Friday, May 12, 2006

Save the Internet Campaign

Congress is considering a law which could abandon one of the founding principals behind the Internet--Net Neutrality. This law would allow ISP providers to limit access and accessability to sites that they don't want their customers to see--whether because they want to make more money or because they don't like the political message the sites are sending. This law, if passed, would make it much harder for sites sending any alternative message to get their voices heard. To learn more or to join the campaign to preserve Net Neutrality, go to Save The Internet.

What would the end of Net Neutrality mean for sites like this one? It would give NYU, Yale, Columbia, and the other private universities who want to bust unions a pass at making Nerds hard to reach for their own internal viewers. But if we give universities the benefit of the doubt and pretend that they do still value academic freedom, that does not mean we are off scott-free. A large percentage of NYU students connect to the internet through 3rd party ISPs, either because they live in an apartment-style dorm without dedicated ethernet connections or because they live off campus. And most community members and concerned observers are of course using commercial ISPs. NYU could surely work out a deal to limit access. Or alternatively, the anti-union forces that run many commercial ISPs (such as Verizon) could choose to block or limit all union-related content.

Concerned? Sign the petition. Call your congresspeople. Tell your friends. And if you have a blog or website, join the blog campaign.

Save the Net


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