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    Network Neutrality - act now or pay later
    As read in another thread http://forum.abestweb.com/showthread...net+neutrality

    net neutrality is under attack and the vote (one of them anyway) is coming up quick. The information on the bill is here http://civic.moveon.org/alerts/savetheinternet.html and here http://www.savetheinternet.com/=faq. There is an email petition here http://civic.moveon.org/save_the_int...IVRsDoXZtg&t=2

    A bill has been sponsered that could effect how well your sites load for different ISPs, with the first target being bandwidth intensive items like video, gaming and such. People have commented on how reducing the speeds will make users move to other ISPs, but this would make it seem like the fault of the site, not the ISP. Imagine an ISP reducing the speed to transfer affiliate links due to shear volume to a specific ip block.

    Act now if you care how fast your site loads!

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    Moveon.org ??? what's their political spin on this issue? The right to spam every voter and run political videos 24/7 staring Nancy Peloci and Michael Moore. The Adwhore industry is a mixed bag on this subject as they have the money to weed out the little guy if given the choice of buying huge pipes for their advertising.
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    "The Adwhore industry is a mixed bag on this subject as they have the money to weed out the little guy if given the choice of buying huge pipes for their advertising."


    exactly

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    this isn't just about...
    ...e-commerce or some "liberal conspiracy".

    "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."
    http://savetheinternet.com/

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    I was just coming to post about this very thing. It is called the COPE Act.

    In MI, Rep. Bart Stupak & Rep. John Dingell voted for keeping a free and open internet.

    Rep. Mike Rogers & Rep Fred Upston voted against it. If they are your Rep., contact them and tell them and give them an earful.

    Also...
    The current version of the COPE Act includes watered-down Net Neutrality provisions that are essentially meaningless. An amendment offered by Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), which would have instituted real Net Neutrality requirements, was defeated in committee after intense industry lobbying against it.

    The COPE Act is expected to be voted on by the full House in the second week of May. Congressman Markey is preparing to introduce his amendment on the floor so that every member is on the record. No member of Congress can in good conscience vote against Internet freedom and with the telecom cartel.

    The Senate is moving more deliberately on the issue. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has introduced the Internet Nondiscrimination Act of 2006, which would ensure Net Neutrality. And Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Byron Dorgan (R-N.D.) are expected to introduce a bipartisan amendment supporting Net Neutrality when the Senate takes up its own rewrite of the Telecommunications Act later this year.
    You can sign the Save The Internet petition (enteries sent to Congress) online:

    Sign it here

    Here is another article that relates to this whole problem.

    New Legislation Will Kill Net Radio

    And something else interesting, AT&T have been illegally disclosing the contents of it's customers communications.

    Class Action Lawsuit Agains AT&T
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    Great post, Michelle.
    Not to nitpick, but... the authors of that quote should note that Byron Dorgan is a Democrat.

    Also, here's more input on the issue:
    "The Bell telephone companies and cable companies that serve as ISPsóbegin charging fees for sending traffic in addition to the traditional fees charged to access the Internet. Such a pricing scheme would effectively create a toll lane for content and application providers willing to pay a premium, allowing ISPs to prioritize traffic as they choose. Network operators got a step closer April 26, when a committee of the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that would support such a pricing plan. However, there still are several hurdles to clear before the full House, which entered the debate earlier this year, votes on the measure in early May."
    http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1955700,00.asp

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    There is a blog entry over at revenews now about this also....
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