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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Help Save Internet Neutrality


I read more than one post today regarding Net Neutrality. I actually wrote a post my self on my PolBlog. This could be a Big Problem if you Work at Home on the Internet, or do anything else there at a reasonable price.

I know I said, that I would keep the Political Rantings on the other Blog, but this could be more important than any of us realize. I will include quotes and links to these other Blogs so that you can find out more on the subject.

My entry into the fray:

Back on March 28th I wrote an article for the PolBlog, SuperHighway or Toll Road*. In it I mentioned that the Broadband, Cable and DSL providers wanted to charge extra for additional speed and preferred access.

There is a fledgling movement underfoot. Some of the more important ( in my eyes ) Bloggers and internet users are starting to bring the problem to light.

ME "Liz" Strauss of Successful Blog** writes of Blogging and Country Stores:

So hear me whisper this. Some folks don't care about country stores and communities. They care about pipelines that carry bits and bytes and how much they can charge for that service. . .

Would you read what I read today by a man named Jeff Pulver? He's running a contest for ideas to help make people aware. Here are the rules.

I really like our country stores a lot. My life would be less without all of you. What if WE Go the Way of the Old Country Store?

Brian Clark of CopyBlogger*** writes of the Four Horsemen of the Internet Apocalypse:

The US Congress is pushing a law that would abandon Network Neutrality, the Internet's First Amendment. Network neutrality currently prevents companies like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner from deciding which Web sites work best for you based on what site pays them the most. Without Network Neutrality, the scenarios outlined above are just the beginning. And it will affect people all over the world, not just in the States.

Jeff Pulver has started Viral Marketing to Save the Internet+ inviting anyone who can write or put a video together (in a professional manner), to enter his contest++ to Help Save the Internet.

If you care that you are probably going to be wedged off the internet by Big Business, with Congress' help, then try to do something that will keep the Internet Neutral and open to everyone.

I personally plan on writing more that one E-mail to various portions of the MSM (Main Stream Media) in order to get the word out to stop Congress and the Phone and Cable companies from infringing on the Neutrality of the Internet.

Update: There is a petition at MoveOn.org to send to Congress. If this is important to you, you may want to stop by and sign it... and be sure to send an E-mail to your friends.


Referrals:
* SuperHighway or Toll Road
** Successful-Blog
*** CopyBlogger
+ Jeff Pulver's Virial Marketing to Save the Internet
++ Rules of contest

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4 Comments:

At 11:15 AM, Blogger Jesse Skinner said...

I'm so glad I don't live in the US.

Although I'm nervous that this will "affect people all over the world". I wonder how that would be possible..?

Good luck stopping this crap.

Jesse

 
At 1:33 PM, Blogger Joseph said...

Hey Jesse,

I can affect anyone on the internet. One big way is that if the Big companies pay for preferred listings, you and I will never make it to the first 20-30 pages in the search engines.

On an internet that is split into the haves and the have-nots, guess who wins?

Don't forget, if the telco's and cable companies can do it here, the one's in Germany and Canada and everywhere else will follow suit.

Joe

 
At 3:23 PM, Blogger Jesse Skinner said...

I don't see Google doing pay-for-placement anytime soon, no matter what the government decides...

Also, I like to think the Canadian (and to some degree, German) government is a bit more clever and not pro-business when it comes to things like this. I guess only time will tell.

 
At 5:03 PM, Blogger Joseph said...

Hey Jesse,

I hope you're right. The problem is more in the fact that once the telco's have control of who gets preferred treatment, it doesn't really matter what the government says (nor us for that matter).

Google is actually fighting this as much as the regular guy, so it could affect searches.

Joe

 

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