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Don't Let The Internet Go The Way Of Big Oil And Big Banks!

Reported by Ellen - August 5, 2010 -

The pending deal between Google and Verizon spells bad news for net neutrality supporters. As The New York Times reports, the deal "could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content's creators are willing to pay for the privilege." That means that, as Senator Al Franken told us at Netroots Nation, that Fox News will load faster than DailyKos - or News Hounds. Or, as Writers Guild of America East notes, coming as it does at the height of the net neutrality debate, this action by two of the biggest players "blows the entire concept to smithereens... The Internet will resemble television and the movies: completely dominated by a handful of multinational conglomerates that decide what the public will watch based, not on the quality of the programming, but on the margin of profit. Please demand that Congress protect net neutrality.

Free Press notes, "The deal marks the beginning of the end of the Internet as you know it. Since its beginnings, the Net was a level playing field that allowed all content to move at the same speed, whether it's ABC News or your uncle's video blog. That's all about to change, and the result couldn't be more bleak for the future of the Internet, for television, radio and independent voices."

Sign Free Press' petition to Congress and tell them how much you care about net neutrality.