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[ox-en] the End of Network Neutrality looms

Hello list,

looks like the myth that hardware manufacturers and ISPs are fostering FLOSS
and the free flow of information  must come to an end.  If this law gets
implemented, the very basis for the "seedling form" gets pulled away under
our feet.


The Threat is Real

Congress is pushing a law that would abandon Network Neutrality, the
Internet's First Amendment. Network neutrality prevents companies like
AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from deciding which Web sites work best for you -
based on what site pays them the most. Your local library shouldn't have to
outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to have its Web site open quickly on
your computer.

Net Neutrality allows everyone to compete on a level playing field and is
the reason that the Internet is a force for economic innovation, civic
participation and free speech. If the public doesn't speak up now, Congress
will cave to a multi-million dollar lobbying campaign by telephone and
cable companies that want to decide what you do, where you go, and what you
watch online.

This isn't just speculation - we've already seen what happens elsewhere
when the Internet's gatekeepers get too much control. Last year, Canada's
version of AT&T - Telus- blocked their Internet customers from visiting a
Web site sympathetic to workers with whom Telus was negotiating. And Shaw,
a major Canadian cable company, charges an extra $10 a month to subscribers
who dare to use a competing Internet telephone service.


Save the Internet

Congress is now pushing a law that would end the free and open Internet as
we know it. Internet providers like AT&T and Verizon are lobbying Congress
hard to gut Network Neutrality, the Internet's First Amendment and the key
to Internet freedom. Net Neutrality prevents AT&T from choosing which
websites open most easily for you based on which site pays AT&T more. So
Amazon doesn't have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to work more
properly on your computer.

Many members of Congress take campaign contributions from these companies,
and they don't think the public are paying attention to this issue. Let's
show them we care - please sign this petition today.
Congress must keep the Internet free and open by voting for meaningful and
enforceable Network Neutrality--the Internet's First Amendment.
For more information, or to link to MoveOn's outreach on this issue, check

[note: only U$ residents can sign]

"The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One." --William K. Black (book title)

Contact: projekt

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