Open Internet Heavily Promoted at CES

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The Open Internet Coalition launched a new "Protect the Net" campaign at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The idea is to build on growing support among technology innovators for protecting the open Internet, the coalition says.

"Many of the hottest new technologies showcased at the CES are only possible because the open nature of the Internet enables innovation without permission," said Markham Erickson, Coalition Executive Director. "The Federal Communication Commission's effort to ensure the Internet remains open is critical for consumers, and for entrepreneurs whose new products and services will unleash the next wave of investment and economic growth."

The Coalition is distributing buttons and laptop stickers throughout the CES event, with a quick response code. When captured by a reader on a mobile device, the QR code will launch a webpage, which allows users to add their names to a petition supporting the FCC's proposed rules for maintaining an open Internet.

Protect the Net

The Coalition has provided steps for those using iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry devices:


1. Click the App Store on your iPhone

2. Search for "QR Code Reader"

3. Select an app and install. We recommend QuickMark, but all QR Code Reader apps should work

Android OS

1. Find the Android Market icon on your Android Phone

2. Search for "QR Code Reader"

3. Select an app and install. We recommend the free "BarCode Scanner", but all QR Code Reader apps should work

BlackBerry OS

1. Go to the BlackBerry App World icon on your Blackberry or go to and download "BlackBerry App World"

2. Select the "top free" icon, then select BlackBerry Messenger and install

3. Once installed, open the BlackBerry Messenger app, choose "Scan a Group Barcode" in the main menu and hold your phone over the code.

More about the FCC's proposed rules can be read here.

Watch for more WebProNews coverage of CES, with exclusive video interviews coming soon.

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Chris Crum
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