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The End of the Internet as we know it?

2006 Google declaration: “Today the Internet is an information highway where anybody – no matter how large or small, how traditional or unconventional – has equal access.”

2010: The Google and Verizon deal marks the beginning of the end of the Internet as we know it.

Since its beginnings, the Net was a level playing field that allowed all content to move at the same speed, whether it’s ABC News or your uncle’s video blog. That’s all about to change, and the result couldn’t be more bleak for the future of the Internet, for television, radio and independent voices.

How did this happen? We have a Federal Communications Commission that has been denied authority by the courts to police the activities of Internet service providers like Verizon and Comcast. We have a president who promised to “take a back seat to no one on Net Neutrality” yet remains silent. We have a Congress that is nearly completely captured by industry. Yes, more than half of the US congress will do pretty much whatever the phone and cable companies ask them to. Add the clout of Google, and you have near-complete control of Capitol Hill.

This Google-Verizon deal, and the way this is playing out is akin to the largest banks and the largest hedge funds writing the regulatory policy on derivative trading without any oversight or input from the public, and having it rubber stamped by the SEC. It’s like BP and Halliburton ironing out the rules for offshore oil drilling with no public input, and having MMS sign off.

So stop what you’re doing and tell them you’re not letting the Internet go the way of Big Oil and Big Banks. The future of the Internet, and your access to information depends on it.

[Excerpt of a Huffington Post article by Josh Silver]

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