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Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-Menlo Park), Ranking Member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee and open Internet advocate, today launched a contest to rebrand ‘net neutrality’ — the term used to describe the principle of all Internet traffic being created equal and that it should be treated as such.

In May, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed new Internet traffic rules under the guise of net neutrality. But if approved, the proposed plan could split the flow of online traffic into tiers by allowing priority treatment to big online corporations that pay higher fees to broadband providers. This would mean a fast lane for those who can afford it and a slow lane for everyone else, hindering small businesses, innovators and Internet users.

“Internet users know what they want and expect from the Internet, but these days all the jargon about net neutrality rules is making it difficult to know what box to check that advances their best interest,” said Eshoo. “That’s why I’m hosting a contest on Reddit to rebrand net neutrality and bring some clarity to an otherwise muddy legal debate before the FCC finalizes its proposed open Internet rules. If Internet users care about their right to uninhibited access to the Internet, this is their opportunity to have an impact on the process, to help put the advantage back in the hands of the Internet user, and to ensure that the free and open Internet prevails.”

The contest is free to enter and the rules are simple. The most popular entry on the Reddit post will be declared the winner on September 8, 2014. Participants are reminded to refrain from using vulgar or otherwise inappropriate language.

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ESL conversation group meets every Wednesday at Menlo Park Library

Project Read-Menlo Park has started an ESL Conversation Club. It meets every Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in the downstairs meeting room at the Menlo Park Library. The purpose is to give English language leanrs an opportunity to practice their skills in English with other learners aided volunteer facilitators. For more information, contact Elibet Jimenez at 650-330-2525 […]

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Six candidates vie for three seats on Menlo Park City Council in November election

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Six candidates are running for the three open seats on the Menlo Park City Council in the November 4, 2014, election. These individuals have been deemed qualified by the San Mateo County Elections Office as residents and registered voters of the City of Menlo Park. The candidates, listed by date qualified, are: Kristin Duriseti (top row, left) Kirsten […]

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Plans take shape for Aug. 9-10 Relay for Life at Burgess Park in Menlo Park

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The theme for this year’s Relay for Life in Menlo Park is Carnival for a Cure. It takes place from Saturday, August 9 to Sunday, August 10 at Burgess Park over a 24-hour period. Because cancer never sleeps, teams strive to have a member on the course every minute of the event. Emails organizer/participant Betty Meissner: “The illuminated pathway of luminaria from 9:00 […]

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Community members needed to serve on Menlo Park’s General Plan Advisory Committee

The General Plan is the City’s “constitution” for physical development. All decisions regarding land use, development, transportation and infrastructure should be consistent with the General Plan. The City Council has requested an update to the M-2 (General Industrial Zoning District) Area portion of the General Plan and the City now seeks Menlo Park residents to […]

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Menlo Park Police Department releases crime statistics for first half of 2014

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The Menlo Park Police Department announced that there was a significant reduction in crime in the City of Menlo Park during the first six months of 2014. “By educating the community on crime prevention methods and by getting community members and businesses involved in crime prevention activities such as neighborhood and business watch, the Menlo Park […]

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Regis Philbin to deliver keynote at InnVision Shelter Network’s Fall Benefit Breakfast

InnVision Shelter Network (IVSN), a provider of housing and supportive services for homeless families and individuals on the Peninsula and in Silicon Valley, will host its annual Benefit Breakfast on Thursday, October 9th from 7:30 to 9:00 am at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Burlingame. This year’s event program will include a keynote address by […]

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Where to watch firework displays on the mid-Peninsula

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Both the city of Menlo Park and town of Atherton sent out reminders to residents that fireworks are illegal, urging locals to enjoy firework displays staged by professionals. Depending on cloud conditions, a number of Peninsula-based displays should be viewable from both the flat and higher ground of both municipalities. These include displays launched from […]

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Not Just for Kids summer reading program for adults offered at Menlo Park Library

From June 9 to August 9, the Menlo Park Library will be offering an Adult Summer Reading Program, featuring free events and incentives just for “the over-18 set.” Adults will be able to sign up at the library or online to receive a Summer Reading Bingo card. Bingo squares may be completed by reading books […]

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Menlo Park Library hosts summer reading programs for kids and teens

Here’s the line up for summer reading programs at the Menlo Park Library for children and teenagers: Children’s Summer Reading 2014 June 9 – August 9 Readers are winners at the Menlo Park Library! Read at least five books, and submit a special project (diorama, report, drawing, collage, sculpture, etc.) about your favorite book, and you […]

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M-A awarded Peninsula Athletic League Commissioner’s Cup for 6th year in a row

For the 6th year in a row, Menlo-Atherton High School was awarded the Peninsula Athletic League Commissioner’s Cup. The Commissioners Cup is awarded annually to the Peninsula Athletic League school that best exemplifies the league’s commitment to sportsmanship and excellence in athletics. Points are awarded to each varsity team in each sport that they participate […]

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