*+-Hasira Asheuma: 2015 promises to be a critical year on the progressive battlefront as many wedge issues are already at a fever pitch. Here are 5 key issues that all progressives should be keeping an eye on and getting involved with in 2015.
Net Neutrality is the term used when referring to the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication.
*+-Sylvia Moore: On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission voted on new rules that critics say could allow media conglomerates to decide whose content gets to be seen on the Internet and whose doesn’t. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is said to have the votes he needs to pass net neutrality regulation.
*+-Tina Dupuy: The concept of Net Neutrality is simple – all content should be treated equally. The Internet should be, as it has been, a level playing field. Waxman, the chair of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, said any bill about the issue would have to come out of his committee. What’s taking so long? The hold up is that the term “Net Neutrality” sounds like a fishing ordinance instead of what Senator Al Franken describes as “the free speech issue of our time.”