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Websites virtually protest for Net Neutrality

People visiting many of the Internet’s most popular sites Wednesday encountered a symbolic slowdown aimed at blocking a government effort to create “fast lanes” and “slow lanes” for websites. The protest was aimed at encouraging people to take a stand on Net Neutrality.

Net Neutrality generally means that web content is not prioritized. You as a user can go where you want on the Internet without the interference of your broadband provider.

The FCC is currently considering how to enact new rules to change Net Neutrality.

If you went to websites like Reddit, Netflix, Kickstarter, Foursquare or Vimeo, Wednesday, you may have seen an image that some call ‘the spinning wheel of death’. That little animation that tells you your content is loading.

Timothy Karr is the senior director of Free Press.

He said this week’s protest may have been symbolic – but it reflects serious public concerns about the need to keep a free and open Internet. “An organization called the Sunlight Foundation looked at public comments to the FCC – and there’ve been more than a million already,” he said. “They found that 99 percent of those comments were in support of net neutrality. So, this is an issue where the public is strongly unified.”

September 15 is the last day the FCC plans to take comments on Net Neutrality.

FCC Net Neutrality Comment page:

SVSU announces fall speaker series

Saginaw Valley State University will be hosting a series of lectures this fall that aim to bring global issues to a local level.

The seven lecture series will feature topics like water shortages, urban renewal, education and immigration.

Carlos Ramet is the Executive Director to the President at SVSU, “Ideally people who attend all seven lectures will have the same kind of growth that someone would have from taking a class,” he said. “I think the cumulative effect of the seven lectures is that we go away learning a great deal about global challenges that can be brought down to the local level.”

SVSU lecture schedule:

Agency helps low income families with winter heat

Summer is just starting to wind down and as it gets cooler you might start thinking more about heating bills.

Michigan Community Action has received nine million dollars in state and federal funding to help low income families with their energy bills.

Kate White is the executive director of Michigan Community Action, “We’re hearing predictions that it’s going to be another cold and difficult winter and the key thing is to remember you are so much better off if you try to ask for help before you fall behind on your energy bills.”

White says people should start thinking about their heating now, before the snow starts to fly.

“We know that many families really want to get back to work,” White said. “They want to have enough money to take care of their children and to keep a nice home as so we’re here to help with that.”

Anyone who needs energy assistance or would like to know more about the program can contact their local Community Action agency.

Find your local community action agency