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Old 09-24-06, 06:54 AM   #1
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Will changing net neutrality affect bike forums. ?

Below is link from Jeff Chester who is lobbying for a free and easily accessible internet. Since Bike forums utilizes the internet, it will affect your access to Bike Forums. Do you care. ? Maybe we all will need to up our memberships to our forum here, to pay for our 'speedy access' when new toll barriers are installed. Or will BIke forums be slowed down to horse and buggy days. If so will you have the patience to wait.

"Life After Net Neutrality."by Jeff Chester, of Center for Digital Democracy.

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20061002/chester


Despite growing opposition, Alaska Republican Senator Ted Stevens appears determined to pass his telecom giveaway bill this year. If Stevens and his pals in the telecom and cable industries prevail, expect the free flow of online content to be replaced by corporate infotainment like Anheuser-Busch's lowbrow broadband Bud TV.

Stevens is using his considerable political clout to get at least sixty senators to agree to bring the flawed measure to the floor. Stevens has acknowledged that his rewrite of the 1934 Communications Act now faces an uphill battle, primarily due to the controversy generated by public-interest groups over network neutrality, the guiding principle of the Internet, which guarantees all users have equal access to content and services.

Over the summer, Savetheinternet.com, Common Cause, USPIRG and many others worked to firm up support for network neutrality rules. As a result, six senators have come out in favor of Internet freedom--Vermont Independent Jim Jeffords and five Democrats (New Mexico's Jeff Bingaman, Minnesota's Mark Dayton, Iowa's Tom Harkin, Massachusetts's Edward Kennedy and New York's Chuck Schumer). There is also growing corporate and academic support for network neutrality--from Yahoo!, Google and Microsoft to the mainstream American Electronics Association.
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Uhh, maybe it's time to move to France.
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I've wondered that very point. How net neutrality will affect those overseas?
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Stevens is also pushing new legislation that would would give petrochemical
producers rights to the atmosphere above the US. People in affected areas
would have the opportunity to pay for clean air on a subscription basis, thereby
putting environmentalism on a "pay-per-breath" basis. No more freeloading on
breathable air; we pay for clean water so why not clean air?

Stevens is one of our more progressive legislators to say the least.
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