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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Remember Ben Franklin (Net Neutrality)

Tommorow, the Senate Commerce Committee can decide the fate of the greatest library ever. Senators Dorgan (D-ND) and Snowe (R-ME) have proposed an amendment that will protect Net Neutrality. If you have been watching television recently, you have dully noted the dark side of the Net Neutrality debate, the Hands-Off the Internet Coalition, which represents the telecommunications companies (telcos).

What is Net Neutrality? Net Neutrality is the equality of all information on the internet. It is a code of conduct - that the FCC is supposed to be enforcing - that requires all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to allow all information on the internet to be downloadable to its costumers in a non-discriminatory manner. This prevents, for example, cable companies from charging a fee for visiting a Net Neutrality website, or providing faster service to the RNC's website than the DNC's website.

An internet without Net Neutrality is like a library which charges you more money for taking out certain books. Who gets to decide which books have more valuable information? The politically biased telcos? Without a Net Neutrality regulations in effect, this the future of history's greatest library.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that politically active young people would be hurt most by the loss of Net Neutrality. The youngest voting demographic uses the internet for a greater extent of activities than older generations (http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20060617/bob9.asp). These activities include political resources such as blogs and forums. Whereas older generations might turn to the internet, I believe that these resources are the main information artery for the politically active youth of America. Thus, young people should be greatly concerned about this impending legislation.

To the Senators: Franklin watches. Call your senators if they are on the committee! Ask them to affirm Net Neutrality!

More Information on Net Neutrality:

Save the Internet

More Information on Benjamin Franklin:

Benjamin Franklin and the Invention of the Library


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