Monday, April 24, 2006

Your Personal Freedom is NOT in Their Corporate Interest

Lifted in its entirety from MyDD:
Background on the Issue: The internet is open because private companies haven't been allowed to block content they don't like. Now the telcos want to make it so they can block what you see.

The Threat to You is real: Telcos have already blocked competing services, censored emails, and political web sites of unions negotiating with them. Why do you assume they care about your rights?

Come On, This Isn't Really Happening: Fine, don't believe me. Ignore the fact that the CEO of AT&T is on record that this is going to happen. You can pretend that this won't affect you, if you want.

'Net Neutrality': A Simple Explanation: Annoying tech issue, maybe, but you can watch this this simple video explanation.

Explaining the Players in the Fight: It's a corporate cartel with bought and paid lobbyists versus a free market and citizens groups.

Can we win this fight? Yes, we can. Congress isn't that set on giving away the internet. They just don't understand the issues involved and don't think anyone's paying attention.

What You Should Link to:
SavetheInternet.com
Moveon Petition
Save the Internet on MySpace

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Illinois) supports the content blocking bill sponsored by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas). Barton's bill would turn your Internet over to the corporate telecom companies and gag independent voices with a "two-tiered" Internet in which a corporate-approved content providers would have their services delivered faster.

1 comment:

jacob Silverman said...

dear so-called mayor
I like the blog. This is based on one ten-minute visit.

the SBC Rush (rhymes with Bush) Barton bill to kill the internet would of course do just that for many of us. Nevertheless, what diff would it make? Then we would just be forced to find some other way to communicate. Maybe we would meet in person more often, or organize better. The internet goes down? Fine. Then people would have to get more activist. What difference would it make?

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