I am writing to invite you to F2C: Freedom to Connect, the Internet Freedom conference, to be held April 3 & 4 in Washington DC. I hope you'll come. It's really important.
Open communication is one of the Internet's basic principles. It is a right that should be as assured as First Amendment rights like Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press. Today, though, regulatory forces are working to squeeze Internet innovation and broadband competition out of existence.
A major rewrite of communications law is underway in Washington. The most recent draft bill would require that even the smallest Internet service provider register with the U.S. Government. Meanwhile the Federal Communications Commission has issued orders requiring all VOIP providers to meet emergency dialing and law enforcement requirements that only the biggest, least innovative carriers can hope to meet.
Some of the most important voices in the Internet Freedom debate will speak at F2C: Freedom to Connect, including:
* Reed Hundt (Conference Keynote)
* Rep. Rick Boucher D-VA
* Chris Sacca, Google's BizDev point man plus
* Gary Arlen, Editor/Commentator, Arlen Communications Inc.
* Jonathan Askin, General Counsel, pulver.com
* Jim Baller, Senior Principal, Baller Herbst Law Group
* Drew Clark, Senior Writer, National Journal
* Mark Cooper, Research Director, Consumer Federation of America
* Cynthia De Lorenzi, CEO, Patriot.net
* Ed Felten, Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs, Princeton University
* Dewayne Hendricks, CEO, Dandin Group
* Dave Hughes, Distinguished West Point Graduate
* David Isenberg, Principal, Isen.com
* Jeff Jarvis, Creative Director, Advance.net
* Jim Kohlenberger, Executive Director, The VON Coalition
* Bruce Kushnick, Chairman, Teletruth
* Blair Levin, Managing Director, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated
* Om Malik, Editor, GIGAOM.com
* Rick Ringel, Dir. of Engineering, Media Applications Grp., Inter-Tel
* Doc Searls, Senior Editor, Linux Journal
* Ron Sege, CEO, Tropos
* Gigi Sohn, President, Public Knowledge
* Esme Vos, Founder, Muniwireless.com
* David Weinberger, Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
* Frannie Wellings, spokes person, Free Press
* Tim Wu, Professor, Coumbia Law School
The writing is on the wall, and the time to act is now! On April 3rd and 4th, F2C: Freedom to Connect will bring concerned Internet innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, and visionaries to Washington to enter into dialog with the advocates and policy makers shaping Internet law and policy. If you want your voice to be heard in our country's corridors of power, F2C: Freedom to Connect is a good place to start. It is as simple as that.
F2C: Freedom to Connect will take place at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring. For complete event information, click over to http://www.pulver.com/f2c/, and make your plans now to attend by registering online at https://secure.pulver.com/f2c/regis
If we simply wait and hope that our leaders will act to preserve the future of the Internet we will only be disappointed, because it isn't going to happen. The issues are too important to ignore. The future of the Internet -- indeed, freedom of communication -- is at stake. Join me for F2C: Freedom to Connect, and take a stand!
P.S. EARLY BIRD pricing for F2C: Freedom to Connect is available, but time is running out! Sign up online at https://secure.pulver.com/f2c/ register.html by February 28th and save $500 on the regular event price!