Monday, April 24, 2006

Net Neutrality

This puckers my sphincter:

The big ISPs want to control the Internet. The battle is over "net neutrality." As soon as this coming Wednesday, it could all be set in motion because Republicans and Democrats are set to make this happen. If you don't know what it is watch this video now, because it effects you. It's hard to believe, but I've been writing on the web for 10 years. That's a long time, longer than most. In all those years I've never heard of anything quite so dangerous as what's now being debated in the Congress. Matt Stoller will be blogging about the consequences all this week as it plays out. Another site for information is SaveTheInternet. Josh Marshall has a discussion going on over at TPMCafe. Let me give you an example of how this could play out. If you're Barnes and Noble and pay the right ISP, your site will open faster than, say, "" There are so many things wrong with this idea it's hard to know where to start.

The Internet is a free flowing, democratic forum where every site is created equal, big or small, conglomerate or start-up. Congress is about to change all that because they like the money they get from big telco companies. The threat is bigger than you realize, but there's more.


These greedy bastids have to be stopped.

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