Your Internet is at Risk. Time to Act.

dKos: "It's hard to imagine that the Internet, that vast free-flowing world of entertainment, enlightenment, education, and interaction could be fettered, but under this legislation it very well could be. Internet service provision in the U.S. is covered by telecommunications law, and has operated under the idea of "network neutrality." In it's early years, telephone companies provided most Web service, and carried most of the traffic. Because of the nature of laws regulating phone service, Web traffic was handled just like phone traffic, each "call" being equal. That means every page you surf to on the Internet is served up just like any other, as far as your ISP is concerned. You can go from to Aunt Harriet's family history blog equally."
[...] "The nation's largest telephone and cable companies -- including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner -- want to be Internet gatekeepers, deciding which Web sites go fast or slow and which won't load at all.

They want to tax content providers to guarantee speedy delivery of their data. They want to discriminate in favor of their own search engines, Internet phone services, and streaming video -- while slowing down or blocking their competitors."

"You can find out much more about the legislation, how bloggers are reacting, and how various organizations are reacting at Save the Internet. Additionally, Matt Stoller at MyDD has been doing yeoman's work following this issue. You can see his quick run-down here.

You can also act. Write to Congress and sign the petition."

Please call your House member today. Ask your Representative to vote NO on the COPE bill:


this is insane

Thanks, Screwy.

Josh Marshall has been covering this

I've sent emails, but basically I don't think we'll have much impact. Our roadrunner monthly fee is least to me it is. I realize that the cost may not go up for the individual user, but we will either lose access to sites b/c they refuse to pay to be in a higher tier or sites will have to become pay only. That sucks.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

No, we will have impact

Throwing in the towel isn't an option. Call every day about it. Use your social and political networks to push this story and issue to the forefront. Access industry groups who will pay more if this goes through. Go to universities, and tell them about it too.

There's no reason this ought to happen. Let's go get 'em.

Use the LTE action area here at BlueNC to write your local papers - gear the letters to those who will be most affected. Call Taylor - He says he's all for more broadband access. If that's true, then he must protect the access he's promised to make possible.

There's too many winning angles for us to give up.

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