Net Neutrality Hearings in Congress Tomorrow

Tomorrow (Thursday) there are hearings in US Congress for legislation that will hinder competitive business on the internet. The internet was founded on non-discrimination and neutrality and complete, open access for all businesses and consumers.
This. Affects. YOU. TODAY.
Please call your reps in the House and Senate to stop this legislation before it dooms the success of small business online.
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3 thoughts on “Net Neutrality Hearings in Congress Tomorrow

  1. Beth Lyons

    I just called … and it took less than 2 minutes to make all 3 phone calls. Thanks for the heads up … and for anyone who thinks it’s not about them … or is scared about the phone call. It was EASY!
    The site Andy is linking to gives you suggestions on what to say … and the congressman’s staff just wants to know who you are … and what address / county you’re calling from.
    Quick, painless … and your voice gets heard.
    Thanks Andy!

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  2. Steve Porcaro

    I guess I am confused how is ATT and Verizon going to do this? how are they different than the cable companies that provide ISP access.
    The government put all the extra charges on the phone companies like surcharges, and mta charges, just like they add .60 cents to the cost of a gallon of gasoline and then the added costs of ethenol.
    So please explain more how competition is bad, and fairness in taxes. I am not denying what you want but on the surface what is the motive.
    The UN is a bigger threat to the Interner and has put several proposals for the Internet to be taxed and collected by them, then most corrupt organization in the world

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  3. Joe Taylor Jr.

    Steve,
    What’s being proposed is this:
    If Net Neutrality goes away, my ISP can basically tell me that I can’t use my Vonage account, which I’ve had for five years, and that I have to use their service which is five times as expensive.
    And it trickles:
    My ISP could tell me that I can only use their search engine, unless I pay extra to use Google.
    And in the worst case:
    When I e-mail my clients, they don’t get the message for two days unless I bid more than my competitor for priority service. Likewise, when customers try to find my business, they wind up at the site of a competitor because they have to pay more to connect to my server.
    It’s the same debacle we faced over streaming music licensing, writ large. Once Yahoo settled with the music business over the “statutory” fees for streaming rights, anyone that couldn’t afford those fees was locked out of web radio — and podcasters are feeling the pinch because of that to this day (and that was, what, 6-7 years ago)?
    Bottom line:
    Net neutrality keeps all ISPs on a level playing field. If I use ten times as much bandwidth as my neighbor, fine — I’m happy to pay for it. Just don’t tell me who I can and cannot communicate with (or force me to pay more).

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