Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Completely non-related to anything else

But 100% pertinent:

Do you buy books online, use Google, or download to an Ipod? These activities will be hurt if Congress passes a radical law that gives giant corporations more control over the Internet.

Internet providers like AT&T and Verizon are lobbying Congress hard to gut Network Neutrality, the Internet's First Amendment. Net Neutrality prevents AT&T from choosing which websites open most easily for you based on which site pays AT&T more. Amazon.com doesn't have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to work more properly on your computer.

Politicians don't think we are paying attention to this issue. Many of them take campaign checks from big telecom companies and are on the verge of selling out to people like AT&T's CEO, who openly says, "The internet can't be free."

The free and open Internet is under seige — can you sign this petition letting your member of Congress know you support preserving Network Neutrality? Click here: http://www.civic.moveon.org/save_the_internet

A list of all the ways you might be affected by Net Neutrality is located on the bottom of this link: http://civic.moveon.org/alerts/savetheinternet.html

You can see it has been verified as valid here: http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/neutrality.asp

Realize, this is your ISPs controlling access - not the hosts. This means, Road Runner, Texas.net, AT&T, Verizon, whoever your ISP is will control how fast you access your websites. Whether they are blogs, small businesses, personal sites, whatever...if you don't pay them a fee to provide you faster access - a fee most of us won't be able to afford...well - you can just toss it right out the window. I know I will be taking down all my sites and not bothering to blog as soon as they do that, if they win this. Why? Because, the only reason I come to the web lately has been to either go to ebay.com, etsy.com or (the majority) to my friends' blogs, knitty.com, magknits.com and other small, independent sites.

This isn't gonna cut it. Not in the least. Who is this person who says the internet can't be free? Since when has it been? Hello? I pay $60/mo for my internet access, and now I'm going to have to pay more just so that I can have people able to access my sites (not a small number) at the same speed as the big dogs like Verizon, AT&T, Amazon, etc? I so don't think so.