Thursday, April 27, 2006

Do This

From MoveOn.org:

Do you buy books online, use Google, or download to an Ipod portable MP3 player? These activities 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. Amazon.com doesn't have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to work more properly on your computer.

Politicians don't think we are paying attention to this issue. Many of them take campaign checks from big telecom companies and are on the verge of selling out to people like AT&T's CEO, who openly says, "The internet can't be free."

The free and open Internet is under seige--can you sign this petition letting your member of Congress know you support preserving Network Neutrality? Click here:

http://www.civic.moveon.org/save_the_internet

A list of all the ways you might be affected by Net Neutrality is located on the bottom of this link: http://civic.moveon.org/alerts/savetheinternet.html

Seriously. If you don't do this within one minute, I will unleash special code hidden within this HTML that will forever prohibit porn on your computer. Don't make me do that.

2 Comments:

At 10:09 AM, Blogger ramo said...

I am terrified by your secret HTML code. Please don't take away my porns!

 
At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Uncut Boy said...

Bear in mind that those same companies (AT&T, Verizon etc) aren't doing too well financially and they are desperately looking for new ways to improve revenues.
They spent billions on building networks and lost billions due to highly competitive, highly saturated market, so they do need additional sources of income. Would consumers benefit if AT&T, Time Warner and AOL go the way of Northwest, Delta and United?

I don't like regulations and restrictions and all for free enterprise, but what internet providers are trying to do is somewhat similar situation to the days when credit cards were introduced and retailers had to choose between paying fees or losing customers. I'm sure back in the days consumers weren't happy about the price increases associated with recovering transaction costs, but we learned to appreciate comfort and convenience of (mostly) cash free environment. Besdides maybe restrictions placed on download speeds will help retail stores get back customers that shopped on internet? For those companies obstacles placed by internet providers will turn into valuable opportunities.

 

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