FRANNIE WELLINGS, WHO WILL OWN THE INTERNET? w/ Mary Glenney, WS

06/24/06

Senate to Consider the Telecommunications Act or Who Will Own the Internet?

Frannie Wellings, Program Manager, Free Press. The San Francisco Chronicle reported today: A Senate vote on the controversial network neutrality issue was delayed Thursday, with a resolution not expected until Tuesday.

The net neutrality issue, which has captivated and divided the tech industry for months, pits content providers like Google, which want all traffic to move across the Internet for the same price, against big phone and cable companies, which want to be able to create a tiered pricing system that would charge more for speedier delivery of content. In short, who will “own� the internet and its contents?

You can call your senators with your coments on this. Senator Nelson is on the committee, so is particularly important. The bill as presented will allow "double dipping" -- charging for that "last mile" to reach individual homes. Consumer rights to the internet are what is at risk here. Frannie said that we need to ask them to include provisions for net neutrality and build-out requirements. You can sign petition at: http://action.freepress.net/campaign/savethenet

http://www.freepress.net/. http://civic.moveon.org/mobyinternet/video.html?cp_id=337&mode=house.senate.

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