Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Net Neutrality

This streaming video contains lots of interesting comments about the internet and how it functions according to our some of our most enlightened congresscritters. With giant intellects such as these serving the public, it’s a wonder that anyone ever decides to run for public office, huh?

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Even though these congresscritters clearly are morons, don’t underestimate how dangerous they are. They are trying to restrict our freedom to access information on the internet; they wish to allow service providers such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast to decide which web sites you can access, based on which site pays them the most for those public access priviledges. If the public doesn’t speak up now, our elected officials will — as usual — cave in to a multi-million dollar lobbying campaign. How will this restrictive spineless congressional act affect you and me? Well, it will restrict your access to significant portions of the internet such as blogs, small e-commerce companies, and it will definitely restrict the free flow of information regarding basic human rights and other important issues.

I certainly hope that you all do something about this.

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Comments

  1. #1 Craig Pennington
    July 20, 2006

    But, but I’ve seen the daily full page ads in the Washington Post from that fine upstanding grassroots organization, handsoffourartificialscarcity.org or handsoffourdoublechargingforbandwidth.org or summat. Surely if a grassroots organization can afford daily full page ads in a paper like that then thousands, no millions of small individual contributions must be pouring in from everyday citizens like you and me. With a bottom up democratic movement like that against it, Net Neutrality must really be an evil concept.

  2. #2 Webs
    July 20, 2006

    Not sure if you are being sarcastic. For the sake of the internet I sure hope so. Net neutrality should matter to everyone, especially those that enjoy bloggin. Without net neutrality, everyone might be forced to pay to blog, and the money would go to rich companies that do not need the extra penny from poor folk like myself.

  3. #3 Sara @ YellowIbis
    July 21, 2006

    Amen, sister. And thanks for bringing this to everyone’s attention. If we don’t ensure net neutrality we will not only change, but ruin, the internet as we know it. Fight the power.

  4. #4 timw
    July 21, 2006

    Thanks for posting up the video.

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