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Internet Takeover by AT&T et al

Is this for real???

How would you like to pay more money for a slower internet?

Several telecom and media companies have decided that they would like you to pay more for the internet than you already do. More importantly, they would like to achieve this in part by auctioning off what you can see online to the highest bidder. For instance, if you go online to buy a fire pit right now, you’ll find a link to my Great Bowl O Fire pretty near the top of google. But if AT&T or Time Warner are able to get this bill through congress they’ll be able to sell control of search results to companies like Target or Walmart. I’ll still be online, but good luck finding me.

Companies are lobbying for the right to slow access speeds to sites that don’t pay them off. So, the high speed internet access that you pay a premium for will only load sites quickly if they are big enough to pay the extortion fee. All the other sites you visit will load as though you’d decided to switch back to dial up modems. Are you okay with that? Because I’m not. Same with news… Do you want all Fox all the time, or would you rather choose which sites you use to find out what’s going on in the world?

Crikey, maybe Bill Gates really isn’t the anti-Christ after all. The free and open Internet is under seige - and you can sign this petition to let your member of Congress know you support preserving Network Neutrality!

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Written April 25th, 2006 by | Filed under: Search Engine Tips

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