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I got an interesting email this morning from Brett Schenker, the Online Advocacy Manager for the Entertainment Consumers Association. The email urged me to speak out for Net Neutrality and after doing everything on the list of things in the email, I decided that writing a blog about it would be another quick and easy way I could spread the word.
Net Neutrality, for those that don't know, is the concept that the companies we buy internet from should not be allowed to restrict access to websites, should not be allowed to set bandwidth limits and should not be allowed to dictate what we connect to the internet with. The internet right now is essentially the wild west. If there is any justice in the world it will stay that way. Many major companies would rather see our freedoms online restricted. If it was up to them, we would buy internet like we buy our cable TV. We would select from packages which contain websites we could visit and games we could play, but we wouldn't be allowed to access anything outside that package. I don't want this, you don't want this.
Here is the email I got this morning, along with a couple steps you can take to show your support for net neutrality. Dear Sean, On Friday, January 8, 2010, .S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia seemed to question whether the Federal Communications Commission has the authority to enforce Net Neutrality. While a final decision has yet to be issued, the court's questioning indicates it will find that the FCC lacks the statutory authority to enforce Net Neutrality. If that becomes precedent, it becomes even more apparent that Congress is the one that will have to act to ensure Net Neutrality is the law of the land. Net Neutrality is the principle that ensures that Internet users are free to go where they want, and connect with whom they choose online. Though a final court decision to settle the FCC's ability to enforce Net Neutrality may not come for months, there's no time like the present to make your voice heard. Make sure to write your Congressman and tell them you support Net Neutrality. It takes just a few seconds to do so. There are numerous other things you can do to make your voice heard and ensure Net Neutrality becomes the law of the land, allowing us to enjoy our video games online unfettered. 1. Write your Representative and tell them you support the principle of Net Neutrality 2. Become a Gamer for Net Neutrality 3. Spread the word and tell your friends to get involved 4. Join the Gamers for Net Neutrality Facebook group and share it with your friends 5. Tweet about this subject "I'm a gamer and I support Net Neutrality http://bit.ly/16E7gY #netneutrality #eca" The political landscape has never been better to see Net Neutrality passed as law. After this November's elections, the opportunity may not be as good to move it forward. Please, get involved and speak out! Thanks, Brett Schenker, Online Advocacy Manager Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA)
The steps outlined above will not take you more than 5 minutes to complete. The most important one though, is emailing your congressman. If you click that first link I provided for you, it will take you to a page with a pre-written email that all you have to do is sign and send. It's so easy, you'd be a fool not to do it. Please help support Net Neutrality, it could be the most important thing you do all day.
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