(Via Mitch Kapor’s blog)
According to Alternet, the battle over Network Neutrality has been joined in Congress.
Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) threw down the gauntlet just moments ago, introducing the Network Neutrality Act of 2006 [full text http://alternet.org/blogs/peek/35728/#more], which “[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.”
In an unequivocal editorial today, the NY Times put it this way:
Cable and telephone companies that provide Internet service are talking about creating a two-tiered Internet, in which Web sites that pay them large fees would get priority over everything else.
The Times goes on to note that if the cable and telephone companies got their way, “[it] would be a financial windfall for Internet service providers, but a disaster for users, who could find their Web browsing influenced by whichever sites paid their service provider the most money.”
Things you can do (Via myDD):
1. SIGN a Net Neutrality petition to Congress.
2. CALL Congress now. Especially, tell your representatives in the House to support Markey’s Net Neutrality Act of 2006, but educate your senators on this issue too, as the fight will soon move there.
3. WRITE A LETTER to Congress.
4. MYSPACE: Add “Save the Internet” as a friend.
5. Check out the BLOG RESOURCES about this issue, including “Save the Internet” logo.
6. VISIT the SavetheInternet coalition Web site for more information.