Friday, June 22, 2007

Save The Internet!

Do you buy books online, use Google, or download to an iPod? Everything we do online will be hurt if Congress passes a radical law next week that gives giant corporations more control over what we do and see on the Internet.

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

If Net Neutrality is gutted, the voice of the little guy will be diminished online. Small businesses, activist groups, blogs, religious groups, and other everyday Internet users will never be able to outbid giant corporations for the right to have our websites open properly on people's computers.

You can do your part today--can you sign this petition telling your member of Congress to preserve Internet freedom? Click here:
http://www.civic.moveon.org/save_the_internet

I signed this petition, along with 1.6 million others so far. This petiton will be delivered to Congress. When you sign, you'll be kept informed of the next steps we can take to keep the heat on Congress.

Snopes.com, which monitors various causes that circulate on the Internet, explained:
Simply put, network neutrality means that no web site's traffic has precedence over any other's...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.

Politicians don't think we are paying attention to this issue. Together, we can show them that we do care about preserving the free and open Internet.

4 Comments:

Blogger Tom Harper said...

I signed it, plus I've signed lots of other petitions on Net Neutrality. It's definitely an important issue and we can't let Congress sell us out to the telecom cartel.

Who Hijacked Our Country

6/22/2007 5:57 PM  
Blogger Leo said...

Tom, thanks for signing and for the comment.

6/23/2007 7:00 AM  
Anonymous HandsOff said...

Hey there, The issue can be very confusing but the net neutrality debate is not about blocking content and the internet certainly doesn't need saved. In fact, the net has flourished because the government hasn't intervened. I work with the Hands Off the Internet Coalition and I fear if we turn the net over the government, they'll be the ones to block content and censor discussion.

I invite you to view our blog and videos when you get the chance. Thanks!

6/27/2007 3:30 PM  
Blogger Leo said...

Handsoff, I fear if the government doesn't intervene the telecom monopolies will start allowing big business to dominate the net, as it does television and radio, by creating price driven internet access.
Frankly, I'll take government interference over big business greed any day! I will take a look at your blog site though. Thanks for the comment.

6/27/2007 4:58 PM  

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