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Friday, April 21, 2006


I have recieved two e-mails today with the same content:

"Hi, Do you buy books online, use Google, or download to an Ipod? These activities will be hurt if Congress passes a radical law that gives giant corporations more control over the Internet. Internet providers like AT&T and Verizon are lobbying Congress hard to gut Network Neutrality, the Internet's First Amendment. Net Neutrality prevents AT&T from choosing which websites open most easily for you based on which site pays AT&T more. Amazon.com doesn't have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to work more properly on your computer. Politicians don't think we are paying attention to this issue. Many of them take campaign checks from big telecom companies and are on the verge of selling out to people like AT&T's CEO, who openly says, "The internet can't be free." The free and open Internet is under seige--can you sign this petition letting your member of Congress know you support preserving Network Neutrality? Click here: http://www.civic.moveon.org/save_the_internet A list of all the ways you might be affected by Net Neutrality is located on the bottom of this link: http://civic.moveon.org/alerts/savetheinternet.html Thanks!"

Obviously this is a MoveOn originated attempt to stir up some action. I recognize the fact that MoveOn is a very reactionary organization, but I support their motives, if not their actions.

MoveOn is as you describe, but they are on to a very big issue here. It's higly technical, but affects everybody using the internet. The big TC giants (the wire side one's that is) are getting worried in a major way. The ever dwindling revenue associated long distance and local access is putting a pinch on them. The internet essentially side steps their counter and timers and allows unfettered use of their infrastructure free or at wholesale price. On top of that, IP delivered content, services, and businesses, whether it be voice or video, are eroding their public consumer related market share.

This is part of the evolution your brother is all over. It's inevidable that the two key services that almost all Americans have in their home, telephone and cable TV, will be strictly IP delivered in the next decade and the guys who own and maintain these huge networks haven't figured out how they're going to make the huge money that they've grown accustomed to by deleivering this on unique networks historically.

A wireless giant I know is shedding it's local loop company very soon for this reason. The legislative lobbying has been going on for sometime and is largly ignored by the gen pop because of the complexities involved and the nerd like technical nature of it all. I will readily admit that it's hard for me to keep up with all the nuance and I'm in the industry (if they'd just stop with the fucking acronym's already!).

It's still early and the boys over at AT&T are going to have to work hard to keep the internet from being free. Then again, I confident they'll find a way to make their money.
Ahhhh, nice to have an exchange that doesn't require anybody to call anybody a doody head.

Doodyhead (couldn't resist)
Nice to see you doing your bit to preserve free speech and the internet! Feel free to visit and comment on my blog at http://draegoon.blogspot.com
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