Bye Bye Internet
This is no joke. It’s been fun — logging onto the Internet and just surfing anywhere you want to go. And it’s been free of charge other than your monthly bill. But it may be over soon.
Remember how radio used to be? A huge variety of stations, each one with live DJs, and enough choices to suit everyone’s musical taste. And now of course radio has turned into an abortion. Two or three CEOs own most of the stations, they’re mostly automated and they all play the same twelve songs over and over and over, no matter what format name they use.
Your online surfing habits are heading in the same direction. The biggest media/telecom companies are trying to privatize the Internet. And with our current administration, the Robber Barons get what they want. Period.
From the time the Internet was first designed, it was based on cooperation and inclusiveness. It was an infrastructure with one purpose: to move data between users.
Now that the Internet has been fully developed, with billions of users, the sharks are circling. Telecom CEOs want to charge a toll or a premium for their services. Anyone who can’t pay will be relegated to the “slow lane” or shut out of the Internet all together. Bloggers, web services, independent media — buh bye! Get over there in the breakdown lane; get out of the way.
If these assholes could find a way, they’d privatize the air supply and make you pay for your oxygen.
If there was ever a bipartisan, non-political issue, this is it. If you’re a conservative blogger who thinks Big Business is our great savior, you won’t be able to go online and express this viewpoint. Or you’ll pay through the nose for the privilege. There are hundreds of online independent media sources, serving every imaginable viewpoint. They provide an alternative to the bland useless Mainstream "Media." Let's keep them.
If you want to continue surfing the Net the way you have been, ACT NOW. Click Here to send an e-mail to five of the largest telecom executives. Tell them what you think of their plan to charge you for every mouse click.
And thanks to the Rambling Taoist and the Martian Anthropologist, who have already posted about this.