AT&T and Other ISPs May Be Getting Ready to Filter – Bits – Technology – New York Times Blog: “AT&T and Other ISPs May Be Getting Ready to Filter”
If you don’t know what “net neutrality” is then I highly suggest that you read up on it. This is especially true is you like to use the internet without real fear of some “big brother” group looking over your shoulder.
Unless you are really into tech circles or pay attention to tech news, you may not have even heard about the efforts of ISP’s (internet service providers) like ATT, Comcast, Verizon, and others to effectively try and get paid 3 times to provide their services.
1st time: Google pays for a connection (large one) to provide you content.
2nd time: You and I pay for a connection (at home or work) to see the content.
3rd time: Google has to pay again to insure their content is provided quickly by multiple ISP’s.
Google can afford this. SmarterGeek.com cannot. You cannot with your personal blog.
Here’s the bigger picture. For companies like mine or even your personal blog, the potential is that our content may be throttled or filtered. This is crazy. The internet was designed to be an open medium. That is why it is so pervasive in our lives. It is digital free speech. Don’t belive me? Watch and listen to the “father of the internet”.
Please email or write your congressman or senator and let them know that you won’t tolerate ATT’s stance. Better yet, speak with your wallet. Avoid their services if at all possible.