"This one's important"

Dateline: Wed 10 Jan 2007

Reader Jim Burns has sent the following link from the New York Times, regarding net neutrality and efforts to block mega-companies from charging for web usage:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/10/washington/10net.html?ex=1169096400&en=ddbc7b48899e6ef9&ei=5070&emc=eta1

Here are the first three graphs from the story by Stephen Labaton:

"WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, Senior lawmakers, emboldened by the recent restrictions on AT&T and the change in control of Congress, have begun drafting legislation that would prevent high-speed Internet companies from charging content providers for priority access.

"The first significant so-called net neutrality legislation of the new Congressional session was introduced Tuesday by Senator Byron L. Dorgan, Democrat of South Dakota, and Senator Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, one of the few Republicans in Congress to support such a measure.

" 'The success of the Internet has been its openness and the ability of anyone anywhere in this country to go on the Internet and reach the world," Mr. Dorgan said. 'If the big interests who control the pipes become gatekeepers who erect tolls, it will have a significant impact on the Internet as we know it.'"

As Jim says, "Ruth, this one's important." It's not too early to ask for support from Sen. Richard Lugar and Sen. Evan Bayh.

comments: ruth@ruthholladay.com

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