The End

It’s Release Day for my new book–a book series ten frickin’ years in the making. I had planned a huge post about the impact of writing this series, what it meant to me, what it means to me today. Insights, reflections, ponderings on next steps. After all, I devoted a decade of my life to this. However, something more important has come up.

Net Neutrality.

This is it.

This ability to share information, freely, to share thoughts with people around the country, around the world…it could all go away very, very soon. The minute a corporate sponsor decides they don’t like their sales numbers from the east coast, they start messing with the speed of certain sites, boosting their Arizona news sites (because they also own servers in Arizona). What’s happening in New York? Doesn’t matter anymore. They aren’t Verizon customers.

I suppose this could sound like paranoid fantasy, but it’s not. The scenario I outlined is a Tuesday afternoon in corporate information sharing, not the total, unregulated blackout they could do if they felt like it. Why?Because they felt like it. What else could happen? Trump says to a buddy, “Don’t publish stories about the latest thing I said.” Done and done. We lose our ability to organize. To act in support. To even know what votes are on the chopping block!

Today is a day to act, to fight the FCC & the repeal of #NetNeutrality! Thanks to John Oliver there’s a SUPER easy way to do this. Here’s what you can do – takes less than a minute.

1. Go to gofccyourself.com (the shortcut John Oliver made to the hard-to-find FCC comment page)
2. Where it says 17-108 link (Restoring Internet Freedom), click on “+Express”
3. Fill out the form. Be sure to hit “ENTER” (or return key) on your keyboard immediately after you put in your name, so it registers. (They make it a tad tricky there – you may not have to do this…just be aware)
4. In the comment section write, “I strongly support net neutrality backed by Title 2 oversight of ISPs.”
5. Click to Review, then Submit, done. – Make sure you hit submit at the end!
Because lodging that complaint took all of two minutes, please spend an extra seven calling representatives from Congress today.


The only reason I have a book release day is because of the internet. There only reason there’s a home–at all–for my writing is the internet. The only reason an author like me ever finds an audience is because of the free internet. I used to think that when I finished writing this book series, I’d feel tremendous relief. A goal accomplished, ten years in the making! I didn’t realize that we’d be fighting to keep public the very source of information and freedom that makes our modern world work.

Please make time today for something important. And it’s not buying my book.


One Response to “The End”

  1. Joel Says:

    Done. Thanks for the nudge, Friendmond. And CONGRATU-FREAKIN-LATIONS!

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