February 13, 2006

What Price a Free WWW?
Celia Viggo Wexler and Dawn Holian for The Nation wrote recently: “It may have been the first and last hearing the US Senate holds on Net neutrality–the principle that Internet users should be able to access any web content or use any applications they choose, without restrictions or limitations imposed by an Internet service provider. In the time it takes to watch Wedding Crashers, nine experts on Tuesday galloped through testimony before a handful of Senate Commerce Committee members in a hearing room packed with telecommunications and cable lobbyists.” The free Net has allowed the developed of freedom of expression as no other medium. It’s a danger to remove it–for writers, poets, painters, photographers, and movie producers–and most important those people who enjoy those products.

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