6.13.2006

Save the Internets

Now that an open Internet has become an essential part of our lives, the big telcos naturally want to screw with it, creating a system where bigshots can buy a wider pipe than start-ups, and therefore you, the end user, don't get the choices you're used to. Naturally, their hired tools in Congress are now threatening to screw the Internet up good and proper.

If they get their way, the telcos make money, and everybody else gets a shitty Internet. Which, in turn, might even mean the telcos make less money in the long run.

The fight has currently reached the Senate. Josh Marshall and the fine folks at Talking Points Memo are compiling a list of the public positions of each member. So far, twelve senators (all Democrats, by the way) support net neutrality. Three (all Republicans) are on the record as against it.

Thirty-one senators are listed as "undecided," with no public position, and the remaining fifty-four have yet to be contacted.

Want to keep the Internet the way it is? Here's what you can do:

Visit SaveTheInternet.com. Read the FAQ.

Then write to your senator (find their contact info in the link above) and bug the crap out of them not to screw with the 'Net. I just emailed two of my reps and will mail a letter to the third (since, for some reason, he has no email contact that I can find).

It'll only take a few minutes, and it'll do some good.

Unless, of course, you really like your phone company, and you consider them noble and selfless humanitarians who have your best inteests at heart. In which case, you're not with BellSouth. I can tell you that.

2 comments:

KoalaBear said...

Yes, please please please help get "net neutrality" passed. Then, when blogger starts charging $30 each month for basic blogs, I can get a good laugh at you.

Not only are you a sick, twisted fuck, but you are stupid to boot.

John in Atlanta said...

Mr. Moron - the goal is to keep the net the way it is. Open and cheap. Your guys wants to change all of that so that you and I will pay more for premium sites. It's nothing more than a huge cash giveaway to large telcos. Get your facts right.

I think Tom was right. You and your ilk ARE mentally ill.