Monday, May 01, 2006

Internet Freedom Under Attack

Okay, this is a bit frightening, and I'm sure it will pique the interests of site owners everywhere. AT&T and Verizon are trying to manipulate their customers' internet browsing - allowing only certain sites to open, and they're pushing US Congress to allow them to do so. Here's more from MoveOn (I don't agree with all of their issues, but they hit on some good points like this one sometimes):

Big Internet operators like AT&T and Verizon want the power to decide which Web sites open properly on our computers—giving them control over what we do and where we search online. So far, Congress has caved to their demands.

But because of intense public pressure, some members of Congress are starting to switch from AT&T's side to ours! In just a week, Congress saw over 250,000 of us sign a petition demanding the Internet stay free. Joining this call are tech pioneers like Google and Microsoft, diverse groups ranging from MoveOn to Gun Owners of America, and even some celebrities.

If enough of us stand up now, there's still time for the House of Representatives to do the right thing next week when it votes on whether to protect or destroy Network Neutrality—the Internet's First Amendment and the key to Internet freedom.

I would like as many people as possible to sign this, whether I get credit or not. I do have a referrer ID (I could win an ipod) - but I'll post the non-referral link as well - it doesn't matter either way to me as long as you take action.

Join the petition asking Congress to protect the free and open Internet

Join the petition - non referral link.

It may seem like a small thing, but it does involve two very large service providers and could have a real impact on net browsing - not to mention the doors it will open.


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