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Monday, April 24, 2006

Keeping the internet free.

Matt Stoller has everything you need to know:

Background on the Issue: The internet is open because private companies haven't been allowed to block content they don't like.  Now the telcos want to make it so they can block what you see.

The Threat to You is real: Telcos have already blocked competing services, censored emails, and prevented customers from reading political web sites. Why do you assume they care about your rights?

Come On, This Isn't Really Happening: Fine, don't believe me. Ignore the fact that the CEO of AT&T is on record that this is going to happen. You can pretend that this won't affect you, if you want.

'Net Neutrality': A Simple Explanation:  Annoying tech issue, maybe, but you can watch this this simple video explanation.

Explaining the Players in the Fight: It's a corporate cartel with bought and paid lobbyists versus a free market and citizens groups.

Can we win this fight? Yes, we can. Congress isn't that set on giving away the internet. They just don't understand the issues involved and don't think anyone's paying attention.

What You Should Link to:

You should also go over to this post and scroll down the comments until you find the press release from the right-wing outfit, FreedomWorks. If you're not already convinced about the need to preserve net neutrality, that should change your mind.

Via MyDD.

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