Patt Morrison for April 27, 2006

Is the Autonomy of the Internet at Stake?

What is considered to be a free-flowing world of entertainment, enlightenment, education, and interaction is currently facing legislation that could change what is now known as "network neutrality." Today web traffic is handled similarly to phone traffic with each "call" being equal, no matter how large or small the site may be. Some of the nation's largest telephone and cable companies are lobbying to introduce the idea of Internet "gatekeepers," which would allow them to decide which sites go fast or slow and which won't load at all. If legislation passes, the Internet will look more like cable TV as network owners will decide what channels, content and applications are available, while consumers choose from their set menu. To explain what this means to the average web-surfer, Patt Morrison is joined by Declan McCollagh, Chief Political Correspondent Cnet News.com; Timothy Karr, Campaign Director of Free Press/Coordinator of Save the Internet Coalition; James Gattuso, Senior Fellow in Regulatory Policy, Heritage Foundation; and Joel Tucker, Owner, Stockroom.com. For more information please visit www.savetheinternet.com

Rock Bottom Remainders!

Among them the Remainders have published over 150 titles, sold over 200 million books, and have been translated into over 25 languages, but for one week a year they are rock stars -- "Artist Access Only"- laminate-wearing, security-escorted rock stars -- with roadies and groupies. And today Patt is joined for an in-studio jam with band members Roger McGuinn and Frank McCourt. Dave Barry is checking in from the road. The Rock Bottom Remainders will perform Saturday, April 29, 2:30 pm, at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The free outdoor concert, with Roger Mcguinn, takes place on the Etc. Stage, UCLA Campus. For information, visit Festival of Books. The band will also perform that evening at 8 pm at UCLA's Royce Hall in a concert supporting 826LA . Billed as "BESIDES THE MUSIC: Conversation, Debate (with international scoring rules) and yes, Music", it will feature literary debate, a discussion of world issues, announcement of a major political initiative, and a set of music. For ticket information, contact the UCLA ticket office at 310-825-2101 or go to www.826LA.org.
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