[xmca] FW: The End of the Internet?

From: Peg Griffin (Peg.Griffin@worldnet.att.net)
Date: Sun Feb 12 2006 - 20:38:13 PST




From: The Nation Magazine [mailto:emailnation@thenation.com]
Sent: Sunday, February 12, 2006 7:06 PM
To: Peg.Griffin@worldnet.att.net
Subject: The End of the Internet?


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Think the Internet will always be the freewheeling, democratic information
superhighway you've grown to rely on? Well, think again. Corporate media
giants are working behind the scenes
<http://lists.thenation.com/t?ctl=2099:5609F> to convince a clueless and
compliant Congress to privatize the Internet. The telecom and cable giants
want to fence off the Internet with one area for the haves--who will pay a
premium to enjoy life in the fast lane--and the other for the have-nots.

As digital democracy expert Jeff Chester wrote on The Nation's site
<http://lists.thenation.com/t?ctl=2094:5609F> , "The nation's largest
telephone and cable companies are crafting an alarming set of strategies
that would transform the free, open and nondiscriminatory Internet of today
to a privately run and branded service that would charge a fee for virtually
everything we do online."

To ward off the prospect of "virtual toll booths on the information
highway," an interesting coalition of public-interest groups like Common
Cause <http://lists.thenation.com/t?ctl=209A:5609F> and Free Press
<http://lists.thenation.com/t?ctl=209B:5609F> , along with new media
companies like Amazon.com <http://lists.thenation.com/t?ctl=209D:5609F> ,
are calling for new federal policies requiring "network neutrality" on the
Internet. This would prohibit broadband providers from discriminating
against any forms of digital content. In this way Internet service providers
would be regulated like telephone companies, and couldn't simply decide to
block their customers' access to legal websites.

Congress will vote on the issue sometime soon. Now is the time to make your
voice heard. Click here <http://lists.thenation.com/t?ctl=2093:5609F> to
see how you can help defend net neutrality.




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