Monday, April 16, 2007

The Threat is Real : Net Neutrality

How does this threat to Internet freedom affect you?
  • Small businesses—The little guy will be left in the "slow lane" with inferior Internet service, unable to compete.

  • Innovators with the next big idea—Startups and entrepreneurs will be muscled out of the marketplace by big corporations that pay Internet providers for the top spots on the Web.

  • Bloggers—Costs will skyrocket to post and share video and audio clips—silencing citizen journalists and putting more power in the hands of a few corporate-owned media outlets.

  • Google users—Another search engine could pay dominant Internet providers like AT&T to guarantee another search engine opens faster than Google on your computer.

  • Ipod listeners—A company like Comcast could slow access to iTunes, steering you to a higher-priced music service it owns.

  • Online shoppers—Companies could pay Internet providers to guarantee their online sales process faster than competitors with lower prices—distorting your choices as a consumer.

  • Telecommuters—When Internet companies like AT&T favor their own services, you won't be able to choose more affordable providers for online video, teleconferencing, Internet phone calls, and software that connects your home computer to your office.

  • Parents and retirees—Your choices as a consumer could be controlled by your Internet provider, steering you to their preferred services for online banking, health care information, sending photos, planning vacations, etc.

  • Political groups—Political organizing could be slowed by a handful of dominant Internet providers who ask advocacy groups to pay "protection money" for their Web sites and online features to work correctly.

  • Nonprofits—A charity's website could open at snail-like speeds, and online contributions could grind to a halt if nonprofits don't pay Internet providers for access to "the fast lane."
For more information, please visit Save the Internet. If you do not act, do not be surprised when your decisions are made for you by big business.


3 comments:

Doug said...

I think the opposite question, though, is who will pay for the upgrading of the internet if not content suppliers it will have to be browsers. I'm fine with that, by the way but we'll have to pay more if they don't.

Stephanie said...

Correct me if I am wrong, but aren't nearly all of the decisions in our lives anymore driven and controlled by big business? Big Businesses have the resources to speak much louder than the average citizen.

CyberCelt said...

@doug-whatever it takes, we must retain control over the Internet. It is the lifeblood of freedom in many countries.

@stephanie-this is true. However, this blog is about small steps we may take toward positive change. Start today. There are many of us.

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