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Old 06-08-2006, 05:26 PM   #1
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What are you doing about "Net Neutrality"?

There is a vote coming in Congress here in the US about a bill called "The COPE Act". If this bill passes, it could devistate, and even eliminate every small business on the 'net. Including every indy publisher out there...and they're going to vote on it VERY SOON. As soon as next week.

Here is a link to the washington post that should spread a little more light on the subject.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...060702108.html

Here is a link to where you can find your Congress representative's contact information:

http://www.house.gov/writerep/

Get the phone number to their office, and tell them what you think about this bill. It will take you less than 5 minutes to make that call and express your feelings on this issue. Phone calls are a lot more effective than filling out a form letter and having it be mass emailed to your Congress person.

Every voice counts in this, so please take a few minutes out of your day, and give them a call.
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Old 06-08-2006, 06:07 PM   #2
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What am I gonna go do about "Net Neutrality"?

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I wonder how this will effect the most popular thing on the web... porn
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Old 06-08-2006, 11:18 PM   #6
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Maybe we are living in a dream world, but if the internet gets swallowed up, there go webcomics, comic sites, etc. etc. I was in college the second time before I heard of email, so if I survived without the net then, I guess I can do it again.
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This is a very real threat to all webcomic publishers. We should all be very very concerned, and do something about it. I'm going to get some banners in place on my site and write something to my subscribers when I send out next week's comic. Thanks for posting this info.
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Either way, webcomics will survive...

There's no way the senate will let it go through, they'll lock it all up. I mean, if you know your politics and all that-- Remember, there's money and big business on both sides.. Google's CEO just emailed all the adsense publishers a special message about this and they're fighting for the public--- I bet they have some deep pockets to stop this from going anywhere.....

Nobody panic. The internet is safe....
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Either way, webcomics will survive...

There's no way the senate will let it go through, they'll lock it all up. I mean, if you know your politics and all that-- Remember, there's money and big business on both sides.. Google's CEO just emailed all the adsense publishers a special message about this and they're fighting for the public--- I bet they have some deep pockets to stop this from going anywhere.....

Nobody panic. The internet is safe....

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Hmmm..

If this DID pass, I wonder how long it would be until an alternative means of (free) surfing took its place? Look how well legislation's wiped out P2P
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Either way, webcomics will survive...

There's no way the senate will let it go through, they'll lock it all up. I mean, if you know your politics and all that-- Remember, there's money and big business on both sides.. Google's CEO just emailed all the adsense publishers a special message about this and they're fighting for the public--- I bet they have some deep pockets to stop this from going anywhere.....

Nobody panic. The internet is safe....
Nobody panic huh?

Well the House of Representatives are firmly against the concept of Net Neutrality, and voted for this damn thing last night.

http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588-6081882.html

The House is already passed the COPE Act, which would make all this crap legal if Congress agrees.

Now, I'm not a real political guy, so I hope I'm not getting any of this wrong, but, as I understand it, Congress is out last line of defense on this thing.
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No, you're panicking dude.. TONS... TONS of things pass in the House and then don't go through the Senate.
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No, you're panicking dude.. TONS... TONS of things pass in the House and then don't go through the Senate.
Yeah, come on man don't you remember School House Rock. I keep telling myself there is no F'n way this would pass. It would halt any and all economic internet growth in it's tracks. But that little voice in my head (one of many) keeps whispering that stranger things have happened. Music rating system, comics code, David Hasselhoff a recording star!
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Old 06-10-2006, 10:47 AM   #15
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No, you're panicking dude.. TONS... TONS of things pass in the House and then don't go through the Senate.
I'm not panicking. This thing was voted almost completely down party lines...just like almost everything else that's been voted on for the past 6 years.

There is no reason to think this will be any different.
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