Who's the Boss of the Internet?
As I write, Congress is debating whether to curb your internet access -- or not to. And when I say "debating" I mean assessing whether enough voters are aware of what's going on and outraged enough to threaten their chances of reelection or whether they ought to just go back to the corporate telecommunications feeding trough. According to Nancy Pelosi, "MarkeyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to announce how many citizens have co-sponsored this afternoon." So it really is up to you.
Parachutec explains: "The Internet began with regulations that blocked providers from favoring access to one site over another. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Internet Freedom, a.k.a., 'Net Neutrality.' That means you can access what you want when you want, and anyone can create a web based destination. Phone companies were set up along similar lines: they are not allowed to block you from calling any number you choose."
Who's the Boss? star Alyssa Milano of all people gets it when she outlines just a few of the scenarios we face if the "first amendment of the internet" is gutted:
Imagine, wanting to donate money to a charity and not being able to open the non-profitÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s web page because of the charityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s inability to afford the dominant Internet providerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fees required to make the page efficient? Imagine the millions of life saving dollars these charities will lose if lobbyists get their way? What if your child is sick and you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t gain access to a support groupÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s page because the support group canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t afford the fees? Or even scarier, imagine not gaining speedy access to a politicianÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s views because the specific provider is against his or her ideology?According to the Save the Internet coalition blog, a quarter of a million Americans have signed a petition supporting the "Markey Amendment" assisting Nancy Pelosi in "calling on the House Energy & Commerce Committee to protect Internet freedom."
Add your name to ensure your internet freedom and most importantly PASS IT ON.
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