[xmca] Re: The End of the Internet?

From: David Daniel Preiss Contreras (davidpreiss@puc.cl)
Date: Mon Feb 13 2006 - 13:25:22 PST

How this would affect non-American users? Any idea? Would people in Africa
asked a fee for posting something or itīs "just" the issue of broadband?
So many things decided in the American congress affecting people worldwide.
wish "we" had some representatives there.

Peg Griffin writes:

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> Subject: The End of the Internet?
> Dear EmailNation Subscriber,
> 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
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