ot (sort of ) PRESERVE INTEGRITY of INTERNET this is true

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by victoria, May 1, 2006.

  1. victoria

    victoria New Member

    I don't get involved in stuff like this very often, but do think this would be a subject important to all of us who use the internet.

    Everything we do online will be hurt if Congress passes a radical law next week that gives giant corporations more control over what we do and see on the Internet.

    Internet providers like AT&T are lobbying Congress hard to gut Network Neutrality--the Internet's First Amendment and the key to Internet freedom. Net Neutrality prevents AT&T from choosing which websites open most easily for you based on which site pays AT&T more. Example: BarnesandNoble doesn't have to outbid Amazon for the right to work properly on your computer.

    If Net Neutrality is gutted, many sites--including Google, eBay, and iTunes--must either pay protection money to companies like AT&T or risk having their websites process slowly. That why these high-tech pioneers, plus diverse groups ranging from MoveOn to Gun Owners of America, are opposing Congress' effort to gut Internet freedom.

    I signed this petition, along with 250,000 others so far. This petiton will be delivered to Congress before the House of Representatives votes next week. When you sign, you'll be kept informed of the next steps we can take to keep the heat on Congress.

    Snopes, which monitors various causes that circulate on the Internet, explained:

    "Simply put, network neutrality means that no web site's traffic has precedence over any other's...Whether a user searches for recipes using Google, reads an article on snopes.com, or looks at a friend's MySpace profile, all of that data is treated equally and delivered from the originating web site to the user's web browser with the same priority.

    "In recent months, however, some of the telephone and cable companies that control the telecommunications networks over which Internet data flows have floated the idea of creating the electronic equivalent of a paid carpool lane."

    If companies like AT&T have their way, Web sites ranging from Google to eBay to iTunes either pay protection money to get into the "fast lane" or risk opening slowly on your computer. We can't let the Internet--this incredible medium which has been such a revolutionary force for democratic participation, economic innovation, and free speech-- (not to mention research!!!) -become captive to large corporations.

    Politicians don't think we are paying attention to this issue. Together, we do care about preserving the free and open Internet.

    I signed this petition, it is legitimate, and all I'm asking is that you take a few moments to read this and hopefully make the decision to sign it too.

    Also please forward this to your friends and anyone you know who might help. Congress is hesitating to pass the legislation now that people are speaking out against it.

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    [This Message was Edited on 05/01/2006]
  2. ilovecats94

    ilovecats94 New Member

    I was happy to go there and sign the petition and answer the few questions they asked.

    Thanks for posting this info. If we lose this right, we lose everything.

  3. sherri_baby

    sherri_baby New Member

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  5. victoria

    victoria New Member

    this one is really easy to do, and so important!

    So, bumping this back up!


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