Net Neutrality – Act NOW!

You know I’m not very political on here. Sure, occasionally I throw out some flame bait and start a conversation, but I’m usually pretty neutral. Speaking of neutral (segue!), I want to call you to action on an issue that I think is one of the most important ones to hit politics in years.

If you ever do anything for me, ever, please visit this website and support Net Neutrality. If you fill in your info and write a letter on that page, it’ll automatically send your letter to your representatives. Slick! The vote is happening on the 9th, from what I’ve heard, so voice your opinions immediately. Don’t be lazy. Get off your mental duff for five minutes and help to change the future of the Internet permanently.

If you’re not sure what this is all about, watch this video to get up to speed.

I whipped this letter together. I hope it somehow hits home at least in adding to the volume of letters they’re getting, if not by making a point.

I never contact government officials. I don’t think I’ve attempted to contact a government official (via anything but a vote) for the last 5 or 6 years at least. But here I am. This is that important.

I’m really concerned about Net Neutrality. If companies can restrict access to websites and technologies that should be unrestricted, or change access due to exclusive business deals, the only one that wins is the company. Consumers lose, and they lose wholesale. There isn’t a single benefit to the consumer if the Net isn’t 100% neutral. Don’t let anyone tell you this is about child porn or terrorism or anything else–it isn’t. It’s about big companies that want to force me to pay more for what I already get free.

If none of that means anything to you, let me put it more simply: I won’t vote for anyone who lets them do that. I won’t vote for anyone who doesn’t make sure the Net remains neutral. This issue is a deal breaker for me.

Thanks!

Josh Lewis
Cupertino, CA

2 Comments

  1. Posted June 9, 2006 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    I read about this a couple of weeks ago on cnn.com titled Web Toll. My wfie and I are incrediably angry about this. I have to collect my thoughts on this a little more before I can actually write something coherent and meaningful. I am just too upset about it at the moment and every time I start to think about the idea I get angerier. I hope this issue is done away with like the idea of charging a fee per email.

    I am just afraid that if this passes what the affect will be. My fear is that it could have such a devistating impact that it could mean the end of the Information Age in the U.S.

  2. Posted June 9, 2006 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    I agree, it could have that affect. The thing that makes me the maddest is that the Republicans are the ones voting to not put Net Neutrality into law. If anyone should be for open, unhindered commerce, they should.