Sunday, July 08, 2007

My letter to the FCC about Net Neutrality

A big shout-out to Gabrielle, the Tech.Chick.Blogger for publishing this link on her links post today. The Bush Administration's minions in the FTC are ready to abandon net neutrality and hand the Internet over to the likes of Comcast and Cox Communication.

What does this mean? It means that if you like the way you have to take 20 home-shopping channels to get The Travel Channel or The Science Channel or you can't get a channel you want because that channel won't pay enough to the cable provider, you'll love a world without Net Neutrality.

I went to and wrote my own little letter to the FCC to support the preservation of Net Neutrality. Here's what I wrote:

I am a career software developer with over 35 years in the software development business. I have see the Internet grow from a fledging technical curiosity to the most potent force for political, economic and social change and innovation the world has seen since the invention of the printing press.

At this time, large and powerful corporations with a completely self-serving agenda are attempting to control the content and flow of information on the Internet the same way they do on cable television. The FCC should not and must not allow this to happen. Please preserve the open, free and untrammeled access to the Internet we all now enjoy by preserving Net Neutrality.

You should do the same. Write what's in your gut and tell the FCC to preserve this wonderful thing we call the Internet.



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