In case you haven’t heard, there’s a bill winding its way through Congress that threatens Net Neutrality….and just what the HELL is that, you ask? Well, it basically means that providers (think AT&T;, Verizon and the like) could charge content providers (think Google, yahoo, etc.) and make those services/sites easier to obtain than others. Obviously this is a very bad thing cuz small bloggers and whatnot would basically be buried under the behemoths.
Tim Wu wrote a wonderful essay summarizing the whole debate
Also, see http://www.savetheinternet.com/ for ALL the details.
The bill in question is called the COPE Telecom law. Please contact your congresspeople at http://www.congress.com/, and tell them to support Rep. Ed Markey’s Network Neutrality amendment to the COPE telecom law when it comes up on the House floor—and to oppose any telecom law that doesn’t include Markey’s Internet freedom amendment. In the Senate, the key proposal is the Bipartisan Snowe/Dorgan Internet Freedom Amendment to the COPE telecom law.
And in case you think this is paranoia, know that last year, Telus — Canada’s version of AT&T; — blocked their Internet customers from visiting a Web site sympathetic to workers with whom the company was having a labor dispute. And Madison River, a North Carolina ISP, blocked its customers from using any competing Internet phone service.