Thursday, June 15, 2006

Big Brother Big Business

Net Neutrality:

Network neutrality relates to the various kinds of distortions that analog and digital networks of any kind impose on the traffic they carry, either due to design, to management practices, or to meet business objectives. Network neutrality is a focal point for regulatory policies, especially related to the Internet. It is often used in an idiosyncratic manner by political groups to signify any of a wide-ranging collection of public policy goals. The precise interpretation of the term is the subject of contentious debate, perhaps because it is a recent coinage without a well-established history as well as the subject of political debate.

A number of legislative measures were considered by the United States Congress in 2006 by groups claiming to advance network neutrality, but supporters of opposing measures made similar claims. The differing points of view offer a process-based approach insensitive to network resources on the one hand and a resource-based approach maximizing effective use of the network on the other. The goals of process-based neutrality are achieved when networks forward packets without regard to their size, purpose or content, except as these characteristics relate to network management imperatives. The resource-based approach takes into account the requirements of the generating and consuming applications in order to maximize the number of network usages with satisfactory outcomes and fairly distribute finite resources across the widest range of uses.

On what is going on:

Congress is pushing a law that would abandon the Internet's First Amendment -- a principle called Network Neutrality that prevents companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from deciding which Web sites work best for you -- based on what site pays them the most. If the public doesn't speak up now, our elected officials will cave to a multi-million dollar lobbying campaign.

The government says that it is the entrepreneur who is the driving force in our economy. Then why are they supporting the big telecomm mafia? Let me give you some reasons why the Telecomm Mafia does not control the internet.

First reason: Through our local governments we have "given" the cable companies the privilege of being a utitlity and therefore becoming a monopoly

Second reason: Through our government we have given them access to OUR land to lay their lines.

Third reason: Through our government we have given many of these Telecomm Mobsters tax incentives to lay their cables.

Fourth reason: Through our government the internet was created. We "own" the government not the telecomm mafia.

So we need to remind those Telecomm Hitmen that we own the internet.

Please sign that petition and/or find ways to fight the Telecomm Mafia.



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