Congress is now pushing a law that would end the free and open Internet as we know it. Internet providers like AT&T and Verizon are lobbying Congress hard to gut Network Neutrality, the Internet's First Amendment. Net Neutrality prevents AT&T from choosing which websites open most easily for you based on which site pays AT&T more. So Amazon doesn't have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to work more properly on your computer. Many members of Congress take campaign contributions from these companies, and they don't think the public are paying attention to this issue. Let's show them we care - please sign this petition today.
What a disgusting bill. Show Congress how you feel about it, and help keep the internet free from the control of corporate slime.
Signed it, and sent a link out to all my contacts. If more people did just a little bit, shit like this would get shutdown quicker.
I really doubt this will ever pass or that the internet would ever shut down. Its just too widespread to kill now.
You are right. This is absolutely terrifying.
Can't sign the petition, though. I'm in Australia, although whatever happens for you guys will also affect us.
I pretend I'm cooler than AzH
3rd September 2005
god damn, see what happens when government people get payed. they are fucking corrupt.
Immagine if china decide to stop them, they will be the biggest internet user in the near future, who's to say it doesnt end up in there control by default. The internet or www was not patented/copyrighted, it was left by the inventor for ALL to use, its a good chance , with tech racing ever forward faster, that there maybe two or more internet bodies in the future, say an EU one a chineese one and a US one, all running on systems from there own countries, this gives the consumer choice, something individual govenments hate, but thats the shape the whole industry is taking, l mean you just cant rub china out of the internet war, when, the chineese priminister visits the US, and doesnt head straight for a meeting with the most powerful president in the world, but rather an entire day and meal with bill gates, ya just cant right em off, there cluey, and there the silent achievers, so l wouldnt be to worried about the internet monopoly thingy, l put my money on microsoft owning it before the US govenment. Never will you stop it with a petition, its noble and right, but it will unfortunately fail, it is the way of these things, it needs to be done in congress.
You beat me to it. What a load of ****. Nothing pisses me off more than congress trying to do something.
1. Not going to happen. 2. I don't want to click on that link for fear of being killed ^^
Wanna go Double Dutch?
9th December 2003
It's pretty damn hard to "control the internet" now, unless perhaps you are living in a Moa-ist country. Nobody can own the internet, you can own parts of it but if your services aren't liked people will go elsewhere. If they can't go elsewhere people will set it up themselfs. The internet is far too dynamic to control it. If you think your ISP is screwing you over there are tens of others to pick from, that would be extremtly hard to change even if it would pass, and I doubt it will (not that it would affect me much though, unless all US based websites would limmit bandwith even to foreign ISP/connection attempts).
They better not close the damn internet!