There has been a lot of talk recently about Net Neutrality and the fear associated in that some of the large teleco’s may be able to control the content on the Internet. We all expect that when we log onto the Internet that we will be able to surf where we want, view what we want, and in general see everything we want. But if certain sites were speeded up and others slowed down, the assumption is that what we potentially would view could be limited.
Over at Save The Internet, the folks there describe the situation as:
Put simply, Net Neutrality means no discrimination. Net Neutrality prevents Internet providers from speeding up or slowing down Web content based on its source, ownership or destination.
The nation’s largest telephone and cable companies — including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner — want to be Internet gatekeepers, deciding which Web sites go fast or slow and which won’t load at all.
They want to tax content providers to guarantee speedy delivery of their data. They want to discriminate in favor of their own search engines, Internet phone services, and streaming video — while slowing down or blocking their competitors.
These companies have a new vision for the Internet. Instead of an even playing field, they want to reserve express lanes for their own content and services — or those from big corporations that can afford the steep tolls — and leave the rest of us on a winding dirt road.
So it seems that during 2007 there is going to be much debating rolling through the halls of Congress on just how Net Neutrality should be implemented. Naturally the companies listed above have a large war chest of coins to pay for lobbying efforts. It would seem that organizations like Save The Internet could use our support, even if it is only our signature on a petition.
So drop by Save The Internet [here] and see what you think.
[tags]internet, neutrality, congress, petition, [/tags]