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What It's About: Net neutrality is the principle that you should be able to access whatever web content or services you choose, without any interference from your Internet service provider. Right now, no law or rule protects citizens facing obstacles to getting access to the information on the Internet. The COPE bill would make it impossible for those protections to be written into law or rule, making all of us vulnerable to big companies who would like to "own" the Internet and mine it for profit. Some companies like Verizon and Comcast have already announced plans to create a two-tiered Internet, where some websites and services would travel in the "fast lane" - for a fee, of course - and the rest would be relegated to a "slow lane."
Originally posted by smallpeeps
Also Springer, I have to ask you how you think you can insure delivery (and full functionality) of ATS if the DNS servers are throttled by the US power structure. I do agree with BH here. Any forum which relies upon technology, and which allows any sort of subject to be discussed in open forum, is at risk by those persons who can misdirect or redirect traffic on the net.
Anyway, here is a link about COPE. Yes the Internet is at risk. ATS should organize a "cause" and get people writing letters. 60,000 pieces of signed mail might keep the Internet around for a little while longer. Okay I am being dramatic, but on a five to ten year timeline, I can see IP becoming like cel phone service where you have to have a T-Mobile internet to call a T-Mobile internet (if that makes sense)
[edit on 13-5-2006 by smallpeeps]
Originally posted by Springer
Starting a "cause on ATS" is exactly the WRONG thing to do. GENUINE Neutrality and independence is the ONLY answer mate... There is NOTHING that can keep us down if we don't want to be down except breaking a law.
"Supporting" Any cause IS A SURE FIRE WAY for them to write a law that makes the "cause" illegal and pin our hides with that new law. At that point we GIVING them a weakness to attack us with. See what I mean? When there is NO WAY to "pin" or (more importantly) ATTACH us to ANYTHING (we accept ALL sides of an issue for DISCUSSION) it's impossible to get around our law firm...