This is a cause that we little websites need to be on board with: net neutrality. Without it, the big-money players on the internet could easily squeeze out access to little websites like this one. Here’s a statement from savetheinternet.com, a new coalition formed to advocate for net neutrality so that websites of every stripe and political persuasion will continue to be accessible online:
Congress is pushing a law that would abandon Network Neutrality, the Internetâ€™s First Amendment. Network neutrality prevents companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from deciding which Web sites work the best â€” based on who pays them the most. Your local library shouldnâ€™t have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to have its Web site open quickly on your computer.
Net Neutrality allows everyone to compete on a level playing field and is the reason that the Internet is a force for economic innovation, civic participation and free speech. If the public doesnâ€™t speak up now, Congress will cave to a multi-million dollar lobbying campaign by telephone and cable companies that want to decide what you do, where you go, and what you watch online.
This isnâ€™t just speculation â€” weâ€™ve already seen what happens elsewhere when the Internetâ€™s gatekeepers get too much control. Last year, Canadaâ€™s version of AT&T â€” Telusâ€” blocked their Internet customers from visiting a Web site sympathetic to workers with whom Telus was negotiating. And Shaw, a major Canadian cable TV company, charges an extra $10 a month to subscribers who dare to use a competing Internet telephone service.
Congress thinks they can sell out and the public will never know. The SavetheInternet.Com Coalition is proving them wrong.
I urge anyone who cares about the internet to join this coalition.