Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Why Net Neutrality Matters

This short video I ran across over at Nate's site provides the simplest explanation I've seen yet why this really matters. If Net Neutrality is not preserved by law, your internet provider will have the right to limit where you can go on the net. When you go to use Google, or try to visit a Blogger website like this blog, you may not be able to do so if your ISP doesn't want you to. Want to use an internet phone company like vonage? Not if your ISP wants you to use their internet phone service instead. Get the picture now? This is really F'ed up!

They can slow down your access, or firewall it off so you can't get there. ISP's will be able to use this ability to try and make (read 'extort') companies like Google to pay them to allow their customers access, or your ISP might redirect your browser to a similar company's site like Yahoo, or develop their own site and limit you to using it. In fact, this is already beginning to happen, and it will get worse if we don't step up now.
Watch the video,
then sign the petition.
How would the gutting of Network Neutrality affect you?

Google users—Another search engine could pay dominant Internet providers like AT&T to guarantee the competing search engine opens faster than Google on your computer.

Innovators with the "next big idea"—Startups and entrepreneurs will be muscled out of the marketplace by big corporations that pay Internet providers for dominant placing on the Web. The little guy will be left in the "slow lane" with inferior Internet service, unable to compete.

Ipod listeners—A company like Comcast could slow access to iTunes, steering you to a higher-priced music service that it owned.

Political groups—Political organizing could be slowed by a handful of dominant Internet providers who ask advocacy groups to pay "protection money" for their websites and online features to work correctly.

Bloggers—Costs will skyrocket to post and share video and audio clips—silencing citizen journalists and putting more power in the hands of a few corporate-owned media outlets. ...(more)
Save The Internet!

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