Minnesota senator and funny man Al Franken will give the opening remarks alongside FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn (who were both invited by Franken) at the Free Press-sponsored Future of the Internet forum in Minneapolis today – says Politico. Speaking to Tech Daily Dose, Franken’s office said that the hearing "comes in the wake of Google’s pact with Verizon to build toll lanes on the Internet," a reference to the proposal last week from the two companies as an alternative to FCC regulations.
The invite for the event reads: "Members of the community are encouraged to attend and to share their ideas, experiences and concerns with the commissioners. The meeting will focus on the FCC’s responsibility to protect the open Internet for consumers and to foster universal broadband access across the country."
The event will take place at 6 p.m. in Minneapolis, and is co-hosted by Free Press, the Main Street Project and the Center for Media Justice.
Those that can’t attend can watch it live via a webcast at www.theuptake.org.