Monday, July 9, 2007

Big Brother Über Alles

Net Neutrality is a fundamental principle built into the Internet's protocols. According to The Common Cause: "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." Simply put, it means that everyone has equal access to bandwidth. Yet, the proposed COPE Act will allow Internet Providers (Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, etc) the ability to act as gate keepers. They will be in the position to determine which sites go fast or slow. From Save The Internet: "Instead of an even playing field, they want to reserve express lanes for their own content and services — or those from big corporations that can afford the steep tolls — and leave the rest of us on a winding dirt road."

The Threat:

Jello Biafra on Net Neutrality: