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Friday, July 14, 2006

Net Neutrality Crunch Time (aka Why Ted Stevens is a Moron)

As has been posted a number of times over the last month or so, the issue of Net Neutrality is winding its way through Congress. The House has failed to save it and now the Senate is getting ready to vote. Again, this is an important issue if you like your college football on the Internet brought to by sites like Deadspin, EDSBS, MGoBlog, BruinsNation, DawgSports and yours truly instead of by deep-pocketed MSM companies.

And just what are the intelligent arguments of those in Congress opposing Net Neutrality? Well, leading the opposition in the Senate is Ted Stevens of Alaska. Nestor over at Bruins Nation had posted this YouTube clip from The Daily Show that explains what we're up against better than we ever could.

As you continue to shake your head that a man such as Ted Stevens has so much say over the future of the Interent, below is an email I received the other day from SaveTheInternet.com. They have a handy-dandy hyperlink so that you can see where your own Senators stand on the issue. I urge you to contact your Senator(s) if you haven't already done so.

Finally, as has been mentioned many times, this is NOT a partisan issue. When MoveOn.org and the Christian Coalition of America are on the same side, that says it all.

Dear SavetheInternet.com blogger,

Net neutrality supporters are gearing up against a Senate vote on Sen. Ted "The Internet is a Series of Tubes" Stevens' telecommunications bill (S 2686). This bad bill fails to protect Net Neutrality. To preserve Internet freedom, we need to be sure that this bill gets overhauled or stopped in its tracks.

Today, we launched a Senate map that makes it ridiculously easy to a) figure out where your Senators stand, and b) urge them to take a public stance in support of Internet freedom. The goal is to get as many senators on the record as possible before any vote on the Senate floor. You (and your readers) can help the cause by checking out the map and flooding the Senate with calls.

July is a pivotal month. The Senate leadership won't schedule a vote on Stevens' bad bill unless 60 senators say they'll vote for it. Now's the time to call senators and tell them to support Net Neutrality instead -- and to oppose last-ditch industry efforts to push through a bill that more and more Americans are turning against.

We're not the only ones who've been busy; there's lots of creative work being produced in support of Net Neutrality. Check out this techno remix of Sen. Stevens' recent speech, a slew of new clips on the SavetheInternet.com videos page and other artistic output at the SavetheInternet.com blog.

We need more creativity like this to call attention to what the telcos are trying to get away with -- but eventually it all boils down to what the Senate does. So don't forget to check out the map, call your Senators, and encourage your friends/readers to do the same.

With your help, we can match the millions of dollars spent by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth with millions of citizens speaking up for Internet freedom.

Tim Karr


BaggyPantsDevil said...

“The Daily Show,” best news program EVER. That clip of Senator Ted Stevens was simultaneously hilarious and depressing. Is there any qualification beyond the ability to raise an assload of campaign money required to become a senator? The older I get the stupider our government officials seem to be. If our politicians were always like this, we’d still have the queen on our money.

The Senate Map is excellent—and I urge everyone to take a few moments to use it—but I think I’m pretty much out of luck for assisting with this issue. I just sent e-mails to my two senators, John McCain and Jon Kyl. Senator McCain is one of the few senators I actually have some respect for, but he has unfortunately already come down against internet neutrality. Senator Kyl is undecided on the issue, but hasn’t set a good precedent with his views on online gambling.

Yost said...

"If our politicians were always like this, we’d still have the queen on our money."