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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Saving the Internet

The blogs are abuzz this week with a movement to preserve net neutrality. The Save the Internet coalition explains it better than I can, so go there if you don't know what I'm talking about. Better yet, watch this short video.

A petition to preserve net neutrality has garnered more than 250,000 signatures in under a week. More info on Daily Kos.

April 26, 2006 at 02:48 PM in Wi-fi/Broadband in VT | Permalink


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Hey Cathy,

If you're interested in a local connection to this story, the CCTV Center for Media and Democracy is involved. Our executive director, Lauren-Glenn Davitian, is serving on the national steering committee of the coalition. Needless to say, this legislation (commonly refered to as COPE) is a huge deal.

Posted by: Jess Wilson | Apr 26, 2006 3:05:56 PM

Hi Jess. Yeah, I first heard about through an email from LGD. Net Neutrality makes perfect sense from a user perspective, and there seems to be really broad support for it from a wide variety of interest groups. I wonder how anybody could make a valid argument against it? I just don't get that.

Posted by: cresmer | Apr 26, 2006 3:09:30 PM

The bill is industry driven. The industry wants to squeeze every dime out of the Internet.

Here's an interesting article about one of the bill's sponsors...

Posted by: Jess | Apr 26, 2006 3:50:47 PM

I'd say the argument against it is the precedent that it sets. Once we open the door to let Congress in, we'll never get them out, and the Internet will become just one more realm where lobbyists and bureaucrats bicker over every last detail. We've come so far without Congress - I'd say that the market can continue to resolve any differences that have arisen or will arise.

Posted by: Paulaner01 | May 1, 2006 9:54:03 PM

Paulaner01 makes a good point. We should all think long and hard before we approve of letting the government get involved with this issue. The interent is a complicated and massive thing. The reprecussions of government intervention could be enormous and terrible very easily.

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