The End Times Are Coming! The End Times Are Coming!
When it comes to protecting the Internet, the Christian Coalition and MoveOn respectfully agree.Wow, if that doesn't make you think the world's shaking at its foundations, nothing will.
In case you haven't been following (or live outside the U.S., where it might not be in the news), forces in Congress are pushing hard for a law that will allow the big Internet companies like AT&T and Verizon to decide "which websites open most easily for you based on which site pays...more.... Many members of Congress take campaign contributions from these companies, and they don't think the public are paying attention to this issue." (Quotes from MoveOn.org.)
Opponents of this law are working hard to keep the Internet free and neutral, "So Amazon doesn't have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to work more properly on your computer."
The coalition SavetheInternet.com includes the Christian Coalition, MoveOn, Gun Owners of America, the ACLU, Craig from Craigslist, Free Press, small businesses, consumer advocates and musicians including Moby, R.E.M., the Indigo Girls, and the Dixie Chicks. (List of the coalition members.)
Update: a news flash on SavetheInternet's web site says that "a bipartisan majority of the House Judiciary Committee passed the 'Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act of 2006' — a bill that offers meaningful protections for Network Neutrality," just today. Good news!
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