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"Hands Off Our Internet!"

Reported by Chrish - January 30, 2006

From Common Cause:

You think the Internet will always be the great freewheeling information superhighway you've grown to love? Well, think again. Media giants want to privatize our Internet. Telecommunications companies like AT&T and Verizon are lobbying Congress for the right to control where you go on the Internet, how fast you get there, and how much you pay for the service.

Tell them to keep their hands off our Internet!

If successful in Congress, these companies would open the door to violate what techies call "net neutrality." It is the principle that Internet users should be able to access any web content they want, post their own content, and use any applications they choose, without restrictions or limitations imposed by their Internet service providers (ISPs).

Net neutrality is the reason this democratic medium has grown exponentially, fueled innovation and altered how we communicate. We must make certain that for-profit interests do not destroy the democratic culture of the web.

But some big telecommunications executives just don't get it. For them it is all about their bottom lines. They already charge us higher prices for slower connections than their counterparts in other parts of the world. Now they say that they should get to double-charge for Internet access - collecting fees not just from us, but also from websites like Google and Yahoo.

And what about websites like CommonCause.org or your favorite blog (News Hounds!) that can't afford to pay up? They might be left in the slow lane of the information superhighway.

Please go to Common Cause for simple actions you can take to keep the Internet accessible!! You KNOW where this is going...

"Control the new "International commons" of Space and "Cyberspace"
is one of the stated goals from our friends at PNAC.

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