounded by selecting either of the icons. When you do, the dialog for inserting the correct media type is displayed. Give it a try. It truly is a conundrum.

While you are at it; since we are on the subject of polls, why not take a moment to vote in the poll I published on Friday. Believe me, cast your vote and you will feel warm and fuzzy all over. I know I will.