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I received an e-mail below from freepress.net pushing me to savetheinternet.com. The e-mail and site are intended to save net neutrality. With all the talk on this topic I expected the savetheinternet domain to have huge traffic. I checked to see when it was registered and the records indicate it was picked up back in January 1999. It is currently owned by The Graven Group, LLC.

I was surprised to see this site doesn’t register at all on Alexa. Is it possible that consumers just resonate with net neutrality regardless of how much this issue has come up lately?

Perhaps this site has only recently started to be promoted as I have found little media coverage on it.
 

Update 04/24/06: Wow! This site just jumped to 8,921 out of all websites in the world. That was quick!



My view on net neutrality issue has been evolving recently.

In the early days I believed consumers were best served by net neutrality but in thinking about it further net neutrality could slowly erode the revenue streams of broadband service providers and equipment providers.

In time there would be less money for investment in new infrastructure and at this point consumers would start to lose out.

If we are to have a telecom industry someone is going to have to pay for things like calling. Free calling around the world is very nice but then how does the industry make money? How does the industry feed its family and more importantly who will be left to give us one gigabit access to the Internet in the future?

The one reservation I still have however is that broadband providers could kill competition on their networks from a company like Vonage.

So while my views are evolving I am not firmly in either camp at this moment. The one thing I am sure of is that we need to ensure a healthy environment for consumers as well as broadband providers, service providers (video streaming, VoIP, etc) and equipment providers. Everyone has to be able to make a living.


Here is the e-mail:

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Congress is about to sell out the Internet by letting big phone and cable companies set up toll booths along the information superhighway.

Companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast are spending tens of millions in Washington to kill "network neutrality" -- a principle that keeps the Internet open to all.

A bill moving quickly through Congress would let these companies become Internet gatekeepers, deciding which Web sites go fast or slow -- and which won't load at all -- based on who pays them more. The rest of us will be detoured to the "slow lane," clicking furiously and waiting for our favorite sites to download.

Don't let Congress ruin the Internet:

Tell Congress to Save Net Neutrality Now

Our elected representatives are trading favors for campaign donations from phone and cable companies. They're being wooed by people like AT&T's CEO, who says "the Internet can't be free" and wants to decide what you do, where you go and what you watch online.

The best ideas never come from those with the deepest pockets. If the phone and cable companies get their way, the free and open Internet could soon be fenced in by large corporations. If Congress turns the Internet over to giants like AT&T, everyone who uses the Internet will suffer:

Google users -- Another search engine could pay AT&T to guarantee that it opens faster than Google on your computer.

iPod listeners -- Comcast could slow access to iTunes, steering you to a higher-priced music service that paid for the privilege.

Work-at-home parents -- Connecting to your office could take longer if you don't purchase your carrier's preferred applications. Sending family photos and videos could
slow to a crawl.

Retirees -- Web pages you always use for online banking, access to health care information, planning a trip or communicating with friends and family could fall victim to Verizon's pay-for-speed schemes.

Bloggers -- Costs will skyrocket to post and share video and audio clips -- silencing citizen journalists and amplifying the mainstream media.

Online activists -- Political organizing could be slowed by the handful of dominant Internet providers who ask advocacy groups to pay a fee to join the "fast lane."

Small businesses -- When AT&T favors their own services, you won't be able to choose more affordable providers for online video, teleconferencing, and Internet phone calls.

Innovators with the "next big idea" -- Startups and entrepreneurs will be muscled out of the marketplace by big corporations that pay for a top spot on the Web.

We can't let Congress ruin the free and open Internet.


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