For Sale: The Internet?

Billions in profits, $70. oil, good jobs/high salary exported NOT enough.  Now US corporations want: the Internet.  The bill will allow them to charge:  big money will get the fast lane, everyone else gets the left-overs –in the slow lane –of maybe the last thing still Non-partisan, if they get the votes but not your opinion This Week.  National Rifle Assoc. to ACLU is lined up Against corporations. 

A letter from Eric Schmidt, CEO

Freedom of access to information on the Internet is a topic that we believe is of great interest and importance to readers. Google CEO Eric Schmidt has written a letter to you, our publishers, on the subject of “net neutrality” — read below for the full text:

There’s a debate heating up in Washington, DC on something called “net neutrality” – and the outcome of this debate may very well impact your business. Therefore, we are taking the unprecedented steps of calling your attention to this looming crisis and asking you to get involved.

Sometime in the next few days, the House of Representatives is going to vote on a bill that would fundamentally alter the Internet. That bill would give the big phone and cable companies the power to choose what you will be able to see and do on the Internet.

Today the Internet is an information highway where anybody – no matter how large or small, how traditional or unconventional – has equal access to everyone else. On the Internet, a business doesn’t need the network’s permission to communicate with a customer or deploy an innovative new service. But the phone and cable monopolies, who control almost all broadband Internet access, want the power to choose who gets onto the high-speed lanes and whose content gets seen first and fastest. They want to build tollbooths to block the on-ramps for those whom they don’t want to compete with and who can’t pay this new Internet tax. Money and monopoly, not ideas and independence, will be the currency of their Internet.

Under the proposed “pay-to-play” system, small- and medium-sized businesses will be placed at an automatic disadvantage to their larger competitors. Those who cannot afford the new Internet tax – or who want to compete directly with the phone and cable companies – will be marginalized by slower Internet access that will inevitably make their sites less accessible, and therefore less appealing.

Creativity, innovation and a free and open marketplace are all at stake in this fight. Imagine an Internet in which your access to customers is constrained by your ability to cut a deal with the carriers. Please call your representative in Congress at 202-224-3121. For more information on the issue, and more ways to make your voice be heard, visit www.ItsOurNet.org.

Thank you for your time, your concern and your support.

Eric Schmidt
CEO of Google Inc

They let mega-media engorge themselves on TV-radio-newspapers in a single market, and now we get trash news loaded with ‘celebrities.’  If you’ve had enough, If you want the Internet to remain free, open tell your Rep in the House, Senate:  http://www.house.gov

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