Let's keep the Net Neutral (opinion of an Old Blogger)
by btchakir, Wed Jan 07, 2009 at 12:46:30 PM EST
Did you read the "Sock Puppet" article on the Save The Internet Blog? It's a really good argument for preserving Net Neutrality and not letting a couple of giant corporations take control of the Internet.
Barack Obama has said:
"It is unacceptable that the United States ranks 15th in the world in broadband adoption. Here, in the country that invented the Internet, every child should have the chance to get online."15th. Wow! And we invented it!
Here's a clip from the article:
Beware of sock puppets.You should go to the Save The Internet Blog and read it all.
Sock puppets, for those unfamiliar with the creatures commonly found inside the Beltway, are mouthpieces who rent out their academic or political credentials to argue pro-industry positions. These pay-to-sway professionals issue white papers, file comments with key agencies, and present themselves to the press as independent analysts. But their views have a funny way of shifting depending on who's writing the checks. (To be clear, at Free Press and SavetheInternet.com we take no industry money.)
A profile in puppetry?
Sock puppets sometimes show up in unexpected places. You may recall Mike McCurry -- the former Clinton press secretary turned marionette -- trying to convince the blogosphere that Net Neutrality was a bad idea.
Because we have a free and open network, a small blogger like me can get lots of information out... and take even more in. My blog is five years old in February and I've been able to communicate with over 64,000 people in that time. That means people from all walks of life and all over the world.
Because we have a free and open network, a candidate coming out of political nowhere like Obama can get through to millions and pass his message out through thousands of blogs and forums, helping with fundraising and getting out the most important messages of our lifetime.
I would encourage you all to join the Save The Internet Coalition. Just go to SaveTheInternet.com and sign up.
I'll close this post with Obama's statements on December 6th: