Friday, June 16, 2006

Building the information Interstate

Stirling Newberry says The Roads Must Roll:
So the question is, do we want the interstate highway system? Or an Enron Internet?

Net neutrality is the same principle that we use to run the road system - everyone has access. Even hard core libertarians recognize that rights of way must be public - for the simple reason that if they are not, those who own them can charge any figure that they care to name in order to allow you to get out of your house in the morning. This is so obvious to us now that we forget that it was not always so.
The history of private highways and pay to play canal transport, not to mention the abuses of railroad access in the days of Standard Oil, are reason enough to stand up for a neutral network.

I've written before about the days when people envisioned the existence of multiple Internets. That would be Very Bad Thing™ and a lot of people would lose out as a result of it.

Net neutrality is in the Senate now, having lost in the House.

Senator Brownback is against it, and Senator Roberts hasn't announced his position yet. Call both offices, give them your name and tell them where you live (being a constituent really matters) and then tell them that you are calling about net neutrality and that you want them to back it.

I think they are getting flooded with calls, because the staff actually seems to know what net neutrality is. I'm betting that those calls are from out of state, so be sure to say where you are from.

Roberts: (202) 224-4774
Brownback: (202) 224-6521

To find out where other senators stand, check TPM's tally.