Today on Context Florida: Tipping point, marriage equality, Film Florida and Internet takeover

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Today on Context Florida:

There is a tipping point, says Martin Dyckman, one which we will lose — or perhaps already have lost — control of our government, leaving it forever powerless to represent the public on climate change or anything else.

Florida is nearing what could be a major step forward on marriage equality, writes Daniel Tilson. And we have some ugly reminders that the ignorance, prejudice and downright stupidity that plagued us in a dark past are still alive and unwell today.

On behalf of Film Florida, Leah Sokolowsky truly believes the entertainment industry can be a cornerstone of Florida’s economy, and she encourages every Floridian to learn more about the economic benefits the entertainment industry provides and spread the word. For every $1 the state invests in the entertainment industry, $5.60 is infused back into the economy.

According to Dominic Calabro, America’s continued reliance on the Internet could soon be jeopardized in what would amount to a government takeover.  Florida’s own Sen. Bill Nelson, other Washington lawmakers, and special-interest groups recently recommended that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulate the Internet as a public utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

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