Here is the text of an email I just sent to my Congressman, and my two US Senators....please, take a moment, and do the same...this is one of those small, slightly boring and VERY IMPORTANT issues that can fly in under the radar unless people show they are paying attention.
Dear Congressman Walz.
I was proud to knock on doors for you in 2008 and will be proud to do so again next time.
Today, Senator John McCain issued a press release announcing his "Internet Freedom Act of 2009". It's purpose is to prevent government efforts to uphold net neutrality. With out net neutrality, there is no guarantee that Americans will be able to download content they want, or use the internet to easily do business with whom they want. Without net neutrality rules, internet service providers can use their position as gate keepers to block access to certain websites and services.
It doesn't take a lot of imagination to see where this might lead. A large business could use their power to enter into an arrangement with an internet service provider to block, or slow, access to the commerce sites of small rivals. Access to opinion sites, such as blogs, or podcasts, could also be inhibited.
We need to make sure that access to the net stays neutral, both for the sake of free speech AND a free market.
I urge you take, or support, action in the house to counter moves by Senator McCain and his allies to block our freedom in the name of Freedom.
What is Net Neutrality All About?