Steve Wozniak to the FCC: Keep the Internet Free

This is from DEC 21 2010 -The Atlantic “The Internet has become as important as anything man has ever created. But those freedoms are being chipped away.”

From Steve Wozniak’s 2010 Letter to the FCC:

“The early Internet was so accidental, it also was free and open in this sense. The Internet has become as important as anything man has ever created. But those freedoms are being chipped away. Please, I beg you, open your senses to the will of the people to keep the Internet as free as possible. Local ISP’s should provide connection to the Internet but then it should be treated as though you own those wires and can choose what to do with them when and how you want to, as long as you don’t destruct them. I don’t want to feel that whichever content supplier had the best government connections or paid the most money determined what I can watch and for how much. This is the monopolistic approach and not representative of a truly free market in the case of today’s Internet.

“When I was first asked to “sign on” with some good people interested in Net Neutrality my initial thought was that the economic system works better with tiered pricing for various customers. On the other hand, I’m a founder of the EFF and I care a lot about individuals and their own importance. Finally, the thought hit me that every time and in every way that the telecommunications careers have had power or control, we the people wind up getting screwed. Every audience that I speak this statement and phrase to bursts into applause.

“That’s how the people think. They don’t want this to encroach on their Internet freedom.

STEVE WOZNIAK is a computer engineer who co-founded Apple Computer, Inc. with Steve Jobs. He created the Apple I and Apple II series computers in the mid-1970s.  After earning the National Medal of Technology in 1985, Wozniak left Apple to work on various business and philanthropic ventures.

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