Friday, July 07, 2006

 

The Need For Net Neutrality

The latest sell-out proposed by the government is the internet. We've seen TV broadcasting sold to the highest bidders, along with radio, and the newspapers...now, the proposals are to hand the net over to the big telcoms. But, they haven't done it yet.

I'm proposing that all of us lobbying our senators to not let this happen. If "net neutrality" is lost, then the big telcoms will have priority over using the internet, and those of us who use smaller ISPs will wait in line until there's space...or something... The current neurtrality also means that smaller operations can stay in business, and maybe not get swallowed up as fast as they will if the big money folks have their way.

So, get on the horn and call your senator, now, in the next five minutes or so, just call today, and tell them you support "net neutrality," and want them to support it, too!

Comments:
I'm working with the Hands Off the Internet coaltion on the net neutrality debate. We oppose net neutrality legislation that is nothing more than a solution to a nonexistent problem.

As with the open access debate of the 1990's, people claimed that small ISPs and competition would dissapear overnight and those allegations never came to pass.

There is no need for this legislation now. As Google Vice President Vince Cerf said this week,

"If the legislators ... insist on neutrality, we will be happy. If they do not put it in, we will be less happy but then we will have to wait and see whether or not there actually is any abuse. If we are not successful in our arguments ... then we will simply have to wait until something bad happens and then we will make known our case to the Department of Justice's anti-trust division,"
 
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