Sunday, July 13, 2008

Net Neutrality - We want to be Independent!

I am just a middle class guy with a laptop and dial-up internet connection. I also deeply care about the future of our world. Big corporations are taking control of our country’s government, our economy, our media and now they want to be able to control the internet. These entities are only interested in money and the power it brings. The Internet may just be the last best hope of preserving the freedoms that our founding fathers dreamed of and fought for. And when democracy has been transformed to corpratocracy, the hope for a better world will be extinguished. The web is a powerful voice for the disenfranchised and for spreading ideas that would otherwise be stifled by those with great power and little conscience.

I depend on my connection to voice my opinions to government, corporations, organizations and people who have the power to make important decisions that change my life. I also depend on it as a valuable tool to investigate issues that concern me, but are not adequately reported in the media. With corruption and Orwellian double-speak rampant among the power brokers, the internet remains a refuge of useful truth to me.

I don’t have the kind of cash for High-Speed connections and the way things are going, only the well-off will have that kind of discretionary money. Please don’t take away the best tool of real democracy in this electronic age.

Net Neutrality is essential to free speech, equal opportunity and economic innovation in America. Since the FCC removed this basic protection in 2005, the top executives of phone and cable companies have stated their intention to become the Internet’s gatekeepers and to discriminate against Web sites that don’t pay their added tolls.

This fundamental change would end the open Internet as we know it. It would damage my ability to connect with others, share information and participate in our 21st century democracy and economy. The FCC must ensure that broadband providers do not block, interfere with or discriminate against any lawful Internet traffic based on its ownership, source or destination.

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