Free Press Campaign Director Timothy Karr reminds us (Communities United, 10/23/08) that “a huge decision is going to be made on Election Day that could change the lives of millions of Americans,” but is “not about Obama or McCain”:
On November 4, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether to open unused television airwaves to provide affordable Internet services nationwide….
They can transmit an Internet signal over mountains and through concrete walls. But that hasnÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬ÃƒÂ¢”Å¾Â¢t stopped the National Association of Broadcasters from deploying their lobbyists to try to keep us from delivering a better Internet for everyone.
FCC engineers just completed an exhaustive study that shows white spaces can be used to connect millions to the Internet without harming TV signals. But the NAB doesnÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬ÃƒÂ¢”Å¾Â¢t like the results, and theyÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬ÃƒÂ¢”Å¾Â¢re trying to get Congress to intervene.
Because “right now, NAB lobbyists are lining up outside the door of your representative in Congress,” Free Press thinks it’s high time “we ended the NABÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬ÃƒÂ¢”Å¾Â¢s decades-long effort to control our airwaves”–click here to ensure your representative tells the FCC it “needs to simply follow good science with good policy.”