Friday, June 16, 2006

Letter to my Congresscritters re: 'Net Neutrality

(I sent the following message to my US Senators and Congressman from http://action.freepress.net/campaign/savethenet . )

Please act immediately to preserve the open and accessible nature of the entire Internet!

The rapid growth of the Internet has made it possible for people to learn and communicate far more effectively than they could just a dozen years ago.

One of the things that has made the Internet so great and incredibly useful is that businesses and special interest groups have little control over what Web sites people choose to visit, which Internet businesses they frequent, or what Internet-based means of communication they favor.

Telephone and cable companies have no business altering the priority of Internet traffic they carry. I don't want my favorite search engine(s) to be forced to become a pay service because a few huge ISPs will sell priority connections to search engines that pay for preferential treatment. Popular Web site operators already pay for the bandwidth they use. Greedy ISPs should not be allowed to extort more money from them just to ensure that the users of their high-traffic sites can continue to enjoy their services.

Sure, the telephone companies would love to be able to charge major news outlets, Web portals and search engines a premium, but those popular sites already pay for the bandwidth they need to stay in business -- why should anyone be allowed to gouge them for being good/popular?

Please help keep the Internet neutral. Organizations and individuals should be able to buy bandwidth to utilize as they see fit and not be forced to pay extra based on who they communicate with or what information they exchange over the Internet.

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