Want to protect the future of the Internet on Nov. 4? Contact FCC

Here’s an edited version of an email I got from Media Reform Daily – which directed me to SavetheInternet.com

“A huge decision is going to be made on Election Day that could change the lives of millions of Americans. And it’s not about Obama or McCain.

On Nov. 4, the Federal Communications Commission will vote to open unused television airwaves to provide affordable, wireless Internet services nationwide. Help sway the vote by calling Congress today.

Opening up these vacant airwaves – called white spaces — might be our best opportunity to close the digital divide. White spaces can be used to transmit an Internet signal over mountains and through concrete walls.

FCC engineers just completed an exhaustive 18-month study that shows new technology can use white spaces without harming adjacent TV signals. The agency released its report on Oct. 15 and will vote on its conclusive findings on Nov. 4.

The facts are pretty clear: White spaces can be used to deliver Internet service to people near and far. But that hasn’t stopped the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), a powerful group representing the nation’s largest media companies, from deploying their lobbyists to try to keep Americans from gaining access to these airwaves…

Time is running out. Don’t miss your chance to help make history on Election Day by urging Congress and the FCC to open up white spaces.”

At a time when so much is beyond my control, I like chipping away for constructive change on less publicized but significant issues like this. Hope you do, too.

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