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The future of the Internet is at risk!

The future of the Internet - the medium that the Supreme Court called "the
most participatory form of mass speech yet developed" - is at risk. The
threat: monopolization of Internet access service by cable network owners.
By excluding competing Internet service providers (ISPs) from broadband
networks, cable owners are extending the local monopolies Please join us for an informational and strategic planning session.
The future of the Internet is at risk!

Local efforts are essential to protecting open access
and content diversity on our broadband communication systems.

Please join us for an informational and strategic planning session.

WHAT: Community meeting to discuss open access and the
future of the broadband Internet

WHEN: Tuesday, July 30th, 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.

WHERE: Multnomah Co. Library-Central Branch
U.S. Bank Meeting Room
801 S.W. 10th Ave.
Portland, OR

WHO:
* Barry Steinhardt, Director of the
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Technology and Liberty Program
* Dr. Andrew Afflerbach, Principal
Engineer and report author, Columbia Telecommunications Corporation (CTC)
* Sue Diciple, Chair, Mt Hood Cable
Regulatory Commission
* Jeffrey Chester, Executive Director,
Center for Digital Democracy (CDD)

The future of the Internet - the medium that the Supreme Court called "the
most participatory form of mass speech yet developed" - is at risk. The
threat: monopolization of Internet access service by cable network owners.
By excluding competing Internet service providers (ISPs) from broadband
networks, cable owners are extending the local monopolies they hold over
cable television to the high-speed Internet.

It is essential that local voices - those who depend upon the Internet to
provide space for a diversity of uses and viewpoints - take a lead role in
making sure that values of openness and nondiscrimination remain built into
the broadband networks that serve their communities.

The ACLU, collaborating with CDD, recently released a report describing the
threats posed by the monopolization of broadband Internet access and
offering alternative, open access models that would preserve the freedom of
this vital medium. Using the Portland, Oregon and Tacoma, Washington cable
broadband systems as case studies, the study describes how local networks
are being structured and operated to centralize control in the hands of a
single network operator - and conclusively demonstrates that alternative
architectures which preserve the Internet's openness are possible.

The findings of this report, prepared by the CTC, will be presented at this
meeting, accompanied by updates from local leaders on the open access issue.
More importantly, the meeting will provide the opportunity for a discussion
about how the Portland community has been working to preserve the open
characteristics of the Internet, and what strategies ought to be pursued in
the future. Please join us!

CONTACT: David Fidanque, ACLU of Oregon, 503-227-3186 or
Mark Wahl, CDD, 202-452-9009

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS ISSUE, SEE:
< http://www.aclu.org/issues/cyber/broadband.html>, and
< http://www.aclu.org/news/2002/n071002a.html>

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phone: phone: 503-227-3186