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Monday, May 01, 2006

Save the Internet

Save the Internet: Click here Sez

"Do you buy books online, use Google, or download to an Ipod? These activities, plus MoveOn's online organizing ability, 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.

This is a really stupid, scary, and monopolistic scheme. Threatening my ability to efficiently vote with my dollar will only make me more determined to actually do so, instead of resting on the laurels of my laziness. In all seriousness, corporations already have enough control over internet access--if you don't think they already influence what websites you click on, get your news from, and purchase from, just via things like handy pre-chewed portal start pages, then you aren't paying attention. Don't let them cripple sites that refuse to pay their economically discriminatory internet poll tax, unless you want to turn our economy into an oligarchy.