(via iwantmedia): The Internet’s promise as a new medium is said to be “under attack” by big media companies that control the public’s ‘Net access, according to Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy.
In his article The Death Of The Internet: How Industry Intends To Kill The ‘Net As We Know It, Chester presents a sobering and chilling portrait of how current practices by the cable industry, telcos and other Internet service providers, as well as recent FCC policy, present the potential future of a controlled-access Internet.
“In the absence of public policy safeguards,” Chester writes, “the emerging pricing and control structures will fundamentally change the kinds of information — and way it’s delivered — on the Internet.”
This is worthy of mainstream media attention, because the practices that Chester describes have the ability to not only prohibit or squelch online participatory journalism, but also harm the democratic pursuits of traditional journalism as well. This article also makes the case, albeit indirectly, that media conglomerates have no business controlling access to the pipes.
Update: (11:02 pm) Just noticed that the good folks at Slashdot have thread started about Chester’s article.
Update: 11.04 - Metafilter now has a thread too.