02 June 2006

Please take a moment to consider this!

Telephone and cable companies are trying to take control of the Internet away from the public. They're asking Congress to give them the power to tell you where you can go on the Internet, what you can do, and how quickly you can do it.

Please, join me in standing up for the Internet as we know it. Click here to learn more and to tell Congress "It's Our Internet":

Those of you who know me know that I don't usually do this. And I certainly don't do it without checking the facts. Consider this from Snopes - Network Neutrality:
One of the most important current legislative issues involving the Internet is the concept of "network neutrality." Simply put, network neutrality means that no web site's traffic has precedence over any other's on the massive fiber-optic and copper-wire networks that connect millions of computers together on the Internet. Whether a user searches for recipes using Google, reads an article on snopes.com, or looks at a friend's MySpace profile, all of that data is treated equally and delivered from the originating web site to the user's web browser with the same priority.

In recent months, however, some of the telephone and cable companies that control the telecommunications networks over which Internet data flows have floated the idea of creating the electronic equivalent of a paid carpool lane — that is, charging larger or more traffic-intensive Internet businesses and information providers a fee in order to send their traffic via faster and more reliable network pipelines. ...
I think this is important. I hope you'll take a moment to consider the issue and then contact your representatives. I did.

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