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Minneapolis Net Notes

Minneapolis gives Wi-Fi the go-ahead - finally! More from Twin Cities Daily Planet.

This has a potentially huge impact on Minnesota Stories. Imagine live-vlogging from anywhere in the city. Does anyone have ideas on (1) technology requirements of doing this from my MacBook Pro, and (2) content ideas? The sky's the limit. The sky, and Minneapolis city borders.

The Wi-Fi bid went to Minnetonka-based US Internet. The loser was Qwest, who thinks Net Neutrality is "silly."

Meanwhile, Sen. Mark Dayton announced that he would become a co-sponsor of the Net Neutrality amendment. Here's video from Technology Evangelist:

Contact Sen. Norm Coleman and urge him to support the Internet Freedom Preservation Act (S.2917) introduced by Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Byron Dorgan (D-ND).


Call Sen. Coleman now at 651-645-0323

Say: "I urge Senator Coleman to protect Net Neutrality, which prevents the largest phone and cable companies from controlling the Internet. I urge the Senator to vote NO on Senator Stevens' telecommunications bill (H.R. 5252 / S. 2686) unless real Net Neutrality language is added that prohibits network operators from discriminating against content and creating a tiered Internet."

Here's my email to Sen. Norm Coleman. Be sure to select "Telecommunication Issues" from the dropdown and fill out all fields.

Dear Sen. Norm Coleman,

I'm writing to urge your support of the Internet Freedom Preservation Act (S.2917) introduced by Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Byron Dorgan (D-ND).

We already have the ability and opportunity to pay more for faster Internet service. I'm the founder of Minnesota Stories, a video web site featuring stories about Minnesota by Minnesotans. As a service provider, I am able to step up my servers and bandwidth as the site traffic grows. As a user, I'm also able to upgrade from a cable modem to faster DSL as my need to transfer large video files grows beyond that of most consumers. The free market has provided us with this range of options over the same public network.

The Internet has become perhaps the most important force for democracy and media we've ever known. If certain Internet providers offer an exclusive "fast lane," leaving the rest of us in the slow lane, we really are putting democracy in danger. A political candidate or advocacy organization would have an unfair advantage over competitors in the "slow lane." Imagine the equivalent of radio or television - would the candidate with less money sound slow, would their message fade in and out? That's hardly what the founders had in mind.

I look forward to hearing your current position on Net Neutrality.

Chuck Olsen

September 2, 2006 at 04:09 PM in Local, Minnesota Stories | Permalink


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The Wi-Fi bid went to Minnetonka-based US Internet.

Cool! I used to buy dial-up from them.

Posted by: Crystal at Sep 4, 2006 11:01:57 AM