Save the Internet
by nm, Thu May 04, 2006 at 01:18:41 AM EDT
Currently in Congress, as Americans lose confidence in our foreign policy, there is a little known battle playing out that has drastic First Amendment implications. Large communications companies such as BellSouth and Verizon are fighting hard to create a "tiered" internet, where those who pay more get the best access.
In response, Congressman Ed Markey has proposed the Network Neutrality Act of 2006. Markey stated, "[the Act offers a] choice between favoring the broadband designs of a small handful of very large companies, and safeguarding the dreams of thousands of inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. This legislation is designed to save the Internet and thwart those who seek to fundamentally and detrimentally alter the Internet as we know it."
The internet has been a tremendous development that has transformed communication and dialogue in a way never seen before. Corporations want to turn it into a medium controlled by a select few, like television. The internet provides everyone with a voice to speak to anyone in the world at anytime. These companies want to change that. We need to fight back. Support Markey's bill and read today's New York Times editorial...Go to: