"Net Neutrality" Not Really a New Concept / Stop Merger Mania !!!

Posted by Scott - May 26, 2006 (entry 459)

Heard at the "day of outrage" May 24th Chicago AT&T protest:

"The term 'internet neutrality' may sound kind of 'geeky'. But it's really not that new of an issue - these are telephone and cable companies after all. Look - when you pick up the phone to make a call, you don't want to have to wait a longer time or have a worse connection than other people, and you certainly don't want to be blocked from calling either. Phone networks are supposed to be nondiscriminatory - 'common carriers' - a concept that has been with us for some time now. "Network neutrality" is also a lot like public access cable TV. Viewers are probably watching this on access. So, if you want to make a public access TV show, or a phone call, or use the post office, or the Internet - unless you are involved in serious lawbreaking - you should be able to do so without being discriminated against. Period."

-- Chicago Media Action organizer Scott Sanders, while being interviewed by CAN-TV

STOP MERGER MANIA! AT&T is trying to buy BellSouth, which would make it the largest telecom company in the world. Comcast and Time Warner — the country's two largest cable and Internet companies — are trying to wrap up their purchase of Adelphia, the nation's fifth-largest cable company. If these deals go through, Comcast, Time Warner, and AT&T will control over half of all the high-speed Internet connections in the United States. Take action - click here.

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This entry was posted by Scott Sanders, a co-founder to date of seven Chicago area media and democracy activist groups.
Sanders has worked for long stretches in social science research, in the creation of video documentaries, as a librarian, and also in movie theater management.
You can link to Scott's combined curriculum vitae, timeline, and resume here.



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