On Tuesday, November 16, 2010, I was invited to join the KUNM Youth Radio Project at the Future of the Internet Town Hall in Albuquerque, NM. The Future of the Future of the Internet Town Hall was sponsored by the Media Literacy Project, Center of Media justice, and Free Press, and was hosted by the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

The town hall was formed to create a platform for people to have the opportunity to speak about the future of Internet freedom. At the town hall was FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, who was there to hear people’s thoughts on Internet freedom.

I believe this town hall was important because the Internet has become the main source of communication; but, certain companies such as Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast are trying to privatize content to users. I believe if they are successful we may have a problem communicating like never before, because it will limit our ways of communication, and the people in this country might lose touch with one another which will make our country behind in numerous ways. We not only use the Internet to communicate we use it for searching for things, which makes education better to have those kind of resources. I will continue to support Internet freedom and I encourage you to as well because without the Internet our lives will never be the same. I am glad we have a public official like Commissioner Copps to support Internet Freedom. Overall the Future of the Internet Town Hall was great and I hope to see more of these types of meetings to better our community.

On November 16, 2010 NM Media Literacy Project, The Center for Media Justice, and Free Press hosted the Future of the Internet Public Hearing at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM. The hearing consisted of speakers who gave their expertise on the Internet's future. The community was also given time to ask questions on what lies ahead. KUNM Youth Radio Project's Carson Lafferty interviews FCC Commissioner Copps. Commissioner Copps expresses his concerns for Internet access in America and speaks on what would happen if corporations controlled the Internet completely.


By Victor Torres of KUNM Youth Radio


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